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Occupational Therapist

Job Reference: 841-19-256-LW

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust
The Vale Community Hospital - Stroke Rehabilitaion Unit
£24,214 - £30,112

In September 2017, we announced that our Trust Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and 2Gether NHS Foundation Trust (2gether) were planning to join. From October 2019, we hope to be one organisation providing integrated community mental health, physical health and learning disabilities services. The new Trust will be called Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.

We are already working closely together but the benefits we really want for our communities can best be achieved if we become a single trust, delivering outstanding integrated physical and mental health care.

The aim of the proposed merger is to improve our services and ensure we are providing the most appropriate and seamless information, support and treatment for people with mental health issues, physical health problems or learning disabilities. It will mean we can help people as a ‘whole person’, not just separate conditions or symptoms. As healthcare professionals in the new Trust, you will be able to ensure better outcomes for service users which we know is really important to all clinical, medical and support professionals alike. For colleagues, it will also provide more opportunity to develop and realise your potential.

While our overall name will become Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, services in Herefordshire will be given their own, separate, name, which will be Herefordshire Mental Health and Learning Disability Services.

The details of the merger will be finalised early September and the Trusts hope to be one organisation from 1st October 2019.

Both Trusts are high performing with ‘good’ CQC ratings and strong financial foundations.

Occupational Therapist - Therapy Led Specialist Stroke Rehabilitation Unit

Band: 5

Salary: £24,214 - £30,112

Contract: Permanant

Base: The Vale Community Hospital, Dursley


We are looking for an Occupational Therapist with a passion for delivering the high quality Specialist Stroke Rehabilitation to work in this new centre of excellence. The In-Patient Stroke Specialist Rehabilitation Unit is based at The Vale Community Hospital in Dursley and offers residents of Gloucestershire a dedicated Therapy Led Specialist service in a Community Hospital environment.

Adopting national best practice this unit ensures that people suffering from a stroke within Gloucestershire benefit from a clinical pathway that maximises the health outcomes of those people who are likely to improve with In-Patient Specialist Rehabilitation. There will be close collaborative working with colleagues in the Acute Stroke Unit at Gloucester Royal Hospital and in the Countywide Early Supported Discharge Team.

We are looking for an enthusiastic clinician to work in this collaborative Multi-Disciplinary team who shares a philosophy of empowering patients to be more independent and active in their recovery. You will be committed to developing your own skills but also support other colleagues to continually develop and grow their own skills.

You must have excellent communication skills and enjoy the challenges of working with Stroke patients and those with general conditions needing rehabilitation.

There is a well-established governance structure within the Therapy professions across the organisation that the new post holders will be integrated into and there is commitment and dedicated resource for Post Graduate Development. Audit will be an integral element of the service and research activity will be developed as the unit becomes more established.

If you share our ambition and passion, are interested in being part of this friendly, Please contact Angela Dodd, Therapy Lead on Tel: 0300 421 8487 or email her on angela.dodd@glos-care.nhs.ukif you have any queries regards the role.

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check with an Adult Barring List check. Successful candidates are expected to undertake a DBS check at their own cost and sign up to the DBS update service.

Shortlisting Date: Monday 2nd September 2019

Interview Date: Week of 9th September 2019

The Trust aims to promote a culture of inclusion, where colleagues understand and celebrate the diversity and different perspectives of our service users and colleagues.

The Trust is a safeguarding employer committed to the safeguarding and promotion of welfare of children, young people and adults at risk. The trust expects colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment. The Trust is committed to safe recruitment practices to protect children and adults at risk, and any appointment will be subject to satisfactory clearance relevant to the post.

For customer-facing roles all applicants must be able to demonstrate that they can communicate in English with confidence.

Successful candidates are expected to self-fund either an enhanced or standard or basic DBS check, and sign up to the DBS update service if required for the role.

Candidates are advised to monitor their NHS jobs as initial feedback will be through their account. Interview dates will usually be advised to shortlisted candidates within 2 weeks of the closing date. This is not always the case and so if candidates have not had any feedback from their application, they can call the Recruitment Team on 0300 421 8602.

Subsequent offers of employment will be via NHS jobs followed by communication via email and hard copy letters.

Please note that if you are successful in your application and you have previously worked for an NHS Trust, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust will request confirmation of your previous NHS service from your last NHS employer via the inter authority transfer system to verify service, pension, sick pay entitlement and pay grade.
Your permission will be sought at application and /or later in the process.

Applicants should note that all appointments to 2gether NHS Foundation Trust (excluding Medical Staffing appointments) are subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probation period.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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