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Occupational Therapist

Job Description

Applications are invited from all interested parties.

Occupational Therapist

Band: 6

Salary: £26,302 - £35,225

Location: Cheltenham Locality

Hours: 375

Gloucestershire Care Services (GCS) has a vacancy for a full-time band 6 occupational therapist in its integrated community team (ICT) in Cheltenham.

The focus of the integrated community team is to provide proportionate, individually tailored occupational therapy to support service users achieve their individual goals. Service users present with range of underlying medical and psychological problems, often combined, and social backgrounds and issues may be complex. Referrals come from a range of sources including GPs, hospitals and service users among others.

OT intervention varies from helping service users achieve straightforward goals right through to complex assessments with long-term involvement. Suitable candidates need to be able to choose from a range of approaches in planning and implementing therapy including task analysis, modification and practice, motivational strategies, signposting, symptom management and equipment provision. The role will include providing a Reablement focus when appropriate and liaising with internal and external stakeholders. Other aspects of the role include assessing and facilitating major modifications via the Disabled Facilities Grant.

The pace is busy and candidates need to be able manage their time effectively in order to triage, prioritise and complete therapy in a timely manner and make decisions to close cases on the basis of goal-orientated approaches.

This position will also involve supervising a rotational band 5 OT and delegating work to OT assistants. The Band 6 ICTs OTs also provide cover within the Cheltenham referral centre (usually 2-3 days a month). This involves urgent triage, assessment and intervention.

The post is located within a progressive and flexible locality service and offers opportunities to be involved in ongoing service development. We are looking for therapists who are flexible and keen to share skills and develop new ones along the way. Experience of working as an occupational therapist within the community would be desirable but we will welcome applications from therapists with transferrable skills, proven ability to adapt to new working environments and a positive, dynamic attitude.

You will be provided with excellent support in your development with regular supervision and CPD opportunities.

For informal enquiries please contact Tanya Collier or Helen Dix on  ( Phone number removed ) 

Reference: 841-16-460-SR

Closing Date: Midnight Wednesday 26th October 2016

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust has a policy for promoting equal opportunities and is committed to promoting diversity and developing supporting policies. It is also committed to developing a variety of flexible working arrangements, one of which is job sharing.

Candidates are advised to monitor their NHSjobs 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  ( Phone number removed ) .

Subsequent conditional offers of employment will be via NHSjobs followed by comminication 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 authorty transfer system to verify service and pay grade.

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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