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Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist – Emergency Care (REACT)

Job Reference: 412-DCSS-561

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Occupational Therapy Frailty Ward, A&E, assessment wards, and ambulatory care
Leighton Hospital Middlewich Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 4QJ
£28,050 to £36,644 pa pro rata

An opportunity has arisen to join an exciting new therapy service based on the assessment wards and the emergency department (REACT) and rotating across the Frailty ward at Leighton Hospital. We are looking for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to work within the team, to join the existing band 6s in post. This post is a job share role, working Monday- Wednesday.

The aim of the therapy service is assess patients presenting to the emergency department in order to prevent hospital admission, and facilitate early assessment and intervention for patients whose admission cannot be prevented. This newly established service has been highly successful and very well supported by nursing, medical, social care and third sector staff. Excellent interdisciplinary working across frailty, emergency care, community services and social care has evolved to develop a supportive and dynamic work environment. The therapy team for Frailty/REACT consists of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy and therapy assistant. There are opportunities to contribute to the development and evaluation of the frailty pathway.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate skills and experience of providing occupational therapy in acute medical and surgical care. Experience of working in the emergency department or rapid response, and/ or community with patients who are frail or with long term conditions would be an advantage.

The candidate should be self-motivated with excellent communication skills and the ability to work both autonomously and within the Occupational Therapy team and wider MDT.

Organisation and time management skills are key to efficiently managing caseloads. You will provide a patient centred approach to care, under pinned by sound clinical knowledge in evidence based assessment and management of a variety of conditions.

You will be expected to mentor/supervise newly qualified occupational therapists, assistants and students, therefore appropriate Clinical Educator and Clinical Supervision experience is preferable.

The occupational therapy team is a friendly and supportive team with a structure in place to support supervision and professional development. Staff are encouraged to contribute to service development through participation in audit and service improvement projects both on a uni-disciplinary and interdisciplinary basis

What we offer in return:

On commencing the role you will have a full induction. We offer regular supervision, setting individual objectives, promoting self-analysis/reflection and development. All staff irrespective of their post will be given equal opportunity to undertake a full variety of CPD to support and develop them in their role.

Service development and innovation is strongly encouraged alongside participation in audit and research. Flexible working environment and paid annual leave entitlement.

You will have a recognised degree in Occupational Therapy, HCPC registration, a full UK driving licence and access to a vehicle, or be able to demonstrate means of meeting the travel requirements of this post.


Clear reasoning for wishing to work for the Occupational Therapy Service should be detailed in the application.

Appointment to the post will be subject to successful interview, references, CRB and Occupational Health checks.

Should you wish to know more about the post then please do not hesitate to contact Nicky Walker in the Occupational Therapy department on 01270 612346/273015

MCHFT is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC, had the best staff survey results of all acute trusts in England in 2016, consistently achieves Cancer and A&E waiting time targets and has an award winning Maternity Unit.

In recent years, we have invested in clinical expansion and now have cutting edge clinical facilities including Critical Care and state-of-the-art theatres.

The Trust has a ‘Stronger Together’ clinical partnership with University Hospital North Midlands and is part of Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP) which aims transform, develop and deliver health care services in the community.


Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust manages Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary in Northwich and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford. We are the Lead Employer for Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP) which aims to transform, develop and deliver health care services in the community.

The Trust has been rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following the recent inspection of its services and leadership and Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trust has been named a Top40 hospital at CHKS Top Hospital Awards 2019.

Our clinical facilities are excellent, as we have invested in state of the art theatres, Critical Care, Emergency Department and our Childrens Wards (to name but a few). We have also invested in our people, ensuring we have the right number of the right people delivering care, fostering a culture of compassion, support and excellence.

Following an NHSI initiative to establish 29 Pathology networks across England the University Hospital of North Midlands is currently working closely with Mid and East Cheshire NHS Trusts to establish a Pathology network across Staffordshire and Cheshire.


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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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