Home First and Reablement

What is Home First and Reablement?

Our Home First and Reablement service supports people to return home after a stay in hospital. This helps them continue their recovery in their own surroundings – regaining their ability to live as independently as possible.

Staying in hospital for longer than necessary has a negative impact on how well patients recover. Ensuring that patients are given the chance to continue their lives at home is vital for their long-term health and wellbeing.

The support we provide includes washing, dressing, cooking meals, accessing community services, arranging delivery services, improving mobility and balance so patients can safely use steps or stairs, walk in and outdoors, or use transport. They may have a particular hobby or interest that is important to them and would like help to get back doing the things they enjoy – this is something you can help them achieve.

What is reablement?

The role of reablement is to support people to lead independent lives in their own homes, safely and appropriately, for as long as possible, by enabling them to do things for themselves instead of relying on others to do things for them.

Typically, reablement support is given to people following an illness, injury or other sudden event which may have reduced their physical, emotional or psychological ability to manage their own lives.

Our reablement workers receive specialised training and work in the area as part of our integrated community teams (ICTs).

Reablement is delivered in partnership with the service user, as the reablement worker and the individual both have responsibilities in working towards recovery and agreed goals.

Together we support people to be in control of their choices and to maintain their independence safely and appropriately. We also ensure to refer on for specialist care when it is needed.

When will I first see a reablement worker?

It varies, depending on your individual needs. In an urgent situation you may receive a rapid response visit in less than one hour.

A planned response to coincide with your discharge from hospital would take place within three days.

First contact might be made by any member of the integrated community team – for example, a community nurse or physiotherapist – depending on your needs and the support you require.

How often will a reablement worker visit me?

Reablement is offered as a short-term intervention – the actual length of time the support is provided depends on your individual needs.

Visits will be planned with you and might be several times a day initially, reducing over time as you begin to recover your independence.

How do I contact my reablement worker?

If you have a first enquiry about reablement for yourself or a member of your family, your GP is often the best person to advise you.

You can also contact the Adult Social Care Helpdesk, which is run by Gloucestershire County Council, and advises on a range of issues. The Helpdesk is open 8am–5pm, Monday–Friday, and can be contacted on 01452 426868.

When you are visited for the first time you will be provided with the name and contact details of your local integrated community team (ICT), who will coordinate your care.

If you are a health professional with an enquiry about reablement services, please contact the Single Point of Clinical Access (SPCA) for information.

How will my family/carers be involved?

Your family/carers will be involved as much or as little as you want them to be. Agreeing how you want to be supported will include consideration of your relationships with family, carers and friends. Your carers will also be offered an assessment of their needs.


Why you should join our team

This is an exciting time for our Home First and Reablement service. We are expanding to provide quality care and support to people returning home following a stay in hospital. You get to work in a bustling, cosmopolitan county surrounded by the beautiful Cotswolds and yet within easy access to the Midlands and South West of England.

We will help you grow and develop your professional and clinical skills in a variety of areas, so that you can achieve competence and specialisms in your particular field of interest. We will also support successful applicants to undertake an apprenticeship alongside their post to continue their professional development.

Apply now

You can apply for a role in our Home First service by completing the short application form below.

More about the roles

Rehabilitation Assistants

Rehabilitation Assistants work as part of a our therapy led team, undertaking activities according to the person’s goal plans, encouraging them to do as much as possible for themselves and live well and safely in their own homes. Rehabilitation Assistants do this by motivating and inspiring people to re-learn daily skills and enhance their quality of life.

Are you an enthusiastic and motivated person who wants to take up a new role working with people in their own homes? We can offer you training, development opportunities, regular supervision and support.

Do you enjoy:

  • working with people?
  • helping to understand and motivate people?
  • being involved in practical, sometimes personal and intimate care provision for people?
  • talking to people?
  • learning and developing skills?
  • working as part of a team, whilst able to work on your own?
  • do you want opportunities to develop and potentially to progress with your career?

This role is extremely rewarding as you will support people and work with them to do the things that are important to them. You don’t need to have experience of working in health and social care. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to discuss the prospect of undertaking a Level 3 Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship alongside their substantive post, this apprenticeship would include the Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare.

Drop us a line to find out what opportunities we have for you to join our team – recruitment@ghc.nhs.uk 


If you are an experienced, dynamic and motivated Physiotherapist looking for a new challenge and to develop your clinical skills in a community setting then we would love to hear from you!

We want you: If you have a passion for rehabilitation, thrive working within multidisciplinary teams and have innovative ideas to develop and deliver personalised care plans that support people to maintain their health and wellbeing, to prevent or delay crises. You will need excellent communication skills and commitment to high quality patient care alongside flexibility and resilience to meet the challenges of community working. Opportunities exist for you to work with rapid access from our referral centre, bed-based reablement, Home First and domiciliary intervention so there’s plenty of scope for your professional development.

We will give you: A chance to work across adult integrated health and social care services, supported by Clinical specialists, Advanced Practitioners and Professional Leads, to help you grow and develop your professional and clinical skills in a variety of areas, so that you can achieve competence and specialisms in your particular field of interest.

Drop us a line to find out what opportunities we have for you to join our team – recruitment@ghc.nhs.uk 

Occupational Therapists

We are looking for Occupational Therapists who have experience of rehabilitation, excellent communication skills and are good team players. In return we will support you in developing you leadership, line management and clinical skills.

Working in our multi-disciplinary team involves both triage and assessment of patient need, as well as a caseload of patients in community reablement. It is a multifaceted role involving both triage and urgent response for rapid assessment of patient need, as well as a varied caseload of patients.

Drop us a line to find out what opportunities we have for you to join our team – recruitment@ghc.nhs.uk