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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 19/01/2020.

Specialist Occupational Therapist

Job Reference: 150-HD4128-EAS-A

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Occupational Therapy
Uckfield Intermediate Care unit, Uckfield hospital, Uckfield
£30,401-£37,267 pa (pro rata)

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is the largest community healthcare provider in Sussex.

  • 5,000 full and part time staff, with over 4,000 people registered on our bank
  • Medical, nursing and therapeutic care provided to over 9,000 children and adults a day
  • July 2018 Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating of ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features
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Based at Harlands Ward

Uckfield, East Sussex and working across all three High Weald Lewes Havens units as required.

We currently have a vacancy for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist – 37.5 hours (ward based)

Harlands ward is a 14 bedded unit in Uckfield , East Sussex with close links to other community and in-patient services. We pride ourselves in caring for adult patients of all ages with a variety of complex medical conditions, some end of life patients and those who have post-surgical rehabilitation needs.

Our Multi-disciplinary team includes a Ward Doctor, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Rehab support worker,Physiotherapists and an onsite Social Worker. To help our patients experience a high standard of care we also have input from Specialist Nurses, a Consultant and community teams to support discharges from hospital.

Uckfield hospital is a community hospital and Harlands ward is a friendly and stand-alone unit. The care and therapy our patients receive is delivered through careful patient centred assessment with involvement from the patient and their families. We are very lucky to have a therapy gym/dining room enabling us to provide an activity timetable including a breakfast group to maximise patient recovery and ensure their admission is a positive experience for both them and their relatives. The feedback we have received from patients is that receiving care in this environment has been invaluable to them on their journey after an acute event.

To be successful in the post you must demonstrate a keen interest in care of the older person, the delivery of quality patient rehabilitation and discharge planning within a community hospital environment. You must be able to demonstrate actions that will impact on timely patient assessment, goal setting and treatment and discharge planning. The post will be based at Uckfield and require you to work across sites as the service needs. We are looking to expand our current group activities and this post would be pivotal in implementing this.

Our recent Care Quality Commission inspection rated our community in-patient services as Outstanding for caring and our overall Trust rating as Good. If you are passionate about making a difference and want to contribute to an organisation which is continuously striving to improve then we would love to hear from you.

In return we can offer you: • Flexible working patterns • Supportive learning environment • Dedicated career pathways and great opportunities for continuing professional development including mentorship and physical assessment modules • Commitment to and support for your health and wellbeing • NHS Pension Scheme • NHS discount and salary sacrifice schemes, including childcare vouchers

-We have onsite parking and are 15 minutes’ walk away from the train station and local town.

If you are committed to providing care in a compassionate and safe environment then working with us will be an opportunity for you to use your existing skills, gain new ones and be part of a great team. Apply now!

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For further information about this post please contact Kat Torbell, occupational therapy team lead on 01273 402523

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