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Meaningful Activities Team Leader

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for a new challenge?

Are you passionate about working with people living with dementia or experiencing a delirium?

We are recruiting a Meaningful Activities Team Leader to lead the Meaningful Activities Service across the three main hospitals within the University Hospitals of Leicester.

The Team Leader will provide guidance, training and managerial support to the Meaningful Activities Facilitators to ensure the delivery of high standards of care through the use of meaningful activity.

In particular the Team Leader will provide clinical support around complex cases, both within the service, to the ward teams, and to the Admiral Nursing Service at UHL. The role involves delivery of training to a variety of staff across the hospitals to improve their knowledge and skills around providing holistic care to this group of patients.

This is a rare opportunity to lead a service that is well regarded for its focus on delivering high quality patient-centred care and improvements for patients living with dementia and/or a delirium during their hospital stay.

Applications may be considered from other Allied Health Professionals or Nurses who are able to demonstrate a working knowledge and skills around patient-centred care and meaningful activity.

Main duties of the job

oWork with the Multi-Disciplinary Team supporting people living with dementia who may have complex needs including physical, psychological and communication difficulties.

oProvide daily leadership and support to Meaningful Activities Facilitators.

oEducate staff to provide meaningful activity safely and effectively.

oCollate and monitor data on the outputs of the service and contribute to writing Trust level reports.

oManage resources effectively, including fundraising to ensure supplies of activities are available.

oWork cross site to ensure the provision of a seamless equitable service.

oPromote dementia friendly environments.

oSupport the older people and dementia champion network and link roles in clinical areas.

oWork closely with the Restrictive Practice Matron and the Admiral Nurses to implement dementia initiatives across UHL.

oWork with Volunteer Services to recruit, train and coordinate 'Forget me Not Volunteers' on wards across UHL and facilitate 'Memory Lane' or dayroom events for people with dementia and their carers.

oEnsure adherence to the guidelines and standard operating procedures relating to operation and delivery of the Meaningful Activities Service.

oMaintain high professional standards of verbal and written communication for self and oversee these standards within the service.

oTo work with patients, carers and their families in a sensitive and professional manner.

About us

Our new strategy, developed with the support and feedback of colleagues, patients, and partners, is our compass for the next seven years (2023-2030).

We have four primary goals:
  • high-quality care for all,
  • being a great place to work,
  • partnerships for impact, and
  • research and education excellence

And we will embed health equality in all we do - taking active steps to reduce the avoidable differences in healthcare that some people face, working in partnership with communities.

Our strategy is underpinned by new values and we will work to ensure they are an everyday reality for all:
  • we are compassionate,
  • we are proud,
  • we are inclusive, and
  • we are one team

This is an exciting moment as we look to the future with clarity on what we already do well and where we need to focus our energies to make an even bigger difference for the people we serve.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust:

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key responsibilities:

Apply knowledge of OT process, in order to deliver appropriate meaningful activity interventions

Plan, deliver and evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of meaningful activity intervention

To actively participate in the education and training of Meaningful Activity to staff groups as appropriate.

Undertake appropriate training and development to maintain high quality of service including Team Development training.

Be responsible for managing and ensuring people living with dementia have access to and are supported by the meaningful activities service.

Ensure all activity is undertaken in a safe and tailored to the individual.

Evaluate and process referrals from the designated ward(s) in order to ensure the patient receives the appropriate meaningful activity support.

Support recruitment of Meaningful Activity Facilitators across the Trust, ensuring all new starters complete Trust induction, Meaningful Activities service induction and competency package and the Care Certificate if required

To support the management of sickness and absence , annual leave and any performance concerns in partnership with the senior nurse

To supervise members of the Meaningful Activities Service providing professional guidance and advice.

Service Delivery & Development

To provide specialist clinical support to the Meaningful Activities Facilitators, particularly in relation to patients with complex needs.

Under the supervision of the Restrictive Practice Matron, and with support from the Admiral Nurses, to assume a role in projects and initiatives internally and externally where appropriate.

Work with the Admiral Nurses to upskill staff on the needs of people living with dementia in the Acute setting.

Under the supervision of the Restrictive Practice Matron, contribute to the development of service standards, including clinical audit.

To promote the role and value of the Meaningful Activities Service within UHL, to patients, carers, other healthcare professionals.

To maintain a sound theoretical knowledge base of ongoing developments relating to dementia.

To contribute towards the promotion and development of new techniques, ideas and regimes within the service area, that are evidence based.


To maintain patients records including collection of data according to department/service procedures and any other statistical information as requested by individual units.

To provide written reports of assessments/interventions carried out for clinics and/or inclusion in medical notes as appropriate.

Maintain accurate, up to date and confidential records for Meaningful Activities Facilitators.

Participate in Local and National Audits when required.

Patient/Customer Service

To provide appropriate education to patients and carers to encourage patient participation in meaningful activity on an individual or group basis.

To liaise with and involve patient's carers in activities where appropriate.

To collect Patient and family /carer feedback.


To participate in research and development projects as opportunities arise under the supervision of the Matron.

Person Specification

Training & Qualifications


  • BSc in Occupational Therapy (or equivalent in an Allied Health Profession or Nursing)
  • HCPC Registration (or NMC for nurses)


  • Post-registration qualification in dementia
  • Practice Educators course (or equivalent for profession)



  • Recent clinical experience at a minimum of Band 5 level for at least 18 months
  • Experience of educating others and/or supervising staff
  • Experience working with people living with dementia and/or delirium
  • Working knowledge of meaningful activity


  • Experience and knowledge in relevant clinical area
  • Demonstrates evidence of computer skills

Communication and relationship skills


  • Demonstrates effective written, verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Demonstrates knowledge of effective team working
  • Demonstrates a professional attitude



  • Can engage with people with dementia in a meaningful and person-centred way
  • Demonstrates problem solving ability


  • Demonstrates leadership skills

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion


  • Evidence of compassionate and inclusive leadership
  • Evidence of treating individuals with dignity and respect appropriate to their individual needs

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


Leicester Royal Infirmary

Infirmary Square



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