Specialist Occupational Therapist - Neuro Rehab Unit

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum, Pro rata
Closing date
10 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Full Time
Do you want the opportunity to dip your toes into the Neurological Rehabilitation Unit (NRU) to develop your skills as a Band 6 occupational therapist in a supportive, forward thinking team?

We have a unique and exciting opportunity to join the NRU team as a Band 6 OT, covering a 10 month maternity leave. This post is unlikely to be available again for some time -so please take the opportunity to apply now!

We pride ourselves on being OT legends, providing the best possible complex neurological care for our patients whilst increasing their independence. We also offer a supportive work environment where you can develop your skills and knowledge and play a key role in the delivery of high quality health care. There are multiple opportunities for personal and professional development at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. We have a dedicated Health Academy and the learning and development of staff within the trust is very much encouraged and supported, alongside participation in the late shift rota to facilitate discharges from other area of the hospital during times of pressure.

The Specialist Neuro rehabilitation unit is a regional unit (NRU) at Royal Preston hospital. You would be welcomed into a fantastic, established, multi-disciplinary team within the NRU and Royal Preston Hospital - follow us @NRU_LTHTR

Main duties of the job

At the NRU you would complete your timetabled sessions starting with handover and then cracking on with the rest of your day, this could be anything from personal care to support improved independence physically progressing the good work done by out physio colleagues or supporting cognition. You might jump to assessing kitchen activities making a bacon butty to supporting behaviour management alongside the psychology team. Your afternoon could be neuro splinting, complex patient meetings, setting patient orientated SMART goals or anything in between.

We are an integrated friendly and supportive team, so you'll be spending loads of your time with physios, therapy assistants, speech and language therapists and psychologists. Our therapy assistants are the perfect people to continue any programmes you have put into place. No two days are the same and joint working is encouraged and supported.

We have a comprehensive core therapy cognitive and perceptual training programme alongside trust training and therapeutic moving and handling, where there is always time for a laugh whilst building on your specialist handling skills. We have regular supervision, and In-service training. In addition to this we have regular social events, it really is a great place to work, We have recently been told I have never worked in such a supportive team.

About us

The Acute NRU is a Specialist Regional unit providing assessment and rehabilitation following neurological trauma, surgery or disease within Lancashire and South Cumbria. We are an integrated team of OT and physio working closely with the wider MDT to promote integrated assessment, diagnostics and rehabilitation provision. We work in partnership with our acute and community colleagues to provide high quality, seamless service for our patients.

We have 10,000 fantastic people working hard to deliver quality services to our patients. Whatever your role, you help look after 370,000 people in our local area & give specialist care to 1.5 million people across Lancashire & Cumbria.

Working with us gives you the knowledge and sense of pride that every activity you do genuinely does make a difference to support our patients & staff, ensuring we keep thriving & delivering outstanding healthcare right across our local towns.

You'll have access to varied development opportunities, learn new skills, meet fab people & do things you'd never have done. You'll learn about working in a hospital, interacting with people from all different roles to build skills & enhance your career path.

You'll make an impact, be challenged to think differently, be bold & help innovate to keep improving things. Everything we do centres around patient care which means your role is pivotal and something really to be proud of.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You should have clinical experience of working with complex neurological patients and have the skills to provide acute assessments and discharge planning, deliver effective treatment plans to achieve short and long term rehabilitation goals using a patient orientated SMART approach and to complete complex discharge planning. Ability to complete effective and regular liaison and joint working with the MDT (including physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, dietetics, medics, psychology and community and voluntary services is essential

Duties to include but not be limited to:
  • To communicate and collaborate with all Integrated Therapies Service (ITS) stakeholders
  • To support personal and people development
  • To help to ensure the health, safety and security of users of the ITS, self and colleagues
  • To support service development and planning
  • To support the Clinical Governance and Quality agenda within the ITS
  • To support equality of opportunity and access within the ITS for both staff and patients.
  • To support financial and other resource management within the ITS
  • To provide and use information to support admin processes and patient care
  • To directly support the delivery of therapy to patients
  • To provide leadership and management support

Person Specification

Qualifications and Education


  • oH.C.P.C Registration
  • oOccupational Therapy degree/diploma

Knowledge & Experience


  • oKnowledge in the management of complex neuro rehabilitation cases
  • oCurrent knowledge of evidence based practice in this speciality


  • oRecent experience working in a neuro rehab setting.

Skills & Abilities


  • oAbility to manage a complex caseload and to problem solve complex cases.
  • oAbility to use and advise on therapeutic handling techniques, transferring these into function and safe moving and handling of patients
  • oAbility to work as a member of, and negotiate within, the multi-disciplinary team.
  • oDeveloped clinical reasoning skills
  • oProfessional leadership skills
  • oAbility to apply and maintain an evidence base to a range of approaches
  • oKnowledge of the current NHS Modernisation Agenda
  • oExcellent written and verbal communication skills
  • oExcellent interpersonal skills and experience of multi-disciplinary negotiations
  • oAbility to maintain and report on records and statistics.
  • oEffective resource management skills
  • oSkills in the training and development of staff.
  • oAbility to implement systems of working
  • oAn ability to present to both OT staff and a wider audience of MDT members
  • oEffective information management skills including word, email, and internet search


  • oAbility to manage patients with highly complex behavioural and cognitive problems
  • oAbility to complete standardised cognitive assessments.
  • oAbility to complete neuro splinting
  • oAble to chair complex patients meetings
  • oAble to set patient orientated SMART goals
  • oExperience of joint/interdisciplinary working with other members of the MDT
  • oAble to drive the NRU vehicle.
  • oAttendance at post qualification training eg. Braintree training, Bobath etc.

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Preston Hospital

Sharoe Green Lane



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