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Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time Band 7 Specialist Occupational Therapist to join our supportive Stroke and Neuro therapy team within the Acute Hospital. This post will provide service for Neurology in-patients as well as overseeing therapy input for medical patients on Kesgrave Ward. We are looking to recruit a dynamic, motivated and forward thinking individual with a passion for neurology care and rehabilitation. You will join our integrated occupational therapy and physiotherapy team to deliver excellence in service delivery, within a well-established multi-disciplinary team.

The patients you will be working with have a wide range of neurological conditions such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, Multiple sclerosis, Motor neurone disease (MND), traumatic brain injury and Functional neurological disorder, as well as many other complex neurological presentations and conditions.

Working as part of the strong MDT you will lead on embedding EBP with the Neuro in-patient caseload. Innovative practice is encouraged in order to maximise our patients' time on the ward, promoting the enabling approach, with comprehensive discharge planning and close working with Icanho and community therapy teams. MDT working is essential to this role so you must have an understanding and full appreciation of other disciplines as well as excellent communication skills. A background in supervision of junior staff and experience in teaching and presenting is essential.

Main duties of the job

To be jointly responsible for leading and managing acute therapy input for Neurology patients throughout the Trust and medical patients residing on Kesgrave Ward.

To work closely alongside the Acute Stroke Therapy Team to ensure equitable and optimal therapy cover over 7 days

To be responsible for the day to day ward Therapy organisation alongside team leads in stroke ensuring that all patients are given timely, appropriate, effective therapy treatment and discharge planning .To work as an autonomous practitioner in providing complex assessments from your clinical perspective and interventions following evidence based practice & current NICE Guidelines, evaluating interventions and ensuring that all members of your team do so accordingly.

To hold own designated caseload of patients and to maintain up to date professional documentation according to professional and departmental standards.

To explore and promote options for service development within the Neurology Service and work alongside senior therapists to ensure that integrated therapy services across the directorate are well planned and cohesive.

To participate in CPD, appraisal processes and other developmental activities and encourage all members of your team to do accordingly.

To be responsible for the supervision, teaching and day to day line management of more junior staff including occupational therapists, assistants and students on placement.

About us

One of the largest Trust's in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients' own homes. You will be joining a team of almost 12,000 amazing colleagues providing care to approximately a million people.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (if applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients.

To support our employees to achieve their career aspirations you may be eligible to obtain a qualification via an apprenticeship. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a skills review to facilitate this. For full details please see the attached Apprenticeship Handbook.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will have a wide knowledge base and experience of occupational therapy intervention for neurology patients with physical, cognitive, perceptual and psychological deficits. Skills in splinting for neurological conditions including spasticity and splinting after botulinum toxin injections would be advantageous, but training could be arranged.

In return, we provide opportunities to gain experience alongside highly experienced senior staff, and a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in stroke. Regular formal supervision and appraisal are provided and there are opportunities for formal training. Research links exist with UEA to help bring technology into the clinical setting. Dynamic and forward thinking, we strive to make every contact count, to improve the lives of our patients as they embark on their recovery.

Flexibility to work on a 7 day rota is required, along with the need to support other therapy teams within the Trust.

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • oMinimum 3 years' experience working as an autonomous practitioner in the NHS or equivalent healthcare system.
  • oEvidence of working within the acute hospital setting
  • oEvidence of experience as a qualified therapist working in neurological rehabilitation.
  • oSignificant experience working as part of MDT.
  • oParticipation in and provision of in-service training programmes.
  • oEvidence of appraisal, supervision and teaching of junior staff, assistants and students including formal clinical educator training.
  • oDemonstrates evidence of ability to identify service improvements.
  • oEvidence of specific responsibilities
  • oExperience of line management responsibility for therapists.
  • oCo-ordination of in-service training and development of teaching programmes.
  • oExperience in audit and/or research.


  • oSupervision and teaching of other professionals within an MDT work environment.
  • oLine management responsibility for other professions.



  • oBSc or Diploma in OT
  • oHCPC registration.
  • oEvidence of CPD and relevant postgraduate courses and additional training experiences.


  • oMember of special interest group
  • ospecialist training to Masters level or equivalent.
  • oCPD portfolio.
  • oRelevant postgraduate qualifications.

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