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Band 7 Occupational Therapist - Specialising in Neurosciences

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and motivated occupational therapist to join our dynamic team at the National hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. The post is rotational within a specialist multidisciplinary team at this renowned teaching hospital.

Areas covered on the rotation include acute brain injury, stroke services, neuro-rehabilitation, acute neuro-medical/surgical inpatients, neuropsychiatry, neuro-oncology, private patients, vocational rehabilitation, upper limb rehabilitation, spasticity, Cerebral Palsy and outpatients. Each area is unique in the experience they offers with the opportunity to develop specialist skills in the management of acute and chronic complex neuro-disability patients.

Main duties of the job

The department has well structured in-service training supporting the knowledge and skills framework and personal development plans. Team members are encouraged to engage in teaching and training at a local and national level with clear structures in place for involvement in clinical developments and participate in multi-disciplinary audit and research.

You will be working in a rewarding and challenging clinical environment and be responsible for supervision of at least one team member and the day to day management of the OT service delivery in your clinical area. You must have substantive post-graduation experience, including neurology. Effective communication skills and a positive approach to the management of complex disability are essential.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

We are committed to sustainability and have pledged to become a carbon net zero health service, embedding sustainable practice throughout UCLH. We have set an ambitious target of net zero for our direct emissions by 2031 and indirect emissions by 2040.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the full Person Specification and more information regarding the main responsibilities of this role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Come and be a part of the best NHS trust in England to work for, according to our staff*

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

*In the most recent NHS staff survey UCLH had the highest percentage of staff who said they would recommend us as a place to work, out of all general acute or acute/community NHS trusts in England for the second year in a row.

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Once again, UCLH has received the highest score of all general acute and acute/community NHS trusts in England for staff that would recommend us as a place to work.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Qualifications


  • State Registered Occupational Therapist (HPC)
  • Degree in OT (or equivalent)
  • Evidence of continuous professional development (CPD)
  • Broad knowledge of current best evidenced based practice in neuro Occupational Therapy
  • Knowledge and evidence of use of Outcome measures used in Occupational Therapy.


  • Member of NANOT
  • Fieldwork Educator course
  • AMPS trained
  • Normal Movement course
  • Other recognised postgraduate course relevant to neurological Occupational Therapy
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the recruitment and selection process.



  • Substantive post-graduation clinical OT experience required within a physical setting including substantive specific neurological post-graduation OT experience
  • Previous position as a Band 6 or equivalent
  • Experience within a physical setting
  • Experience in the use of OT models of practice
  • Teaching and student supervision experience
  • Highly specialist experience in one of the following: oSplinting oComplex seating oFatigue management oEnvironmental controls oAdaptive computer technology oVocational Rehabilitation
  • Experience of a hospital based health service and a working knowledge of the U.K health system and the changes relevant to OT
  • Experience within a rehabilitation setting
  • Use of Problem Orientated Medical Records / SOAP Notes
  • Experience of supervising and managing staff and being responsible for undertaking IPR and their professional development. including: ?Basic Grade/Senior 2 OT ?OT Assistants ?OT Technical Officers ?OT Students
  • Evidence of experience in teaching OT's, MDT members, patients and their carers, both on internal and external teaching programmes about OT intervention.
  • Experience of involvement in Individual Performance Review both for self and directly managed staff
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge and experience of clinical governance with example of participation in projects for the improvement of patient care and service developments, including leading on projects as required.
  • Evidence of experience in teaching OT's, MDT members, patients and their carers, both on internal and external teaching programmes about OT intervention.


  • Range of hospital and community experience
  • Evidence of involvement in an Research & Development programme

Skills & Abilities


  • Autonomous practitioner who is able to work unsupervised at a specialist level
  • Ability to prioritise patients' needs according to set criteria, to delegate work in a fair manner and to monitor directly managed staff's ability to cope with effective OT delivery in a demanding environment.
  • Ability to balance needs of direct caseload with the needs of managing OT service specific area.
  • Ability to manage own caseload, assessing and treating complex and challenging patients and to advise other's on these issues
  • Demonstrate ability to plan and co-ordinate highly specialised OT treatment programmes
  • Ability to take on a key worker role/coordinator role demonstrating an understanding of the team's dynamics.
  • Ability to respond to calls for advice from patients and from health care workers locally, nationally and internationally
  • Demonstrate a positive approach to the treatment of acute and chronic neuro-disability
  • Ability to negotiate, manage conflict and to communicate effectively with reassurance and empathy in difficult situations and/or with patients with cognitive /behavioural impairment
  • Able to communicate complex, sensitive and contentious information in an understandable form to patients, significant others and all other professionals involved.
  • Demonstrate good time management and leadership skills
  • Demonstrate an application of clinical reasoning skills using specialist analytical skills to acute and chronic neurological conditions both verbally and written.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Demonstrate good time management
  • Computer literacy
  • Evidence of effective presentation and training skills.
  • Commitment to utilising evidence-based practise in Neuro-Occupational Therapy
  • Ability to concentrate and work under pressure with constant interruptions from staff, Telephones, Bleep system
  • The ability to understand and adhere to equal opportunities Policy and Risk Management Policy.


  • Experience in the use of integrated Care Pathways

Personal Qualities


  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Ability to articulate reason for desire to work in service
  • Flexibility in approach to service delivery and service needs

Other requirements


  • Physical Effort : The physical capabilities to manage patients with acute and long term neurological disability both on the wards and in the therapy treatment areas at NHNN

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery

Queen Square



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