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Band 6/7 Occupational Therapist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata (plus 15 % HCAS)
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Looking to take the next step in your career? Passionate about stroke and neurological rehabilitation?

The Community Rehabilitation Service currently has an opportunity for an innovative and enthusiastic Band 7 Occupational Therapists to join their team.The Community Rehabilitation Service is a multi-disciplinary therapy team providing assessment and rehabilitation in a community setting for those with a range of progressive or acquired neurological conditions. The work is community based and so you must be able to travel throughout the boroughs of Havering and Barking and Dagenham efficiently and effectively. The team has two sites which are currently Yew Tree Resource Centre, Romford, RM7 9AA and at Porters Avenue Health Centre, RM8 2EQ.The successful applicants will be required to work from the two sites to support junior staff and manage complex patients across the two boroughs.

There is a well-established appraisal system and a commitment to support staff to develop leadership and clinical skills, through regular supervision, a structured neurology in-service training programme and internal and external training opportunities. The service works closely with our colleagues across the Stroke and Neurology pathway including our Stroke Unit atMeadow Court, Goodmayes, and our team of specialist nurses in PD, MND and MS to aid us in the holistic management of our patients.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be responsible for:
  • Providing specialist occupational therapy assessment and treatment to patients with stroke and neurological conditions, taking into consideration the patient's physical/cognitive/perceptual skills to identify the patient's abilities and areas of difficulty.
  • Taking a lead role in the leadership of junior staff and support assistants, through supervision, training and appraisal.
  • Achieving and maintaining quality care through the delivery of evidence based practice and adherence with national guidance.
  • Working as part of the multidisciplinary team across the Stroke and Neurology pathway liaising and supporting our therapy colleagues in the community as required.

Falling within the remit of Stroke and Neurology services within NELFT's Acute and Rehabilitation Directorate, there are strong working relationships between our inpatient and community staff within this pathway. This enables us to provide joint in-service training as well as opportunities to participate within our multidisciplinary stroke forum group.

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

We are also currently working closely with our neighbouring acute Trust BHRUT to review our future integrated stroke acute and community pathway. As such there may be opportunities for greater collaborative joint working in the future.

You will be responsible for the assessment and treatment planning of those referred to the service and have the opportunity to develop and enhance your existing clinical skills. You will take a role in the leadership of junior staff and rehabilitation assistants, through supervision, training and appraisal whilst also being involved in the on-going development of the service.

Essential Criteria for the post include:
  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy and current HCPC registration
  • Clinical expertise and experience within the specialist of stroke Stroke and neurology. Previous experience in an inpatient stroke rehab setting is an asset.
  • To be able to travel efficiently throughout the boroughs of Havering and Barking and Dagenham

We are looking for a candidate who is a team player, enthusiastic, flexible and who possess excellent negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills.

Pending interview, a B6/7 development role may be considered if the successful candidate does not quite have the full post graduate stroke/neurology experience required for a B7 position as detailed in the person spec.

Person Specification



  • To have a minimum of 3 years' experience of working as an OT with neurological and strokeexperience
  • Experience working as a qualified OT for 5 years
  • Experience of MDT working


  • Evidence of post graduate training in neurological conditions



  • An awareness of NHS Plan, NSF and clinical governance priorities
  • Demonstrate specialist clinical knowledge and experience in the field of neurology and ability to adapt to various settings
  • Current trends in service provision
  • Understanding of OT processes, models and evidence based practice
  • Work to HCPC Codes of Professional Conduct
  • Knowledge of equipment and adaptions



  • Basic awareness of IT and IT skills
  • Advanced clinical reasoning skills - ability to decide and establish appropriate action in allocation of workload and other clinical decisions
  • Effective communication skills
  • Organisational skills: To be innovative and work on own initiative and prioritise own workload
  • Time management skills - ability to prioritise and implement management strategies for self and others
  • Leadership skills


  • Evidence of involvement with Audit and research



  • To be able to travel efficiently throughout the area and across the boroughs
  • Team Worker: Able to work effectively and flexibly in a team and variety of environments

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Community Rehabilitation Service

Yew Tree Resource Centre Romford and Porters Avenue HC Dagenham



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