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Static Occupational Therapist Stroke & Neuro ESD

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Part Time

Job Details

We are delighted to offer this fixed term Static Band 6 Senior Occupational Therapy post in our friendly Stroke & Neuro Early Supported Discharge (ESD) Team. Our service sees patients patients at home promptly after discharge from hospital and we offer intensive evidence-based therapeutic interventions. There are many options for CPD learning and project developments in our dynamic team!

Base Location: Bournemouth

Interview Date: TBC

Main duties of the job

1. To provide an efficient and effective Occupational Therapy 7 day service within the Stroke and Neuro ESD Team to community patients with stroke and other neurological impairments

2. To assess patient's level of function, set realistic goals, and implement timely Occupational Therapy treatment programmes with the aim of improving independence, function, and quality of life.

3. To develop specialist skills in all aspects of rehabilitation To maintain a flexible, patient centred approach to service delivery at all times.

4. To assist with the safe and satisfactory discharge of patients as necessary, identifying recovery and support plans using appropriate community services and discharge to assess pathways

5. To ensure a positive impact on patient flow within the Trust including triaging patients and updating electronic databases in order to manage the ESD caseload

6. To be involved in student education and be a Practice Placement Educator as required

7. Cross site working as required

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued teammates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have about this at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents which are attached to this advert.

Person Specification



  • State Registered (HCPC)
  • BSc (Hons) or equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Member of Neuro Occupational Therapy Special Interest Group - RCOT SS Neuro Practice and member of RCOT
  • Completion of Neuro-therapy specific course
  • Completion of leadership training



  • Minimum of 18-24 months of postgraduate experience across core areas,Neurology, Older Peoples Services, Orthopaedics
  • Experience of working within a community rehab service


  • Previous experience with supervision of assistants
  • Previous experience in student clinical supervisionand or Band 5 staff
  • Experience of working in stroke/neuro setting
  • Involvement in audit and service development

Technical Skills Competencies


  • Ability to assess, manage & treat neurological conditions and patients with complex multi pathologies at specialist level
  • Ability to teach & supervise band 5 staff & assistants
  • Skills in goal setting & evaluating outcome measures
  • Problem solving skills and clinical reasoning skills - a Reflective practitioner
  • Ability to produce clear written documentation of intervention & reports
  • Therapeutic moving & handling skills at specialist level
  • Ability to prioritise clinical workload
  • Ability to learn and develop own clinical skills with neurological patient group


  • Skills in using adjunctive therapies (e.g, CIMT, electrical stimulation, motivational interviewing)
  • Skills in applying movement science intensity programmes



  • Sound understanding of the pathology of neurological conditions
  • Basic understanding of Neuroplasticity and theoretical rationale behind neurotherapy interventions
  • Understanding of National service frameworks, NICE guidance and National strategy documents.
  • Knowledge of the clinical pathway for neurological patients from acute care to long term management
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance and its relevance to clinical situations.
  • Ability to critique evidence base and apply to clinical practice.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Discharge to Assess pathways


  • Knowledge of equipment options for neurological patients and abilities to assess for these
  • Knowledge of methods to support self-management in patients with long term conditions
  • Knowledge of quality improvement methodology

Other requirements specific to the role


  • Ability to drive and hold a clean driver's licence and have access to own vehicle
  • Good IT skills with the ability to utilise number of basic computer programmes competently (i.e. outlook, word, excel, databases)
  • Ability to move and handle patients and equipment using approved techniques and work in confined spaces
  • Ability to utilise specialist equipment relevant for patient group including adjustment
  • Ability to communicate with individuals with language, behavioural and cognitive problems

Personal Attributes


  • Self-motivated
  • Good time management
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Flexibility to respond to urgent requests, changes to plans etc
  • Initiative
  • Always maintain high level of professional standard

Language Requirement


  • Able to speak English as necessary to undertake the role

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


Bournemouth Hospital, UHD

Castle Lane East



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