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Specialist Occupational Therapist

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Newburn The Curve
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Community Rapid Response and Rehabilitation Team (CRRT), for an enthusiastic, dynamic and motivated Occupational Therapist. You will be working alongside and Multidisciplinary Team of experienced, physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists a, Registered nurses, Rehab support team members and administrative staff.
  • This post requires the applicant to have a reasonable post registration experience of working with Multi-Disciplinary Team working within the hospital or community team.
  • You will be expected to work autonomously within both the hospital and community settings, assessing, managing, and treating patients.
  • You will be expected to visit patients within their own homes, which includes weekends and bank holidays.
  • Driving Licence required working within the Community.
  • Option of 4 day / 5 day - working pattern to cover a 7 day service from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM or 10: 15 AM to 20:15pm

Candidates are welcome to meet the team for more information.
  • Interview date: 18th June 2024
  • 37 hours 30 minutes /week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Main duties of the job

The key objectives in this role are:
  • To carry out proactive discharge planning at the which involves the Assessment Suite and the Emergency department at the Royal Victoria Infirmary with the aim of preventing admissions and/or reducing their length of stay.
  • Proactive discharge support and rehabilitation
  • To assess and engage frail patients in the community, in rehabilitation to attain optimum levels of safety, independence, health and wellbeing and follow a for all our frail elderly patients.
  • Maintain frail patients at home using Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment,thorough risk assessment, risk management techniques with the aim of preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions.
  • Have a role in supporting the coordinator with management of the short term rehabilitation-focused care and rehab service with patients in the community.
  • Supervision and education of students and support workers.

  • About us

    Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 16,000 staff and an annual income of �1 billion.

    We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

    We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

    Our staff oversee around 2 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

    We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    • To provide a high standard of occupational therapy assessment, intervention, treatment and discharge planning to complex and highly complex patients within specialist area evidencing high level problem solving, reasoning skills and independence of judgement.
    • To provide day to day supervision of junior and support staff and students working in the specialist area.
    • The specialist practitioner is clinically in charge for the Occupational Therapy Service within the area of practice providing highly specialist knowledge within the Trust and externally to therapists and other health care professionals from secondary and primary care.

    As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

    Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.

    Person Specification



    • Working knowledge of broad range of OT assessment tools
    • Working knowledge of a wide range of therapeutic interventions
    • Knowledge and application of COT and HPC Professional Standards and Code of Conduct and Ethics
    • Knowledge of current NHS and Local Authority legislation
    • Knowledge of audit/clinical governance


    • Working knowledge of vital signs monitoring
    • Relevant validated courses
    • Vulnerable adults practice guidelines



    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • IT skills
    • Excellent analytical and assessment skills
    • Negotiation and problem solving
    • Clinical reasoning and decision making, under pressure
    • Time management
    • Moving and handling
    • Specialist seating/positioning assessment skills
    • Wheelchair assessment and prescription skills
    • Current UK driving licence and access to a car for work purposes


    • Formal presentation/teaching skills



    • Community working and lone working
    • NHS working post graduate
    • Working with older people
    • Successful completion of post graduate courses and CPD
    • Able to work autonomously and as a member of a MDT
    • Risk assessment and management
    • Using outcome measures
    • Ability to work with clients in both urgent and non urgent response groups
    • Delegation of interventions to support Staff


    • Evidence of previous innovative practice/development initiation
    • Supervision of junior staff



    • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy
    • HPC Registration


    • Relevant post graduate training courses and/or qualification
    • Fieldwork Educators Course completion and pass

    Employer details

    Employer name

    The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


    Newburn The Curve

    317 Newburn The Curve

    NE15 8NZ

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