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Occupational Therapist

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated occupational therapist who is enthusiastic about stroke rehabilitation to join our supportive and dynamic community stroke team. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience or develop existing knowledge and skills in stroke rehabilitation in a dynamic and innovative, specialist service. The Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team offers specialist multi-disciplinary rehabilitation to adults who have had a stroke. The service provides goal focused, time limited rehabilitation interventions in patients home environments and in other settings as appropriate. The stroke rehab team work closely alongside colleagues from Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust to support patients along the stroke pathway, from hospital to home. This is an exciting time for service development as we work towards implementing the new National Stroke Service Model and the National Stroke Clinical Guidelines. Some weekend working is required.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a registered Occupational Therapist with relevant clinical experience in stroke rehabilitation, who is confident to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Excellent communication, passion for stroke services and compassionate care are vital skills needed in this role. Alongside working closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary team you will be required to complete holistic assessments for the service, occupational therapy assessments and interventions and manage your own caseload. The service is time limited, providing up to 12 week episodes of rehabilitation therefore the team take a goal focused, patient-centered approach and we are looking for someone with experience of this approach. You will be expected to liaise and communicate with other services such as Adult Social Care, Neighbourhood Teams and Re-ablement on a regular basis to ensure that the patients receive coordinated care.

About us

Working for Leeds community Healthcare NHS Trust

Who are we?

Leeds Community Healthcare provides a range of community-based health services across the whole city. We treat people in their homes, local health centres and community hospitals, and work in partnership with other local Trusts, charities and Leeds City Council.

We have a strong culture based on deeply-held values, and our focus at all times is on delivering high quality care to the people of Leeds. In our most recent CQC evaluation, we were rated Good, with our Adult Services rated Outstanding for caring.

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust encourages and supports staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best lines of defence against Covid 19.

Perks of the job

Our benefits range from generous annual leave to access to NHS discount sites. Here are some of the most important ones:
  • 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Highly regarded NHS Pension Scheme
  • A supportive, structured preceptorship programme for all registered new starters
  • Professional development opportunities including coaching, training and education support
  • Salary sacrifice or lease car schemes
  • Health and wellbeing including gym membership, occupational health service and priority access to mental health services

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for their designated workload within their speciality area with access to the support, advice and management from a senior clinician whilst not directly supervised. In doing so, they will assess, plan, deliver and evaluate patient centred programmes of care ensuring that they practice within their sphere of competence and knowledge. The post holder will work to professional protocols and regulatory body codes, standards and guidance at all times ensuring that their practice is grounded in the best available evidence based theoretical and practical knowledge.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Clinical

1.1. Demonstrates a broad theoretical and practical knowledge of common aetiologies, pathologies, conditions and presentations

1.2. Demonstrates the ability to apply theory to practice at a proficient level when assessing, planning, treating and reviewing using a holistic philosophy

1.3. Highly developed physical skills in order to demonstrate accuracy and dexterity when delivering care and treatments essential to clinical role e.g. preparation of medications, manipulation of equipment

1.4. Makes judgements requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of options and ensures clinical reasoning is reflected accurately in case records

1.5. Engages and actively involves the individual and, if appropriate, their family/carer, in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of treatment and/or care by using person-centred techniques to promote a culture of involvement and empowerment

1.6. Works to standards of proficiency identified by their professional and regulatory bodies performing clinical treatments/procedures to a competent standard

1.7. Prioritises their own workload within agreed objectives deciding when to refer to others as appropriate.

1.8. Approaches each individual with care, compassion and sensitivity ensuring that these values are reflected in the management of any complaints and compliments

1.9. Provides and receives complex, sensitive or contentious information where motivational, persuasive, empathetic, negotiating and reassurance skills are required whilst demonstrating an understanding of barriers to communication.

1.10. To comply with the organisations Infection Prevention and Control requirements, including bare below the elbows dress code for staff with a direct care delivery role.

2. Leadership

2.1. Ensures that a professional service and image is maintained at all time, thereby acting as a role model to all staff

2.2. Provides a leadership style which is underpinned by strongly held values around equality, diversity and openness effectively builds and maintains relationships with direct reportee(s) and other key individuals across the organisation.

2.3. Ensures the effective and efficient use of resources within their own sphere of responsibility.

2.4. Demonstrates clinical leadership in everyday practice through identifying creative and innovative solutions, engaging in leadership development appropriate to level and encouraging development as part of the team.

2.5. In the absence of senior clinicians, the post holder will be able to delegate, organise and prioritise to ensure the safe delivery of the service including the management of referrals and discharges utilising locally agreed support mechanisms e.g. on call manager

2.6. Demonstrates resilience when responding to challenge, change and complex or difficult situations

2.7. Inspires others to be positive in their support of continuous improvement.

2.8. Ensures that individual objectives are clearly defined within the wider Directorate framework and in line with Trusts objectives, using the appraisal process as a vehicle for this.

2.9. Takes responsibility for their own and others health and safety in the working environment.

Person Specification



  • Professional degree or diploma in relevant field
  • Appropriate statutory professional body registration
  • Must be willing to participate in any relevant training identified to develop skills required to carry out duties
  • Maintains a portfolio of CPD in line with regulatory body standards


  • Supporting Learning in Practice (SLIP) or equivalent



  • Pre-registration experience in the clinical field or a closely related clinical area
  • Working as part of a wider multidisciplinary team


  • Working in community or primary care based teams
  • Experience of facilitating clinical supervision

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Theoretical and clinical knowledge appropriate to service area and profession
  • Knowledge of relevant current issues in health and social care
  • Basic understanding of clinical governance and quality measures

Skills and Attributes


  • Assessment, planning and evaluation skills
  • Performs test / procedures / diagnostics relevant to clinical role proficiently
  • Analytical and creative problem solving skills
  • Workload management including delegation of tasks
  • Competent IT skills e.g. word processing, email in order to maintain electronic patient records
  • Risk assessment skills
  • Able to research, understand and evaluate evidence in order to contribute to practice development


  • Experience in research and/or clinical audit

Attitude and Behaviour


  • Able to work as part of a team, co-operating to work together and in conjunction with others and willing to help and assist wherever possible and appropriate appreciating the value of diversity in the workplace
  • Able to work under pressure, dealing with peaks and troughs in workload
  • Positive and flexible attitude to dealing with change able to respond to the changing needs of the patient in an appropriate and timely manner
  • willing to change and accept change and to explore new ways of doing things and approaches

Car Owner/Driver


  • Due to the nature of the role, it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the locality and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. We are a seven day service and you will be required to work across this period. If required adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust


St. Marys Hospital

Green Hill Road


LS12 3QE

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