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Occupational Therapist Stroke and Neurological Rehabilitation

Great Western Hospitals 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 are looking for a motivated Occupational Therapist to join our team, bringing with them skills and knowledge to aid in the development of the service. You will be supported by a Band 7 Occupational therapist and participate in band 6 peer supervision. The therapy team are a very supportive team and always willing to support and help each other, and this does sometimes require covering across services when required. We are keen to ensure the continued development of our staff and as such there are both internal and external opportunities for training and development to aid in continual development of your skills and the development of the service.

You will provide specialist Occupational Therapy intervention and management for patients requiring stroke and general rehabilitation as part of an interdisciplinary team in hospital and community settings. You will supervise more junior staff and be involved with service development keeping the patient at the centre of care.

Main duties of the job

This post involves rotating between our acute stroke unit within the Great Western Hospital, the Stroke and Rehab Ward within Swindon Intermediate Care Centre and community Stroke Team. This is an exciting opportunity to use your stroke rehab skills, including cognitive rehab, Upper limb and functional rehabilitation. You will be working within the stroke and fractured NOF pathway patients but also work with other general rehab patients. Our stroke therapy team encompasses the whole stroke pathway which enables effective and joined up working.

Occupational therapy is a key and valued resource within all our interdisciplinary teams, providing opportunities to do cognitive rehabilitation, functional rehabilitation, splinting, upper limb care and much more. The role requires close liaison with Physiotherapy, speech and language therapists and colleagues from external agencies.

About us

Our STAR values are at the heart of everything we do. You can expect to see them in the way we act and the way we treat each other. Our values make us who we are.

Service We will put our patients firstTeamwork We will work togetherAmbition We will aspire to provide the best serviceRespect We will act with integrity

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be jointly responsible with the other Band 6 Occupational Therapists for the rehabilitation and day to day running of the Occupational Therapy Team in your designated area. Designated areas may be with inpatients, outpatients or in community settings or a combination of these.
  • To take responsibility for a designated caseload of patients and to organise this effectively and efficiently with regard to clinical priorities and use of time.
  • To undertake advanced comprehensive assessment of patients with a complex presentation using highly specialised assessment and clinical reasoning skills to formulate individualised management and treatment plans, utilising a wide range of treatment skills and options to formulate a specialised programme of care.
  • To perform highly specialised therapeutic handling techniques in order to manually assess quality of movement and muscle tone and to facilitate normal movement patterns and functional ability.

Please see the attached job description for full details.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registered
  • Postgraduate training and experience in neurological stroke and elderly care
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Post graduate training in rehabilitation/neurology eg Bobath Adult Hemiplegia course MS c module or equivalent
  • Relevant teaching qualification
  • Introductory management training



  • Broad base of experience as a Band 5 Occupational Therapist
  • Experience of working in the NHS or NHS commissioned services.
  • Experience of working in stroke and elderly care rehabilitation
  • Experience of supervising others including junior staff and students


  • Neurological rehabilitation experience at Band 6 level
  • Experience of team leadership

Knowledge and skills


  • Relevant governmental and local guidelines, and national service frameworks
  • Knowldege in the use of outcome measures
  • Knowledge in selecting, implementing and analysing cognitive/ perceptual assessments
  • Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and its practical application.

Employer details

Employer name

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Swindon Intermediate care centre

Downs way



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