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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Newcastle upon Tyne
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rata per annum
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a specialist occupational therapist to join the Regional Communication Aid Service, a regional specialised service working in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). We are seeking to recruit an occupational therapist who would like to develop their skills within this highly specialised area.

You would be joining a supportive, multi-disciplinary team who work closely with therapists across the region to help clients achieve their goals. We also have close links with other specialised services across England.

The role involves providing specialised assessment of clients with a range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, motor neurone disease and multiple systems atrophy.

Main duties of the job

The role will involve assessment of both adults and children who have complex communication difficulties. Clients are visited in their homes, schools, care homes and hospitals across the North-East and North Cumbria.

Assessments are multi-disciplinary and involve clients, their families, carers and other professionals.

The successful applicant will need to utilise their knowledge and skills in assessing physical, cognitive, psychosocial and visual abilities in order to ascertain the most effective method to access electronic communication systems. They will also use complex problem-solving to identify innovative solutions.

The role will also involve providing training to clients and those supporting the client on how to use and learn the communication system and access method. The post holder will review and monitor effectiveness of the trialled solutions.

Experience of assistive technology would be useful but training will be provided. Most important is a desire to work within this complex and ever-changing field.

About us

We aim to attract and retain a diverse, talented and committed workforce, who are caring and compassionate, and therefore able to meet the demands of the modern NHS now and in the future. In return we can offer a dynamic working environment in which to build a career.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please find attached job description for full details.

Advertising date : 14th November 2023

Closing date : 28th November 2023

We welcome your application.

Person Specification



  • Minimum of one year experience working as a band 5 Occupational Therapist
  • Proven track record of post registration clinical experience relevant to the post
  • Experience of collaborative working across agencies and professional disciplines.
  • Demonstration and understanding of RCOT standards


  • Demonstration of clinical knowledge and skills in older adults
  • Experience working in a community setting
  • Service User and Carers Involvement
  • Experience using the Model of Human occupation



  • Ability to carry out and provide comprehensive written assessments of individuals with complex needs.
  • Ability to work autonomously and within a team.
  • Effective time and case management skills
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.


  • Delegation skills.
  • Training & Induction of staff.
  • Teaching/Presentation skills.



  • Ability to adapt within a changing environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Innovative and creative

Employer details

Employer name

CNTW NHS Foundation Trust


Walkergate Park Hospital

Newcastle upon Tyne


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