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Community Stroke Specialist Occupational Therapist

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
Carlisle & Whitehaven
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
18 Oct 2023
North Cumbria stroke services are delighted to offer an exciting opportunity to be involved in implementing a new North Cumbria Community Stroke Discharge and Support Team. New developments has meant there is an opportunity to pilot community stroke rehabilitation and support services for all stroke patients leaving acute care in North Cumbria. If you have a passion for stroke rehabilitation and a commitment to working alongside stroke survivors to enable them to have the best possible quality of life after stroke, then this is your dream job!

The community rehabilitation service provides specialist assessment, rehabilitation and advice for patients, families and carers. Emphasis is placed on the provision of a holistic care package tailored to the individuals needs with the aim of developing maximum independence and hence improving quality of life.

Main duties of the job

  • To work within a stroke interdisciplinary team to provide high quality specialist occupational therapy to patients following a stroke in their own home/communities, in order to allow patients to achieve their optimal level of independence and maximum rehabilitation potential.
  • To work collaboratively across the North Cumbria Integrated Stroke Service to ensure a seamless provision of stroke services across the acute hospital, inpatient rehabilitation and community teams.
  • To work autonomously, carrying out the assessment, implementation and evaluation of evidence based specialist treatment programs for patients following a stroke, who may have a range of impairments and complex health needs.
  • To provide specialist advice and education to patients, families and carers to ensure those affected by stroke have the appropriate support for recovery and life after stroke.
  • To supervise and support junior staff and students.
  • Contribute to service development and data collection within North Cumbria Integrated Stroke Services.
  • The role will involve travelling across the North Cumbria region as well as utilising technology to offer services virtually

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. There is an expectation for all staff to support this by familiarising yourself with the Trust's sustainability initiatives such as waste and recycling, going paperless, videoconferencing, sustainable transport and others.

We encourage you to think about what you can do as an individual and within your team to contribute in to embedding carbon reduction into the everyday running of our organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies?
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

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Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

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The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27-day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability.

Person Specification



  • RCOT recognised Degree/Diploma or equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • HPC registered
  • Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy


  • Evidence of attendance at relevant post graduate courses.
  • Mentorship/educator qualification



  • Good Knowledge of Evidence Based Clinical Practice within Rehabilitation and stroke.
  • Knowledge of national guidelines for stroke and relevant standards and outcome measures.
  • Good Knowledge of Continuing Professional Development/Lifelong Learning
  • Understanding of Professional Code of Conduct and confidentiality
  • Knowledge of clinical audit and outcome measures and their use in service improvement
  • Knowledge of key NHS drivers for change and implications for Physiotherapy services and stroke services.


  • Previous experience of the keyworker role.
  • Experience of working within a community setting.
  • Some previous experience of working at Band 6 level particularly within neurology and elderly rehabilitation.
  • Experience of working within the NHS
  • Member of specialist interest group

Skills and Aptitudes


  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to organise workload of self and others
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Good teaching and presentation sills
  • Relevant practical OT skills
  • The post holder needs good IT skills, the ability to input data, communicate via email and search for evidence based practice


  • ECDL or equivalent

Personal Circumstances


  • Patient focused
  • Organised
  • Flexible
  • Reliable
  • Enthusiastic
  • Friendly and approachable

Other requirements


  • Must have access to own transport UK driving licence and access to own vehicle for work purposes.
  • Able to transport patients as required.
  • Able to work at other sites as required.
  • Be adaptable to a growing and changing service.
  • Able to work weekends as part of a rota system.

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle & West Cumberland hospital, Whitehaven

Carlisle & Whitehaven


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