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Community Occupational Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Furness Rapid Response Service
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time: 37.5 hours per week (Various Hours Available, Compressed Hours Available, Flexible Working Across Weekend Required)
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Furness Community
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum pro rata
Salary period
03/03/2021 23:59

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has been nationally recognised as the UK’s most inclusive NHS organisation. As such we have a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

We are looking to recruit highly motivated Community Occupational Therapists to join our  Furness Integrated Rapid Response Service to deliver community rehabilitation and crisis response.

In this exciting and evolving role, you will join a dedicated and motivated team of experienced Occupational Therapists, Community Nurses, Assistant Practitioners and Therapy Assistants. You will work within Furness Integrated Care Community focusing on admission avoidance in conjunction with Acute Hospital Services, Community Inpatient Unit, GP Services and Adult Social Care. As an Occupational Therapist you will provide intensive packages of care and rehabilitation to support acutely and chronically ill patients to remain within the community. 

Main duties of the job

The team delivers a 7 day service across 8am until 8pm , you will be expected to be flexible for the needs of the service with some expectation to work across traditional boundaries. You will be required to travel across the Morecambe Bay footprint. A broad previous experience is essential.


Working for our organisation

Anyone newly appointed to the trust will be subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probationary period (this includes bank staff). This will give the new staff member an opportunity to become familiar with the role and working environment.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


A Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy approved by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Registration with HCPC as an Occupational Therapist

The ability to travel to a variety of venues throughout the community to deliver patient assessments within an identified locality and to attend meetings

In addition to a comprehensive induction package we offer Team support, staff supervision and in-service training opportunities

Person specification

Education and Qualifactions

Essential criteria
  • Occupational Therapy Degree
  • Ability to travel to provide assessment and treatment to patients and attend meetings
Desirable criteria
  • Post graduate training or experience to post graduate diploma level or equivalent.


Essential criteria
  • Relevant post registration experience as an OT to achieve knowledge and skills applicable to this post.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience as a supervisor of OT (band 5) and/or OT support staff and/or OT students
  • Experience of research or audit.


Essential criteria
  • Transferable knowledge and skills at basic practitioner level with aptitude to develop to specialist OT level
  • Assessment, observation, evaluation and reporting skills
  • Basic computer skills
Desirable criteria
  • Clinical work experience at OT band 5 in a variety of clinical areas including community experience.

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to meet the physical requirements of the post.
  • Ability to participate in manual handling tasks and therapeutic handling, using skills developed through practice, including dexterity, co-ordination and physical effort, during OT interventions and the use of specialist tools and materials and installation of equipment.
  • Willingness to work flexibly to meet unexpected and unusual circumstances related to providing direct patient care.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Shaunna Leigh
Job title
Team Lead, Furness Rapid Response
Email address
Telephone number
01229 404477