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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 03/03/2020.

Occupational Therapist

Job Reference: 390-MSK-HG-A

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Rehab - Admission Avoidance
Southend University Hospital NHS Trust, Westcliff on Sea
£30,401 - £37,267 per annum

Mid and South Essex health and social care organisations serve a population of around 1.2 million people. Within the health system currently, there are three acute hospitals trusts including Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust and Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with a combined income of c£945 million. Recognising that greater collaboration across this part of Essex is required to solve long standing financial, quality and operational challenges, agreement was reached in a number of stages since 2017 to work in an increasingly collaborative way between the Trusts to undertake the reconfiguration of clinical services, supported by an "in common" governance and leadership structure. Since early 2017 we have benefitted from a single executive team across the three organisations. Since January 2019, all of our Trust Boards and our committees meet "in common" only as a matter of course.

In January 2018, the Trust Boards with support from commissioners and from our regulators including NHS Improvement, to pursue a merger of the three organisations. Subject to regulatory approval, we will merge in April 2020 to become Mid & South Essex University Hospitals – a new single organisation, having university teaching and NHS foundation trust status. The new organisation presents an ideal opportunity for you to take a leading and influential role both internally and externally within a health and social care system

Here at Southend University Hospital we strive to provide high quality care for every patient, every time.

We would be nothing without our staff. So it goes without saying that when it comes to recruiting new team members, we're looking for the best. We encourage staff to be innovative, to challenge the "as is" and to always put patients first.

We want staff who will live our trust values every day.

Care with compassion, Working together, Professional and accountable

We are currently looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our admission avoidance service working with a wide range of patients with differing comorbidities and often complex needs.

The successful candidate will work alongside a multi-disciplinary team to help patients return home as quickly as possible, while ensuring their medical and rehabilitation needs are being met. They will contribute to improving the patient’s journey by either facilitating early discharge direct from A&E or providing early goal-setting intervention at the start of a hospital journey.

The therapists need to have a generic capacity for completing core assessments but the ability to then utilise their specialist occupational therapy skills and problem solving individual within a fast paced environment. This ‘Assess’ model improves the ‘flow’ of patients from admission in A&E, through their stay in hospital and back to independent living when they return home.

The role offers opportunities to develop clinically and managerially within a friendly and supportive environment. Training and clinical development opportunities are available, with support to attend recognised courses within the area of your post to support your development in addition to providing comprehensive in-service training and regular clinical supervision. We will also support the development of your skills in appraisal management and leadership skills with relevant courses.

In return we offer a strong and supportive Inpatient Therapy Team with Band 7 Team Leaders who are highly experienced in their fields, providing support and training opportunities for personal development. We have an established in-service training program, regular Occupational therapy team meetings and actively encourage CPD.

The role will include the supervision of students from University of Essex and University of Hertfordshire and the mentoring of Band 5 Occupational Therapists, Activities of Daily Living Advisors and Rehabilitation Assistants.


For further details / informal visits contact:

Theresa Philips ext 8354


Ros Capon Mobile: 07824 821316

The three NHS trusts within the Mid and South Essex University Hospitals Group (“the Group”) are planning to formally merge on 1st April 2020.

Whilst your application may be for a position at one of the three Trusts within the Group, in the event that the merger takes place and you are employed on or after 1st April 2020, your employment will transfer into the Group under the protection of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations also known as TUPE.

Your contractual employment rights will be unaffected by this transfer.

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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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