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Band 6 Specialist Occupational Therapist - Neurosciences Rotation

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic Neuro-Occupational Therapist (OT) to join our band 6 rotations within the well-established and dynamic Neurosciences department at the Royal Free Hospital, London.

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

We also welcome applications from those looking to explore fixed term or act up opportunities.

Main duties of the job

The 9-month rotations enable further skill development and expertise in the assessment, rehabilitation, and management of complex neurological conditions across the patientpathway, including critical care, acute stroke rehabilitation and neurology, inpatient, andcommunity neurorehabilitation.

Our 46 bedded Intensive Care Unit (ICU) includes a cohort of patients with highly complexneurological presentations and an ICU OT competency-based programme has beendeveloped and presented at conference. Our acute stroke unit has consistently excellentSSNAP ratings, and we have several exciting therapy led service development projectsfocusing on rehabilitation intensity.

The well-regarded Neurological Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) provides specialist level 2inpatient neurorehabilitation, with access to a therapy garden, kitchen, and specialist roboticupper limb equipment. The Community Neurological Conditions Management Teamprovides specialist input to people living with acute, chronic, long-term, and rareneurological conditions, and has close links with our specialist neuro VocationalRehabilitation Service.

On both sites you will be well supported by experienced Band 7 and Band 8 OTs. We are trulyinter-disciplinary with a strong emphasis on staff wellness, learning and developmentopportunities, with dedicated Therapies Education and Therapies Research and DevelopmentTeams.

About us

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's biggest and most innovative trusts. Across three main hospitals, our dedicated army of staff care for over 1.6million patients, treat more than 200,000 in A& E, deliver over 8,000 babies and carry out more than 17million tests.

Our size, scale and influence offer you unrivalled career opportunities and a forward-thinking approach to working that works around your lifestyle. From flexible hours and generous benefits, to next level training, we make it easier to take your career to the top

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Therapy Services at the Royal Free are truly interdisciplinary with a strong emphasis on active learning, development, and staff wellness. You will be well supported by Senior and highly experienced neurosciences therapists across both sites to further develop specialist neuro-occupational therapy skills and provided with opportunity to participate in service development projects. We have regular in-service training programmes, a dedicated therapies Education, and Research and Development Team

Person Specification

Education & professional Qualifications


  • BSc Degree in Occupational Therapy or Diploma or equivalent
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration - Occupational Therapy
  • Evidence or portfolio of post-graduate continued development in neuro clinical skills
  • Active membership of special interest group e.g. RCOT SSNP



  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values



  • Post-graduate work experience as an Occupational Therapist, including working with patients in field of neurosciences
  • Experience of working in an inpatient physical / neuro setting.
  • Experience of working in an acute/hospital based setting including working within an MDT.
  • Knowledge and experience of a range of approaches for the management of patients including at least some of the following: stroke, progressive neurological conditions, neurorehabilitation, spinal cord injury, critical care, and functional neurological disorders
  • Experience of supervision / student education


  • Previous experience of working as a Band 6 Occupational Therapist

Skills and aptitudes


  • Evidence of a clear understanding of the role of the Occupational Therapist in an acute hospital setting
  • Evidence of sound clinical knowledge and well-established general assessment and treatment skills
  • Knowledge and experience of general and stroke/neuro clinical guidelines and policies
  • Ability to critically evaluate current research & apply to own practice
  • Evidence of ability to manage a full clinical caseload and prioritise effectively
  • Evidence of ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Evidence of an understanding of the skills required to be an effective team member
  • Evidence of an understanding of the skills required to ensure effective communication
  • Evidence of an being able to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Competent IT skills including MS Office and electronic notes
  • Ability to carry out manual handling practices.


  • Evidence of sound neuro assessment and treatment skills
  • Good presentation skills

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Free Hospital

Pond Street



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