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Stroke ESD and Community Neuro Occupational Therapist

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an enthusiastic band 5 Occupational Therapist to join the Integrated Stroke Early Supported Discharge and Community Neuro Rehabilitation Service.

The Integrated service provides both stroke rehabilitation and community neuro rehabilitation supporting service users with a variety of complex needs. The Early Supported Discharge Service (ESD) is a key pathway for stroke survivors allowing them to leave hospital earlier than they may have otherwise they receive up to 6 weeks of intensive rehab in their home / community or in one of our inpatient Community wards in Cambridge or Peterborough.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an established multi-disciplinary team comprising of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Psychologists, Specialist Nurses, and Neuro Rehab assistants. This role requires the successful candidate to manage a clinical caseload across the North of Cambridgeshire. Their base will be Peterborough.

Main duties of the job

You will provide comprehensive assessments and deliver evidence-based specialist neuro occupational therapy programmes. You will work as part of a multidisciplinary team in supporting patients with physical, cognitive, and psychosocial needs to achieve their potential.

We pride ourselves on the development of our workforce and provide a variety of internal and external training opportunities. The successful post holder will receive and provide clinical supervision and an annual appraisal.The ideal candidate should be flexible and adaptable to support service delivery.

The role involves visiting patients in their homes, wards, or community gyms. There may be times when there is a requirement to provide clinical cover elsewhere within Cambridgeshire. The role requires agile working often using virtual consultation to manage a caseload. We will provide a smart phone and laptop to support this role.

The successful post holder must be able to travel independently across their work locality, have a valid driving licence and access to a car for work purposes.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • To provide a high standard of Neuro Occupational Therapy, performing assessments of patients and to deliver an individual treatment programme.
  • To provide ESD in-reach to the community beds for patients under the ESD service and work with patients in their own homes for both ESD and Neuro rehab patients.
  • To hold responsibility for own caseload and be responsible for a defined area of the service working unsupervised within the multi-professional Integrated Stroke ESD and Community Neuro Rehabilitation Team.
  • To be accountable for assessing, interpreting, planning, implementing, and evaluating treatment to patients under the care of the Integrated Stroke ESD and Community Neuro Rehabilitation Team within professional guidelines, with the support of Specialist and Advanced Practitioners within the team. Providing appropriate equipment and rehabilitation programmes and making referrals on to other professionals and agencies as appropriate in order to meet the identified needs.
  • To identify patient needs, agree goals and provide appropriate therapy interventions relating to their physical, functional, and psychological needs.
  • To be involved in providing 6 month reviews for stroke survivors.
  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects for your own and delegated work.
  • To work within Trust, RCOT, and HCPC guidelines and to have a good working knowledge of national and local standards of practice in line with legal and operational requirements and use own professional judgement to vary from established practices where required.
  • To undertake holistic assessment (including those with complex presentations and multi pathologies) making use of clinical reasoning skills. To then formulate and deliver an individual occupational therapy programme based on knowledge of evidence-based practice and treatment options.
  • To use evidence-based practice, to ensure clinical care is effective and appropriate.To promote independence and wherever possible to avoid hospital admission and reduce inpatient length of stay to ensure those patients receive the appropriate care in the most appropriate setting.
  • To understand and be acutely aware of significant medical observations during assessment and treatment of patients and report significant changes in patients conditions to the appropriate medical professional e.g. named nurse, GP etc.

*DVLA have a number of reciprocal arrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Degree or equivalent, e.g. BSc, or Diploma entry level qualification into the Occupational Therapy profession.
  • Current HCPC registration.
  • Documented evidence of own continuing professional development.


  • Member of RCOT



  • A broad range of undergraduate placements completed including stroke and/or neurology.
  • Experience of working in the NHS


  • Clinical experience including neurology and/or stroke.
  • Community experience.
  • Acute setting experience

Skills & Abilities


  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Ability to work flexibly as part of a team.
  • Effective communication skills and report writing including standard keyboard skills and ability to communicate through IT using packages such as Word.
  • Able to assess plan and implement care.
  • Ability to support non-registered staff.
  • Good organisational skills utilising time Management and prioritisation skills.


  • Understanding of clinical supervision
  • Motivated to learn and develop as a professional practitioner
  • Ability to communicate with patients with impaired communication abilities

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others.
  • Recognises the limits of own authority within the role.
  • Seeks and uses professional support appropriately.
  • Understands the principle of confidentiality
  • Demonstrates professional curiosity.
  • Responsible for maintaining registration with HCPC and/or other professional bodies


  • SystemOne
  • Relevant outcome measures

Physical Requirements


  • The ability to Kneel, bend & stoop, and work in cramped environments
  • Must have access to a personal car and the ability to drive independently around the locality, due to the radius covered and tack of public transport in some areas.
  • To use moving and handling equipment to manoeuvre patients.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


City Care Centre

Thorpe Road



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