Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year Pa Inclusive
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 7 Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist in Critical Care at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. We have vacancies in our well-established multi-disciplinary at Charing Cross Hospital and Hammersmith Hospitals. The caseloads vary between neurological critical care including neurosurgical and stroke patients, to specialist surgery, cardiology including patients admitted via the heart attack pathway.

This is a great opportunity for an experienced band 6 or current band 7 Occupational Therapist, with a keen interest in developing specialist skills within the critical care setting. You will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of complex conditions to enhance clinical experience within neurology and acute medicine specialties. You will develop your specialist skills, knowledge and leadership working within critical care, whilst imbedding the role of occupational therapy within the critical care unit.

The post holder will be responsible for the further development of Occupational Therapy within critical care, including the training of team members and wider MDT. As the lead therapist you will be responsible for the assessment and patient centred rehabilitation of the patients within the critical care unit and the stepdown wards. The role requires someone with the drive to improve and with excellent communication and team working skills.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be part of an integrated therapy service, meeting the needs of a multi-cultural and diverse population. As a senior member of a committed team they will be responsible for providing an advanced standard of Occupational therapy to patients within critical care caseload at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. The post will manage a complex caseload within the critical care units (neurological, renal, surgery and medical critical care patients), using advanced clinical reasoning to assess and create tailored intervention and rehabilitation plans. The post holder will manage a caseload of patients with neurological diagnosis, Intensive Care Unit Acquired Weakness and those with general rehabilitation needs within critical care and stepdown wards. The post holder will work closely with Physiotherapists and will provide leadership for junior Occupational Therapists and Therapy assistants as well as support service development and quality improvement projects. Together with other senior staff the post holder will act as a resource of advice to the rest of the Occupational Therapy service and wider multi-disciplinary teams.

About us

At Imperial College Healthcare you can achieve extraordinary things with extraordinary people, working with leading clinicians pushing boundaries in patient care. Become part of a vibrant team living our values - expert, kind, collaborative and aspirational. You'll get an experience like no other and will fast forward your career.

Benefits include career development, flexible working and wellbeing, staff recognition scheme. Make use of optional benefits including Cycle to work, car lease schemes, season ticket loan or membership options for onsite leisure facilities.

We are committed to equal opportunities and improving the working lives of our staff and will consider applications to work flexibly, part-time or job share.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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 overviews please view the Job Description attachment with the job advert.

Person Specification



  • Degree/Diploma OT
  • HCPC registration
  • Evidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio, including attendance/training relevant to this post


  • Member of relevant RCOT Specialist Section or relevant to ICU
  • Clinical Supervision Course
  • Course in prescription of wheelchairs and seating.



  • Management of a varied neurological, acute medicine and critical Care caseload
  • Knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions in physical acute setting, including standardised assessments
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role of the rehabilitation process in the acute hospital setting
  • Skills to manage and be accountable for team workload referral system
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent communication skills


  • Presentation and training skills
  • Team building and leadership skills



  • Experience in acute discharge planning
  • Knowledge and experience of a range of treatment techniques and approaches including postural management and therapeutic handling related to all levels of medical disabilities
  • Experience working with delirium, altered neurological presentations
  • Experience in the management of cognitive and motor impairment


  • Previous Band 7 experience
  • Experience of involvement in splint design and fabrication

Employer details

Employer name

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust




W2 1NY

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