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Practice Development Occupational Therapist

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum plus 15% HCAS
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Full Time
The NELFT AHP leadership team is delighted to announce a new 12 month fixed term post for an occupational therapy practice development practitioner.

The successful candidate will provide practice development support to designated cohorts of occupational therapists in NELFT and act as a member of the AHP leadership team three days per week and provide face to face teaching and learning support within the Allied Health Faculty and Occupational therapy teaching team at UEL.

The aim of the post is to enhance education and development for NELFT occupational therapists and expand clinical practice placements in NELFT through partnership working with UEL.

This role is a great opportunity for any occupational therapist who meets the person specification and wishes to expand their experience in the practice pillar of education. There may be an opportunity to obtain a formal teaching qualification should this be required or desired.

The post would suit an occupational therapist with post graduate practice-based experience in a range of clinical settings, and who has demonstrable experience in providing practice based education and development support to other clinical staff within these roles. Any additional teaching experience would be desirable but is not essential. The role is suitable for established band 7 occupational therapists or those seeking a development opportunity.

Main duties of the job

Key Responsibilities:

To work across NELFT and UEL to grow practice education placements within NELFT for occupational therapy and other AHP students and apprentices.

To be an provider of OT teaching and clinical education to designated cohorts of NELFT occupational therapists and UEL students and apprentices.

To develop and facilitate a newly registered OT education and development programme on a rolling regular basis in NELFT.

To provide an OT training and induction programme for internationally educated occupational therapists.

To provide in-reach lecturing support to UEL occupational therapy and other Allied health professional programmes addressing areas of shared learning.

To undertake learning needs analysis for designated cohorts of occupational therapists in NELFT and report and respond to these with the relevant leads within NELFT AHP , NELFT training and development and UEL.

To promote excellent patient outcomes and experience, as well as retention of occupational therapists by developing and maintaining access to a comprehensive range of Occupational therapy post graduate learning and development both in-house and via UEL partnership.

To provide specialist advice, teaching and training to Occupational therapists in NELFT regarding the safe management of patients includingin regards to adaptive equipment, assistive technologies and patient centred care.

About us

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

High Cost Area Supplement

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of �4,313 to a maximum of �5,436).

COVID-19 Vaccination

We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide direct practice education and training support to specified cohorts of NELFT occupational therapists (primarily newly registered domestically and internationally trained), as well as the opportunity to work as part of the clinical teaching team in the Allied Health Faculty at UEL. The post holder will provide direct teaching to AHP undergraduate students and apprentices and provide formal training and development opportunities to designated NELFT occupational therapists both at UEL or within NELFT. The post holder will work closely with UEL AHP programme leads and coaches and NELFT AHP Practice education facilitator to ensure growing capacity for practice education in NELFT in line with the needs of UEL AHP students and apprentices. This would include some liaison across the two organisations to support the growth of practice education placements for occupational therapy and other AHP students and apprentices in NELFT.

The post holder will work with designated cohorts of NELFT occupational therapists to support the practice education support for those joining the registered workforce at band 5 and 6 focussing on transition and acquisition of clinical skills specific to the clinical roles. The post holder will engage closely with occupational therapists, clinical service and professional leads to identify learning needs, plan, arrange and implement training required and continuously evaluate staff competence in the assigned areas of training, ensuring that development is aligned to and informs local and national priorities. The post holder will demonstrate a high level of knowledge and competency pertaining to occupational therapy clinical practice and will be well placed to provide direct guidance, advice and education to the registered occupational therapy workforce regarding best practice.

The practice development practitioner will drive high standards of occupational therapy practice to improve safe patient care, support education, training and development strategies for the designated cohorts of occupational therapists through the development and delivery either within NELFT or in partnership with UEL of relevant training and development forums including: a development group for newly registered OTs, OT clinical programme for internationally educated occupational therapists, offering bespoke guidance and support for individual OTs and their teams for those in these cohorts who may require tailored development support. They will also to be responsible for supporting changes in practice based on evidence, research, audit findings and best practice, which improve and impact positively on patient outcomes and key performance indicators.

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more information about this role and working at North East London NHS Foundation Trust. We encourage you to refer closely to this when completing your application.

We welcome your application even if you do not meet all the criteria listed in the person specification. Any development needs to help you succeed in the role, can be discussed at the interview stage.

Person Specification



  • Professional qualification in Occupational therapy (BSc/MSc/Post graduate diploma) UK HCPC registration Evidence of continuous professional development including relevant to the role Post graduate study aligning to the 4 pillars of practice including experience of teaching and facilitating learning and development.
  • Extensive experience of occupational therapy clinical practice across several health care settings. Experience of AHP practice placement education Experience of providing clinical supervision and leadership to junior staff from own profession including mentoring and coaching Experience in teaching/facilitating learning with staff within own profession Experience of research, audit and quality improvement Experience of engagement with HEI student placement provision



  • oAbility to undertake simple scoping exercises across an organisation to develop and maintain a training plan



  • oKnowledge of a wide range of Occupational therapy models of practice oKnowledge of key care pathways for occupational therapists in community, mental health and children's services

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust



Marsh Way


RM13 8EU

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