Specialist Occupational Therapist - Band 6 - ESD Stroke Team

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
18 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 6 Specialist Occupational Therapist,Suffolk Stroke Early Supported Discharge Team,1.0wte permanent

An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen within the Suffolk Stroke Early Supported Discharge Team, for the role of Specialist Occupational Therapist Band 6 to join our Team in the West of the County.

The Suffolk Stroke Early Supported Discharge Team provides specialist individualised stroke rehabilitation, in order to support stroke patients and their carers in the first 6 weeks of discharge from hospital to home.

We are looking for a dynamic and passionate Band 6 Specialist Occupational Therapist with a specific interest and clinical experience in stroke rehabilitation for a full-time, permanent static position. We work as an interdisciplinary team which operates 5 days a week, Monday Friday however due to changes in service provision the post holder might be required to deliver 7-day service or engage in a wider service delivery model in the future. The interdisciplinary team consists of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Assistant Practitioners and Rehabilitation Assistants.

Main duties of the job

The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual, who is passionate about helping patients to improve their quality of life and recover following their stroke. You will work in a variety of settings including patients homes and the community providing specialist therapy assessments and interventions, whilst outlining rehabilitation care plans for the Rehabilitation Assistants to carry out with supervision, in order to enable patients to achieve their optimal level of independence.

You will work closely with patients and their families and carers in the planning and implementation of their rehabilitation care plans. You will be expected to work collaboratively across the Suffolk Stroke Pathway to ensure a seamless provision of stroke services, from the acute hospital through the early supported discharge team service, including as required referral to GPs, community therapy and nursing teams, and signposting to appropriate voluntary agencies.

You will need to demonstrate

Comprehensive clinical knowledge of stroke rehabilitation

Thorough clinical reasoning and an awareness of stroke specific guidelines.

A holistic patient centred approach.

IT knowledge and ability to maintain appropriate patient and clinical records in line with the Trusts policies and procedures.

Please see the attached job description and person specification for full details.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

Were a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and childrens ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities


To work within a stroke interdisciplinary early supported discharge team to provide high quality specialist occupational therapy rehabilitation to patients following a stroke in their own home/communities, in order to allow patients to achieve their optimal level of independence and maximum rehabilitation potential.

To work collaboratively across the Suffolk Stroke Pathway to ensure a seamless provision of stroke services from the acute hospital into Early Supported Discharge (ESD) team.

To work autonomously, carrying out the assessment, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based specialist treatment programs for patients following a stroke, who may have a range of impairments and complex health needs.

To supervise and support junior staff and students.

Contribute to service development and data collection within Suffolk integrated stroke services.
Key Areas of Responsibility

To provide a specialist occupational therapy service within the interdisciplinary early supported discharge team consisting of liaison, assessment, and treatment of patients following stoke referred to the stroke early supported discharge team.

To manage autonomously a significant caseload with supervision from senior staff members.

To participate in the patients inter-disciplinary rehabilitation goals which may include aspects of personal care, ensuring a functional approach to rehabilitation.

To make appropriate clinical decisions following assessment, using evidence based practice and outcome measures to provide the most effective treatment to patients, their families and carers within clearly defined inter-disciplinary care plans.

Person Specification



  • Knowledge and application of national guidelines for stoke and relevant standards and outcome measures
  • Competency in physical skills of assessment and treatment of patients with stroke
  • Competency in assessment of patients impairments physical and cognitive and formulating treatment plans and appropriate goals
  • Experience of staff supervision and appraisal of qualifies and unqualified staff
  • Clinical reasoning skills and problem-solving ability, using initiative where appropriate
  • Knowledge and understanding of research process



  • BSc /Diploma in Occupational Therapy or MSc Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC Registration
  • Post - graduate experience working within neurology/stroke care
  • Previous experience of working in and with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience in the supervision of rehab assistants (or equivalent)


  • Evidence of post registration education
  • Clinical fieldwork Educators Course
  • Evidence of attendance at specialist stroke courses
  • Previous post graduate clinical experience in stroke care in a community setting
  • Member of specialist interest group
  • Experience of participating in research and audit project

Skills & Abilities


  • Good communication, organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to deal with distressing and emotionally difficult situations and to communicate complex and or sensitive information requiring empathy and reassurance knowledge of boundaries to understanding
  • Ability to prioritise workload organising and delegating effectively
  • IT skills
  • Good teaching and presentation skills ability to pass on appropriate skills and knowledge to others formally/informally on an individual/group basis with variety of media
  • Ability to evaluate research evidence and apply relevant outcome measures

Personal Qualities


  • Enthusiastic and able to work under pressure and maintain high professional and personal standards
  • Able to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Committed to team and personal development
  • Reliable and accountable approach for self and others
  • Flexible and adaptable approach good problem- solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to empathise, use tact and diplomacy
  • Confident in approach to patients, colleagues and other health professionals
  • Willing to take on new challenges and responsibilities
  • Able to make own travelling arrangements to meet the demands of the service
  • Able to communicate highly effectively in the English Language in both verbal and written modalities
  • Able to identify with the Trusts commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people

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

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


Disability Resource Centre

Bunting Road

Bury St Edmunds


IP32 7BX

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