Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist - Rheumatology *Internal

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time

We are seeking to recruit a Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist within the speciality of rheumatology.

The successful applicant will provide clinical leadership and development of the rheumatology occupational therapy service as well as undertaking the assessment and treatment of patients presenting with this condition.

This role will require the successful candidate to provide out-patient appointments at both the Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital site.

Main duties of the job

The service is part of a strong Occupational Therapy network, with links to the teams in West Cumberland Hospital as well as the wider health and social care settings across North Cumbria. This provides many professional development opportunities and there is a strong focus on CPD within the team.

This role will require the successful candidate to:
  • Work as the lead clinician within the speciality of rheumatology, supporting individuals to participate in meaningful everyday activities and maximising their independence.
  • To provide an out-patient service which provides specialist rheumatological assessment and treatment, including the provision of splints where appropriate.
  • To offer individual and group intervention sessions and education where appropriate.
  • To lead in the further development of the rheumatology service and demonstrate the effect of interventions through outcome measures and audit, ensuring a safe, quality service is provided.
  • To provide access to appointments at both acute hospital sites, Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital.
  • Act as clinical specialist to occupational therapy staff and other health care professionals, in acute and community, for rheumatology related interventions.
  • Work with the Head, Deputy Heads and Clinical Lead Occupational Therapists on change management within the Occupational Therapy Department to improve and promote quality healthcare provision.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. There is an expectation for all staff to support this by familiarising yourself with the Trust's sustainability initiatives such as waste and recycling, going paperless, videoconferencing, sustainable transport and others.

We encourage you to think about what you can do as an individual and within your team to contribute in to embedding carbon reduction into the everyday running of our organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies?
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

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Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification

Other requirements


  • Willing to work flexibly.
  • Ability to travel extensively across North Cumbria.


  • Driving licence.

Personal Circumstances


  • Commitment to lifelong learning.
  • Enthusiastic, motivated and innovative.
  • Team player.


  • Member of RCOT.
  • Member of RCOT Special Interest Group.

Skills and Aptitudes


  • Ability to work independently, setting priorities.
  • Effective strategies for meeting deadlines.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Effective leadership skills.
  • Presentation and teaching skills.
  • Ability to reflect on and critically appraise performance and identify training needs.
  • Ability to facilitate resolution of professional and ethical issues.
  • Planning and decision making skills.
  • Research skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate the compassionate values and behaviours needed for dignified care.



  • Current knowledge of evidence base related to occupational therapy practice and rheumatology.
  • Continued professional development within the field of/relatable to rheumatology.
  • Clinical governance.
  • Health, safety and risk awareness.
  • Occupational Therapy models of practice.
  • Specialist Occupational Therapy equipment.
  • Environmental adaptations, options and processes
  • Current best practice guidelines for Occupational Therapy within rheumatology.


  • Recruitment and selection procedures.



  • Demonstrable post registration experience assessing and treating individuals who present with rheumatic conditions.
  • Experience of assessing, fabricating and issuing splints.
  • Dealing with patients and carers with complex rehabilitation and emotional needs.
  • Multi-disciplinary team working.
  • Supervision and appraisal of staff.
  • Supervision of students.
  • Undertaking audit.
  • Service/practice innovation and development.
  • Leadership experience.


  • Managing change.
  • Capacity and demand measurements.



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent.
  • Current registration with HCPC
  • Accredited wheelchair prescriber or equivalent.
  • Accredited practice placement educator or equivalent.
  • Relevant post graduate diploma or equivalent.


  • Master's degree or equivalent.
  • Leadership or management certificate or equivalent.
  • Essential IT skills (EITS) or equivalent.

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

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