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Team Lead Neurological Occupational Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum including HCAS
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Full Time
This post is an exciting opportunity to join the Inpatient Rehabilitation Team at St Pancras Rehabilitation Unit.

You will be responsible for a providing specialist Neurological rehabilitation. You will work closely with the other band 7 AHP staff ( e.g. Neuro Physiotherapy Pathway Coordinator, General Rehabilitation Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and the wider Integrated Multidisciplinary Team.)

The inpatient multi-pathology and Neurological rehabilitation unit has 53 beds. The unit has strong links with community partners and the NCL Intermediate Care bed base.

The MDT and Occupational Therapy team embrace innovative evidence based practice. As a service we work in partnership with patients and their families /carers and encourage self - management activities at all stages in the patient journey. You will benefit from the experience and support offered by this highly integrated service. You will support and deliver intensive rehabilitation to patients with both Level 2 (6 beds) and Level 3 (17 beds) Neurological rehabilitation need. We can offer opportunities to participate in clinical research projects and service development.

The unit has established training programmes in place and there are frequently opportunities for all staff to develop knowledge and skills within their role

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a highly skilled Specialist Inpatient Occupational Therapist with extensive and varied experience working in Neurological rehabilitation.

A genuine interest in continuing to develop skills and experience in this field is essential for the role. You must be able to work flexibly according to service needs and have excellent organisational, time management and communication skills. The team is based at St. Rehabilitation Unit, situated close to the amenities and transport links of Kings Cross and Camden.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

About us

If you come and work with us, we will ensure you are able to follow your clinical and leadership development priorities identified through your personal development and appraisal plan. We will equip you for mobile working and actively support flexible working practice.

You will enjoy the rewards of working with a client group for whom you can make a significant difference every day, and you will experience the strong motivation of being part of a supportive multi-agency effort which includes Medical, Mental Health, Nursing, Allied Health Professional, Social care and Reablement staff. You will use evidence based principles/current best practise and specialist skills to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions and to ensure that all members of your team do so accordingly.

As the lead Occupational Therapists within the team, you will provide excellent supervision and guidance, to junior OT's to deliver evidence based rehabilitation. You will manage your own caseload, providing individual occupational Therapy assessments to patients in their own homes. You will lead on manual handling, pressure care and equipment needs within the team and support the team lead with Datix investigations, and development audits. You will deputise for the Therapy lead in your locality as appropriate.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Through our 24-hour rehabilitation ethos, our skilled team aims to empower our patients to achieve goals that are meaningful to them, in the face of illness, injury or disability.

On our unit, we use every activity and conversation as an opportunity to help our patients to take ownership for their progress towards meeting their goals and to building their confidence. We recognise and respect that rehabilitation can be a challenging experience and strive to ensure we are caring and continually responsive to the needs of our patients, their families and the needs of each other. We have the patience to listen and learn, and the courage to openly communicate to overcome difficulties and find solutions together.

We work together to provide a nurturing environment where compassion, respect, trust, support and personal accountability are at the centre of all our actions and interactions. By working in partnership with our patients, their families and health and social care services, we aim to prepare our patients for discharge by enabling and supporting them to return to their life in the community.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered with HPC
  • Evidence of postgraduate training and continuing professional development


  • Evidence of postgraduate training and continuing professional development
  • Evidence of postgraduate training and continuing professional development



  • Considerable experience in physical health services, working in a range of settings including hospital and community
  • Supervision of students
  • Working in a multicultural environment
  • Experience of CPA process and risk assessment.
  • Experience of leadership in an MDT setting
  • Experience of liaison within health services and external agencies.


  • Experience of working in a vocational role
  • Involvement with the HR process



  • Knowledge of OT theory related to practice
  • Experience of supporting junior staff and OT students in specialist area
  • Experience of supervision/consultation of OT staff working with complex clinical cases
  • Staff Appraisal skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical governance
  • Knowledge and understanding of national policies and legislation relevant to practice
  • Ability to reflect on and critically appraise own performance
  • Ability to critically appraise research findings to promote evidence based practice.
  • Research/Audit skills - ability to implement and oversee research
  • Use of standardised assessments
  • Integration of models of practice
  • Knowledge of employment and vocational issues, policies and legislation relevant to practice.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills
  • Teaching and presentation skills
  • Basic IT skills
  • Planning and decision making skills


  • Research/Audit experience
  • Experience of service reviews based on best practice
  • Knowledge of patient information systems



  • Committed to multidisciplinary team work
  • Committed to user involvement
  • Ability to work independently, autonomously and prioritise effectively
  • Flexible and responsive to a developing service
  • Self-motivated
  • Good time management skills
  • Work in keeping with Code of Conduct and Professional Ethics
  • Evidence of continued professional development


  • An ability to be innovative creative



  • Sickness (or attendance) record that is acceptable to the Trust
  • Declared medically fit by the Occupational Health Department to perform duties for post
  • Ability to understand and implement the Equal Opportunities Policy at a level appropriate for the job


  • Member of AOTMH
  • Member of COTSS - WORK
  • Car driver

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


South Wing, St Pancras Rehabilitation Unit

St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way



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