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Team lead Occupational Therapist (RAAR)

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum including HCA
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are looking for an experienced occupational therapist to join our newly established interdisciplinary Rapid Access to Acute Rehabilitation (RAAR) Team at our Denmark Hill site. The RAAR team provides specialist, intensive rehabilitation for 8 patients with a wide range of conditions, including brain injury, spinal cord injury and other neurological or major trauma conditions during their acute admission to hospital, for up to six weeks.

RAAR is a new NHS England initiative aimed at enabling patients with complex rehabilitation needs to have access to specialist, intensive rehabilitation at a much earlier point in their rehabilitation journey. The team is a well resourced team with specialist physio, speech and occupational therapy, neuro-psychology, rehabilitation nursing and medicine and dedicated admin and discharge support

As a newly established team , this is an exciting time to join us setting up new processes, developing relationships across teams, and implementing new and exciting approaches such as robotic therapy and other cutting-edge technologies.

This post is ideal for a therapist with an interest in creative neuro-rehabilitation and also enjoys the dynamic nature of acute illness and injury including major trauma. We pride ourselves on working in a truly inter-disciplinary manner with sound formulation and person-centred, occupation-focused goal setting at the core of our ethos.

Main duties of the job

To oversee, coordinate and develop Rapid Access to Acute Rehabilitation (RAAR) Team occupational therapy service at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The post holder will provide specialist assessment, consultancy and intervention of patients' occupational therapy needs for patients admitted to the RAAR unit across the inpatient wards as clinically indicated. They will carry a caseload of patients with complex health and social care needs using evidence based practise and client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions. They will develop links with other departments and facilitate a multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach.

The post holder will provide clinical and professional leadership to a team of qualified members of staff and assistants. The post holder will attend relevant meetings as a representative of rapid access to acute rehabilitation occupational therapy and will advise on service developments in line with government policy development. They will also lead on implementation of local clinical governance initiatives for the service, evidence-based practice, clinical audit and day-to-day running of the service.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of �1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reach is our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities

To assess and treat patients with complex needs who would benefit from a coordinated interdisciplinary assessment, rehabilitation and discharge services.

To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of illness/ disability on occupational performance and provide training and advice on adaptations to technique and the patients social and physical environment.

To be competent in the development and implementation of remedial and preventative treatment programmes addressing motor, sensory, cognitive, perceptual, psychological needs and occupational performance.

To have extensive knowledge in specialist neurological treatment modalities such as splinting, complex seating and positioning, oedema management, upper limb interventions and cognitive assessment and rehabilitation.

To support the team to identify appropriate referrals, capacity and demand and prioritise workload across the team and other services within occupational therapy, particularly in relation to staff absence.

To develop new working practices and local guidelines and keep abreast of new techniques in relation to the management of the patients in this speciality particularly in line with any national guidance e.g NICE guidelines for rehabilitation after a traumatic injury.

To lead on production of clinical guidelines and local policies ensuring evidence-based, implemented and audited.

To provide guidance and advice to other professions and bodies involved in the provision of rehabilitation and neurological services and to the patients and their carers.

To identify risks, complete risk assessments and implement risk management strategies and document this accurately.

To recognise any change in the condition of the patient and alter treatment accordingly or escalate to medical teams as required.

To work within local policies and procedures, national standards and guidelines and adhere to the Health Care Professionals Council and Royal College of Occupational Therapy professional standards and ethics.

To support patients in setting their own goals, then implementing this and evaluating appropriately.

To plan and implement individual and/or group interventions, in collaboration with clients and carers, to achieve therapeutic goals.

To select evidence based techniques as part of a coordinated treatment program.

To assess and demonstrate to patients and carers the safe use of equipment and adaptations and recommend provision of equipment to support discharge.

To liaise with professionals in onward services to ensure continuity of care.

To respect the individuality, values, culture and religious diversity of patients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs, ensuring equity of service provision.

To make appropriate clinical observations and keep accurate electronic records and activity data in accordance with professional and trust standards.

To write occupational therapy functional and discharge reports for social services, onward inpatient services and community services.

To work as an autonomous practitioner and display appropriate problem solving, analytical and judgement skills.

To support occupational therapists and assists with their managing their patient caseloads to a high level, offering advice or practical support as required.

People Management and Performance

Lead, coach and manage the performance of the team in line with good people management practices. Ensuring excellence is recognised and under performance is addressed.

Participate in regular performance appraisal meetings and ensure each member of the team has a clear set of objectives and development plans.

Ensure the team is compliance with all statutory, mandatory training together with any professional training requirements, ensuring they are up to date and fully compliant.

Manage team absences including sickness in line with Trust policy ensuring the appropriate return to work meetings occur, e-roster is updated and productivity is at keep to the highest possible level.

Identify and fill any vacancies that arise within the team in line with the Trusts recruitment policy and process.

Identify talent and support the internal talent management process in order attract and retain and succession plan for your people.

Review skills mix at regular intervals in order to identify any potential opportunities to maximise resource utilisation / allocation, ensuring job descriptions are kept up to date.

Ensure overall wellbeing of the team is maintained. Continuously support in improving the morale of the team and implementing a culture of zero-tolerance for bullying and harassment.

Communication and Representation

To establish robust communication networks with patients, carers, multidisciplinary members and other agencies.

To provide and receive information from patients, carers and other professionals regarding a patients condition and treatment progress. This will include the sharing and receiving of some complex and/or sensitive information

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Occupational Therapy Degree/ Equivalent (Dip RCOT or BSc OT)
  • HCPC Registration
  • Portfolio and evidence of continuing professional development (with older adults)


  • Masters degree or equivalent
  • Member of Professional Body (RCOT)
  • Member of Specialist Section or special interest group

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of working with patients in an acute medical and/or rehabilitation setting at a senior level
  • Experience of working with patients with major trauma and neurological conditions
  • Experience supervising qualified staff or students
  • Experience of audit procedures
  • Specialist knowledge and experience of occupational therapy assessment and interventions
  • Application of standardised assessments and outcome measures
  • Extensive clinical experience in relevant clinical area outcome measures
  • Experience in the application of health and safety risk management
  • Detailed knowledge of clinical governance and its application
  • Concise and accurate report writing skills


  • Significant experience in a range of healthcare settings
  • Experience of presenting to small and large audiences

Skills and Competencies


  • Able to prioritise and manage stress
  • Ability to build effective working relationships
  • Ability to work autonomously, planning and prioritising own workload
  • Able to undertake therapeutic manual handling tasks
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, adapting to barriers to communication
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, policies and guidelines
  • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues
  • Excellent IT and record keeping skills
  • Presentation and training skills
  • Ability to promote wellbeing within a team
  • Ability to work flexibly across sites and with weekend working


  • Ability to develop staff

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Kings College Hospital

Denmark Hill



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