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Occupational Therapist (Neurology)

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
12 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic Occupational Therapist to work in our Acute Neuro Team, which is a multi-disciplinary team working across the hospital site to deliver a skilled and responsive neuro therapy service to patients with a wide diversity of neurological conditions such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, MS and encephalopathy.

You will need to work independently as well as with other members of the MDT, in order to provide a patient-centred service, working to identify holistic short and long term goals, and rehabilitation plans.

You will be supported by a highly skilled Clinical Specialist OT who is trained in a range of neurological approaches to treatment. You will have regular supervision from her and will participate in regular inservice training as well as having access to external courses. We will actively help you to pursue your career aspirations within neuro OT in all four pillars of practice and truly cementing a love of neurological Occupational Therapy with a group of like-minded peers.

Main duties of the job

You will be assessing and treating patients with a new neurological event, on mainly medical and trauma wards, working closely with your physiotherapy and nursing colleagues to provide an integrated service. You will help to determine patients pathways through inpatient rehab or community options and will be involved in early rehab on the wards.

You will be part of a dynamic team working together to provide the best possible outcomes for acute neurological patients. You will regularly use your OT skills in a wide variety of assessment and interventions such as cognition, vision, upper limb, functional activities, equipment provision and fatigue management.

We can offer you regular structured supervision with our most experienced team members to ensure both your clinical development needs and leadership aspirations are a focus. You will be encouraged to participate in regular neuro therapy and OT inservice training as well as having access to external courses. You will also be supported and encouraged to gain key B6 management and leadership skills by participating in PHUs Leadership Essentials training which will develop your skills in the supervision of Band 5s, techs and students, appraisal, education and service development projects.

The post is part-time for 26 hours a week and we pride ourselves on our attitude to flexible working.

We welcome candidates to get in touch to find out more and to come and have a look around and chat with the team.

About us

The Trust is committed to driving excellence in care for our patients and communities and was rated good by the Care Quality Commission report published 2020 and became a University Hospital. We are ranked as the third in the country for research embedding education and training across the organisation and we continuously strive to achieve our core values which are at the heart of everything we do. The Trusts main hub is the Queen Alexandra Hospital, starting life as a military hospital over a century ago and now one of the largest hospitals on the south coast and you may have seen us on the TV series Nurses on the Ward. The Trust provides comprehensive secondary care and specialist services to a local population of 675,000 people across South East Hampshire. The Trust employs over 8,000 staff and are #ProudtobePHU our patients come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because its the right thing to do, but because it makes our hospital stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for providing outstanding care and support for patients, colleagues and our community you will find a home at PHU. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of your education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veterans status, colour, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide a specialist and professional Occupational Therapy service to patients within the acute neuro service, based at Portsmouth Hospital University Trust.

Working autonomously and without direct supervision and being accountable for own professional actions.

To provide specialised Occupational Therapy intervention in relation to the care of patients who have a range of complex physical, cognitive, social, emotional or functional problems.

To contribute to the multi-disciplinary team.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent.
  • Health and Care Professions Council Registration.


  • Post registration training within specialist area of care.
  • Member of British Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Practice Placement Qualification.



  • Experience of complex discharge planning and of working with external agencies.
  • Experience of working with service users and their families.
  • Individual, group and team work.
  • Documented evidence of CPD.


  • Leading groups.
  • Supervising students.
  • Undertaking literature reviews and research.
  • 2 years of occupational therapy experience.

Skills and Knowledge


  • Supervisory skills.
  • Effective written and oral communication including ability to engage service users including those with communication, sensory and behavioural impairments.
  • Ability to plan, review and evaluate occupational therapy treatment plans.
  • Ability to risk assess and clinically reason decisions.
  • Ability to delegate.
  • Ability to set own priorities.
  • Ability to reflect and critically analyse own performance.
  • Ability to build effective working relationships.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Presentation skills/training skills.
  • Commitment to lifelong learning.
  • Able to work flexibly and manage pressure of work.
  • Ability to travel between sites and community settings.
  • Ability to lone work.
  • Knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions including outcome measures within specialist area of care.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and some aspects of current practice/ risk Assessment.
  • Knowledge of best practice in OT relating to specialist area of care.
  • Basic knowledge of audit/research methods.
  • Knowledge of clinical governance framework.
  • Knowledge of Health/Safety issues.
  • Knowledge of professional/ethical issues in practice.
  • Car driver with access to vehicle, appropriate insurance and driving.

Employer details

Employer name

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust


Queen Alexandra Hospital

Southwick Hill Road




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