Occupational Therapist

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
Hersden, Canterbury
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
The NHS is changing. More emphasis on community-based care means there's never been a better time to join us.

We believe in treating the whole person, not just the condition, so we provide flexible and holisticcare in a range of community settings including patient homes. We are looking for an enthusiasticand adaptable Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our caring and progressive team in Canterburyand Coastal area.The Community Neuro Team is a specialist multi-disciplinary team. We provide short-termcommunity rehabilitation and nursing support to patients with acute or long-term neurologicalconditions.The diverse caseload involves patients with a wide range of diagnosis including stroke, traumaticbrain injury, spinal cord injury and long-term conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, motor neuronedisease and Parkinson's disease. Assessment and treatment is provided via different pathways,including the Early Supported Discharge (ESD) pathway which supports stroke patients after theyhave been discharged from hospital.

Main duties of the job

As a Band 6 Occupational Therapist you will work as part of a team to keep patients safe and well. You will use your clinical judgment to support evidence-based care planning and make sure that people who use our services have a good experience.

There is a well-developed supervision structure within the team led by the clinical leads and you willbe able to develop your skills in a supportive environment. Throughout the trust there are regularin-service training sessions, allocated CPD time and clinical special interest groups available.

You will have good communication skills in spoken and written English. You will display good clinical reasoning skills, exhibit a good awareness of evidence base practiseapplication and have current HCPC registration. Neuro experience and experience of working withinthe NHS is also necessary.

Car owner / driver essential, subject to the provisions of the Equality Act(2010).We as a trust will support with learning, development and progression. For further information ofcareer pathways, see link below.

About us

One of the largest community NHS trusts in the UK, KCHFT are rated 'outstanding' by the CQC. We've got a passion for delivering high standards of care to patients and deliver excellent services to improve the health of our communities. To do this we need outstanding people who share our values Compassionate Aspirational Responsive Excellent

We're committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, which leads to better patient care and a happier workforce. So, all our colleagues have equal access to career opportunities.

We've signed up to be a real UK living wage employer. The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate voluntarily paid by 7,000+ UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a fair wage. Committing to the real UK Living Wage is one way we're delivering our pledge to be the best employer

Flexibility is another way we do this. In the NHS, we're reminded every day how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want you to be able to work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement without having to sacrifice time for personal interests or family commitments. We'll support you to work flexibly in a way that will suits us both

Looking for professional development? We can support that too! Our career pathways will help you achieve your aspirations

Job description

Job responsibilities

The job description and person specification gives you all the information you need about this role. Please look carefully at the criteria in the person specification and tell us what you have done that shows you meet this.

Still have questions? The recruiting manager would love to hear from you, their contact details can be found in the job advert.

We can get a lot of applications for some roles so to be in with the best chance of being shortlisted please make sure you apply as soon as possible. A vacancy may close early if there is a lot of interest in the job.

If you need an application form in an alternative format please let our recruitment team know so they can help you with this.

All information you supply on your application should, to the best of your knowledge, be true and accurate. Interviews are due to take place on the 10th October.

Find out more about the community difference here.

Good luck! We cant wait to meet you and welcome you to #teamKCHFT, #cometocommunity

Although vaccination against COVID-19 is not mandatory, we are strongly encouraging colleagues in clinical and non-clinical roles who have direct or social contact with patients to be fully vaccinated. In this way we will be doing all we can to ensure your safety and that of your colleagues and the patients we serve

Person Specification



  • o Registered health care professional (current HCPC registration) o Health related degree and evidence of relevant post graduate development


  • o Supervisory qualification or experience of study o Working towards Master level study



  • o Clinical experience working with patients with neurological diagnosis/impairments o Practical experience in managing health related projects/complex caseloads o Experience with the use of Microsoft Office and a variety of IT packages


  • o Experience of leading and/or managing teams o Experience of supporting others (mentor / educator / supervisor) o 2+ years' experience in health improvement environment



  • o Awareness of evidence-based practice to assess/treat patients with neurological impairments o Understanding of National Service Frameworks and NICE guidance to relevant care setting and its application across health care services o Evidence of continued relevant professional development and implementation in practice within the last 12 months

Skills & abilities


  • o Skills to deliver evidence-based practice to assess/treat patients with neurological impairments o Ability to work effectively with a variety of people at all organisational levels across different sectors including areas of social deprivation o Ability to communicate complex, sensitive information to individuals and groups o Strong influencing and negotiating skills o Car owner / driver, subject to the provisions of the Equality Act (2010)

Personal attributes


  • o Ability to motivate and organise others to ensure best practice. o Flexible and adaptable


  • o Ability to manage and lead change

Ability to manage


  • o Able to support the implementation of local and national agendas for health under the guidance of the senior Practitioner o Ability to manage time effectively, prioritise and work under pressure to meet deadlines, considering Trust policies and procedures.

Employer details

Employer name

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust


Exchange House

Hersden, Canterbury


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