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Senior Occupational Therapist

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
Cleator Moor
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Part Time

Job Details

Senior Community Occupational Therapist

Due to a secondment within the community therapy service we are seeking forward thinking and dynamic band 6 Occupational Therapist to temporarily join our team here in Copeland.

Copeland ICC covers a large geographical area of natural beauty on the western coast of Cumbria and including the western Lake District National Park areas of Ennerdale and Wasdale. From the coast at St. Bees to the summit of Scafell Pike, Copeland is fantastic place to live and work. The post is based within the Community Rehabilitation Service (CRS) which provides urgent community response, community rehabilitation, inpatient community ward therapy and outpatient rehabilitation clinics.

We are looking for a dynamic, forward thinking, team player to join us in our ambition to deliver high quality care to our patients. As a clinician you will independently assess and treat routine and complex patients in the community and outpatient settings with a variety of conditions, holding your own caseload and signposting to other services when needed. You will be supported in your own professional development, have the opportunity to pursue clinical interests while continuing to deliver a service across a broad base of practice. As a member of the CRS, you would benefit from a supportive and knowledgeable team in your day-to-day work and your professional development.

If this post sounds like something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you!

Main duties of the job

Take part in the Lead Professional of the Day and triage roster to prevent hospital admissions and facilitate discharge from acute and community settings.

Triage and provide assessment for those patients that are deemed to require it for admission avoidance, discharge facilitation or rehabilitation.

Provide high quality, effective holistic assessment of patients' needs according to professional expertise and lead in the implementation of an appropriate management plan

Utilise assistant members of the team in the provision of rehabilitation and/or home care services through delegation and effective communication.

Link with other agencies such as social services, PCN colleagues and the voluntary sector to sign post and ensure patients' needs are met.

Provide supervision to junior staff within the team.

Participate in service development.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. There is an expectation for all staff to support this by familiarising yourself with the Trust's sustainability initiatives such as waste and recycling, going paperless, videoconferencing, sustainable transport and others.

We encourage you to think about what you can do as an individual and within your team to contribute in to embedding carbon reduction into the everyday running of our organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

If you are applying under the Disability Confident Scheme or Armed Forces Covenant and you meet all the essential criteria for a post, you will be guaranteed an interview.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies.

Healthcare Professionals returning to practice, moving into new roles or changing clinical environments, may access an agreed preceptorship period.
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27-day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification



  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to organise workload of self and others
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Relevant practical occupational therapy skills
  • The post holder needs good IT skills, the ability to input data, communicate via email and search for evidence based practice



  • Good Knowledge of Evidence Based Clinical Practice within Rehabilitation
  • Good Knowledge of Continuing Professional Development/Lifelong Learning
  • Knowledge and understanding of Clinical Governance including Risk Management
  • Understanding of Professional Code of Conduct and confidentiality
  • Knowledge of key NHS drivers for change and implications for Occupational Therapy services


  • Knowledge of management of patients with long-term conditions and falls
  • Knowledge of clinical audit and outcome measures, and their use in service improvement



  • Degree in occupational therapy degree/diploma
  • HCPC registered


  • Evidence of attendance at relevant post graduate courses
  • Member of the RCOT



  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Experience of working within the NHS
  • Band 5 experience


  • Experience of working within a community setting.
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Previous Band 6 experience
  • Teaching / Mentoring of healthcare professionals

Personal Circumstances


  • Patient focused
  • Flexible
  • Reliable
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Able to travel independently, (and at times) transport patients and /or equipment across the locality
  • Able to work 7 days per week

Other requirements


  • Take an active part in training for personal and professional development
  • Willing to actively take part in training of others
  • Must have full clean UK driving licence and access to own transport, including business insurance.

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Copeland ICC

Cleator Moor Health Centre

Cleator Moor

CA25 5HP

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