Job overview

Are you an experienced community therapist? Do you have an interest in projects and Quality improvement?

Now is an exciting time to join the Adult Community Rehabilitation Team. We are looking for a highly motivated, skilled, experienced Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist or Speech and Language Therapist to work as the lead for screening within the team. The postholder will also support the development of a Single Point of Access in ACRT and with Integrated Independence Team (IIT) colleagues to support improved access to community therapy service to City and Hackney Neighbourhoods.

The Adult Community Rehabilitation Team (ACRT) is a forward-thinking service that provides an interdisciplinary rehabilitation service to adult clients. The team is split into two specialist branches, physical conditions and neurological conditions consisting of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language therapy, Clinical Psychology, Dietetics and Rehabilitation Assistants. The team is supported by a Consultant Allied Health Professional, Consultant Neuropsychologist and a Consultant Neurologist. Therapy intervention is goal directed and flexible. The service is essentially community based, and clients can be treated in our on-site facilities.

In return for your experience, motivation and enthusiasm, we offer flexible working and we actively value and encourage CPD. Substantive relevant experience is essential.

Main duties of the job

You must have expertise working with clients in a community setting. You will lead, manage and co-ordinate the screening team which involves close working with other community therapy colleagues and referrers. You will have support from an administrator, other ACRT colleagues, the Head and Deputy Heads of Service to ensure the smooth running of ACRT. The role involves reviewing and streamlining the screening service within ACRT to prepare and assist with the future development of a single point of access across community therapies.

Key duties include:

  • Lead the screening pathway within ACRT, screening referrals and allocating cases to appropriate care pathways.
  • Liaising with primary, secondary, health and social care providers, to case manage individuals into appropriate service or declining referrals, where necessary.
  • Assist with development of a future Single Point of Access for all referrals to ACRT and Integrated Independence Team (IIT) evaluating all screening processes and managing change as appropriate.
  • Promote independence for service users, enabling them to live in the least restrictive environment whilst ensuring they receive the necessary care and treatment If required, carry out community assessments of clients referred, to decide on appropriateness for the service.
  • Working for our organisation

    Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a high performing and flourishing organisation serving the population of Hackney, East London, The City and beyond.

    We are extremely proud of the fact that Homerton Hospital has recently attained the highest possible rating of “Outstanding” from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

    Our integrated Trust provides comprehensive hospital and community health services for its local population and a range of specialist services for a wider group of patients. In addition, the Trust manages services out of St Leonard’s Hospital and the Mary Seacole Nursing Home.

    Homerton aims to ensure equality and value diversity, and we are committed to inclusion for all of our staff. This is reflected in our policies, procedures and People Plan. All of our staff are expected to embody our Trust values at all times.

    We are also committed, through our Fair Recruitment Standards, to ensuring all applicants are treated fairly.

    Homerton has a proud tradition of supporting and developing its staff, including its well regarded and valued nursing community, and all staff are able to take advantage of a great range of benefits.

    Homerton is proud to have been included on the HSJ & Nursing Times Best Places to Work list.

    Person specification


    Essential criteria

  • Knowledge of person centred assessment practice including: medical, psychological, social and physical aspects of the service user
  • Professional qualification (Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy, SLT, Dietetics)
  • Skills

    Essential criteria

  • Work on own initiative and work un supervised
  • Converse with and listen to the views of service users and their families
  • Recognise the needs of client/relatives carers
  • Ability to analyse efficacy of processes and recommend /manage changes
  • Demonstrates excellent communication skills with all disciplines and agencies Clear and concise verbal communication
  • Experience

    Essential criteria

  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Experience at a Band 6 level or above
  • Experience of working across organisational boundaries within health, social care or mental health
  • Knowledge

    Essential criteria

  • An understanding of the current issues in the delivery of NHS and Social Care, especially community based services
  • An understanding of the structure for the delivery for primary health care services and of current, local / national developments
  • Trust Values

    Essential criteria

  • Demonstrating understanding of Trust Values
  • General Guidance for Applicants

    The Trust is committed to supporting flexible working wherever possible. The Trust also welcomes applications from candidates wishing to job share with or without job share partners.

    We are committed to equal opportunities, and have been approved as a Disability Confident Employer.

    The Trust offers a number of benefits, including a relocation loan for new starters moving to the area. More details on our range of benefits can be found on the Homerton website.

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