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Specilaist Band 6 Occupational Therapist

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
2 Mar 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Title :Specialist Occupational Therapist-Neuro.OP

Hours per week-37.50

Perm/Fixed Term-Permanent

Salary �35,392 -�42,618 Per Annum

Closing Date: Friday 1st March 2024

Interview Date: Wednesday 13th March 2024

An exciting development within the Neuro.OP team within the GEH has been developed. Increasing from an existing part time band 6 Occupational Therapist to a full time position

The post requires an Occupational Therapist to support a new Team Lead Occupational Therapist and band 5, working with patients with complex neurological conditions, both within the rehabilatation department and the patient's home, supporting best care for the patients.

Apply today if feel you have the skills and attributes to join our team!

This post may close early due to high numbers of applicationsso you are advised to apply promptly.

All correspondence for this vacancy will be sent by email please check your account regularly including your Junk and SPAM areas.

A great and friendly place to work, so bring your passion, commitment and expertise and enjoy the opportunities to make a difference every day.


Main duties of the job

  • Undertake assessments, clinical diagnosis and treatment of patients with a wide range of problems within the specialist area. These patients often have complex and / or chronic presentations.
  • To work as an autonomous practitioner to undertake a significant specialist clinical caseload, working without direct supervision.
  • To take a role in supervision and teaching of junior qualified therapists and assistants within clinical specialty.
  • To take a role in supervision and teaching of undergraduate students
  • To demonstrate leadership skills and contribute to service development and monitoring of standards of practice
  • To work flexibly over 7 day period, as the service requires

About us

Here at George Eliot our vision to 'excel at patient care' takes centre stage. An ever evolving clinically-led acute service provider we are on a journey to continually provide high quality, safe and responsive services delivered by inspiring, friendly and compassionate staff who share our corporate values which underpin everything we do. Our values are not just words on a piece of paper, they bond us together, reflect our ambition and shape who we are:

Effective Open Communication

excellence and safety in everything we do

Challenge but support

Expect respect and dignity

Local health that inspires confidence

Benefits: On-site nursery, 27 days minimum annual leave plus bank holidays, cycle to work scheme, flexible working, extensive in-house course learning directory, buying and selling of annual leave, subsidised restaurant, tranquillity garden and generous subsidised on-site parking.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To abide by the British Association of Occupational Therapists Code of Professional Conduct. Carry out assessments and treatments of patients with varying degrees of disability on a daily basis, using moderate physical effort. This may involve moving and handling patients and equipment.
  • To conduct comprehensive assessments including activities of daily living assessments, and cognitive assessments.
  • To ensure methods of treatment, its frequency and review are appropriate to specialist area and within the priorities of the Service.
  • To plan and implement Occupational Therapy intervention with the involvement of patients/carers, to facilitate independence, and to liaise closely with the wider MDT in planning discharge from hospital.
  • To prescribe and instruct patients/carers in the safe use of equipment following assessment.
  • To prescribe and organise minor adaptations to patients homes following assessment.
  • To arrange for the supply of equipment and identify the need for major adaptations as defined under the Disabled Facilities Grant legislation, liaising with the Social Services Department.
  • Frequent exposure to highly unpleasant working conditions on a regular/daily basis, e.g. bodily fluids, urine, faeces, blood and vomit and occasional exposure to verbal and
  • physical aggression.
  • Frequent concentration is required to analyse patient documentation and carry out

patient assessments and treatments, also when driving to domiciliary visits

  • To assist in the supervision and co-ordination of the Therapy Team on a day-to-day basis.
  • To be professionally responsible for the efficient organisation of own caseload

