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Specialist Occupational Therapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a motivated Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join Integrated Community Stroke Rehabilitation TeaminBarnsley.

The successful candidate will be working with a supportive & committed team of professionals which include Clinical Psychology, Occupational Therapists, Dietitians, Physiotherapists, Nurses, Health Care Support Workers & the Stroke Association.

The role encompasses intervention across the whole stroke pathways Specialist Stroke in-patient Rehabilitation Facility, Stroke ESD & longer-term Stroke Rehabilitation for up to 6 months. Longer term support then continues with the Stroke Association, who work closely with the team & are involved to support the patient & their family throughout their stroke journey

We are looking for an OT who has experience of providing stroke specific intervention within an integrated multidisciplinary team in a range of settings (patient own homes, ward environment, care homes) providing face to face & virtual consultations in 1:1 & group settings.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

We are aware that an increasing number of applicants are using AI technology to generate responses on NHS Job application forms. We strongly discourage this and will conduct a thorough screening process before selecting candidates to progress to the next stage. If you are using AI to enhance your application, please disclose this in your NHS Jobs application form.

Main duties of the job

The Barnsley Stroke service is integrated within the South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Stroke Network, providing opportunity to engage collaboratively in a number of projects across the region, with the aim of driving up standards of stroke care.

Be responsible for the assessment & provision of a specialised programme of rehabilitation, meeting the specific needs & agreed goals of your patients to facilitate their rehabilitation & optimise recovery potential.

You will work in close liaison with the wider MDT & other community therapy & nursing areas.

Benefits to joining the team would include flexible & agile working, training & educational access & regular supervision.

Opportunities to connect with colleagues /share ideas & receive support will be incorporated into the working week.

CPD & innovation is fully supported & encouraged.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To provide a specialist Occupational Therapy Service for the treatment of patients within the. Integrated Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team ( incorporating ESD)

To provide supervision, training and development of Basic Grade Occupational Therapists, other health care professionals, support staff, and of OT students, if present.

To undertake high quality evidence based assessments and treatments of patients within the relevant clinical area. These patients may have complex needs and multiple pathologies.

To participate in planning, development and evaluation of Occupational Therapy services within the clinical areas.

To assess occupational performance, plan and carry out goal orientated intervention programmes.

To provide Occupational Therapy advice to other professions.

To assist in administration, supervision and development.


To prioritise and manage a significant caseload of patients within. Integrated Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team ( incorporating ESD)

To assess for physical, cognitive and perceptual deficits in patients and to carry out assessment, treatment and using critical analysis to treat patients through goal setting, which is evaluated and adjusted throughout the patients period of care.

To assess the individual in the most appropriate environment and to be responsible for the assessment, prescription and evaluation of specialised equipment, taking into account safe use/risk to patients and carers.

To receive and communicate complex, sensitive and contentious information in a clear and effective manner with patients/family and carers. To overcome barriers such as hearing loss, fear, behavioural issues, language problems in order to maximise rehabilitation potential.

To collect and effectively communicate information to relevant agencies, acting for and on behalf of, the patient and carer, in order to obtain equipment or services, in order to maximise collaborative working.

Deputise for Band 7 in the management of the services for duties identified by them.

To attend meetings, provide detailed written reports, risk assessments, discharge summaries and other relevant information and recommendations. To communicate effectively within the Multi-disciplinary team, contributing to the decision making regarding discharge, planning and long term management.

To participate in the induction and training of staff within multi professional, multi agency teams.

To provide formal and informal supervision of junior grades of staff and rehabilitation assistants.

To undertake the education of Occupational Therapy students whilst on clinical placement within the department.

To comply with professional and trust policies and procedures, to take individual responsibility towards health and safety issues, undertaking risk assessments as appropriate.

To be responsible for maintaining own continuing professional development in line with trust policy and professional guidelines, and to undertake appropriate training and development to meet the needs of KSF/SDR.

To participate in service developments in areas related to evidence based practice, service delivery and clinical governance.

To contribute to the Occupational Therapy team, joint therapy team, multi-professional team and older peoples service development.

To be responsible for maintaining accurate and comprehensive patient treatment records in line with COT/BAOT guidelines.

