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Advanced Occupational Therapist

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Trustwide
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
13 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Integrated Discharge Team (IDT), for an enthusiastic, dynamic and motivated Advanced Occupational Therapist to work alongside the IDT team lead to provide leadership. You will be working alongside and Multidisciplinary Team of experienced, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurse Specialists, Associate Practitioners, Support Workers and administrative staff.
  • This post requires the applicant to have significant experience at Band 6 or above working with Multidisciplinary teams within the hospital or community services.
  • You will be expected to work autonomously within both the hospital and community settings assessing, managing, and treating patients, with the aim of preventing admission to hospital, facilitating timely and safe discharges and reviewing patients within the community.
  • You will be expected to work between the office base, Freeman Hospital, Royal Victoria Infirmary as well as visit patients within their own homes.
  • The service works over 7 days, from 8am and 6pm with weekend and bank holiday commitments.
  • Flexible working pattern to cover a 7 day service from 8:00am to 6:00pm

Candidates are welcome to meet the team for more information.
  • Interview Date Monday, 22 July 2024
  • 22 Hours 30 Minutes/Week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Main duties of the job

The key objectives in this role are:
  • The role would suit an individual who enjoys variety through their week and contributing to a team approach to discharge planning
  • The post holder will have an attention for detail and bring skills of rehabilitation and assessment into their caseload management
  • Carry out admission preventing/ proactive discharge planning at Front of House which involves the Assessment Suite and the Emergency department at the Royal Victoria Infirmary with the aim of preventing admissions and/or reducing their Length of stay
  • Timely and safe discharge planning for Discharge To Assess (D2A) hospital discharges from Freeman Hospital and Royal Victoria Infirmary, including D2A visits and community follow-up visits as required
  • To assess and engage patients in the community, to attain optimum levels of safety, independence, health and wellbeing
  • Support team lead, use of admin systems including Allocate, sel expenses and datix will be required

About us

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of �1 billion.

We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 2 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

Please see attached information on what Staff Benefits we have to offer at our Trust.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide a high standard of occupational therapy care to non-complex, complex and highly complex patients within specialty evidencing high-level problem solving, reasoning skills and independence of judgement.
  • To lead the development and delivery of enhanced rehabilitation, reablement, equipment and adaptations pathways working across a range of community services and in-reaching into the hospital.
  • The as Advanced OT will be a highly specialist practitioner and is the clinical lead for the Occupational Therapy Service within specialty providing highly specialist knowledge within the Trust and externally to therapists and other health care professionals from secondary and primary care across the region.

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Education


  • Degree/Diploma in OT State registered with Health & Care Professions Council
  • Full UK Driving Licence


  • Member of BAOT

Knowledge & Experience


  • In-depth clinical knowledge of medical/neurological, conditions and their effect on occupational performance (master's level equivalent).
  • Highly developed understanding of OT process within acute setting.
  • In-depth knowledge of health and social care policy, risk assessment and management
  • Extensive knowledge of a range of disability equipment
  • Extensive knowledge of eligibility criteria and procedures/policies relevant to disability equipment, minor housing adaptations
  • Highly specialist knowledge of moving and handling legislation and knowledge of current moving and handling best practice and associated equipment
  • Excellent understanding of professional ethics and their application into practice
  • Good knowledge of clinical governance
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Significant post-registration experience including experience within physical health
  • Use of functional assessment and activity analysis
  • Experience in supervising staff


  • Experience of working with patients with physical disability e.g. stoke, neuro, reduced mobility etc
  • Team management experience
  • Knowledge of undertaking research and audit projects
  • Knowledge of team dynamics and team building

Skills & Abilities


  • Good organisation, time management, problem solving and prioritisation skills. Supervisory, team management skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance


  • IT skills
  • Presentation skills

Employer details

Employer name

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



317 Trustwide


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