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Rotational Occupational Therapist

Whittington Health NHS Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Rotational Occupational Therapist - Band 5

Contract -Permanent. Full-Time 37.5 hours per week

The post is on the inter-trust and social services Band 5 OT rotation in the London boroughs of Camden and Islington. (Trusts and Local Authorities involved are shown below).

Rotations are 8 monthly in clinical areas, which include acute, intermediate care and rehabilitation, mental health, paediatrics and social services. The post holder is a full member of the multidisciplinary team and is responsible for a caseload of patients as delegated by the Senior or Team Leader of the clinical service, and as such is professionally and legally accountable for work undertaken. The post holder will set and maintain a high standard of clinical practice, which is evidence based where possible, using local and standardized assessments and outcome measures, where appropriate.

Main duties of the job

Please see the Job Description and the Persons Specification for further details about the job role. If you are unable to access the PDF, the details of the job description can also be found in the 'Detailed Job Description and Main responsibilities' section.

About us

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties

  • To assess and treat patients, addressing quality of life, physical, cognitive, affective, social and environmental issues either on an individual or a group basis, utilising a range of therapeutic skills in accordance with devised treatment plans, in both hospital and in the community settings.
  • To prioritise factors involved in the Clients presenting condition through clinical reasoning based on skills, knowledge, experience and on current professional opinion, Clients progress and other physical, social, emotional and mental health issues.
  • To use a client centred approach and to set treatment goals that focus on the strengths and the needs of the patient/client.
  • To ensure that the Client and/or their carer have an understanding of treatment protocols and to ensure that there is informed consent to examination and treatment as required by the Trust or Social Services.
  • In some service settings - To screen multidisciplinary referrals from a variety of sources where no other professionals are currently involved.
  • To devise and manage a treatment plan individual to a Clients presenting condition through, the use of functional rehabilitation, adaptation, equipment provision, education, health promotion and cognitive or psychological approaches.
  • To contribute, as part of the multi-disciplinary team to the discharge planning process, to enable clients to be discharged safely, with the relevant Occupational Therapy intervention completed in a timely manner.
  • Use knowledge of other multidisciplinary roles and external agencies to ensure effective referral management and achieve best Client care.
  • To attend, and participate in multidisciplinary team meetings and case conferences and any relevant meetings as required.
  • To ensure Client and service records are recorded and maintained, as per local Occupational Therapy, HCPC, BAOT and Trust guidelines.
  • To prescribe, delegate and monitor the work of Rehabilitation Assistants/ Therapy assistants and Technicians or Support Workers and countersign documentation if required.
  • To advise, demonstrate to and teach relevant clients, carers/health workers about ongoing rehabilitation and maintenance care programmes and use of equipment as appropriate.
  • To manage clinical risk in own caseload and ensure that therapy/rehabilitation assistants and students comply, e.g. manual handling, risk assessment and local policy regarding lone working.

  • To use well developed verbal and non-verbal communication skills to ensure that the Client and/or their carer understands the relevant advise, education and recommendations given.
  • To communicate sensitive information in an understandable form to patients and their carers and to enable patients to participate and co-operate in treatment.
  • To produce written, electronic and verbal reports for the MDT other Health or Social care providers and be able to convey this to the patient in an accessible and meaningful manner using the correct terminology, often in the face of communication barriers
  • To comply with the Trusts policies on Confidentiality, Documentation and record keeping.
  • To give feedback in multi-disciplinary meetings, case conferences, case reviews etc in relation to own clinical findings in a consistent and professional manner.

  • To utilise opportunities to develop skills and knowledge, apply critical appraisal and keep up to date with current practise in the field.
  • To support other Occupational Therapists in the education and training of other professionals and visitors to the department.
  • To participate in education programmes for Client/ service groups.
  • To support health promotion and health education initiatives within the locality and within the community directorate.
  • To comply with all mandatory training, proactively attending updates at the time intervals stated.
  • To maintain and update a Continuing Professional Development portfolio.
  • To participate in the Preceptorship programme as required.
  • To participate in the Appraisal/Individual performance review system.

  • To ensure that accurate and evaluative records of patient care are maintained in line with the service policy.
  • To delegate appropriate work to staff in supporting roles and provide informal day-to-day support to Rehabilitation Assistants and students to enable them to carry or assist with a managed caseload.
  • To be responsible for the safe use of all equipment.
  • To ensure that all equipment defects, accidents and complaints are reported to the Team Leader immediately.
  • To comply with the Trusts/ Social services policies and procedures, and the Health and Safety at Work Act.
  • To participate in the collection of statistics and audit programmes as required by the Service.
  • To participate in the induction/orientation of new staff members.
  • To attend and participate in Occupational Therapy/Joint Therapy staff meetings and other relevant meetings as identified by team lead.
  • With supervision, use time management skills, to manage and organise your workload on a daily basis.
  • To maintain and develop specific departmental duties as designated by the Lead/ Senior OT of the service.
  • To participate in the development of services and initiatives in the Team, with the support and guidance from senior staff.

  • To participate in the evaluation of clinical practise.
  • To keep up to date in the development of research and clinical practice in the field of rehabilitation, older people and related areas.

  • Person Specification

    Qualifications & Trainings


    • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
    • IELTS Level 7.0 or above (overseas candidates only)
    • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council ( HCPC)


    • Membership of BAOT
    • Graduate/Post graduate training courses relevant to post



    • Work or placement experience in the acute hospital setting or related Work areas
    • Good understanding and experience of working multi-disciplinary team working
    • Experience of working with patients as an OT or Student OT with complex medical and social presentations.


    • Voluntary or independent work experience within other settings where skills learned would be transferable to Band 5 role
    • Group work



    • Knowledge of physical pathology related to rotational work areas i.e. acute medicine, care of older people, mental health, intermediate care.
    • Understanding of the emotional and physical impact of illness/disability on an individual, their family and carers.
    • Awareness of and competence in undertaking core therapeutic assessments specific to Occupational therapy
    • Practical experience of designing and implementing treatment Programmes in line with best evidence/best practice
    • Knowledge and implementation of client centred care principles within assessment and treatment plans
    • Knowledge of legislative frameworks/current legislation in relation to OT in health care and social care settings.
    • Documented evidence of continuous professional development showing progression of learning and future learning objectives.

    Skills and Abilities


    • Ability to communicate information clearly and professionally in a health care environment.
    • Excellent clinical documentation skills
    • Professional liaison with colleagues in other sectors health, private and voluntary.
    • Prioritization and caseload management skills.
    • Ability to work to agreed deadlines and timescales
    • Use of activity analysis to inform assessment and treatment planning.
    • Developed clinical reasoning skills and clinical confidence.


    • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance.
    • Computer competent/literate

    Other Qualities


    • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability in work role and show skill transference when required to meet service needs.
    • To be prepared to participate or have experience of participating in change which supports and develops the service.
    • Be able to work under pressure in a fast paced work environment.
    • Proactively participate in formal and informal training opportunities
    • Commitment to non-discriminatory practice.
    • Personally organized and accepting of responsibility
    • Ability to work core hours over 7 days on a rota system

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


    Whittington Hospital

    Magdala Avenue


    N19 5NF

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