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Senior Occupational Therapist - Critical Care

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have a new and exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join the teams at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, Margate and the William Harvey Hospital, Ashford. This post will be in our new developing service in the acute ITUs and will work alongside other AHPs delivering a holistic service
  • To manage daily a clinical specialist caseload in ITU (also surgical wards at QEQM) and be responsible for the assessment, formulation and treatments and to give highly specialised therapy advice to members of the MDT.
  • To deputise for Team Leader on clinical and managerial issues within the team.
  • To be actively involved with training within the Department.

We offer vast opportunities for CPD and learning across the ITU / Surgical Team with regular IST. Upon joining us we will support you with your progression (and can also offer a developmental post from a band 5 to a 6) both clinically and with leadership skills.

Please note that previous applicants need not apply.

Main duties of the job

Assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of holistic therapy intervention for patients on ITU and surgical wards.

To be an integral part in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients in this clinical area.

The development of integrated care programmes and discharge plan with the patient.

Line management (including clinical supervision) of staff (e.g. Band 5, therapy assistants and students).

Provide professional advice and leadership.

To actively work as a member of the multi-professional team to provide high quality therapy intervention to patients.

Manage a caseload of patients on a daily basis consisting of patients with complex needs associated within ITU / Surgery.

Clinicians working at this level will be expected to evaluate their outcomes, review non-responding cases either with their peers or clinical specialists and refer on as appropriate using documented clinical reasoning.

About us

Applications for this role should be written by the applicant. If artificial intelligence (AI) programmes are used then the application may be rejected due to this document being an important part of the assessment process. This does not prevent applicants seeking appropriate support with applications should they need to for the purposes of any declared disability.

We are extremely proud of our Therapy Service which has over 300 staff across Physiotherapy, Speech & Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Dietetics and Orthotics. We have had significant funding to increase staffing across 7 days as well as across ITU, Stroke and the establishment of Frailty Assessment Units as well as a brand new Elective Orthopaedic Centre. Therapy services are recognised and respected across the Trust as being integral to safe and effective patient care.

This vacancy sits within the wider Clinical Support Services Care Group which provides essential services within the patient pathway. The Care Group is extremely diverse and is comprised of Audiology, Outpatients, Medical Physics, Pathology, Pharmacy, Radiology and Therapies specialties.

NHSEI have always been clear that staff have a professional duty to get vaccinated and it remains our best line of defence against COVID-19.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please scroll down to access the full Job Description and Person Specification located in 'supporting documents'.

Person Specification



  • BSc Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist


  • Member of COT
  • Member of specialist section for ITU or related special interest group e.g Acute medicine, acute rehabilitation



  • Highly developed clinical skills in ITU/ rehabilitation/HCOOP/Medical
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent time management


  • Evidence of working within a face paced setting e.g A& E or HFDT
  • Competent presentation skills



  • 18 months post graduate experience in relevant specialist area of ITU/Acute medical/surgery/rehabilitation/Frailty/health care of older people (HCOOP)
  • Proven record of providing high quality intervention for high risk patients


  • Experience working within an acute medical or Intensive care setting
  • Experience managing challenging situations



  • Awareness of professional issues and recent developments in the NHS and Primary Care including Clinical Governance, NICE and CQC
  • Knowledge of up to date clinical / evidenced based practice.
  • Knowledge of ITU pathways


  • Experience providing complex assessments and discharge planning
  • Experience using appropriate outcome measures linked to the assessment of patients in Intensive care

Employer details

Employer name

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust



Ramsgate Road



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