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Senior Occupational Therapist in Stroke

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rata per annum
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a highly motivated Senior Occupational Therapist to join our Stroke Team who is passionate about delivering high quality, patient centred care.

Main duties of the job

  • Assist Therapy Team Leader and Band 7 Stroke Therapy Team in the planning, co-ordinating, delivering and evaluating the Therapy service provided to patients within stroke service on a day-to-day basis.
  • To manage a clinical specialist caseload in the therapy field using evidence-based assessments, treatment and discharge planning to patients within the clinical speciality.
  • To work as part of an MDT and provide highly specialised therapy advice to members of the MDT.
  • To deputise for the Band 7 Occupational Therapist on clinical and managerial duties within the team.
  • To participate in 7-day services.

About us

Our Therapy service is a dynamic and exciting team that works across our three main site at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate and Kent and Canterbury Hospital in Canterbury, as well as supporting patients across our satellite sites.

We form part of close MDT working on all the wards and the therapy team are key team members in the rehabilitation of patients and discharge planning. We firmly believe that developing our staff is key to success we have a dynamic and progressive training and development ethos, providing excellent opportunities to enhance your knowledge and competencies, nurturing your personal and professional development by encouraging and supporting you to reach your full potential, we currently have therapy staff studying to be Advanced Practitioners, and as the organisation is moving towards a skills based workforce the future opportunities are endless.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Are you a highly motivated and driven to deliver high quality patient centred care? Kent and Canterbury Hospital are looking for a Occupational Therapist to join the stroke service. East Kent Hospitals is one of the biggest trusts in the country. The Stroke service at Kent and Canterbury gives a great breadth of knowledge and skills across the acute and rehab pathways & strives to provide an exceptional standard of care as evident in the National SSNAP audit programme, which rates the service as an A.

While working with us you can benefit from opportunities such as professional development to further education. We strive to offer a supportive environment for our staff and regularly run Band 6 In-Service training from supporting literature research to developing knowledge and up to date practice. We offer a fantastic opportunity to move between the Hyper-acute stroke and the early stroke rehabilitation ward. The post holder will have access to regular supervision, in-service trainings and external courses as well as opportunities to get involved in service improvement programmes, audit and research.

We run group sessions as part of the treatment and aim to provide holistic care for patients to achieve their goals.

We work closely with our regional colleagues, as part of the Kent and Medway Integrated Stroke Delivery Network, to share good practice and to shape the future of our services in line with national recommendations.

The successful candidate must have previous experience of working within an inpatient hospital setting and with neurologically impaired patients. So if you have what we are looking for and are keen to learn and develop get in touch & apply today.

Please scroll down to access the full Job Description and Person Specification located in 'supporting documents'.

Person Specification



  • Minimum of 18 months post graduate experience in relevant clinical area
  • Proven record of providing high quality intervention for high risk patients
  • Experience of Working with stroke/neurologically impaired patients as a Band 5


  • Use of outcome measures
  • Involvement in audit/service development projects
  • Experience in supporting students

Skills and Abilities


  • Evidence of developed clinical skills in stroke
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Up to date therapeutic moving & handling skills
  • Complex/ multifactorial discharge planning including home assessment and environmental set up
  • Use of standardised cognitive assessments
  • Basic IT skills



  • Awareness of professional issues and recent developments in the NHS and Primary Care including Clinical Governance, NICE and CQC
  • Knowledge of up to date clinical / evidenced based practice within clinical speciality


  • Awareness of National Clinical Stroke Guidelines 2023



  • BSc Occupational Therapist
  • HCPC registration


  • Member of RCOT
  • Member of relevant special interest group.

Personal attributes


  • Ability to motivate and organise others to ensure best practice.
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Team worker

Ability to manage


  • Ability to prioritise care delivery in a professional manner, taking into account Trust policies and procedures.
  • Ability to cope with change and use initiative



  • To be aware of and adhere to the Trust's Vision, Mission and Values.
  • Able to travel around East Kent, and between Trust hospital sites


  • Valid UK Driving Licence

Employer details

Employer name

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust


Kent and Canterbury

Ethelbert Road



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