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Senior Occupational Therapist - Neurotherapy Team

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa/pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Are you a motivated, forward thinking Occupational Therapist?

Do you have a keen interest in Stroke and Neurological assessment and rehabilitation?

Would you enjoy furthering your experience & expertise in an acute setting?

Do you want to receive the training and support to achieve this? If so, this could be the post for you!

We are looking for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our Stroke and Neurotherapy rotation at University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust.

The post will be rotational through our Stroke Unit including a Hyper-acute service, Stroke Rehabilitation, Neurological Inpatients, Acquired Brain Injury unit and the Early Supported Discharge Team for Stroke and Neurology. We have recently added community neuro rehabilitation to the rotation hosted by Dorset HealthCare.

The successful applicant will be required to provide neurological skilled Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment to clients with complex neurological problems, including assessment, acute rehabilitation, discharge planning and appropriate onward referral. We are looking for an innovative Occupational Therapist who is keen to develop their skills at a senior level, who can demonstrate effective communication skills and the ability to implement evidence-based practice.

This role requires HCPC Registration.

Base Location: Royal Bournemouth, Poole Hospital, Alderney Hospital Please note you will be required to work across site.

Interview Date: TBC

Main duties of the job

The team is an integrated Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy team. Work within this post provides an ideal opportunity to develop skills in stroke and neuro assessment and early rehabilitation, supervision of junior staff/students and positive influence on patient care and service development.

The post holder will be supported by experienced Band 7 therapists across the pathway.

The skills/experience required for this post are as follows:
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Post-graduate experience of working with adults with neurological impairments
  • Involvement in supervision and/or appraisal of junior staff
  • Car owner/driver

Please see the person specification for the full requirements for the post.

Participation in a 1 in 6 weekend working roster and 1 x week late shifts are integral to this role.

We are keen to discuss your individual requirements and development needs so do get in touch with us to see what we can offer you!

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued team mates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

In some cases this means that a services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have at interview

Job description

Job responsibilities

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents which are attached to this advert

Person Specification



  • Minimum of 18-24 months of postgraduate experience across core areas - Neurology - Older Peoples Services - Orthopaedics


  • Previous experience with supervision of assistants
  • Previous experience in band 5 and student clinical supervision
  • Involvement in audit



  • BSc (Hons), MSc or Equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • State Registered (HCPC)


  • Member of RCOT and RCOT SS Neurological Practice

Technical Skills Competencies


  • Ability to assess, manage & treat neurological conditions and patients with complex multi pathologies at specialist level
  • Therapeutic moving & handling skills at specialist level
  • Ability to teach & supervise band 5 staff & assistants
  • Skills in goal setting & evaluating outcome measures



  • Sound understanding of the pathology of neurological conditions
  • Basic understanding of Neuroplasticity and theoretical rationale behind neurotherapy interventions
  • Knowledge of the clinical pathway for neurological patients from acute care to long term management
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Discharge to Assess pathways

Personal Attributes


  • Self motivated
  • Flexibility to respond to urgent requests, changes to plans etc

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


University Hospitals Dorset - All Sites



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