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Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist

Barts Health NHS Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum inc
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for motivated and versatile team player to join our therapy team within the Acute Admissions Unit (AAU). The Royal London Hospital Therapies team delivers care to patients across a range of diverse areas. Our AAU is a fast-paced environment working closely with our MDT & Frailty service colleagues.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for Occupational Therapy excellent communication skills, plenty of initiative & enthusiasm with the ability to work autonomously and as a part of the wider MDT.

Within Bart's we offer a robust teaching and training programme with the opportunity to complete Quality Improvement and audit projects, we provide a supportive and engaging environment to develop and grow our therapists.

As a Band 7 Occupational Therapist you will have the opportunity to develop your own supervisory and management skills through supporting and supervising junior therapists, students and/or therapy support workers.

The ideal candidate will have a strong focus on quality improvement and education within the acute medicine setting. The post holder will be expected to continue to foster a transdisciplinary approach to inpatient therapy practice whilst maintaining our individual professional roles and boundaries. The role is for a full time post & includes being a member of the weekend service.

For Further information and details please contact: Tomas Clark on 0203 594 0219 or via

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide a high standard of occupational therapy service as an autonomous practitioner and take a leading role in the advanced occupational therapy assessment & treatment of patients within the specialty who may have acute, complex and/or chronic presentations.

There will be the opportunity to work across the Acute Admissions Unit and Older Peoples Service which forms a common patient journey through our hospital. They will determine clinical diagnosis and therapy treatment indicated, to be responsible for a defined caseload, working autonomously with access to advice and support from colleagues if required.

They will be dynamic in developing efficient and effective occupational therapy working processes to assist in producing a fully multi-professional team approach and to lead on the development of the team in line with team objectives. This involves undertaking a leading role in the day to day planning, co-ordination, delivery and evaluation of the service provided

About us


Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

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 documents, please view the attachment/s below.

We are dedicated to being an outstanding place to work and will work with you to get the best experience. We know flexible working is not a one size fits all and will mean something different to everyone. We are inclusive, so if you are interested in flexible working, please speak to the recruiting manager.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational therapy
  • State registered HCPC
  • Fulfils KSF outline for Band 7
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and a CPD portfolio
  • Clinical Educators Qualification


  • Member of RCOT
  • Coaching/mentoring training
  • Post graduate formal qualification (i.e. MSc Module)
  • Member of a relevant Special Interest Group
  • Leadership training



  • Minimum of 4 years NHS post graduate experience
  • Experience in delegating appropriately to others
  • Supervision of students
  • Evidence of QI experience, leading projects and teams through change
  • Contribution to clinical education of less experienced staff and/or students or assistants
  • Managing staff formally and informally regarding sickness, attendance and performance


  • Evidence of participation in research
  • Evidence of extra departmental duties/roles
  • 2 years Acute Medical/ Rehabilitation/OPS experience



  • An understanding of clinical governance
  • Understanding of the opportunities and challenges of working within a culturally diverse environment
  • Knowledge of revelant guidelines and best practices for an AAU therapy team
  • Awareness of current issues affecting the profession and the NHS
  • Understanding of the legal responsibilities of the profession
  • Knowledge of professional roles within the MDT and when to involve others e.g. specialist physios
  • Ability to offer constructive suggestions for service improvement
  • Knowledge of the key issues facing acute hospital wards and ways in which to combat this


  • Post graduate courses relevant to clinical field
  • Ability to identify how to manage risks and help others manage risks
  • Knowledge of current and emerging NHS strategy and policy
  • Ability to use and maintain resources efficiently and effectively and encourage others to do so



  • Highly skilled in complex cognitive assessments and management plans
  • Highly skilled in managing complex neurological patients, including functional neurological disorders
  • Highly skilled in the assessment and treatment of frail older adults
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and delegate appropriately.
  • Excellent communication skills in order to articulate complex plans and ideas with patients and staff alike
  • Ability to work in a sometimes challenging work environment and support others in doing so
  • Ability to work within an MDT and participate/facilitate safe discharge planning for varied patient diagnosis.
  • Excellent organisational and leadership skills
  • To be able to network and build relationships with key stakeholders both in the acute hospital and community
  • To be able to network and build relationships with key stakeholders both in the acute hospital and community
  • Ability to offer constructive suggestions for service improvement
  • Ability to self- reflect, carry out tasks of own job and identify development needs in order to do current job better
  • Posess an enthusiastic, approachable and friendly manner
  • Flexible and adaptable to needs of team/service.


  • Ability to lead the occupational therapy team in service improvement
  • Experience of Equal Opportunity policies and procedures
  • Ability to identify and take action when own or other's undermines equality and diversity



  • Ability to work flexible hours to meet service requirements, including weekend working
  • Strong IT skills with the ability to utilise a number of basic computer programmes competentl
  • Ability to use tools to adjust equipment and furniture

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


The Royal London Hospital


E1 1FR

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