Specialist Stroke Occupational Therapist (maternity Cover)

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Full Time
Specialist Stroke Band 6 Occupational Therapist

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Specialist Occupational Therapist to join our Inpatient Stroke Therapy Team at Northampton General Hospital to cover a maternity position for 12 months.

Applicants should be a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy and the Health Professions Council. They should have experience of neurological Occupational Therapy ideally in relation to stroke rehabilitation. Appropriate CPD activity and post grad courses are essential.

Applicants should display a thorough understanding of neurological assessment, treatment techniques and their application. To continue the post holders' development there are excellent CPD opportunities available.

Applicants will be expected to participate in audit projects and must also demonstrate a strong commitment to supporting the training of colleagues and MDT members, as well as support and development of undergraduate Occupational Therapists. Applicants will be encouraged to be innovative with ideas for continued service development.

For any queries or informal visits please contact Lorna Stock (Band 7 Occupational Therapist) on Lorna.mcmanus1@nhs.net / 07517131294, Tim Meads (Band 7 Physiotherapist) t.meads@nhs.net / 07517131303, or Richard Lee (Band 7 Physiotherapist) richard.lee31@nhs.net / 07856336107

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Main duties of the job

  • To provide specialist Occupational Therapy to stroke patients across a 7 day servic
  • To be responsible for management of own caseload and provide a high-quality efficient service to stroke patients throughout the hospital, managing attendance of board rounds and ward meetings to contribute significantly to patient flow supported by experienced band 7 therapists
  • To assess stroke patients with cognitive impairments and develop treatment plans. This will include supporting the wider MDT in the delivery of treatment plans.
  • To continually develop your knowledge and practice to provide patient focussed care that is evidence based, sharing this with colleagues and the wider MDT where appropriate.
  • To clinically supervise and guide the professional work of less experienced therapy staff and students as appropriate, while complying with professional and departmental standards of practice
  • Contribute to the support of staff and students from other professions.
  • To be an integral member of the Stroke Therapy Team, contributing to the management of the staff and service, with regard for all aspects of clinical governance, and to deputise for senior staff as required.
  • To work closely with Physiotherapy colleagues to provide joint therapies assessments and treatment plans enabling efficient use of Therapies Team resources
  • Support to band 7 and 8 Therapy colleagues in the day-to-day running of the team including staff appraisals, clinical projects, benchmarking and teaching.

About us

The Stroke Team are the County Acute stroke service for Northamptonshire.

The team work closely with all MDT and focus on rehabilitation of the Cute stroke patients .

The post holder will be required to maintain constructive relationships with a broad range of stakeholders, including but not extensive to: Therapy Department and Enablement Centre clinical and non-clinical staff, Therapy Management Team and the broader trust staff group as required.

Participate in relevant working groups/projects, services and initiatives to provide information and analytical advice and expertise.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Corporate Responsibilities
  • Build safe working knowledge of all equipment used to provide safe patient care and participate in maintenance and training

Supporting Clinical and Patient Excellence
  • To work within the stroke therapy team to provide excellent Occupational Therapy care, applying specialised skills and knowledge.
  • To increase and expand knowledge base and experience, clinically and non-clinically
  • To undertake a comprehensive neurological assessment including cognitive assessments of patients using advanced clinical reasoning skills and manual assessment techniques to provide an appropriate clinical treatment plan
  • Contribute to the formulation and delivery of a holistic rehabilitation programme based on sound knowledge of evidence based practise and treatment options working alongside other professions.
  • To represent the therapy service and/or individual patients at multidisciplinary team meetings. This will include discussion of patient care, progress and involvement in discharge planning
  • To provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to colleagues, relatives and carers when appropriate to promote understanding of the aims of therapy
  • Ensure compliance with the Trusts health and safety, infection prevention, risk management and any other relevant policies and procedures and to establish and maintain safe systems of work within the work area
  • To demonstrate a very high standard of verbal and non-verbal communication to exchange, often sensitive, and accurate information in a variety of settings and with varied individuals and to provide comprehensive reports both verbal and written to the relevant referring agency and MDT members
  • To utilise all training and development opportunities and prepare for supervision and appraisals appropriately in order to develop knowledge, skills and awareness within the clinical area, service and trust
  • Advanced skills and knowledge of equipment provision
  • Advanced skills in planning and carrying out access/home visits

People / Management Excellence
  • To deputise for band 7 as necessary to ensure smooth running of service. Work alongside team leader to co-ordinate annual leave cove
  • To be involved in band 5 and support workers appraisals and reviews

Supporting Financial Excellence
  • To make best use of NHS resources

Professional Responsibilities, Quality Assurance and Monitoring
  • To work within Trust Core Competencies and objectives (Knowledge and Skills Framework based), Chartered Society of Physiotherapy guidelines, HCPC standards and code of conduct and to have good working knowledge of national and local standards and policies
  • Complete all work necessary to maintain registration and encourage others to do so
  • Monitor own and others quality and standard of practice by appraisal and revie
  • Maintain and monitor standards on health and safety, consent, note keeping, clinical governance, continuous professional development on both a personal, professional and departmental level
  • To supervise and teach students on placement

Policy and Service Development, Research and Development Responsibilities
  • To use information such as Clinical governance, NICE, and other clinical specific guidelines and evidence of best practice to assist in producing working guidelines, competencies and objectives to develop the servic

  • The post-holder may be required to carry out other relevant duties as required.
  • The post-holder will adhere to the duties specified under the Staff Responsibilities of the NHS

Constitution in their day-to-day work and behaviours.
  • The post-holder will be expected to aspire to the Values of the Trust in their day-to-day work and behaviours in order to support the Trust in achieving its Vision.
  • The post-holder will adhere to, at all times, any Professional, NHS Code or Conducts and legislation relevant for their area of work.
  • The post-holder will make themselves familiar with, and adhere to, at all times, the policies andprocedures of the Trust, and their area of work.
  • The post-holder will be expected to work to any Corporate/Division/Directorate/Department objectives and standards in order to provide an acceptable level of service.
  • The post-holder will be expected to undertake training, including mandatory and role-specific training, relevant to their role and ensure it is renewed as required.

This job description reflects the present requirements of the post and it does not form part of the contract of employment. As the duties of the post change and develop the job description will be reviewed and will be subject to amendment, in consultation with the post-holder. It is the Trusts aim to reach agreement on reasonable changes, but if agreement is not possible, the Trust reservesthe right to effect changes to the post-holders job description after consultation with the Appropriatenotice of such changes will be given.


Person Specification



  • BSc Honours (or equivalent) in Occupational Therapy
  • Health and Care Professions Council Registration.


  • Registration with specialist interest body

Knowledge and Experience


  • Current band 5 experience within experience of neurological conditions, ideally stroke.
  • Experience and knowledge of supporting patients with cognitive impairments
  • Completion of at least 4 of the core band 5 rotations (orthopaedics, surgical, medical, care of the elderly, respiratory and stroke unit)



  • Able to assess a patient's needs and plan a treatment plan with short and long term goals
  • Car driver for community based work
  • Ability to work in situations and conditions that may involve: Physical effort
  • Ability to work in situations and conditions that may involve: Physical effort
  • Ability to work in situations and conditions that may involve: Emotional effort
  • Ability to deliver cognitive screening
  • Able to support and teach Technical instructors and band 5 staff


  • Ability to use computers / IT services to produce individualised treatment plans

Key Competencies/Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Evidence of ability to: Work flexibly
  • Evidence of ability to: Team work
  • Evidence of ability to: Motivate patients
  • Evidence of ability to: Ability to reflect on and analyse positive and negative experiences

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General hospital




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