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Specialist Occupational Therapist

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Trustwide
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for an experienced and motivated Occupational Therapist to join our Neuro/Stroke team.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Trust as part of the initiative to provide a 7 day Occupational Therapy service to the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

You will have considerable post-registration experience in the acute hospital setting, strong personal management and communication skills.

Excellent time management and organisational skills and the ability to work under pressure are also essential requirements of this post.

A flexible approach would also be advantageous as you will be expected to work across the hyper acute stroke unit, stroke rehabilitation and the neurosurgery and neurosciences wards.
  • Interview date: 6th December 2023
  • 30 hours /week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Main duties of the job

  • To carry a caseload of complex and highly complex patients within the specialty providing specialist therapy assessment and treatment, evidencing high level problem solving, reasoning skills and independence of judgement.
  • To be an active member of the inter-disciplinary team to ensure a consistent, equitable and high quality evidence based service is developed to meet the needs of patients.
  • To provide highly specialist advice, education and training relating to occupational therapy for Neuro/Stroke patients within the Trust and externally to therapy and health care professionals in secondary and primary care across the region.
  • To be responsible for own continued professional development and facilitate a learning culture within the team undertaking audit and practice development.
  • To provide day to day supervision of junior and support staff and students working in the specialist area.
  • To provide highly specialist knowledge within the Trust and externally to therapists and other health care professionals from secondary and primary care.

About us

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of �1 billion.

We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide a high standard of occupational therapy care to complex and highly complex patients within a specialist area evidencing high level problem solving, reasoning skills and independence of judgement.
  • The specialist practitioner is the clinical lead for the Occupational Therapy Service within the area of practice providing highly specialist knowledge within the Trust and externally to therapists and other health care professionals from secondary and primary care.

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.

Person Specification



  • In-depth clinical knowledge of medical conditions and their effect on occupational performance
  • Highly developed understanding of OT process within acute setting.
  • In-depth knowledge of health and social care policy, risk assessment and management
  • Extensive knowledge of a range of disability equipment.
  • Extensive knowledge of eligibility criteria and procedures/policies relevant to disability equipment, minor housing adaptations.
  • Highly specialist knowledge of moving and handling legislation and knowledge of current moving and handling best practice and associated equipment
  • Excellent understanding of professional ethics and their application into practice
  • Good knowledge of clinical governance
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Knowledge of undertaking research and audit projects
  • Knowledge of team dynamics and team building



  • Good organisation, time management, problem solving and prioritisation skills
  • Supervisory, team management skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Commitment to personal and service development.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance.


  • IT skills
  • Presentation skills



  • Significant post-registration experience incl experience within physical health
  • Use of functional assessment and activity analysis


  • Experience of working with patients with physical disability eg reduced mobility
  • Team management
  • Experience in supervising staff



  • Degree/Diploma in OT
  • State registered with Health Professions Council
  • Member of BAOT
  • Post graduate experience

Employer details

Employer name

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



317 Trustwide


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