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Team Lead Occupational Therapist: Inpatient Adult Oncology

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motived and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist to join our team as the Band 7 Team Lead Occupational Therapist for our Inpatient Adult Oncology service. This role is a 1 year maternity cover post and would be an ideal opportunity for an experienced Band 6 to develop clinical and managerial skills within a supportive environment.

The post carries a clinical caseload in Oncology and has joint managerial responsibility for the team with a Team Lead Physiotherapist. The team is imbedded in the wider Cancer Therapies Team.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic and motivated OT who has relevant clinical experience and can provide decisive and effective therapy input. High level communication and leadership skills and a flexible approach when working under pressure are beneficial for this role.

The post holder will carry a varied caseload of patients whilst also supporting and developing other members of the therapy team within this specialty. It will involve working effectively with the multi-disciplinary team, leading on complex discharge planning and management of patients towards end of life.

For more information, please contact Adina Morris Clinical lead OT for Cancer), or Jessica Lipman (Clinical Lead Physio - Surgery)

Main duties of the job

  • Responsible for providing clinical and operational leadership to the Inpatient Adult Oncology Team.
  • To provide highly specialised assessment and treatment of oncology patients.
  • To provide expert advice, guidance and information to other health and social care professionals, carers and relatives.
  • To work with the Clinical Lead and Head of Therapies to implement department, directorate and trust objectives.
  • To develop and promote the role of Occupational Therapists and Support Staff within the speciality.
  • To be responsible for induction, training and supervision of junior staff, students and support staff on rotation in the Team.
  • To provide clinical and operational support to staff in the wider Cancer Therapies Team and Therapies Department as required.
  • To provide cover within the therapy department during periods of staff absence.

To build excellent working relationships with the wider MDT

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

At UCLH, we have a real 'One Team' ethos, and our values - safety, kindness, teamwork and improving, are central to the way we work. This is supported by our staff, who voted us as the #1 NHS Acute Trust to work for in the whole of England.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Acute Therapy Service at UCLH is a dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking department where everyone is enthusiastic and passionate about providing high quality care to patients. Our staff are committed to service development - continuously improving patient experience through quality improvement projects, research and patient engagement. We are proud of what we achieve and celebrate this through staff recognition events and awards.

Clinically the department is made up of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Support Staff, who are divided into small specialty therapy teams who join with similar specialties for education, training and service development. There are extensive opportunities for training through internal and external courses and staff are supported to showcase work at conferences.

Creating an inclusive and welcoming environment is key for us. The department aspires to be a warm, friendly and supportive place to work, enabling all staff to maximise their potential. We encourage staff to contribute through staff groups championing equality, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, staff wellbeing and patient and staff experience.

Staff feedback consistently highlights the approachability of the leadership in the department. People feel they are always treated as individuals, given time, listened to and supported.

The Acute Therapy Service aims to live the UCLH trust values, and we welcome applications from people who embody these in their working life.

For more information regarding the main responsibilities of the role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Person Specification



  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • State Registered Occupational Therapist (HCPC)
  • Evidence of relevant post qualification study at postgraduate level or equivalent knowledge
  • Good written and spoken English


  • MSc or Diploma relating to aspects of Occupational Therapy Practice



  • Significant experience at Band 6 level including Oncology, Care of the elderly and acute Occupational Therapy.
  • Previous NHS experience as an Occupational Therapist.
  • Highly specialist knowledge and experience of a wide range of approaches to the management of complex oncology and haematology-related problems.
  • Evidence of working independently and to take full responsibility for clinical care of patients
  • Experience leading a small team.
  • Experience of audit, research and service development
  • Ability and willingness to work within the Trust and NHS performance, framework and targets
  • Evidence of relevant CPD, including attending appropriate courses.
  • Experience of supervising Occupational Therapy staff, support staff and students
  • Previous experience of formal presentations to MDT groups.


  • Post-graduate experience in neurology and Haematology.
  • Clinical experience working with young adults with life-limiting conditions



  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
  • Enquiring, critical approach to work
  • Caring attitude to patients
  • Competent in use of IT programmes: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, internet, e-mail and databases
  • Commitment to Continuing Professional Development and the requirements of Clinical Governance and Audit


  • Experience with electronic health records



  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients, relatives, GPs, MDT members and other agencies in person, over the phone and in writing


  • Experience of close working relationships with higher education institutions

Personal and People Development


  • Experience of supervision and appraisal
  • Proven clinical leadership ability
  • Experience of team building and team working skills
  • Experience of teaching basic clinical skills to student occupational therapists and undergraduates
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Ability to recognise work related stress and pressures in yourself and others

Specific Requirements


  • Able to join 7 day services rota, if required

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



235 Euston Road



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