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CTL Occupational Therapist or Band 6-7 Transition OT

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 7 or Band 6-7 transition Clinical Team Lead Stroke Specialist Occupational Therapist to join our Integrated Stroke Therapy Service. The role will be working as part of the Community Stroke Team based at Pendle Community Hospital covering the East Lancashire locality.

The job focus will be to clinically lead the Occupational Therapy team in collaboration with our current band 7 OT. You will work closely with the wider MDT providing highly specialist advanced assessment and treatment of patients with complex stroke rehabilitation needs on the stroke pathway. You will be a HCPC registered therapist with sound knowledge and experience of stroke.

As the clinical lead, you will plan, coordinate, deliver and evaluate the occupational therapy community stroke service in partnership with the other clinical leads and operational manager.

We have an experienced leadership team working in the community service therefore you will have a strong support system in place for anyone new into a band 7 role or in a transition 6-7 role.

Flexibility in working patterns will be required to meet the needs of the service. Access to a vehicle is essential to commute between sites.

Main duties of the job

The role will require you to undertake advanced stroke occupational therapy assessment and rehabilitation with patients, allocated to your caseload, along with providing close supervision to junior staff in your team.

As part of the community stroke rehabilitation service, you will work closely with the wider MDT to set collaborative rehabilitation goals and treatment programmes to support timely discharge into the community. As such you will be expected to build close links with our inpatient stroke therapy staff to support a seamless early discharge into the community setting supporting acute patient flow.

You will be responsible for the day to day running of the occupational therapy stoke team which will include both clinical and operational management responsibilities, these will be graded as part of your transition role.

The suitable candidate will have a broad understanding of the stroke rehabilitation pathway from admission through to the community setting and have post graduate stroke or neuro rehabilitation experience and wishing to specialise in this clinical field.

In the transition 6-7 role you will work through clinical competencies over a 6-12-month period before moving into the band 7 role.

About us

The Integrated Stroke Therapy Team is a SSNAP 'A' rated service which provides specialist stroke services to adults within the acute & rehabilitation setting at both Royal Blackburn Hospital and Pendle Community Hospital. While the East Lancashire Community Stroke Service provides rehabilitation to patients within a range of settings including outpatient departments, patients' homes, and care home settings.

The integrated therapy team consists of a whole MDT team including Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Clinical Psychology, AHP Professor in Neurorehabilitation and Stroke along with Therapy Assistant Practitioners.

As a service we are actively involved in research developments and as the clinical lead you will have opportunities to participate in service improvement projects. We also have a robust training and supervision structure in place to support staff to full fill their role.

As part of the therapy service, you will work across the stroke therapy pathway at weekends. The weekend rota includes a 6-day working rota including bank holidays, and from April 2023 will move to 7-day working on the acute stroke unit.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Be responsible for providing clinical care to a defined caseload of patients that require highly specialised assessment, planning and intervention skills.

Undertake a comprehensive assessment at a highly specialist level with patients on a designated caseload. This may involve the selection and application of standardised and non-standardised assessment, along with evidence based treatment planning and intervention.

Undertake the comprehensive assessment of patients, including those with highly complex presentations, using investigative and analytical skills. Formulate individualised management and treatment plans, where appropriate, including effective discharge planning and onward referral.

Assess capacity of patients in order to gain valid informed consent for intervention and work within organisational policy with patients who lack capacity.

Formulate goals in partnership with the patient, clearly communicating your clinical reasoning, in order to justify your recommendations and utilising most appropriate treatment/intervention for the patients needs.

Undertake risk assessment and manage and document risk. Advise senior and junior staff in appropriate therapeutic management of patients in relation to risk.

Work as an autonomous practitioner in a variety of settings (clinic, patients own home, school, care home, hospital, etc.) where there is a requirement to make decisions spontaneously.


Responsible for the effective case-load management of a complex case-load individually and within team and allocation of work to senior and junior staff, support staff and students. This will require an overview and re-allocation of work-load on a daily basis due to changing priorities, in order to support delivery of key quality and performance targets.

Actively involved in research activities and practice development in work area seeking out evidence-based practice, appraising, and applying knowledge as appropriate.

Lead on the development of a clinical network within designated clinical area/pathway supporting delivery of best practice and relevant clinical guidelines.


Manage departmental issues for staff within the designated service area, including workload management, holidays, sickness and performance.

Inform Clinical and Operational Service Leads of clinical caseloads, referrals, waiting lists and other statistics and information as required.

Responsible for staff supervision, including compliance for appraisals and associated personal development plans.

Responsible for the management of HR of delegated staff including sickness reviews, return to work and maternity leaves.

Person Specification

Essential Clinical & Operational


  • HCPC registered Occupational Therapist
  • Previous experience of working in stroke or neuro rehab
  • Minimum of 2 years experience at band 6 level working in stroke or neuro
  • Access to a vehicle to commute across the community setting
  • Experience of supervising junior staff or students
  • Clinical experience using a range of assessment and treatment modalities relevant to stroke or neuro
  • Experience of working with patients with cognitive impairment
  • Participated in service development projects


  • Completed student mentor course
  • Experience of working in the community
  • Previous training in relevant specialist field

Employer details

Employer name

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust


Pendle Community Hospital, Leeds Road




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