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Band 7 Clinical Stroke Specialist (PT / OT)

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum / Pro Rata
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the stroke therapy team at Northampton General Hospital. We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, dynamic and experienced Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist to join us in leading the Stroke Therapy Team alongside other service leads.

Applicants should be a HCPC registered, Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist. This is a full time role working within a hyper acute and rehab setting, working closely with the community stroke team services, specialist stroke nurses and consultants. The applicant will be expected to work across the Trust assessing and treating stroke patients.

The applicant will be required to lead and organise the 7 day stroke therapy service, ensuring skill mix and cover for weekends, as well as working as part of a rota.

We are looking for someone with excellent clinical, communication and interpersonal skills along with a thorough understanding of neurological assessment, cognitive assessments and treatment techniques.

Applicants will be expected to participate in audits, service development projects, and must also demonstrate a strong commitment to the teaching, training and supervision of Therapists, Support Workers and students.

There is an on call commitment with this post (Physiotherapists only), but only until 10pm at night.

You will be supported to thrive in this role through clinical and leadership development opportunities.

Main duties of the job

This post is for a Band 7 Clinical Stroke Specialist (PT/OT) for the Stroke Therapy Team at Northampton General Hospital Trust.

The post holder will be jointly responsible for planning, co-ordinating, delivering, evaluating and managing a high-quality service to inpatients within hyper-acute and rehabilitation stroke services. The post holder will jointly lead the inpatient stroke therapy team providing clinical supervision, training and liaising with other services both inpatient and across the stroke pathway to ensure a collaborative service is provided to meet the patients needs. The post holder will provide a source of highly expert specialised skills and knowledge within stroke care.

Participation on the Respiratory On-Call rota will be required if the post holder is a registered physiotherapist.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Corporate ResponsibilitiesBuild safe working knowledge of all equipment used to provide safe patient care and participate in maintenance and training.

To follow and action trust and HR policies and processes with regards to sickness, performance and disciplinary management of staff within the relevant clinical area.

To lead and contribute to the recruitment process of staff within the Therapies department.

Supporting Clinical and Patient ExcellenceProvide a highly specialist, high standard therapy service, assessing and advising on patients care & treatment, as an autonomous practitioner within the defined patient group (Stroke)

Jointly lead the Therapy staff across the service area providing clinical supervision and training, liaising with other appropriate leads to ensure an integrated service is provided for the service area.

Ensure development of junior staff through supervision, training and annual appraisal.

Participate in the planning, development and evaluation of clinical practice & service development within area.

Contribute to the maintenance and development of the Trust Occupational Therapy / Physiotherapy service.

Take on shared responsibility for information management to ensure high quality data, which is recorded, evaluated & reported in a timely manner.

Provide a source of expert clinical opinion on stroke for other health professionals, both internal and external to the Trust.

To participate in 7-day working patterns, including Bank Holidays

Be professionally & legally responsible & accountable for all aspects of own work including the management of patients in own care. Ensure a high standard of clinical care for patients under own management & support more junior staff to do likewise.

Interpret & analyse clinical & non-clinical facts to form accurate diagnosis & prognosis on a wide range of highly complex impairments to recommend the best course of intervention, evaluate outcomes, reassess & to develop comprehensive treatment plans and goals.

Undertake comprehensive assessment of patients including those with complex presentation, investigate & analyse skills & formulate individualised management & treatment plans to formulate specialised programmes of care.

Assess patient understanding of treatment proposals & gain informed consent in order to work within the legal framework for patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.

Accept clinical responsibility for own caseload & organise this effectively & efficiently with regard to the clinical progress of the patient. Oversee/supervise the caseload of junior staff to ensure patients are prioritised according to acuity of need across the service areas.

Maintain a clean safe environment always ensuring adherence to Trust standards of cleanliness hygiene & infection control.

Work with Consultants and other agencies to refer patients and develop the strategic & operational management of the specialist service area within the relevant professional service guidelines & practices.

Provide spontaneous & planned advice, teaching & instruction to relatives, carers & other professionals to promote understanding of the aims of the Therapy Department and to ensure a constant approach to patient care.

Regularly manage expected & unexpected clinical events requiring high & unpredictable levels of physical effort according to patient dependency & clinical need.

Abide by the appropriate professional body and the Health & Care Professions Council standards of proficiency.

Communicate effectively, plan, organise & work collaboratively with medical, nursing & therapy colleagues to ensure the delivery of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary service.

Comply with organisational, professional & Trust policies & procedures & be actively involved in reviewing & adapting as appropriate to own specialist field.

Develop excellent relationships with all members of the team and other appropriate therapy leads to ensure optimal delivery of therapy services.

Maintain accurate comprehensive & up to date documentation & communicate assessment & treatment results to appropriate disciplines.

Be aware of health & safety aspects of own work & that of more junior staff & implement relevant policies.Supporting Financial ExcellenceTo make best use of NHS resources

Professional Responsibilities, Quality Assurance and MonitoringTo work within Trust Core Competencies and objectives (Knowledge and Skills Framework based), Chartered Society of Physiotherapy guidelines, HCPC standards and code of conduct and to have good working knowledge of national and local standards and policies.

Complete all work necessary to maintain registration and encourage others to do so

Monitor own and others quality and standard of practice by appraisal and review.

Maintain and monitor standards on health and safety, consent, note keeping, clinical governance, continuous professional development on both a personal, professional and departmental level.

To supervise, teach and mentor students.

Policy and Service Development, Research and Development ResponsibilitiesTo use information such as Clinical governance, NICE, and other clinical specific guidelines and evidence of best practice to assist in producing working guidelines, competencies and objectives to develop the service.

Person Specification

Education Training and Qualifications


  • BSc Honours (or equivalent) in Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy
  • Health and Care Professions Council Registration.
  • UK work permit


  • Registration with specialist interest body
  • Pursuing or willing to undertake post graduate training

Knowledge and Experience


  • Current band 6 experience within experience of neurological conditions, ideally stroke.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional development
  • Experience and knowledge of supporting patients with cognitive impairments


  • Current band 7 experience within area or neurological conditions, ideally stroke



  • Able to assess a patient's needs and plan a treatment plan with short and long term goals
  • Good written and verbal communication
  • Experience of interpersonal working
  • Able to support and teach variety of junior staff supporting development of workforce


  • Car driver for community based work

Key competences


  • Leadership
  • Innovative practise
  • Flexible Working

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital






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