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Community Occupational Therapist

Band 6

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (The service provides cover over 7 days a week, 8.00am-6.30pm)
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St Oswald's Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 pa, pro rata
Salary period
18/10/2021 23:59

The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of individuals from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities.  DCHS is also an LGBT inclusive employer.  Selection will be on a basis of merit.  The Trust has achieved the status of a Disability Confident Leader and guarantees to invite to assessment applicants who meet the criteria for the job vacancy.  To ensure the diversity of the workforce and understand the differing needs of our communities, the Trust is committed to the principles of Positive Action.

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Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Band 6  Occupational Therapist to have a leadership role within the Derbyshire Dales Rapid Response Team.

The Rapid Response service provides timely and appropriate care to our patients within a 2 hour or 24 hour response time and necessary follow up visits.

The rapid response service is in an exciting evolving phase and this is a great opportunity to be involved in shaping the service.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work alongside therapists,  nurses and admin staff to ensure all referrals into the Integrated Community Service  are clinically triaged and an appropriate and timely response provided.

The post will involve aspects of triage as well as patient-facing visits in the community and on Okeover Ward at St Oswalds's Hospital.

They will also oversee the Rapid Response caseload and support other team members, ensuring high standards of evidence-based clinical care, including a smooth and appropriate transfer of care between rapid response and community.

The post also includes line management responsibilities

If you are passionate about providing high quality, therapeutic care to your patients, can lead by example, are able to prioritise, deliver great quality patient care and are a great communicator then we want to hear from you.

Working for our organisation

Our purpose is to provide community health services to a patient population of over one million people in Derbyshire and Derby, as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

We employ around 4,200 substantive staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres, as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, in people’s own homes and via virtual consultations.

During the pandemic response we have led the implementation of public vaccination centres in collaboration with partners across health and social care.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered with the HCPC
Desirable criteria
  • Leadership qualification/training


Essential criteria
  • Experience working within Community MDT
  • Admission Avoidance experience
  • Knowledge of Person Centred Care approach
  • Broad experience at band 5 level
  • Experience of ward based working
Desirable criteria
  • Service improvement
  • Leading a team
  • Experience of supervising others
  • Experience in Triage


Essential criteria
  • Access to a vehicle with business insurance
  • Ability to travel across locality for work purposes
  • Valid UK driving licence
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sarah Cocker
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Telephone number
07837 404335

If you have problems applying, contact

People Resource Team
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
1st Floor Kingsway House (Entrance D)
DE22 3LZ
01332 564856, option 1, option 1 / 07900 138117 (please note, my normal working days are Wed, Thu, Fri)