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Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Band 6 Occupational Therapist to work within our established Core therapy team in the Matlock area.

The Core therapy service provides timely and appropriate care to our patients within our local community. 

This is within a 2 week time frame but our Core team also support our Rapid Response team to provide assessments and equipment for patients with urgent needs when required.

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 patient-facing visits in the community and responsibility of your own caseload of patients.

The post will involve supporting junior staff and assistants and line management responsibilities for them, ensuring high standards of evidence-based clinical care,

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

From 11 November 2021, everyone working in care homes has to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by law to protect residents. As a provider of services to CQC registered care homes, we shall only employ you if you are fully vaccinated in roles that require you to work in a DCHS-led core unit or care home setting (unless you are medically exempt). Mandatory vaccination will be part of your terms and conditions of employment (unless an exemption applies)

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration
  • Desirable criteria

  • Leadership qualifications / courses
  • Skills & Experience

    Essential criteria

  • Experience working within Community MDT
  • Knowledge of Person Centred Care approach
  • Broad experience at band 5 or band 6 level
  • Desirable criteria

  • Service improvement
  • Leading a team
  • Experience of supervising others
  • Travel

    Essential criteria

  • Access to a vehicle with business insurance
  • Ability to travel across locality for work purposes
  • Valid UK driving licence
  • Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust (DCHS) is one of the largest providers of specialist community healthcare in England and we currently employ around 4,500 staff. We deliver a variety of services across Derbyshire, caring for nearly 1.8 million patients each year.

    We deliver patient care through 11 community hospitals, 4 minor injury units, 29 health centres and a learning disability centre. Another key part of our service is out in the community where we care for people in their own homes via therapists, health visitors and district nurses, and promoting public health in the wider community. As a Trust we care for patients of all ages with a special focus on the needs of elderly people and the very young.

    DCHS has been recognised as a top 10 NHS organisation to work for in the UK by the Health Service Journal and NHS Employers in their Best Places to Work 2015 campaign. The Trust is also the runner-up in the category for the best NHS community trust employer.

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