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Team Lead Occupational Therapist: Cancer Therapies

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are recruiting a permanent Band 7 Team Lead Occupational Therapist to join our Cancer Therapies Team in our Adult Inpatient Haematology service. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Band 6 or 7 Occupational Therapist to develop clinical and managerial skills within a supportive environment.

The Haematology service at UCH is a tertiary care centre providing specialist treatment for complex haematological conditions. The service is now housed in the purpose build Grafton Way Building. This is an exciting time to join the MDT. This role has joint managerial responsibility for the team with a Team Lead Physiotherapist and works closely with the other Cancer Therapies Leads.

We are looking for a dynamic and motivated OT with relevant clinical skills to deliver and develop this service. The successful candidate will also have high-level communication skills, a flexible approach when working under pressure and demonstrate leadership potential.

The role carries a caseload of Haematology patients, whilst also supporting and developing other members of the team within this specialty. It will involve working effectively with the multi-disciplinary team, leading on complex discharge planning and management of patients towards end of life.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide clinical leadership, delivery and co-ordination of therapy services within Haematology Therapy Team. This requires working autonomously and incorporating evidenced-based practice in management of patient care.
  • Provide highly specialised assessment and treatment of patients admitted to Adult Inpatient Haematology who have highly complex needs, and provide expert advice, guidance and information to the MDT, carers and relatives.
  • Implement department, directorate and trust objectives working with Clinical leads and Head of Therapies.
  • Focus on developing and promoting the Therapy and Support Staff role within the speciality, as well as developing and promoting protocols and standards in the care of Haematology patients.
  • Responsible for daily operational activities and planning, evaluation and development of the team in conjunction with Clinical Leads and Head of Therapies.
  • Line manage and supervise less experienced therapy staff and students, while leading on and complying with professional and departmental standards of practice.
  • Responsible for induction, training and supervision of junior staff, students and support staff on rotation in the team.
  • Provide cover within the therapy department during periods of staff absence.
  • Build excellent working relationships with the wider MDT (including Ward Managers, Matrons, General Managers and Medical Teams), representing therapies at specialty meetings, projects and working groups

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

At UCLH, we have a real 'One Team' ethos, and our values - safety, kindness, teamwork and improving, are central to the way we work. This is supported by our staff, who voted us as the #1 NHS Acute Trust to work for in the whole of England.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Acute Therapy Service at UCLH is a dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking department where everyone is enthusiastic and passionate about providing high quality care to patients. Our staff are committed to service development - continuously improving patient experience through quality improvement projects, research and patient engagement. We are proud of what we achieve and celebrate this through staff recognition events and awards.

Clinically the department is made up of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Support Staff, who are divided into small specialty therapy teams who join with similar specialties for education, training and service development. There are extensive opportunities for training through internal and external courses and staff are supported to showcase work at conferences.

Creating an inclusive and welcoming environment is key for us. The department aspires to be a warm, friendly and supportive place to work, enabling all staff to maximise their potential. We encourage staff to contribute through staff groups championing equality, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, staff wellbeing and patient and staff experience.

Staff feedback consistently highlights the approachability of the leadership in the department. People feel they are always treated as individuals, given time, listened to and supported.

The Acute Therapy Service aims to live the UCLH trust values, and we welcome applications from people who embody these in their working life.

For the full Person Specification and more information regarding the main responsibilities of this role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

We are committed to sustainability and have pledged to become a carbon net zero health service, embedding sustainable practice throughout UCLH. We have set an ambitious target of net zero for our direct emissions by 2031 and indirect emissions by 2040.

Person Specification



  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC Registration
  • Working at 'M' level as demonstrated by ongoing CPD
  • Commitment to advanced clinical and professional development


  • Recognised post graduate qualification e.g. MSc
  • Membership of SIG
  • Member of relevant appropriate multi professional interest group



  • Significant post registration experience of Cancer services ideally within Haematology
  • Significant experience at a Band 6 level within the NHS
  • Highly specialist knowledge & experience of a wide range of approaches to the management of patients with complex cancer needs, demonstrated by advanced clinical reasoning.
  • Previous experience of student and staff supervision, clinical education and management.
  • Previous experience of formal presentations to multi professional groups
  • Evidence of continued professional development - reviewing current practice and research developments within cancer care and application to clinical practice
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of OT's and physios within the current evolving health environment
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Clear understanding of other disciplines' roles and expectations
  • Committed to equality, diversity and inclusion


  • Previous Band 7 experience
  • Post-graduate experience in oncology, haematology, neurology and general medicine
  • Robust understanding of all aspects of Clinical Governance including previous experience of quality issues, audit and risk management.

Skills and Abilities


  • Advanced clinical practitioner
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Ability to comprehend and work within the Trust's policies including data protection, equal opportunities and Health and Safety to meet the differing needs of the patient
  • Experience of audit, research and service development
  • Able to recognise work related stress and pressures in yourself and individuals.
  • Confidence in teaching multi-disciplinary staff groups
  • Conduct professional affairs in a confident and assertive manner.
  • Excellent presentation skills


  • Competent IT skills
  • Experience leading a small team.

Communication Personal and People Development


  • Able to develop others in a manner that is consistent with legislation, policies and procedures
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients, relatives, GPs, MDT members and other agencies in person, over the phone and in writing
  • Ability to keep accurate electronic records in English using SOAP format
  • Able to identify, develop and agree own personal development plan.
  • Able to generates and use appropriate learning opportunities
  • Able to actively promote the workplace as a learning environment.


  • Able to support and develop others to make realistic self assessments of their application of knowledge and skills.

Specific Requirements


  • Able to comprehend and work within the Trust's policies including equality, diversity and inclusion, information governance, and Health and Safety.
  • Ability to exert moderate to intense physical effort for frequent period of up to 60 minutes at a time throughout the working day.
  • Able to carry out concurrent activities (multi tasking) and work in an unpredictable working pattern (will be required to carry a bleep).
  • Ability to frequently cope with working in a stressful environment and with intense concentration for periods of up to 60 minutes at a time throughout the day
  • Ability to cope with daily exposure to highly unpleasant working conditions (i.e. sputum, body fluids, fleas, incontinence, etc)
  • To be prepared to participate in on-call and weekend working as well as 7-day services as required.

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



235 Euston Road



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