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Occupational Therapist-stroke rehabilitation Band 5/6 development post

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
To work towards as a Band 6 Occupational therapist on successful completion of specific stroke specialist competencies within agreed time frame within Integrated Community stroke Rehabilitation Services. To provide a high standard of occupational therapy service to the stroke rehabilitation services, this involves working alone as part of a multi-disciplinary team within residential and community settings.

To work as a member of a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency rehabilitation team, providing an evidence-based Occupational Therapy service for adults with a stroke

To use specialist clinical skills to assess and deliver Occupational Therapy intervention to service users with highly complex needs.

To provide support to the Assistant Practitioners/Technical Instructors via supervision and Professional Development Review.

To act as an accredited fieldwork educator for Occupational Therapy Students on placement

To work collaboratively with and to provide technical support to colleagues within community stroke rehabilitation services

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Specialist Occupational Therapist- band 5/6 development post in Stroke to join the Walsall Community Stroke Team. The team provides rehabilitation for adults with a stroke in a variety of settings such as clinics, inpatient units or in the client's own home.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and innovative Occupational Therapist with experience in stroke/ neurological assessment and rehabilitation. You will also be required to work independently in a community setting, therefore experience of working with a community rehabilitation team is also desirable.

You will need excellent leadership, communication, organisational and supervision skills and sound clinical knowledge, but enthusiasm and the potential to develop these within the post will also be valued.

You will be required to work closely with the Clinical Lead, Team Leader and senior occupational therapist for Stroke care services and contribute to driving forward the development of high quality Specialist Stroke Services for residents of Walsall, participating in evidence based projects and service evaluations.

Applicants must have a current Health Profession Council registration. Supervision, personal development reviews and professional development opportunities are available and CPD is supported and actively encouraged.

About us

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust is an integrated Trust and the only provider of NHS acute care in Walsall, serving a population of 286,700, providing inpatient and outpatient services at the Manor Hospital as well as a wide range of services in the community. Walsall Manor houses the full range of district general hospital services under one roof. The �170 million development was completed in 2010 and the continued upgrading of existing areas ensures the Trust now has a state-of-the-art Critical Care Unit, Neonatal Unit, Obstetric Theatre, and Integrated Assessment Unit facilities. Work is also well underway on its multi-million pound new Urgent and Emergency Care Centre which will house a new Emergency Department (including Children's Emergency Department), co-located Paediatric Assessment Unit, Acute Medical Unit and Urgent Care Centre. This is scheduled for completion this year.

We would particularly welcome applications from people from a BME background and people with a disability as these groups are currently under-represented at senior level. We value diversity within our Trust and are working to achieve equality in our recruitment.

We support flexible working for all employees and prospective applicants.

Any settled workers meeting the requirements must be offered the position in preference to any non-resident candidates meeting the requirements, unless the role falls under a PhD-level code, in which case sponsorship may be attained.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Summary

To provide an accomplished, high quality Occupational Therapy service for patients within the clinical specialty of Stroke Services and rehabilitation. This involves working with patients on various stroke pathways which includes providing rehabilitation in clients homes and community inpatient rehabilitation settings .

To perform Occupational Therapy assessment of patients with diverse presentations and complex conditions, to provide analysis, findings and delivery of individualised treatment programmes.

To hold responsibility for own caseload working without direct supervision. Supervision takes the form of regular formal training and clinical reasoning sessions, review of cases and the clinical intervention, peer review and case conferences. Advice and support from colleagues and a Team Lead Occupational Therapist is available and clinical work is routinely evaluated.

To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.

To undertake evidence based audits to evaluate teams clinical practice. To make recommendations, this may result in the implementation of changes to practice or contributing to service protocols.

To work with other professions in order to facilitate safe and effective treatment and management.

To supervise, educate and assess the performance of undergraduate Occupational Therapy students.

To delegate duties to more junior staff and use resources effectively.

Key Responsibilities

To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of own work.

To obtain consent as outlined in College of Occupational Therapy (COT) and Trust policies.

To be responsible for organising and planning own caseload to meet service and patient priorities, readjusting plans as situations change/arise.

To undertake a proficient assessment of patients, including those with diverse and complex presentations by using clinical reasoning skills and manual assessment techniques.

To formulate and deliver an individual Occupational Therapy treatment programme based on sound knowledge of evidence based practice and treatment options using clinical assessment, reasoning skills, knowledge and skills of treatment techniques, e.g. patient education and other alternative options.

To be assigned a defined area of responsibility. To be responsible for providing Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment plans for patients within this remit.

To formulate realistic goals and participate in discharge planning as appropriate within the multi-disciplinary team.

To effectively communicate with patients, family/carers who may have barriers to understanding or communicating, e.g. blind, deaf, dysphasic, or who do not have English as their first language.

To evaluate patient progress, reassess and change treatment programmes if required.

To be responsible for maintaining accurate, confidential and comprehensive patient treatment records in line with the COT Standards of Practice, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and to follow Trust documentation policies.

To actively participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings. This may include discussion of patient care, patient progress, ongoing management and involvement in discharge planning as appropriate.

To ensure that your own practice meets the level of competency required by professional standards of Occupational Therapy practice.

To discuss with mentor / supervisor during regular supervision the organising and planning of own caseload to meet service and patient priorities, readjusting plans as situations change/arise and where appropriate delegate tasks to appropriate Therapy staff.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • oProfessional qualification e.g. BSc in Occupational Therapy
  • oState registered Occupational Therapist
  • oPost graduate courses/rotations in various setting/rehabilitation experience


  • Member of RCOT



  • oDemonstrates post qualified rehabilitation experience
  • oPractical experience of supervising qualified and unqualified OT staff
  • oPractical experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • oExtensive experience of working as an autonomous OT practitioner within a health or social care setting.


  • Current experience as an accredited fieldwork educator for Occupational Therapy students



  • oDemonstrates the ability to travel frequently throughout the Borough within the working day/Car driver
  • oDemonstrates effective IT skills including the ability to operate Microsoft Word, excel sheet and e-mail.

Employer details

Employer name

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust


Hollybank House

Coltham Road


WV12 5QD

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