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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 per annum (incl of HCAS)
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Full Time
This is an exciting 12 month opportunity for a full time Occupational Therapist working 37.5 hours a week to join the Community Based Neuro Rehab Team (CBNRT) to cover maternity leave on a fixed term contract.

CBNRT is a supportive multi-disciplinary team (MDT) who deliver high quality assessments and rehabilitation for patients who have been discharged from the Acute Stroke Units and for patients in the community with Neurological conditions who need rehabilitation.

We are seeking a HCPC registered Band 6 Occupational Therapist but would consider a Band 5 with relevant Neuro experience or who has a keen interest to develop in Neuro Rehabilitation.

We are looking for a professional, motivated, flexible and compassionate occupational therapist with excellent communication skills to provide specialist Neuro rehabilitation as a valued member of our MDT.

You will be able to work as part of a team as well as have experience working independently in patients' homes. You will be able to manage your own caseload with the support of an experienced multi-disciplinary team which includes Physiotherapists, Stroke Nurses, Speech and Language Therapists, Psychologists and Therapy Assistants.

You will receive supervision and support for your caseload from experienced Occupational Therapists in the team and from the wider Community Neurological rehabilitation service. Your professional development will be supported and encouraged.

Main duties of the job

The role will provide specialist Occupational Therapy to adults with Neurological conditions that require Rehab as part of the community neurorehabilitation and Earlier Supported discharge team for Stroke. The post will be offered to individuals who are motivated, innovative and have experience in neurological rehabilitation to join a dynamic, client centred service that provide excellence in the rehabilitation and management of patients.

About the Job
  • You will be supported to develop your clinical skills within the well-established multi-disciplinary team.
  • The role enables you to work with new stroke patients and progressive neurological conditions using a wide-ranging skills set of Neuro Rehab expertise.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

Themust haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • Qualified Occupational Therapist
  • Keen to work in a team.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • A car driver

  • For further information about the role, please see attached job description and person specification. We strongly encourage you to review how you meet the criteria in the person specification and write about this point-by-point in your supporting statement for the best chance of being shortlisted. For further application tips see the help with your application document attached once you click apply.

    If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, you belong at Berkshire Healthcare!

    We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

    Person Specification



    • Diploma/degree in Occupational therapy
    • HCPC Registration
    • Post-graduate training in a relevant clinical speciality


    • Formal post-graduate qualification in a relevant area
    • Membership of relevant special interest group
    • Relevant splinting course / willingness to undertake

    Previous Experience


    • Therapist in a relevant clinical area
    • Post graduate experience within specialist neurological service
    • Experience of supervising staff
    • Experience of formal and informal teaching
    • Experience of appraising staff
    • Experience of audits
    • Experience of working in a multi disciplinary team setting
    • Experience of liaising with social Care in the UK


    • Minimum of 2 years post-graduate experience
    • Minimum of 2 years experience as a senior Occupational Therapist
    • Experience of formal and informal teaching

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Able to demonstrate confidence in own decisions
    • Proven clinical leadership ability
    • Ability to lead a team
    • Ability to work well within a team
    • Effective written and verbal communication skills
    • Excellent inter-personal skills
    • Drive and enthusiasm for clinical excellence and clinical development of the team
    • Forward Thinking
    • Ability to work independently
    • Understanding national policies /guidelines relevant to the area
    • Knowledge of Assistive Technology for neuro patients
    • Understanding of clinical governance and its relevance to this clinical area
    • Presentation Skills
    • Computer skills
    • Evidence of own self development through PDP
    • Ability to develop others through CPD / PDP / In-service training
    • Flexible and Adaptable
    • Able to maintain judgement under pressure
    • Understanding of social services in the United Kingdom
    • Willingness to learn
    • Ability to pass on skills and knowledge to others - both formally and informally


    • Highly specialist knowledge of Occupational Therapy in management of patients with neurological conditions
    • Knowledge of Audit and Research

    Additional Requirements


    • Occupational Health Clearance
    • DBS clearance
    • Able to travel efficiently between multiple sites

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    West ESD


    RG41 2RE

    Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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