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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£29,729 to £35,799 a year p.a.
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you an established Occupational Therapist looking to be part of an experienced team that have recently been awarded with significant investment? Our Dorset Stroke and Neuro Service would love to hear from you where ideas are shared, and visions are supported.

You will provide specialist advice with a high-quality person-centred approach to care delivery which always considers people's safety, privacy and dignity. Our integrated community stroke and neuro team is AHP lead and will provide various pathways including supported self-management, advice with signposting, intensive rehabilitation (ESD), complex management and reviews. You will be working in a multidisciplinary team including social work, neuropsychology, rotations across the acute and community pathway and opportunities for advanced practice.You will have access to a wide range of specialists with many years of experience who can help to increase your opportunities for learning and development of skills.

The specialist occupational therapist post is a part time role of up to 31.5 hours. Hours can be met flexibly with consideration of condensed hours. Our service is a 6-day service and we promote hybrid working with mixed caseload of community, base and working from home

North Dorset (base at Yeatman Hospital) covering Shafestbury, Gillingham, Sherbourne and Blandford.

West Dorset (base at Forston Clinic) covering Weymouth & Portland, Lyme Regis, Purbecks and Dorchester.

Main duties of the job

We have recently been awarded significant investment in Dorset to develop Stroke and Neuro Services across Dorset to meet the National Stroke Service model published by NHS England last year (particularly with regards to Integrated Community Stroke Services- ICSS).

To provide a high quality person centred approach to care delivery which always considers people's safety, privacy and dignity.

To provide specialist care and interventions, assessments, treatments and managing patients on a caseload, as part of the wider multi-disciplinary care team.

To provide specialist advice to others regarding the management and care of patients / service users.

To devise specialist programmes of care for other professionals to deliver and ensure they are delivered appropriately.

To plan, implement and review health improvement programmes in a range of settings.

Provide supervision, mentorship, training and clinical support to students and trained practitioners.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Person Specification



  • Registered practitioner to degree/diploma level supplemented by post registration diploma level specialist training and/or short courses or demonstrable extensive experience in the relevant specialty
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body
  • Learning and Assessing in Practice Qualification or equivalent practice assessors training
  • Non-Medical Prescriber (if professionally appropriate)



  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business.



  • Demonstrates understanding of own wellness and resilience within the workplace as per HCPC standards



  • Experience at Practitioner Band 5 level
  • Experience of specialist working
  • Experience of managing change
  • Demonstrable knowledge of assessment and therapeutic interventions in area of specialism
  • Experience of developing specialist programmes of care for an individual or groups of patients/clients and of providing highly specialist advice
  • Able to demonstrate specialist clinical reasoning skills to assimilate information in order to make a clinical judgement regarding diagnosis and intervention.



  • Experience of providing clinical supervision and mentoring to junior staff
  • Experience of devising and delivering training

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Yeatman Hospital

Hospital Lane



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