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Band 7 Team Lead Occupational Therapist - Critical Care Rehabilitation

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We have a new opportunity for a motivated and experienced Occupational Therapist to join our dynamic Respiratory, Surgery & Critical Care Therapy Team at Barnet Hospital - part of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. The post is full time, working 37.5 hours per week, but flexible working may be considered if raised at interview.

This is a newly created post at Barnet Hospital providing Occupational Therapy rehabilitation for patients on Critical Care and then continuing as they step-down to the wards and later via the multidisciplinary outpatient intensive care follow up service. We welcome applications from band 6 or 7 Occupational Therapists with experience in rehab who are looking for a new challenge.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist with proven experience of working with people with acute and complex rehab needs - preferably within the acute care setting. Previous critical care experience is not essential as this is still a developing role where transferrable skills can be utilised. In addition, full induction, access to training, joint working and ongoing support will be provided from the friendly and dedicated therapists within the team and our Neurology Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist.

Main duties of the job

This post will offer the opportunity to develop highly specialist skills in the management of critical care patients at all stages of their journey - fully embracing the benefits of high quality therapeutic relationships. The post has a strong emphasis on assessment and acute rehabilitation as part of a specialist interdisciplinary team within the critical care and ward setting.

You will have the opportunity to take on team leadership responsibilities, which will include developing and leading on the operational management and service delivery for the occupational therapy team within critical care. Applicants must demonstrate specialist knowledge, skills and application of current acute assessment and rehabilitation. Excellent communication skills, the ability to work well in a team, an interest in the training and supervision of staff and a positive and flexible approach is essential.

About us

You will be joining an established Critical Care Therapy Team of Physiotherapists, Dietitians, Speech & Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Therapy Support Workers supported by a Clinical LeadTherapist. You will be encouraged to take an active role in current projects, including service development and evaluation; internal and external training; audit and research review.

You will be working in a rewarding and challenging clinical environment. The therapies department at Barnet Hospital is committed to ensuring staff feel supported with career progression through supervision, appraisal, in-house / external training and leadership development. The department operates a 7 day service, and you will be expected to work one weekend in four on a rota basis.

We are a very friendly and welcoming service where staff wellbeing is a high priority. As part of this we continue to work towards achieving a fully inclusive department.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Person Specification

Royal Free World Class Values


  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values

Education & Personal Attributes


  • Current HCPC Registration
  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Demonstration of commitment to lifelong learning


  • RCOT/BAOT membership or specialist interest group



  • Evidence of CPD in relevant areas of practice
  • Extensive experience working in an acute health setting and complex discharge planning.
  • Experience in supervising/teaching staff/students/volunteers
  • Experience in acute in-patient rehabilitation


  • Relevant other associated work experience
  • Leadership & first line management experience
  • Experience of involvement in audit / service development
  • Post registration experience relevant to clinical area

Skills & Aptitudes


  • Effective written and verbal communication skills to a range of audiences
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills and management of complex cases
  • Ability to relate clinical knowledge to practice
  • Able to work independently as an autonomous practitioner
  • Ability to work as part of a team including MDT
  • Good organisational skills
  • Reflect & critically approve own performance
  • Ability to lead and motivate self and team
  • Effective time management skills and ability to prioritise case load and managerial tasks
  • Ability to laterally think and problem solve
  • Ability to apply appraisal teaching and supervision skills
  • Highly specialist knowledge of current therapy in relevant area
  • Awareness of current health issues
  • IT skills / computer literate
  • Able to maintain judgment and make decisions under pressure
  • Excellent presentation & training skills
  • Clear vision of role/commitment to specialty

Personal Qualities & Attributes


  • Committed to personal and team development
  • Adaptable and supportive of change
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Research-minded
  • Able to work on different sites
  • Able to work weekends in line with the Therapy 7 day working provision

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