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Senior Occupational Therapist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa (plus 15% HCAS) pro-rata
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated Band 6 Occupational Therapist with an interest in providing community based intensive rehabilitation to people in their own homes within the NELFT's Intensive Rehabilitation Service (IRS). The IRS is a large multi-disciplinary consisting of occupational therapists, physiotherapists and nursing staff.

We are an ever expanding community based service with lots of new and exciting service developments happening right now. These include discharge to assess, in reaching and early supported discharges and we are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic band 6 to help guide these!

We provide a service from 8am - 8pm over 7 days. Our working days cover a two shift pattern - an early shift (8.30am - 16.30) and a late shift (12noon - 8pm). All staff generally complete 2 late shifts per 4 week roster bar. To provide cover for weekend shifts, OTs generally complete 1 day out of the weekend every 4 weeks. Shifts completed are flexible within the team however can vary depending on service demand.

Within IRS we offer regular supervisions, informal and formal, monthly OT CPD meetings both within IRS and an opportunity to attend trust wide CPD sessions. We have a comprehensive in-service training timetable and access to external relevant training opportunities.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to support their team, department and organisation to achieve the Trust's Values in their day to day work. These are the 5P's:
  • Putting people first
  • Prioritising quality
  • Being progressive, innovative and continually improve
  • Being professional and honest
  • Promoting what is possible - independence, opportunity and choice

The post holder will achieve this by working as part of the Intensive Rehabilitation Service (IRS) to provide high quality, timely rehabilitation for patients requiring step up from the integrated health team or step down from an acute or community bed.

Delivering high quality rehabilitation in a patient's own homes rather than in a community bed setting.

Providing high quality, patient-centred, goal orientated rehabilitation, demonstrating independence and self-management throughout the continuum of care.

Completing timely onward referrals to other community services including health and social care to ensure the safe management of the patient when completing their IRS episode of care.

See Job Description attached for further details.

About us

COVID-19 Vaccination

We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff, and their families.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process, new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop-in sessions focusing on engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

High-Cost Area Supplement - London

This post also attracts payment for High-Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of �4,313 and a maximum payment of �5,436).

Job description

Job responsibilities

See Job Description attached for further details.

The intensive rehabilitation service is a progressive, innovative and proactive team with a strong social media presence. Are you enthusiastic and passionate about working with community based patients with complex needs? Are you confident in your clinical skills to provide complex rehabilitation and able to offer the appropriate advice and support to more junior members of the team

Person Specification



  • Bsc OT


  • Msc OT



  • Priortise workload, supervise junior staff, work flexibly, data collection and audit

Clinical skills / Experience


  • Completed junior rotations
  • Previous experience in clinical governance and clinical audit and the implications to the service
  • 18 months post registration experience as an Occupational Therapist in relevant clinical settings
  • Junior Rotations - Neurology, medical, community, mental health etc


  • Previous community rehabilitation experience



  • An awareness of NHS Plan, NSF and clinical governance priorities
  • Good knowledge of current best practice in Occupational Therapy in acute, physical health, community and rehab settings.
  • Previous experience in clinical governance and clinical audit and the implications to the service
  • Knowledge of current NHS and Primary Care agenda
  • In depth knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to safe guarding vulnerable adults
  • Good sound clinical knowledge



  • Basic awareness of IT and IT skills
  • Good organisational Skills
  • Demonstrate ability to work as an effective team member with excellent interpersonal skills



  • Ability to carry out moderate physical manual handling throughout the day as part of clinical duties.
  • To be aware and demonstrate the Trust Values
  • Access to a car for work - Ability to travel efficiently and effectively across all sites within NELFT

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Block 8, Goodmayes Hospital

Barley Lane



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