Rotational Stroke Occupational Therapist

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a newly created band 6 Stroke Specialist Occupational Therapist to join our Integrated Stroke Therapy Service. The newly established role will be working across the stroke therapy pathway covering Pennine Lancashire. The role will be working as part of the Stroke Occupational Therapy Rotation across the Acute Stroke Unit, Inpatient Stroke Rehab Unit and Community Stroke Team covering Royal Blackburn Hospital, Pendle Community Hospital and Pennine Lancashire Community.

The job focus will be to work as part of the occupational therapy team and wider MDT providing responsive and high-quality stroke rehabilitation across the pathway. You will be a HCPC registered therapist with sound knowledge and experience of specialist neurological assessment and treatment procedures for this client group. We are large integrated stroke MDT and recruit a AHP Professor in Stroke and Neuro rehabilitation, as such we have strong links in research and clinical development opportunities with a robust in-service training programme.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required together with good organisational and time management skills. Access to a car is essential as you will be required to travel between clinical sites as part of the role.

Main duties of the job

The role will require you to undertake comprehensive occupational therapy assessment at a specialist level with patients, allocated to your caseload, with the close supervision of the Clinical Team Lead OT.

You will be required to complete specialised assessment, treatment planning, and clinical intervention in the field of stroke, working in a variety of clinical settings including clinics, patients homes, care homes, hospital etc. You will select and apply appropriate evidence-based assessment tools and outcome measures to identify the clinical benefit within your practice. As part of the role, you will be expected to formulate patient centred goals along with individualised management and treatment plans.

As a therapist working towards a senior post, you will independently manage a varied and complex caseload under supervision of your mentor. You will organise your time effectively and efficiently with regard to clinical priorities ensuring good use of skills within the team by delegating and allocating work to assistant therapy staff.

About us

The Integrated Stroke Therapy Team is a SSNAP 'A' rated service which provides specialist stroke services to adults within the acute & rehabilitation setting at both Royal Blackburn Hospital and Pendle Community Hospital. While the Community Stroke Service provides rehabilitation to patients within a range of settings including outpatient departments, patients' homes, and care home settings.

The integrated therapy team consists of a whole MDT team including Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Clinical Psychology, AHP Professor in Neurorehabilitation and Stroke along with Therapy Assistant Practitioners.

As a service we are actively involved in research developments and keen to encourage staff to participate in service improvement projects. We also have a robust training and supervision structure in place to support staff to clinically develop in this specialist field. Both internal and external training opportunities are available to staff as part of your continued development.

As part of the therapy service, you are required to work across the stroke therapy pathway to meet the needs of stroke patients, this includes a requirement to work as part of the 7 day working rota which includes bank holidays.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Undertake a comprehensive Occupational Therapy assessment working towards a specialist level with patients, allocated to your caseload. This may involve the selection and application of standardised and non-standardised assessments addressing occupational performance.

Interpret and analyse clinical and non-clinical factors including physical, environmental, psychosocial, mental, spiritual, political and cultural aspects of the patients life, in order to identify occupational performance deficits, and provide specialist advice and intervention for the facilitation of optimum level of occupational functioning.

Formulate goals in partnership with the patient, clearly communicating your clinical reasoning, in order to justify your recommendations, and utilising most appropriate treatment/intervention for the patients needs.

Implement a variety of evidence based Occupational Therapy interventions to a specialist level according to the needs of the individual patient.

Evaluate and modify the treatment programme as appropriate.

Independently manage a varied and complex caseload on a day to day basis, organising your time effectively and efficiently with regard to clinical priorities ensuring good use of skills within the team by delegating and allocating work to junior staff as appropriate.

Advise, support, and educate patients, carers and other professionals in the self management of patients condition.

Initiate and organise case reviews involving multi disciplinary and multi agency staff. The post holder may be required to take the key worker role.

Develop, maintain and demonstrate specialist clinical skills related to clinical area, which are underpinned by theory, research and practical experience.

Assess for and provide standard and specialist assistance technology for patients in accordance with local criteria and pathways for provision.

Advise, instruct, and educate patients, carers and other professionals in the use of standard and specialist assistive technology, and environmental adaptation where appropriate.

Undertake risk assessments, and manage and document risk.

Work as an autonomous practitioner in a variety of settings (clinic, patients own home, school, care home, hospital, etc.) where there is a requirement to make decisions spontaneously.

Understand and demonstrate a working knowledge of national guidelines and legislation relating to Health and Social Care relevant to Occupational Therapy.

Record patient contact statistics.

Delegate, monitor, organise, and supervise the work of junior staff as appropriate.

Person Specification

Essential & Desirable


  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Previous experience working in stroke or neuro at band 5 rotation
  • Post graduate training in relevant clinical area
  • Experience of delivering physical and cognitive rehabilitation programmes
  • Experience of using a range of assessment and treatment modalities in the delivery of stroke or neuro rehab
  • Able to demonstrate skills in advanced clinical reasoning
  • Ability to commute between sites and around the community with access to a vehicle for work purposes
  • HCPC registered OT


  • Qualification in Clinical Student Education
  • Experience of delivering training to colleagues/ students/ or other agencies
  • Previous experience working in the community

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

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

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust


Pendle Community Hospital

Leeds Road



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