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Senior Occupational therapist (Enhanced Practice in Care Homes)

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year pro rata p.a. incl.
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Full Time
Do you love working with people with complex needs, supporting the transition from hospital through personalised care and support and facilitating independence and quality of life? An exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 7 occupational therapist to join the award winning Enhanced Practice in Care Homes (EPiC) Team in Hackney. The post is initially for 6 months but expected to extend until 31/3/2025, secondments will be welcomed.

Working as part of a small dedicated multi-disciplinary team, the EPiC Occupational Therapist works collaboratively within the 4 nursing homes in Hackney. Through the provision of proactive assessment for all new residents, and brief intervention focussing on posture and positioning, seating, falls prevention and facilitating independence and meaningful activity etc, the team has improved resident outcomes.

The postholder will be experienced working with older adults and adults with complex needs will enjoy collaborative working and support the development, and education of care staff. The team uses QI methodology to review and improve the service and is keen to embrace innovation to maximise outcomes.

This fixed term contract (maternity cover) will provide the opportunity to lead on service development and evaluation with an aim to continue the service past April 2025.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be an experienced Occupational therapist who will utilise specialist skills and knowledge gained from several years' experience to deliver person centred and clinically appropriate intervention to facilitate function, independence and improve quality of life for people living within a nursing home environment. They will work collaboratively with the care home staff, residents and families

This will be achieved by providing holistic assessments of residents and working with the patient and care home staff to enhance their knowledge, skills, confidence, and professionalism.

Responsibilities will include, carrying out initial interdisciplinary assessments for patients referred to the team, implementing occupational therapy assessment and intervention including the use and prescription of specialist equipment and liaising with and training care home staff to ensure recommendations are implemented through training and support. Using evidence-based/patient centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions, as well as responsibility for managing and transferring an individual patient's ongoing care to other professions and agencies as appropriate. Engaging with residents family and friends, and activity coordinators to explore and support meaningful activity within the care home environment.

About us

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a high performing and flourishing organisation serving the population of Hackney, East London, The City and beyond.

We are extremely proud of the fact that Homerton Hospital has recently attained the highest possible rating of Outstanding from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Our integrated Trust provides comprehensive hospital and community health services for its local population and a range of specialist services for a wider group of patients. In addition, the Trust manages services out of St Leonard's Hospital and the Mary Seacole Nursing Home.

Homerton aims to ensure equality and value diversity, and we are committed to inclusion for all of our staff. This is reflected in our policies, procedures and People Plan. All of our staff are expected to embody our Trust values at all times.

We are also committed, through our Fair Recruitment Standards, to ensuring all applicants are treated fairly.

Homerton has a proud tradition of supporting and developing its staff, including its well-regarded and valued nursing community, and all staff are able to take advantage of a great range of benefits.

Homerton is proud to have been included on the HSJ & Nursing Times Best Places to Work list.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. For both documents please view the attachment/s on this page

The person specification below is not the full person specification, but outlines the criteria against which your application form will be assessed.

Person Specification

Education/ qualifications


  • oDegree-level professional qualification in Occupational therapy
  • HCPC registration
  • Relevant post graduation courses


  • Post graduate module qualification in relevant subjects.
  • member of RCOT SS Older people

skills and experience


  • oWorking in the field of Elderly care and nursing/ care homes
  • oExperience of designing and delivering training
  • oExperience of multi- disciplinary working
  • oExperience of complex posture and positioning seating, spasticity management, management of tone and cognitive impairment.
  • oExperience of palliative care and clinical skills working with people at the end of life
  • oKnowledge and experience of care of the older adult, dementia and long term conditions.


  • Leading QI project work
  • experience of co production

Trust Values, Equal Opportunities & Other Requirements


  • Understanding and demonstration of the Trust Values

Employer details

Employer name

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


6 Orsman Road

3rd floor canalside, 6 Orsman Road


N1 5RA

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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