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Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist (mat leave cover)

Barts Health NHS Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 Per annum inc
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 8A
Full Time
The aim of the role is to provide operational management and clinical leadership to the Occupational Therapists in the Barts Heart Centre team and professional supervision to all other Occupational Therapists on the St Bartholomew's Hospital site (SBH). This post is for maternity leave cover.

Clinically the post holder will support and manage the Occupational Therapists in the Barts Heart Centre therapy team to enable them to deliver diagnostic and clinical care to adult cardiac patients providing expert advice on any complex clinical issues.

Main duties of the job

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The post holder:
  • Is responsible for the day to day operational, managerial, clinical and professional delivery of the service and will lead on the development of the team in line with service objectives.
  • Is responsible for local governance ensuring that incident reporting, risk and complaints are managed within the Trust clinical governance framework.
  • Oversees and ensures the organisation and delivery of intra-departmental training, audit and quality assurance.
  • Facilitates service developments and improvements within Occupational Therapy services on the St Bartholomew's site, in line with site and Trust objectives.
  • Ensures the department operates within budgetary constraints and works with the Deputy Head and Head of Therapies to identify and deliver service efficiencies.
  • Will provide professional supervision to all occupational therapists on the SBH site

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key result Areas
  • To act as a clinical lead for Barts Heart and Cancer Centre Occupational Therapists providing expert clinical assessment, treatment, prognosis and advice to a highly complex and diverse range of patients within the team
  • To act as a highly skilled and expert acute clinical resource to all Occupational Therapists on the SBH site
  • Ensure the effective professional leadership for Occupational Therapists across the SBH site
  • To work with the other Lead Occupational Therapists across the Trust advising on professional and clinical issues where relevant
  • To identify and escalate in accordance with Trust policy the deteriorating patient
  • To lead the Barts Occupational therapy team comprising of personnel with a wide variety of skills and experience
  • To be responsible for the planning, coordination, delivery, evaluation and support of the occupational therapy service for the Barts Heart Centre Team. This will include the management of specialist rotations
  • To deputise and support fellow therapy team leads, Deputy Head of Therapies and Head of Therapies as required
  • To ensure effective communication within own team, across speciality and all other appropriate professional groups
  • To be responsible for any aspects of the budget e.g. signing for stock and non-stock orders and other appropriate invoices
  • To be responsible for the continuing development of a comprehensive training and development programme for all occupational therapists on the SBH site and also to the wider Multi-Disciplinary Team on the therapeutic management of patients where appropriate. This includes supporting the training and development needs of non-specialist therapy staff
  • Provide clinical leadership to the SBH Occupational Therapists including clinical audit and development of clinical services in line with patient need, identified by audits and recent evidence base research
  • Take a role in identifying research needs for the Occupational Therapists on the SBH site. Developing a research and evidence base practice culture within the service in conjunction with other senior members of the team
  • To provide effective and innovative leadership to the Barts Heart and Cancer Centre Occupational Therapy Teams to enable the development of the service in line with the Teams vision, purpose and objectives
  • To be a resource for other therapy team members when encountering complex and/or problematic clinical situations that need immediate clinical input and provide advice on the on-going management of such patients

As a flexible employer, we want to support you to work in a way that is best for the NHS, our patients and you. Please do speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether thats job share, part time or another flexible pattern

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within Barts Health at this band.

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification



  • Clinical experience of a wide range of cardiac, respiratory and critical care services including rehabilitation and end of life care
  • Clinical experience of managing patients with neurological conditions and cancer
  • Experience of managing senior and junior staff, students and assistants


  • Experience of successfully leading and implementing service improvement and change projects.



  • High level of self-motivation and drive for performance and improvement.
  • Ability to identify and assess the potential risks involved in work activities and processes for self and others
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to develop staff both operationally and professionally



  • Evidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio including attendance at post graduate course/training relevant to clinical specialty Supervision Training or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrates a high level understanding of cardiac, respiratory, critical care services, cancer and end of life care



  • Diploma or Degree in Occupational therapy
  • HCPC registration
  • Evidence of relevant masters level qualification or equivalent specialist experience

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


St Bartholomews Hospital



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