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Specialist Occupational Therapist - Long Covid

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are seeking to recruit a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to work within the Long Covid service, up to 32 hours per week.

As well as undertaking the assessment and treatment of patients in this clinical area, the successful candidate will have opportunity to assist in the development of the OT role within the existing Long Covid services.

The post holder will independently assess and treat routine and complex patients with a diagnosis of long covid.

The post holder will work alongside the wider Long Covid MDT members, supporting assessment and triage of appropriate patients for the service. They will be required to hold their own caseload as well as signposting and referring some appropriate patients to other community services.

The post holder will be expected to have specialist knowledge around the assessment and treatment of long covid patients. They will act as a source of support and advise to teams who do not specialise in this condition but are completing intervention to people with the diagnosis.

They will provide therapeutic input to patients in varied settings encompassing out-patient appointments, in a patient's own home and via remote working systems.

The post will cover the whole of North Cumbria and the staff member will be required to work across acute and community hospital sites.

Main duties of the job

They will use evidence based/client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions. Provide leadership and supervision for occupational therapists and support staff within the team, regularly supervising occupational therapy students on practice placements as appropriate.

The post holder will be expected to lead, with support of the Deputy Head Occupational Therapist, on service development of the OT role within the long covid service pathway.

The service is part of a strong Occupational Therapy network, with links to the teams at the Cumberland Infirmary, West Cumberland Hospital as well as the wider health and social care settings across North Cumbria. This provides many professional development opportunities and there is a strong focus on CPD within the team. You will have access to high quality, regular clinical supervision, and we offer an excellent induction, ongoing professional support and a highly rewarding job to the successful applicant.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies?

Healthcare Professionals returning to practice, moving into new roles or changing clinical environments, may access an agreed preceptorship period.
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

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Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

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The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: £18 + Administration cost of £3.85 = £21.85. Deducted at £6.85 from 1st month salary and £5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: £38 + administration cost of £3.90 = £41.90. Deducted at £11.90 from 1st month salary and £10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position; further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification Other requirements Essential
  • Able to travel independently around the area served by the Trust.
  • Act in ways that support equality and value diversity.
  • Driving licence.
  • Member of BAOT and specialist interest group.
  • Commitment to service development.
Personal Circumstances Essential
  • Team player.
  • Commitment to lifelong learning.
  • Excellent communication, both verbal and written, in formal and informal situations
  • Awareness of own skill boundaries and when to seek help.
  • Enthusiastic, resilient, motivated and innovative.
  • Commitment to research.
Skills and Aptitudes Essential
  • Organisational ability & time management.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise performance.
  • Effective negotiator.
  • Ability to work independently and set priorities.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Able to prioritise work to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work across other OT specialities to maintain staffing levels.
  • Ability to gather and analyse information on occupational performance components of patients functioning as part of OT intervention.
  • Ability to case manage in key worker role.
  • Presentation and training skills.
Knowledge Essential
  • Continuing professional development with portfolio.
  • Current health and social policies, NHS modernisation agenda and how these affect OT services.
  • Relevant national guidelines and their application specific to the speciality.
  • Evidence based practice.
  • A wide range of models of occupational therapy and their application in a range of clinical settings.
  • Use of standardised assessment tools.
  • Quality improvement.
  • Professional ethics, their use & application
  • Risk management.
  • Multidisciplinary team working.
  • Leadership development or management training.
  • Cognitive rehab training.
  • Clinical supervision.
Experience Essential
  • Clinical experience specific to specialty.
  • Evidence of post qualification experience.
  • Dealing with patients and carers with complex rehabilitation and emotional needs.
  • Audit and resultant changes in practice.
  • Supervision of other staff members.
  • Research.
  • Care pathway and service development.
Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in occupational therapy or equivalent.
  • Registered as an occupational therapist with the Health Care Professions Council.
  • Relevant development to postgraduate certificate or equivalent.
  • Practice Placement Facilitator qualification.
  • Relevant postgraduate diploma equivalent.
  • Essential IT skills (EITS) or equivalent.
  • Accredited wheelchair prescriber.

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