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Team Lead Occupational Therapist-Frailty

Medway NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum/pro rata
Closing date
8 Mar 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Full Time
Team Lead Occupational Therapist-Frailty ( 1 year fixed term)

Directorate: Cancer and core clinical services

Care Group: Diagnostics and Therapies

Band: 7

Salary: �43,742 - �50,056 per annum/pro rata

Working in frailty at Medway Foundation Trust is currently a very exciting time for therapists. The unit is newly built and is multi-functioning which therapists have active involvement in.

The unit encompasses a fully functioning short stay ward as well as multiple outpatient frailty clinics that the therapy team are involved with.

Excitingly, as of the 4th March 2024 the new Frailty SDEC (Same Day Emergency Care) opens as a separate pathway within the unit. Patients will be triaged from the Emergency Department or directly from the community.

Here, therapists will have the opportunity to assess and treat patients with the aim to safely reduce admissions to the hospital and encourage preventative interventions relating to frailty and falls. The whole unit and its many pathways promotes MDT working, holistic care and an enablement approach

You will be managing an integrated team of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapist and Therapy assistants

Your team will be working as part of an MDT including therapy staff, nurses, CSW's, Doctors and more to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality of care.

Main duties of the job

As a Team Lead Occupational Therapist, you will need to be motivated and enthusiastic with a broad range of acute hospital experience, demonstrable leadership skills with the ability to contribute to service development.You will get an opportunity to develop your managerial and supervisory skills providing supervision to rotational Therapists, Therapy Assistants and Students. CPD is encouraged and supported.

We offer in-service training, peer groups, robust mandatory training in addition to many interesting courses run by the trust. External training is also supported where appropriate. The team provides robust Speciality specific training and upskills team members through area specific competencies.

Our values are Bold, Every Person Counts, Sharing and Open and Together. It is important that you understand and to refer to our values when completing your application and always reflect our values throughout your employment with the Trust.

We are committed to endorsing diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion our policies / procedures ensure that all applicants are treated fairly at every stage of the recruitment process.

To contribute to our exciting future and become part of our team, apply today.

About us

Here at Medway, we pride ourselves on working together as one to ensure that our shared vision of Better, Best, Brilliant is achieved. Our culture and values are what drives the Trust and is the heartbeat of who we are as an organisation.

Our Trust is a great choice for people who want to develop their career in an ambitious environment.

Would you like to work flexibly? In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement which will not mean sacrificing time for personal interests or family commitments. We aim to support you to work flexibly in a way that will suit you and us.

All of our substantive & fixed term employees can enjoy a range of staff benefits, a gym, an active health and wellbeing programme, an on-site nursery and a cycle to work scheme.

We are taking positive action to ensure that we can attract, recruit and retain the best talent and would welcome more applicants from under - represented groups to support the Trusts commitment to a diverse, inclusive and an employer of choice workforce.

All staff at Medway comply the Trust's and the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Board's policies on safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of own work including responsibility of an allocated patient case/work load. To undertake assessment, standardised and non-standardised, of patients including those with diverse and complex presentations and conditions: using clinical reasoning skills and assessment techniques to formulate individualised treatment plans and programmes

To deliver individualised Occupational Therapy intervention and treatment programmes using a broad range of Occupational Therapy skills in individual and group settings

To continually reassess patient progress, adapting treatment plans accordingly, and developing discharge plans

To refer patients appropriately to other health and social care services according to protocol providing timely and detailed information to ensure good continuity of care

To communicate effectively with patients and carers and other health care professionals using a wide range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to share assessment findings, agree treatment plans, progress rehabilitation, give advice, teaching etc. This will include patients with communication and comprehension difficulties and those who may beunable to accept diagnosis/prognosis.

To undertake the day to day operational management of the Frailty therapy team ensuring that the team are supervised and supported.

Person Specification



  • Current Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Evidence of relevant post-graduate courses/CPD to Masters Level
  • Degree/Diploma in Profesional Field



  • Communicating with patients and a wide range of health care professionals
  • Awareness of the challenges of group dynamics in patient groups
  • Able to work collaboratively within an MDT
  • Identification, implementation and reporting of processes for increased efficiency



  • Experience of Clinical Education of Students within area of expertise.
  • Awareness of principles of adult protection and safeguarding
  • Management and Leadership training or experience
  • Experience in health, acute hospital or social care setting



  • Experience of carrying out assessment and treatment in the context of complex medical and psychological problems where there are likely to be conflicting expert opinions
  • Diplomatic and persuasive communication technique to challenge current practice and change historic working practices

Employer details

Employer name

Medway NHS Foundation Trust


Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Windmill Rd



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