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Specialist Occupational Therapist - Development Role *New Hire Bonus*

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
New Hire Bonus �3000

The posts are eligible for a �3000 New Hire Bonus. A payment of �1000 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of �2000 1 year after you start. This will be pro-rata for part-time posts. Internal applicants are not eligible.

We have an opportunity to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated experienced Band 6 Occupational Therapist, or a Band 5 as a development role, to join the Wisbech/Fenland Neighbourhood Team. The Specialist Occupational Therapist role covers the Fenland area. You will be working as part of a community-based therapy team providing high quality rehabilitation to patients with physical disabilities in their home environment. This post will allow the successful candidate the opportunity to consolidate their community, clinical and managerial skills. You will be working within a team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Assistants and alongside Nursing and Mental Health colleagues.

The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic, sense of accountability, accompanied by an ability to work under considerable pressure at times. This post is open to professionals with the right attributes to enhance a team.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a self-motivated individual who is able to work as an autonomous practitioner within the integrated multi professional Community Therapy team to provide a high standard of care to our patients. Your role will include assessing, planning and developing specialist occupational therapist programmes for patients with a wide variety of complex needs. You will be responsible for your own caseload, prioritising referrals according to clinical need, signposting appropriately and undertaking assessment of patients with complex and multiple pathologies using advanced, specialist clinical reasoning skills.

Your role also includes supervision of junior staff and students, overseeing patient intervention and ensuring that Assistant Practitioners and Integrated Care Workers deliver high quality patient care.

This post will allow the successful candidate the opportunity to consolidate their community, clinical and managerial skills. You will be working within a team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Assistants and alongside Nursing and Mental Health colleagues.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.
  • To work towards the acceptance of clinical responsibility and professional autonomy for a designated caseload of patients, from referral to discharge, and to organise this efficiently and effectively in relation to clinical priorities and use of time.
  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work, including the management of patients in your care.
  • To accept responsibility for ensuring the effective selection, use and fitting of equipment.
  • To communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation potential. Communication skills of persuasion, motivation, explanation and gaining informed consent will be used with a variety of patients. Barriers to effective communication will regularly be evident, e.g., sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, pain, emotional state, behavioural and communication difficulties.
  • To ensure effective communication and collaboration takes place between yourself and members of the multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams across hospital and community. This may include verbal communication (e.g., case conferences, telephone) and written communication (e.g., report writing).
  • To support others and recognise the limitations of your own clinical practice and seek the advice of others as appropriate.
  • To develop an awareness of wider team and service issues.
  • To ensure the effective selection and appropriate use of treatment resources.

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Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Degree or equivalent, e.g. BSc, MSc or Diploma entry level qualification into the OT profession.
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Documented evidence of own continuing professional development.


  • Member of RCOT



  • Experience of working in the NHS
  • A broad range of undergraduate placements completed in a variety of settings.


  • Experience of Working in the community
  • Clinical experience working with older people and long-term conditions

Skills & Abilities


  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision.
  • Ability to work flexibly as part of a team.
  • Effective communication skills
  • Good report writing.


  • Understanding of clinical supervision

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others
  • Recognises the limits of own authority within the role
  • Seeks and uses professional support appropriately
  • Understands the principle of confidentiality


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Physical Requirements


  • Kneel, bend and stoop, and work in cramped environments.
  • Move and manoeuvre people and equipment.
  • Travel around work base locality.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


North Cambridgeshire Hospital

Churchill Road


PE13 3AB

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