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Band 5 Occupational Therapist

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 5 Occupational Therapist

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist to work within the rehabilitation community therapy team at Keswick and Solway ICC. The post is full time, 37.5 hours per week which includes weekend working.

The role would suit an occupational therapist who already has some experience but would like to expand their knowledge and skills to cover community work. The post would be based in Keswick Hospital with the Community Therapy Team and would primarily cover Keswick Community Hospital inpatients as well as a focus on the confidence and balance service. There would also be the opportunity to participate in discharge to assess and rapid response activity.

We are a supportive team covering Keswick and Solway that consists of OTs, Physios, an HCP coordinator, APs, Hub administrators, Rehab Assistants and Home Care Practitioners. We work closely with the MDT including DNs, GP practices as well as many other community services, agencies and professionals.

The post holder will manage a defined caseload of patients, using evidence based principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions in hospital and community settings whilst facilitating safe and efficient discharge planning.

The post holder will also provide leadership and supervision to support staff and students within the team.

Main duties of the job

The Community Care Group provides a range of adult community health services to people living within Keswick and Solway ICC. Its key community health focus is to provide care to prevent hospital admissions, facilitate early discharge and where possible to enable patients to manage their own conditions and remain in their own homes, enhancing both their independence and quality of life.

The Community Rehab Teams in the Keswick and Solway ICC provide specialist assessment and rehabilitation for patients with a wide range of long and short-term conditions, working closely with our health and social care colleagues.

Patients are seen as inpatients, in their own homes (including residential and nursing homes) or as out-patients in the Rehab Centre. There is also a confidence and balance group that runs from Keswick Rehab Centre.

There is a strong focus on professional development opportunities and CPD within the team. You will have access to regular clinical supervision, and we offer an excellent period of induction, ongoing professional support and a highly rewarding job to the successful applicant.

The core working hours of the service are Mon to Fri 8.30-16.30 but the post holder will be included on a rota to cover late shifts, weekend working and bank holidays. This is to support ICC working 7 days a week, 365 days a year 8am until 8pm.

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?

Healthcare Professionals returning to practice, moving into new roles or changing clinical environments, may access an agreed preceptorship period.
  • 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.

Important Information

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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



  • Degree in occupational therapy or equivalent
  • Current registration with HCPC


  • Evidence of attendance at relevant post graduate courses



  • Wide range of practice educational placements
  • Experience of managing a caseload
  • Use of standardised assessment
  • Use of reflection in practice


  • Previous band 5 experience
  • Community Rehabilitation placement
  • Teaching / Mentoring experience



  • Continuing professional development with portfolio
  • Occupational therapy models of practice and frames of reference
  • Equality legislation and best practice
  • Knowledge of key NHS drivers for change and implications for Occupational Therapy services
  • Clinical governance
  • Good IT skills including the ability to input data, communicate via email and search for evidence based practice


  • Local and national health policy
  • Evidence of relevant health related training courses

Skills and Aptitudes


  • Well developed communication skills
  • High standard of written communication skills
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Reflective skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Enthusiasm

Personal Circumstances


  • Patient focused
  • Reliable
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Flexible approach
  • Ability to participate in weekend working rota


  • Commitment to research

Other Requirements


  • Must have full clean UK driving licence. Ability to travel across the locality independently. This could include accessing the lease car scheme within NCIC
  • Able to transport equipment across the locality when required.


  • Membership of Professional Body (RCOT)

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Keswick Community Hospital

Crosthwaite Road


CA12 5PH

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