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Band 7 Occupational Therapy Team Lead - Care of the Elderly

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year PA pr incl HCAS (outer)
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has become available to join the Epsom and St Helier Occupational Therapy Team. The role involves leading the Care of the Elderly OTs in the acute hospital setting and their Band 7 Team Lead. The team sits within a wider OT team who between them cover the acute inpatient OT service. We also work very closely with the other inpatient therapies teams in the hospital.

Main duties of the job

The role involves the management and leadership of a team of Occupational Therapists working within Care of the Elderly. This includes the day to day running of the team as well as supporting with service and staff development. The role involves working closely with the other team leads across OT and ensuring the site is well supported. You may be required to deputise for the Acute OT manager if required.

About us

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust provides a range of medical services to approximately 490,000 people living across southwest London and northeast Surrey. In addition, we provide more specialist services, in particular renal and neonatal intensive care, to a wider area, covering parts of Sussex and Hampshire.

We serve an area that is rich in diversity, with a mix of urban and rural areas, and differing levels of quality of life. We cover some of the most prosperous postcodes in the country, as well as some poorer areas. Together with our colleagues at NHS Surreyand NHS Sutton and Merton, we work to make sure that we deliver the best possible care to the communities we serve.

The Trust employs approximately 5,000 staff across its hospitals and issupported by over 500 volunteers.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be responsible for the development, implementation, and delivery of Occupational Therapy as a specialist clinician, within the Elderly Care wards, including assessment, treatment planning, carrying out treatment and discharge planning of own client caseload.

To develop and implement specialist treatment programmes and initiate discharge planning. To be highly skilled in assessing and interpreting a range of complex factors relating to the patients condition, including diagnosis and prognosis.

To liaise and establish communication networks with the multidisciplinary teams, external voluntary and statutory organisations as appropriate in planning for clients treatment, discharge and resettlement.

To maintain the highest possible clinical and professional standards, abide by national guidelines and standards relevant to clinical caseload and to take into account current evidenced based practice.

To be a point of reference with regards to complex client cases within your defined specialised area of clinical expertise for the department and multidisciplinary team.

To undertake the measurement and evaluation of OT practice through the use of evidence based practice projects, audit and outcome measures, within Occupational Therapy and for the Multidisciplinary team.

To create an environment that promotes effective communication to patients, carers, colleagues and the multidisciplinary team by establishing effective communication networks and demonstrating skills in empathy, reassurance and the ability to motivate others.

To record statistics on activity in accordance with agreed departmental procedure and ensure the team are recording stats effectively.

To assist in the development of the Occupational Therapy Service across the Trust in conjunction with colleagues and managers.

To have a good knowledge of and to abide by the departments and Trusts policies and procedures, and to comment and contribute to the development of these policies and procedures within the defined clinical area.

To be responsible for organising and planning a frequently fluctuating clinical workload. To remain flexible to provide cover at times of staff shortage and allocate work to occupational therapists, technicians and assistants as required.

Person Specification



  • OT Degree
  • HCPC Reg


  • Professional Group Membership
  • Leadership/Management training
  • Evident of CPD



  • Experience in COTE
  • Experience in the acute setting
  • Evidence of equipment/MH skills


  • Understanding of NHS pressures
  • Evidence of managing complex patients



  • Evidence of leadership skills
  • Evidence of managing staff


  • Evidence of having had a student
  • Evidence of service development

Employer details

Employer name

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust


St Helier Hospital

Wrythe Lane



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