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Community Occupational Therapist - Discharge to Assess [Band 6]

Job Reference: J11-43635-OTSP-MUFT

NHS Professionals - Flexible Workers
Discharge to Assess
Agenda for Change [AFC]

Job Title and Grade: Community Occupational Therapist - Discharge to Assess [Band 6]

Location/Trust: Manchester Local Care Organisation

Department Covered: Discharge to Assess

Placement Ref/ID: 43635

The Role:

We have an urgent long term placement opportunity for Community Occupational Therapist - Discharge to Assess [Band 6] available atManchester Local Care Organisation.

Manchester Local Care Organisation is a pioneering public sector organisation that has brought together and provides your NHS community health services and adult social care services in Manchester. We also work closely with mental health services and primary care (GPs) to improve the health of local people in the city, working as one team across traditional organisational boundaries.

Job Summary:

The post-holder will assess, plan, implement and evaluate the delivery of occupational therapy as an independent practitioner. Working as part of a multi-disciplinary / multi-agency service, they will facilitate timely assessment of individuals at home following discharge from an acute hospital or community bed. They will provide assessment and support planning to meet a person’s needs in the community. The post holder will provide and / or arrange appropriate support and interventions in the community working closely with colleagues across all sectors.

The role requires working as an integral part of the team to provide occupational therapy assessment, skills, knowledge, and management of patients in the community, ensuring the delivery of high-quality care, efficient use of facilities, manpower and other resources

The post holder will provide specialist knowledge and clinical skills to ensure the delivery of occupational therapy within the service and in the wider community and across the acute / community interface. They will actively participate in improving the service the department offers and will contribute to service development.


To apply for this post, you will:

  • Full driving licence and access to a vehicle
  • Honours. Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • 2 years minimum post registration experience
  • Registration with the Health Professions Council
  • Evidence of relevant post registration training/CPD
  • Awareness of the challenges of partnership and multi-agency working
  • Full Time: 37.5 hours per week, working 8am to 8pm on a rota basis over 7 days
  • Ability to work to time pressures as part of caseload management to allow safe discharge and prevent readmission into hospital


  • To ensure a high standard of clinical care for the patients under your management, supporting other staff to do likewise
  • To use clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills to demonstrate the processing of complex information, this requires analysis and the interpretation of a range of options
  • To undertake a comprehensive holistic assessment of patients including those with diverse or complex presentations/multi-pathologies, to identify their problems and needs and implement agreed treatment plans that respect people’s privacy, dignity, and individuality
  • To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes to the person’s social and physical environment e.g., energy conservation programmes for service users with chronic breathing difficulties
  • To provide spontaneous or planned advice, teaching and instruction to patients, relatives, carers and other professionals, including trainees; in response to complex, sensitive or contentious situations. This requires empathy, motivation, persuasion, and reassurance. Excellent communication skills will be always required and where there are barriers to understanding, resistance or compliance
  • To instruct and demonstrate to service users and carers safe moving and handling techniques e.g., wheelchair to bed and/or bath. This could incorporate installation and demonstration of disability equipment e.g., training in correct use of a wheelchair
  • To be able to use knowledge to analyse and interpret data from multiple sources including standardised tests to inform clinical diagnosis. The information will also be used to develop effective treatment plans and ensuring their implementation

In return for your hard work commitment NHS Professionals (NHSP) can offer you some fantastic benefits: –

  • Competitive Pay Rates - work this week, get paid next week!
  • First choice of placements at over 50 NHS Trusts in England
  • Dedicated consultants
  • Flexible working options
  • Free DBS and free training
  • Build holiday allowance
  • Support when you need it – 24/7 365 days – Call us anytime on 03330 144 370
  • Stakeholder pension scheme

Who are NHS Professionals?

NHS Professionals (NHSP), owned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), works in partnership with hospital trusts to provide a bank of highly skilled temporary workers who want to work flexibly within the NHS.

Working through the NHSP bank means Trusts don’t have to rely on expensive agencies. Right now, we have over 130,000 members registered on our bank from various roles, grades, and specialities, saving the NHS over £70 million each year. This money is then reinvested back into the NHS.

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We look forward to hearing from you soon.


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We regret we cannot contact everyone who is not selected for an interview, therefore if you do not hear from us within 21 days after submitting your application, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

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