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Team Lead OT Post-Acute Medicine

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum, including High Cost Allowance
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
To oversee, coordinate and develop the post-acute medicine occupational therapy service at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The post holder will provide specialist assessment, consultancy and intervention of patients' occupational needs within the inpatient wards as clinically indicated. They will carry a caseload of patients with complex health and social care needs using evidence based practise and client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions. They will develop links with other departments and facilitate a multidisciplinary team approach.

The post holder will provide clinical and professional leadership to a team of qualified members of staff and assistants. The post holder will attend relevant meetings as a representative of the medical occupational therapy service and will advise on service developments in line with government policy development. To lead on implementation of local clinical governance initiatives for the service, evidence-based practice, clinical audit and day-to-day running of the service.

The post requires a flexible approach to working and a commitment to undertake weekend working.

Main duties of the job

As a leading teaching hospital, King's is a dynamic place to work.We pride ourselves on delivering good quality patient care through evidence-based practice, keeping up-to-date with research and ensuring compliance with trust and national policies and procedures. You will display excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as you will be teaching and developing junior staff and students. You will identify personal and team objectives and access internal/ external training and supervision. You will proactively participate and motivate others to lead CPD sessions through journal clubs, in-service skills training and peer support.You will be forward-thinking and identify areas for service development and projects for your team to complete. As a large acute hospital trust the work environment is fast-paced, you will oversee the prioritisation of the team's caseload and have the ability to adapt to changing situations. You will maintain a high standard of autonomous working and supervision of others in complex assessment, treatment and discharge planning.You will display excellent partnership working with patients, their families/carers, multi-disciplinary teams, social services and intermediate care. You must have a flexible approach to working across sites and a commitment to working weekends on a 7-day rota.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of �1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reach is our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


1. To support the team to identify appropriate referrals, capacity and demand and prioritise workload across the team and other services within occupational therapy, particularly in relation to staff absence.

2. To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of illness/ disability on occupational performance and provide training and advice on adaptations to technique and the patients social and physical environment.

3. To assess and treat patients with complex needs who would benefit from a coordinated multidisciplinary assessment, rehabilitation and discharge services.

4. To be competent in the development and implementation of remedial and preventative treatment programmes addressing motor, sensory, cognitive, perceptual, psychological and occupational areas.

5. To identify risks, complete risk assessments and implement risk management strategies and document this accurately.

6. To recognise any change in the condition of the patient and alter treatment accordingly or escalate to medical teams as required.

7. To work within local policies and procedures, national standards and guidelines and adhere to the Royal College of Occupational Therapy professional standards and ethics.

8. To support patients in setting their own goals, then implementing this and evaluating appropriately.

9. To plan and implement individual and/or group interventions, in collaboration with clients and carers, to achieve therapeutic goals.

10. To select evidence based techniques as part of a coordinated treatment program.

11. To assess and demonstrate to patients and carers the safe use of equipment and adaptations and recommend provision of equipment to support discharge.

12. To liaise with professionals in onward services to ensure continuity of care.

13. To respect the individuality, values, culture and religious diversity of patients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs, ensuring equity of service provision.

14. To make appropriate clinical observations and keep accurate electronic records and activity data in accordance with professional and trust standards.

15. To write occupational therapy functional and discharge reports for social services, onward inpatient services and community services.

16. To work as an autonomous practitioner and display appropriate problem solving, analytical and judgement skills.

17. To support occupational therapists and assists with their managing their patient caseloads to a high level, offering advice or practical support as required.


1. To establish robust communication networks with patients, carers, multidisciplinary members and other agencies.

2. To promote awareness of the role of occupational therapy within the team, negotiating priorities where appropriate.

3. To ensure that up to date written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with professional and trust standards and provide reports relevant to practice setting.

4. To represent occupational therapy at ward, departmental and service level meetings, including delegation for the clinical lead occupational therapist.

5. To be skilled in managing differences of opinions, conflict and difficult conversations.


1. To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of occupational therapy services within a designated area/team, holding responsibility for defined projects.

2. To assist in developing services and standards according to the occupational therapy objectives.

3. Contribute to the trusts clinical governance arrangements and quality agenda, including the setting and monitoring of practice standards.

4. To apply national guidelines/legislation relating to health and social care in the NHS service provision.

5. To supervise, provide support and appraisal for occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and technicians and students.

6. To be aware of the importance of staff wellbeing, accessing trust support as required and raising any concerns with supervisors or senior staff.

7. To be responsible for competent use and maintenance of equipment, raising any concerns and reporting when further resources are needed.

8. To carry out administrative duties as required e.g. assisting in ordering, receiving and maintaining stock and managing petty cash.

9. To have good IT skills and use a variety of IT systems to input patient and staff data as required.


1. To monitor and advise in the allocation of students across the medical occupational therapy team.

2. To review and reflect on own practice and performance through effective use of professional and operational supervision and appraisal.

3. To promote development of occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, technicians and students according to their training and development needs as identified through supervision and appraisal.

4. To regularly supervise occupational therapy students on practice placement.

5. To co-ordinate supervision and appraisal of senior and junior staff.

6. To contribute to the induction and training of students and other staff both within the Trust and where appropriate externally.

7. To participate in and present on the in-service training, preceptorship programmes, multi-disciplinary trainings and external conferences.

8. To undertake audit projects and take part in research projects, relevant to the service area, disseminating findings at local level.

9. To demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate current research, apply them to practice and disseminate findings at a local and / or national level.

10. To demonstrate ongoing personal and professional development through participation in internal and external development opportunities.

11. To keep in touch with new developments and changing trends in occupational therapy and participate in wider issues of providing an occupational therapy service i.e. quality assurance, public relations including liaison with the community planning and policy making.

12. To undertake any other duties commensurate within the grade.

People Management and Performance
  • Lead, coach and manage the performance of the team in line with good people management practices. Ensuring excellence is recognised and underperformance is addressed.
  • Participate in regular performance appraisal meetings and ensure each member of the team has a clear set of objectives and development plans.
  • Ensure the team is compliance with all statutory, mandatory training together with any professional training requirements, ensuring they are up to date and fully compliant.
  • Manage team absences including sickness in line with Trust policy ensuring the appropriate return to work meetings occur, e-roster is updated and productivity is at keep to the highest possible level.
  • Identify and fill any vacancies that arise within the team in line with the Trusts recruitment policy and process.
  • Identify talent and support the internal talent management process in order attract and retain and succession plan for your people.
  • Review skills mix at regular intervals in order to identify any potential opportunities to maximise resource utilisation / allocation, ensuring job descriptions are kept up to date.

Ensure overall wellbeing of the team is maintained. Continuously support in improving the morale of the team and implementing a culture of zero-tolerance for bullying and harassment

Person Specification

Clinical and Non-clinical


  • Experience of working with patients in a medical setting at a senior level
  • Specialist knowledge and experience of occupational therapy assessment and interventions
  • Experience treating and assessing patients who present with neurological impairments
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, adapting to barriers to communication


  • Member of Specialist Section or special interest group
  • Experience supervising qualified staff or students
  • Significant experience in a range of healthcare settings

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


King's College Hospital

Denmark Hill



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