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Occupational Therapist

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
9 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Full Time
37.5 hours - Temporary Contract

We are looking for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join our rotational scheme throughout acute hospitals and community settings. This is a temporary post to cover a maternity leave vacancy.

Main duties of the job

You will be welcomed onto a rotation that covers medical, surgical, orthopaedics, stroke rehabilitation, paediatrics and community hospital wards based in West Cumberland Hospital and Workington . You'll have the opportunity to work as part of a team, consolidating your skills as an independent practitioner, whilst also developing delegation skills to our dedicated support staff.

Our popular rotation appeals to Occupational Therapists wishing to explore specialist areas of practice with each rotation worked over 6 months.

You will enjoy the support of a strong Occupational Therapy network across both health and social care, which brings with it professional development opportunities.

You'll have access to high quality, regular supervision as well as being encouraged to become an active member of our Band 5 Peer Support Group.

We will offer an excellent induction, ongoing professional support, preceptorship, annual appraisal and a highly rewarding job to the successful candidate. We are keen to hear from both qualified, registered Occupational Therapists and those recently qualified who are awaiting HCPC registration in the coming months.

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. Were 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

This role may be suitable for individuals Returning to Practice. Please speak to the recruiting manager for more information

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?

The Trust will provide a twelve month preceptorship period for all newly registered healthcare professionals.

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

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

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:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

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 Qualifications Essential
  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Evidence of post registration experience
Experience Essential
  • Clinical experience as per training across a variety of clinical settings
  • CPD Portfolio demonstrating varied clinical learning experiences
  • Additional health related experience in health care.
  • Evidence of post registration, OT experience in acute settings.
  • Evidence of post registration, OT experience in community settings.
  • Evidence of post registration, OT experience in paediatrics.
Knowledge Essential
  • Sound theoretical knowledge of occupational therapy process.
  • Knowledge and understanding of current OT best practice and evidence based practice.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the wide range of models of occupational therapy and their application in clinical setting.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Clinical Governance
  • Awareness of Risk Management
  • Knowledge of Professional Code of Conduct and of Confidentiality
  • Use of standardised assessment tools
  • Use of outcome measures
  • Awareness of key NHS drivers for change.
  • Evidence of relevant health related courses.
Skills & aptitidues Essential
  • Problem solving and analytical skills Enthusiastic
  • Dexterity required to fit wide range of equipment
  • IT Literate
  • Good personal organisation skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to work in a wide variety of health settings.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Ability to develop experience in planning and implementing different treatment approaches.
  • Ability to quickly foster and develop therapeutic relationships.
  • Ability to quickly foster and develop professional relationships.
  • Awareness of and commitment toward MDT working
  • Proactive in managing safe and effective discharges.
  • Ability to work as part of the MDT, using initiative appropriately
Personal Circumstances Essential
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Team Player
  • Willing to provide evidence of professional development.
  • Ability to participate in weekend working on a rota basis if required
  • Willing to participate in rotational scheme where available
  • Able to travel and transport patients across Copeland and Allerdale.
  • Able to work without direct supervision in community settings
  • Commitment to Professional development.
  • A demonstrable interest in working with people and problem solving
Other Requirements Essential
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Full clean current UK Driving Licence
  • Access to a car to undertake home visits with or without patients
  • Membership of Professional Body (RCOT)
  • Membership of Specialist OT body.

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