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Community Team Clinical Lead OT (Copeland)

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
Cleator Moor
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
5 Oct 2023

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Community Team Clinical Lead Occupational Therapy (Copeland)

Are you looking for an innovative role in a multidisciplinary team? This fantastic opportunity awaits a dynamic, motivated Occupational Therapist looking to develop clinical, operational and leadership skills.

This team also provides a rapid response service for patients aimed at avoiding hospital admission if safe to do so. The Discharge to Assess element aims to support patients come home for assessments and stay at home if safe to or return to hospital to develop a safe discharge plan. The aim is to work closely with other teams to prevent hospital admission, facilitate discharge & promote independence.

As a team lead you will be expected to provide clinical leadership and operational management to the team and manage the clinical caseload of patients to ensure safe patient flow.

Do you have the appetite to lead this innovative team in developing to meet the dynamic needs of our community? If you are then do not hesitate to get in contact for an informal chat.

Main duties of the job

  • Providing clinical input, demonstrating advanced competence in complex decision making, assessment & management of clinical needs of a complex caseload.
  • Supporting the development of individuals & the team through appraisal, personal development planning, coaching & mentoring.
  • Provide assurance & governance for the service.
  • Lead the implementation of clinical protocols/pathways in the service.
  • Work with the Professional Lead to implement the AHP strategic plan.
  • Develop rehabilitation & recovery focused services to enabling people to be independent for longer, manage their health needs & lead healthy, active lives in their community.
  • Supporting the service implement clinical effectiveness programs by taking part in any agreed research/audit projects, leading key aspects as appropriate
  • Provide strategic clinical leadership using the most up to date evidence based theory.
  • Work alongside the Physiotherapy Team Lead to deliver the aims of the ICC & leadership to other community rehabilitation team staff.
  • Offer expert clinical advice for service users, carers, staff & other professionals.
  • Make a contribution to training, teaching & supervision of colleagues.
  • Work in partnership with service users, carers & other agencies to ensure effectiveness of outcomes.

The post holder will have the autonomy, legitimacy and authority to make changes within the clinical practices of the team to move the service forward.

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

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

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



  • Royal College recognised degree/diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Evidence of relevant post-graduate courses/CPD
  • Membership of a relevant professional body
  • Registered with Health Professional Council


  • Mentorship course or teaching and assessing qualification or equivalent
  • Leadership qualification



  • Significant post registration experience.
  • Experience of providing management and clinical supervision and appraisal.
  • Demonstrable experience of providing teaching/training.
  • Leadership skills gained through previous experience and/or in house training


  • Experience of community health care rehabilitation
  • Experience of service modernisation/change management
  • Experience in managing HR issues.
  • Experience of working outside of traditional scope of practise, as required for ICC working
  • Experience of rapid response to prevent admission to hospital.
  • Experience of discharge to assess models of practise, to support early discharge from hospital.



  • Skills in the use of methods of assessment, diagnosing, formulation/interventions and evaluation
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex and highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to the service user, their families and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Well developed skills in providing clinical supervision and consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Ability to teach and train others using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and potentially challenging behaviour
  • Ability to work sensitively and supportively with staff who are retraining and/or changing their way of working
  • Ability to develop staff and their levels of skills and expertise
  • Ability to understand the NICE guidelines and the role of such guidelines in the NHS



  • Demonstrable interest in continuing developing knowledge and skills in area of specialism.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development, relevant to ICC working.
  • Ability to manage a complex and varied caseload.
  • Ability to drive high level multi- disciplinary practice to maximum potential.
  • Ability to engage in audit/ research process in order to influence care according to best practice.
  • Knowledge of relevant national policies pertaining to profession and practise.
  • Knowledge of up to date practice using research and evidence based learning

Personal Circumstances


  • Able to travel independently.
  • Able to work 24/7 and flexibly across a range of in-patient and community settings.
  • Have the resilience necessary to overcome obstacles and resistance.
  • Evidence of being a team player.
  • Ability to work flexibly inside and outside of office hours.

Other Requirements


  • Develop a culture that promotes equality and values diversity.

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
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