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Specialist Neuro Occupational Therapist

Solent NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our established and dynamic Inpatient Neurorehabilitation team. We are looking for an enthusiastic, forward thinking and committed Occupational Therapist with strong clinical and team working skills to deliver high quality rehabilitation to our inpatients on Snowdon ward. The role is ideal for an OT who has passion for development and wishes to become a clinical expert in their field.

You'll work within a supportive rehabilitation multidisciplinary team with a supportive management structure which welcomes innovation and quality improvement whilst prioritising staff well-being. The leadership team on Snowdon comprises of the ward manager, Specialist band 7 PT/team lead, Specialist Speech and language therapist and Dietitian and Specialist Psychologist which will provide great peer support to the successful candidate.

There will be a variety of opportunities including developing complex assessment and treatment skills for our inpatients, within a team which advocates for close multidisciplinary working. The role also includes the opportunity to conduct assessments of patients on our waiting list that advises our patient flow as well as developing management skills when deputising for the therapy team lead. As a specialist OT some of the clinical skills will be around delivering and supporting the junior staff in complex cognitive rehab, posture management, upper limb assessments and treatments.

Hours are negotiable and can be discussed at interview.

Main duties of the job

As part of Solent's Futures Project, we will be working in partnership with the new build at the Western Community Hospital site where a new purpose built 'state of the art' rehabilitation centre of clinical excellence. This creates multiple opportunities to drive the team forward to excel in service provision.

Snowdon is a 14 bedded unit which specialises in the treatment of adults with physical and cognitive impairment following a neurological event or a long- term neurological condition. We offer specialist in-patient neurological rehabilitation. Snowdon is recognised as providing specialist neurorehabilitation as a level 2 Unit.

In this role you will:
  • Undertake the Specialist therapy role in leading, planning, and co-ordinating the delivery and evaluation of the service.
  • Take a major role in the advanced specialist therapy intervention as part of the specialist team, assessing and treating own caseload of patients who may have a complex presentation and maintain associated records as an autonomous practitioner.
  • Deputise for the operational lead in their absence as required.
  • Undertake evidence-based projects, including recommendations for change in practice and participate in research and audit.
  • Provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to relatives, carers, and other professionals to promote understanding of the aims of the Complex Neuro rehabilitation service and to ensure a consistent approach to patient care.

About us

We have been working with other local NHS Trusts to create a new organisation, bringing together all community, mental health and learning disability services from across Hampshire and Isle of Wight. Subject to approvals, the aim is for the new Trust to be formed by July 2024.Project Fusion is the name for the programme to create the new combined NHS Foundation Trust. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will be bringing the services into a single organisation will result in more consistent care, more equitable access to services irrespective of postcode, and a more sustainable workforce and services. The new organisation will operate locally to ensure services can best meet the needs of different communities.The new Trust will be comprised of all the services currently provided by Solent NHS Trust and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, the community, mental health and learning disability services provided by Isle of Wight NHS Trust and child and adolescent mental health services delivered in parts of Hampshire by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.Colleagues will transfer to the new organisation under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) -- known as TUPE on 1st July 2024. TUPE is a legal process to ensure you transfer out of one organisation and into another, maintaining the terms and conditions of your employment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • Degree or diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Current Health Care Professional Council registration as an Occupational Therapist
  • Evidence of study at Masters' level or working towards this qualification relevant to area of practice


  • Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapy
  • Member of an appropriate Special Interest Group



  • Post-registration experience in relevant setting
  • Able to demonstrate ability to make decisions in complex & unpredictable situations & deal with verbal or physical aggression on occasions
  • Proven Clinical Leadership & presentation skills
  • Able to take personal responsibility, work autonomously & manage time effectively


  • Experience of practice placement education & providing teaching/training for a range of student/staff needs

Employer details

Employer name

Solent NHS Trust


Western Community Hospital

William Macleod Way



SO16 4XE

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