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Occupational Therapist Team Lead

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
18 Apr 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Full Time
Are you an experienced Band 7 OT looking for a change or challenge? Or possibly a band 6 who would like to take the lead within our team?

We are looking for a highly motivated Occupational Therapist, with the relevant skills in rehabilitation and management, to join our established team in Wokingham Community Hospital. Windsor and Ascot wards are community physical health inpatient wards, caring for adults with a wide variety of sub-acute medical and surgical conditions, providing rehabilitation.

The role if for a fixed term of 1 year and although asking for full time would consider part time down to 30 hours per week. This post will suit someone with leadership experience,butequallymight appeal to someone looking to develop their leadership skills.

The unit is based in Wokingham close to shops and public transport for easy commuting. Wokingham Community Hospital staff are eligible for 'fringe London weighting' under agenda for change, which equates to an additional 5% of your basic NHS salary, and free parking on our hospital site.

Main duties of the job

Are you passionate about working with patients with complex needs to support their independence and function?

The post holder will have a range of Occupational Therapy skills and experience, be well organised and will be responsible for the delivery of a high-quality service as part of the MDT. The post involves working alongside the Inpatient Services Manager and Therapy Lead and is a mix of both a clinical case load and the management of junior colleagues. This requires someone with effective communication skills, a flexible approach, and an ability to work under pressure, both as part of a multi-disciplinary team and independently.

There is a strong professional leadership structure within our organisation, and you will be supported by the Therapy Lead in Community inpatients, the Inpatient Services Manager, and the Occupational Therapy Professional Lead.

The role includes
  • Supported management of the occupational therapy and wider therapy tea
  • Promoting patient independence and discharge
  • Actively taking part in and leading, board rounds and improvement huddles etc
  • Communicating with key stakeholders and carers outside of the service

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The4 must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • An Occupational Therapy Degree/Diploma with HCPC registration and experience in rehabilitation.
  • Must be able to drive and have access to use of a car for patients home access.
  • Adaptive, reactive, style of working to lead a team to deliver an outstanding level of care to our patients and support of the staff.

  • If you recognise yourself in these requirements, we recommend you apply today!

    We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Ellen Bowley Inpatient Service Manager on 0118 9064064 ( or Aislinn Simons Inpatient Therapy Lead @ wholl be delighted to help!

    We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

    Person Specification



    • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy
    • State Registration


    • BAOT Membership
    • Membership of relevant special Interest Group
    • Master's degree

    Continuous Professional Development


    • Post-graduate training in a relevant clinical speciality such as: Accredited courses in Cognitive impairment & Accreditation of practise Educators (Apple)

    Previous Experience


    • Relevant post graduate NHS experience
    • Highly specialist knowledge of Occupational Therapy in management of patients with highly complex conditions
    • Understanding national policies /guidelines relevant to the area e.g. National Service Frameworks for falls, stroke, mental health
    • Knowledge and participation in clinical governance relevant to this clinical area and to Occupational
    • Knowledge of audit and research
    • Proven leadership ability
    • Presentation skills
    • IT skills

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Highly specialist knowledge of Occupational in management of patients with highly complex conditions
    • Understanding national policies and guidelines relevant to area
    • Knowledge and participation in clinical governance relevant to this clinical area and Occupational Therapy.
    • Knowledge of Assistive technology
    • Knowledge of audit and research
    • Proven clinical and leadership ability.
    • Presentation skills
    • IT skills
    • Use of standardised assessments
    • To have an extensive repertoire of mobilisation and facilitation skills in patient manual handling
    • Ability to develop others through CPD/PDP/in-service training
    • Drive and enthusiasm for clinical excellence and clinical development of the team
    • Effective written and verbal communication skills
    • Good time management
    • Flexible and adaptable
    • Ability to work well within a team
    • Willingness to learn

    Additional Requirements


    • Ability to travel between multiple sites efficiently.
    • Car driver and access to a car

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    Wokingham Hospital

    41 Barkham Road


    RG41 2RE

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