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Advanced Occupational Therapist - Stroke

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 Per Annum (Pro Rata for Part Time)
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 7Advanced Occupational Therapist- Acute Stroke ward

Full time hours 37.5 hours per weekTherapy Services, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford.

We are looking to recruit an exceptional Occupational Therapist with drive and passion for Stroke patient acute assessment, treatment planning and care in a large NHS site. The role has been newly increased in hours, following previously being covered on a part-time basis along with other Occupational therapy colleagues in post. We are looking to grow the service and incorporate new ways of working with the established team. There has been a large-scale restructuring at therapy senior leadership level, including a new Stroke team therapy lead, so you would be welcomed into a department with renewed purpose and energy. We would love to hear from you if you would like to work together with us to modernise and transform therapies within this group. You would support within the existing therapy team, covering an acute bed base of around 40 beds, and have further support of your Occupational therapy colleagues across the site in other specialties. We are a unique NHS trust, where-by we also have access to sharing learning and support across 3 geographical locations which enhances learning and development.

Main duties of the job

Clinically, we need you to ensure the team are delivering highly specialist and safe Occupational therapy care, which is evidenced in line with national guidelines and standards. You will see an acute caseload in an established Stroke unit (30 beds), with some need to cover outliers (average around 10beds). Outliers are cohorted into an adjacent ward to ensure their care is delivered in line with same Stroke Unit parameters as far as practicable. We need you to help us grow a culture where putting the patient's therapy needs at the forefront of all decisions is paramount. You will steer the team to help source fast and appropriate onward rehabilitation options, or support for prompt discharge based on highly skilled clinical reasoning.

We are keen to talk with a candidate with strong quality improvement ideas. Ideally you will already have examples of involvement in projects focussed on Stroke care in line with SSNAP data or using evidenced based measures to argue clinical input or process changes. You will have a proven record of supporting staff development and leading team members to help them learn and grow in this specialist area. Further educational opportunities will be available to the right candidate based on personal development plans.

This is an exciting time to come and work in a unit which has so much potential for growth and reform, with a team who are motivated to deliver it.

About us

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is now one of the largest in the country, with a workforce of approximately 15,000 who serve a population of 1.2 million people.

We work together, and in conjunction with MSE Health and Care Partnership, to deliver excellent local and specialist services, to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients in a compassionate way, and provide a respectful, but vibrant place for staff to develop, innovate and build careers.

From facilities through to consultant specialists we want to be the best, to achieve this we need to recruit not just those who are the finest in their field but also those who have the potential to be. Yes, experience is important but so is outlook - if you are dynamic, forward-thinking and enthusiastic we want you to join us.

We not only offer you a good working environment with flexible working opportunities, but also the opportunity to develop your career with access to appropriate training for your job and the support to succeed and progress

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details about this varied and rewarding role, please see attached job description, but some of the responsibilities include:
  • Works as an advanced autonomous practitioner. Assess, sets goals, provides treatment and progresses own patient caseload which contains patients with complex and specialist needs.
  • Demonstrates advanced clinical specialist skills in order to provide the highest standard of evidence based, patient centred care
  • Leads in specialist area contributes to development of specialist services and relevant policies helping implement policy changes and monitoring standards of clinical practice.
  • Supervises, teaches and evaluates students and other staff working in own specialist area.
  • Leads clinical audits and may participate in research.

Person Specification

Education & Qualification


  • HCPC registered as Occupational Therapist.


  • Working towards post graduate qualification eg. MSc.

Knowledge & Experience


  • Evidence of extensive post graduate experience in specialist area
  • Evidence of post graduate training/development courses relevant to speciality area.


  • Experience of teaching multi-disciplinary staff groups.
  • Member of clinical special interest group relevant to specialism.

Employer details

Employer name

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust



Therapy Services E127,



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