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Specialist Rotational Occupational Therapist - Neurosciences

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year pa inclusive
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have exciting opportunities for Occupational therapy at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. If you are passionate about patient care and supporting people with neurological impairments to optimise function this is the role for you. Are you an established Band 7 OT, or an experienced band 6 OT looking to progress your career?

The specialist rotation would suit an Occupational Therapist with a keen interest and clinical experience in stroke or neurology, who would like the opportunity to continue developing their specialist clinical skills alongside developing their skills in clinical leadership. Each rotation is 12 to 18 months and covers the following areas on the Charing Cross Hospital and St Mary's Hospital sites
  • Major Trauma Unit and Acute neuro rehab
  • Hyperacute (HASU) and Acute Stroke (ASU)
  • Acute Neurosciences/Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Rehabilitation (Charing Cross Neurological Rehabilitation Unit: Level 2b & Rapid Access to Acute Rehal

As part of the multi-disciplinary team you will be integral to the delivery of Occupational Therapy, team management and lead on service development and quality improvement projects. There are opportunities to be involved in research within the trust and thus develop your research skills and knowledge.

As a successful candidate you will have the opportunity to provide high quality Occupational Therapy to patients with a wide range of neurological conditions whilst growing your specialist experience and leadership skills in a welcoming and supportive environment.

You will receive regular supervision from the Lead therapist's to support your clinical and professional development. We actively support continuing personal and professional development through an established performance development review (PDR) system, in-service training and external courses. There are also opportunities to undertake formal postgraduate study. Career progression is actively supported and encouraged. Imperial has developed a clinical academic pathway where the benefits of research and evidence-based practice is supported and promoted at all levels of staff from band 5 to 8.

Main duties of the job

  • To be responsible for the provision of highly specialised occupational therapy assessment, treatment and management of patients managed under the neurosciences, stroke and trauma pathways who present as in-patients with a wide variety of neurological management needs. These comprise acute, chronic, complex, disabling and life-limiting conditions.
  • To determine clinical diagnosis and treatment indicated and maintain records as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To ensure a high standard of clinical care for the patients under your management and those of more junior staff providing a comprehensive and appropriate occupational therapy service to neurosciences, stroke and neuro-trauma.
  • To provide leadership to the in-patient neurosciences, stroke and trauma team alongside 4 band 7 neurosciences, stroke and trauma physiotherapists, and the Clinical therapy leads in neurosciences, stroke and trauma.
  • To undertake a significant clinical caseload working as an autonomous practitioner at a specialist level with other health professionals.
  • To be responsible for service development within the team, to implement policy and policy changes within the clinical area in partnership with MDT colleagues.
  • To deputise for the Clinical leads in the speciality

About us

At Imperial College Healthcare you can achieve extraordinary things with extraordinary people, working with leading clinicians pushing boundaries in patient care. Become part of a vibrant team living our values - expert, kind, collaborative and aspirational. You'll get an experience like no other and will fast forward your career.

Benefits include career development, flexible working and wellbeing, staff recognition scheme. Make use of optional benefits including Cycle to work, car lease schemes, season ticket loan or membership options for onsite leisure facilities.

We are committed to equal opportunities and improving the working lives of our staff and will consider applications to work flexibly, part-time or job share.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. For both overviews please view the Job Description attachment with the job advert.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications


  • Professional qualification in Occupational Therapy.
  • HPC registration.
  • Able to communicate complex information verbally and in writing clearly.


  • Course in prescription of wheelchairs and seating
  • Practice Placement course.



  • Specialist knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions in neurological settings.
  • Application and interpretation of standardised cognitive assessments. Ability to conduct non-standardised cognitive assessments. Specialist skills in the management and treatment of cognitive impairments following neurological injury
  • Recent, relevant work in an NHS environment
  • Experience of service development/change management


  • Clinical research experience
  • Experience of using clinical governance framework to monitor and improve quality of patient care
  • Leadership of an occupational therapy team

Skills/Knowledge/ Abilities


  • Advanced knowledge of assessment and treatment approaches for the effective management of neurological presentations and conditions
  • Advanced skills in the appropriate application of a range of techniques and approaches to the management of neurological presentations and conditions
  • Ability to remain updated with professional practice and research and integrate this into daily patient management
  • Ability to comprehend and work within the Trust's policies of data protection, equal opportunities and health and safety and meet differing patient needs


  • Knowledge of recent NHS developments and their impact on service provision
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution skills

Employer details

Employer name

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust


St Mary's Hospital


W2 1NY

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