To provide supervision, training and development of Basic Grade Occupational Therapists, other health care professionals, support staff, and of OT students, if present.


Patients and relatives and their carers.

Colleagues from the multi professional/multi agency team across health and social services, the voluntary sector, private services and medico-legal.

Service manager, clinical lead, nursing and therapists within the team and professional head of Occupational Therapy services.

Education colleagues

Medical staff

General public

Trust Values:

The Trust is committed to ensuring the highest standards of care and treatment and expects that all staff treat people e.g, service users, their carers, relatives, friends, colleagues, visitors etc, with dignity and respectat all time. The post holder must all time act in accordance with the Trusts Values:

Honest, open, transparent


Person first and in the centre

Improve and be outstanding

Relevant today, ready for tomorrow

Families and carers matter


Report any concerns regarding the safety or wellbeing of children, adults service users, members of their families etc, in accordance with Trust Policy.

Prevent and respond appropriately to abuse and understand own role in this by undertaking Safeguarding training.

Trust policies and commitments to be read in line with the relevant Trust Policy:

All staff employed by the Trust must comply with the Trusts policies and procedures, undertake appropriate training required for their role and commit to:

ensure they are aware of the Whistleblowing Policy and how they raise concerns

maintain confidentiality, in line with the Trusts Confidentiality Policy and Code of Conduct

understand their personal responsibilities with regards to data quality for any information which they create, use or process in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Trust Data Protection Policy

comply with the provisions of The Trusts Health and Safety Policy and Protocol. Ensuring their own safety and that of colleagues, service users and visitors. Know the action to be taken in the event of a fire and must undertake fire training annually

receive supervision in line with the Trusts Supervision Policy and an annual Appraisal in line with the Trusts Appraisal Policy, during which mandatory, role specific and personal development needs should be identified and agreed

understand their responsibilities under the Trusts Equal Opportunities in Employment Policy and ensure that they adhere to the provisions of the policy

recognise, respect and support the equality diversity of staff, colleagues, service users, carers and the public. Contribute to a working environment which promotes and responds positively to difference and diversity

ensure they carry out their duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 years, as issued under Section 11 of The Children Act 2004, by being familiar with and adhering to Trust safeguarding policies and participatingin relevanttraining

comply with their professional responsibilities to develop their practice and deliver care through a Clinical Governance framework (i.e. CPD, Audit, Supervision)

demonstrate, through practice and practical understanding, the importance of the continual development of individual, team and service wide quality improvement

abide by relevant codes of professional practice, with the organisation taking action when codes of conduct are breached

work flexibly to meet the needs of the service/organisation, whilst working within a culture of progressive employment practices and commitment to the Investors in People (IiP) Standards.

adhere to the Trusts smoke free policies, which prohibits smoking anywhere on Trust grounds

being socially responsible by complying with measures that support the Trust in reducing or offsetting our environmental impact

Identify and report risks, hazards, incidents, accidents and near misses promptly

In addition to the Trusts own responsibilities under the Health and Social Care Act 2008, Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance, for your safety, ALL staff (and contractors) are responsible for ensuring their work adheres to this Code in the delivery of safe patient care.

This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The postholder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the band as directed. The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the postholder when necessary and in line with the service developments.

For full details of the role please see the supporting documents attached.

Person Specification



  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).


  • Occupational Health.



  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development and training in relevant area.


  • Clinical educators qualification or working towards achievement in 12 months.



  • Demonstrate the ability to work under time constraints.
  • A current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability).
  • Ability to work flexibly including weekend, evening and Bank Holiday working.



  • Demonstrable post-graduate experience, in Stroke, rehabilitation or other relevant clinical areas.
  • Demonstrable experience of Evidence Based Practice and Risk Assessment.


  • Experience of supervision of other staff.
  • Experience of audit/research.



  • Degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • Current HPC Registration.



  • Ability to demonstrate specialised clinical reasoning and treatment skills.
  • Good level of clinical reasoning, handling and treatment skills.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team, in isolation and on own initiative.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of NHS/Clinical Governance issues.
  • Demonstrate the ability to risk assess for own and others work area and caseloads.

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