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Occupational Therapist

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year PA pro rata inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
The Harrow Short Term Rehab and Discharge to Assess Team has an opportunity for a Band 7 Occupational Therapist to join our rehabilitation team. The team provides different pathways to reduce hospital length of stay, facilitate and support safe discharges and to improve patient's quality of life by providing patient centered rehabilitation to promote independence and wellbeing.

Main duties of the job

You will be expected to work as an integral part of the Team, and as part of the wider Occupational Therapy team, to deliver high quality, evidence based occupational therapy intervention. The role will provide leadership in the development and ongoing quality assurance of the service, undertaking evaluation, audit and contributing to research.

You will work with our dynamic team of physiotherapists, nurses, speech and language therapists, nurses, rehabilitation assistants, support workers, GPs and specialist community services to support hospital discharges in the community rehab and prevention of admission pathway. You will be key in being part of developing these pathways and support the team to strive for clinical excellence.

About us

Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH) is one of the largest community healthcare organisations in London and Hertfordshire, providing our services to diverse communities/boroughs in 11 London Boroughs - Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth, Westminster - and Hertfordshire.

Just as we care about our patients' wellbeing, we care about yours!

We can offer you:
  • A comprehensive induction into the community service followed by a local induction to introduce you to the role
  • Single occupancy accommodation in Central London - (we can help you find accommodation in London, support you with your deposit)
  • Support with gaining your driving license *T& C's apply
  • Car lease scheme *T& C's apply
  • Flexible working options
  • Annual travel card loan
  • Training, support and development in your career

To have a full look at our benefits and what it's like working for us please go here:

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be highly specialised in the assessment and treatment of patients with complex multi-pathologies

To undertake highly specialist OT assessments using evidence-based outcome measures, in a variety of settings i.e., patients home, care home setting, community centre, of patients referred to the rehabilitation team.

At all times to work clinically within an evidence-based framework

To be responsible for gaining valid, informed consent for assessment and treatment interventions, and sharing of information following legal and professional guidelines

Following specialist assessment, to use advanced clinical reasoning and judgement on a variety of OT problems which require investigating, analysing and assessing.

To use a patient-centred goal setting approach, providing individual OT treatments and programmes. These treatment techniques may include highly developed physical, cognitive assessment and treatment techniques, patient education, home assessment and modifications and other OT treatment techniques.

Provide clinical advice to manage advanced issues e.g. functional deficits, upper limb problems, cognition, sensory problems, fatigue, posture, seating, and moving and handling and be able to communicate this complex information to patients, families and carers

To develop specialised programmes of care, assessing, implementing and evaluating the outcomes and reassessing the intervention with regard to OT treatment

To be responsible for the coordination of multidisciplinary care meetings and interventions

Through advanced clinical reasoning and analysis, to identify patients needs from outside agencies and to liaise and refer patients to these services including other Healthcare Services, Healthcare Professionals and Voluntary agencies as appropriate

To prescribe appropriate equipment and educate patients in the safe use of this equipment, in order to maximise patients independence

To work closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to provide a comprehensive, seamless service, aiming to improve and maintain functional ability of patients referred

To communicate complex condition related information to patients/ carers/ relatives, and other clinical/ social care staff. Patients may have barriers to understanding and will need to gain co-operation for treatment

To demonstrate skills on motivating patients across a range of situations in verbal, written, formal and informal manner

To at all times respect the rights, wishes and dignity of patients

Please refer to the attached Job Description for the full list of responsibilities.

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination uptake as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level with appropriate post graduate qualification in relevant clinical area
  • HPC registration
  • Evidence of CPD relevant to the treatment of people with physical and cognitive disabilities
  • Up to date CPD portfolio


  • Member of OT specialist interest group that is, Specialist section in older adults
  • MSC in appropriate clinical area
  • Leadership / management training



  • Minimum of 4 years post registration experience at band 6 level in a wide range of clinical areas that is, elderly rehabilitation, community rehabilitation and orthopaedics
  • Experience of working in a falls team or a sound knowledge of falls
  • Experience of Community work
  • Postgraduate experience of working in an interprofessional and multi-agency t
  • Managing complex caseloads
  • Good knowledge of the Mental Health Act and other legislation
  • Experience in teaching and training
  • Leading service and development change
  • Experience of minor adaptations and home modifications
  • Experience of working as an independent clinician whilst providing a clinical lead for senior and junior staff


  • Experience of working with social services
  • Experience of research and clinical audit
  • Experience of successful project management within a clinical area
  • Experience representing Occupational Therapy at management/strategic level in Trust meetings and external forums

Skills and Knowledge


  • Advanced skills in the assessment and treatment of people with complex multi-pathologies
  • Highly specialist evidence based knowledge of relevant conditions within the speciality, their symptoms and effect on function
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of complex medical conditions and their relation to people who fall
  • Demonstrate highly developed visual acuity and perceptual skills through the ability to identify a client's cognitive, perceptual, neurological and musculo skeletal deficits through observation of everyday tasks,
  • Ability to apply core OT skills across a range of clinical conditions within a patient centred, goal setting approach
  • Knowledge and understanding of National and local frameworks and guidelines for older people.
  • Knowledge of outcome measures and evidence based practice associated with people with physical disabilities
  • Ability to problem solve, prioritise and demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning
  • Advanced communication and report writing skills, in both verbal and written format
  • Skills in supervision and appraisal of assistants, junior therapists and students
  • IT skills - e.g. Microsoft Word, Power point, Excel, Outlook
  • Presentation skills appropriate for teaching of junior staff, students and peers in in service training setting
  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical governance
  • An understanding of the importance of involving service users in their treatment and in service development


  • Knowledge of research and audit processes
  • Knowledge of project management including planning, implementation and review



  • Ability to self-motivate and innovate
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable
  • Appropriate level of physical fitness to perform the job (as outlined in the job description) with or without adaptations
  • Access to own transport to travel around the borough - and appropriate licence if required.

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

Central London Community Health Trust


Honeypot Lane Health Centre



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