providing a high standard of clinical care.
  • To represent Occupational Therapy interests at meetings as agreed with the Therapy Service Manager and advise of any such meetings where attendance might be appropriate.
  • To contribute to the Therapy Services Clinical Governance Strategy to ensure the quality of service delivered, including Evidence Based Practice, audit, risk management and patient focussed care.
  • To ensure that all client intervention is documented in a timely, objective and confidential manner via Multi-disciplinary Care Plan, Medical Notes and specific Occupational Therapy reports, according to departmental and Trust Policy.
  • To attend multi-disciplinary case conferences/planning meetings to give feedback regarding Occupational Therapy intervention.
  • To undertake an active role in the maintenance and development of fieldwork education placements for Occupational Therapy students, and to supervise students on placement.
  • To carry out the supervision and appraisal of Therapy Support staff.
  • To undertake education of other disciplines about Occupational Therapy, as required, in liaison with the Therapy Service Manager and other colleagues.
  • To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through CPD activities, and maintain a portfolio which reflects personal development.
  • To maintain and develop current knowledge of evidence-based practice and incorporate new developments into your specialist area of work.
  • To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients and to organise this effectively, efficiently and autonomously with regard to clinical priorities and time availability.
  • To attend and participate in in-service training programmes, individual training sessions and external courses as expected and/or identified at Individual Performance Review, and to undertake reflective practice
  • To have specialist knowledge and skills in the use and application of relevant equipment and to be responsible for your own safe and competent use of all that equipment, aids and appliances and that of more junior staff, support workers and students within your team
  • To ensure that your own practice meets the required professional standards of physiotherapy practice

  • To undertake, as directed, the collection of activity data to enable the Trust to monitor its performance.
  • To ensure safe systems of work and ensure compliance with the Health & Safety at Work Act, Safety Executive regulations and Occupational Therapy Service policies by staff.
  • To maintain and review current policies and procedures within the department including the development of new policies in conjunction with the Therapy Service Manager and senior colleagues.
  • To work with the Therapy Service Manager and senior colleagues to undertake regular review of service provision, implementation of appropriate change and the formulation and delivery of strategies for the further development of the Therapy Team.
  • To undertake any other duties delegated by the Therapy Services Manager/Professional Team lead commensurate with the grade and experience of the post holder.

  • To deal sensitively with patients and relatives who have high levels of anxiety and occasional aggression caused by frustration, trauma, disability, pain or impaired ability to understand or communicate and to enable patients to come to terms with chronic disability, on a frequent basis.
  • To ensure beneficial and positive communication with clients, their families/carers and other professionals involved, respecting individual needs and promoting user involvement/decision making
  • To use a range of highly developed verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients to progress rehabilitation and treatment programmes. This will include patients who may have difficulties in understanding or communicating, such as those who are sensory impaired, dysphasic or have some degree of confusion or dementia
  • To deliver presentations and training at Therapy and multi-disciplinary training events and on an individual basis

Person Specification

Experience & Knowledge


  • oMinimum 18 months to 2 years post-graduate experience
  • oPrevious experience in specialist clinical area
  • o Band 5 rotational experience
  • oInvolvement in audit
  • oSupervisory experience
  • oContribution to clinical education of less experienced staff


  • Previous Acute NHS experience

Qualifications & Professional Training


  • oDiploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • oRegistration with HCPC
  • oEvidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio including recent attendance at relevant post-graduate courses


  • oBAOT
  • oInvolvement /membership in Special Interest Group

Skills & Abilities


  • oUnderstanding of clinical governance
  • oImportance in application of clinical governance in clinical area
  • oHighly developed physical skills including dexterity, coordination & sensory skills for assessment and manual treatment of patients
  • oExcellent written and verbal communication skills including an ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive and contentious information
  • oAble to prioritise and organise own workload
  • oAble to cope with a range of complex options, find solutions, analyse, compare and decide on appropriate course of action
  • oAble to work as part of an multi-disciplinary team
  • oIT skills - computer literate in email, Word & PowerPoint

Personal Qualities


  • oEvidence to support personal initiatives in supporting service delivery
  • oAble to carry out moderate physical effort throughout concurrent activities
  • oMotivated
  • oFlexible and adaptable
  • oDiplomatic and sensitive to others need
  • oTo follow the Trusts values of EXCEL and COMPACT



  • oAble to commit to flexible working and weekend working


  • oDriving license and access to motor vehicle for work purposes

Employer details

Employer name

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust


Therapy Services, GEH

College Street


CV10 7DJ

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