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Neurological Occupational Therapist

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an enthusiastic and dynamic Neurological Occupational Therapist looking for a new opportunity? Come and work for us in a modern, purpose-built unit within the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside!

Danesbury is a purpose-built in-patient Neurological Rehabilitation Unit, with a large gym and specialist rehabilitation facilities and equipment. We offer 6 weeks of goal orientated rehabilitation to those who have experienced an acute stroke, brain injury or other neurological condition.

Hertfordshire Neurological Service is looking for a permanent Band 6 Neurological Occupational Therapist. You will be working within a supportive multidisciplinary team, offering specialist neurological assessment and treatment programs.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist who has experience in the assessment and treatment of neurologically impaired patients, keen to develop their knowledge and skills further. You will be expected to carry a caseload of 6-8 patients and provide specialist assessment and treatment sessions alongside the MDT. Completion of access and home visits will be required as well as equipment ordering and wheelchair prescription.

We offer a structured supervision and appraisal program, as well as discipline specific and multidisciplinary training and development opportunities. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to training and the supervision of junior staff, rehabilitation assistants and students.

This is being advertised as a full-time post, but part-time and flexible working will be considered.

A full valid driving license and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

In return, we can offer you:
  • 5% on top of basic salary high-cost allowance supplement (subject to a minimum and a maximum payment pro rata)
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service) plus bank holidays (pro rata where applicable)
  • One of the UK's best pension schemes
  • Special Leave for family and personal reasons
  • NHS Car Lease Scheme
  • Eye Care Vouchers
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • NHS Discounts

About us

A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS TrustYou'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staffWe put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust visionWe welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds and agesWe don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply nowYou've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialised assessment and treatment packages of high quality for patients with complex neurological conditions
  • To provide expert advice, guidance and information to health and social care professionals, carers and relatives and other non- professionals.
  • To contribute to the training, development and supervision of junior staff, rehabilitation assistants and students.
  • To assess patient's home environments and provide recommendations on discharge plans
  • To order equipment and prescribe wheelchairs if necessary
  • To take a lead in the rehabilitation and discharge planning of patients as part of the linkworker role. This involves the chairing of patient/ family meetings and making onward referrals.
  • This post may in future require the post holder to participate on a rotational basis to deliver neurological rehabilitation at other sites.

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

We are committed to supporting flexible working options for staff, wherever possible, and welcome discussions on flexible working patterns to support our staff to maintain a healthy work life balance.

Person Specification
Qualifications and Training
  • Occupational Therapy degree or equivalent
  • HCPC registration
  • Experience of working with neurological patients in delivery of rehabilitation packages or in a rehab setting at Band 5 level.
  • Documented evidence of professional development and reflective practice in relevant aspects of neurological rehabilitation e.g. attendance at in-service training sessions, reflective practice

  • Attendance at relevant post-graduate neurological training courses e.g. Bobath, spasticity management , splinting, cognition and perceptual assessment , fatigue management
  • Experience of working in a neurological rehabilitation setting at band 6 level.

Experience and Knowledge
  • Ability and experience of carrying out a comprehensive neurological occupational therapy assessment to formulate a comprehensive neurological treatment plan and goals.
  • Knowledge and experience of using a wide range of therapeutic occupational therapy interventions for the treatment of patients with neurological conditions.
  • Knowledge and experience of using a range of recognised outcome measures and goal setting skills as appropriate to the rehabilitation of patients with a range of neurological conditions.
  • Knowledge of Occupational Therapy models of practice

  • Experience of supervising and appraising other staff
  • Experience of supervising student occupational therapists.
  • Involvement in service development

Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to communicate complex and/or sensitive information requiring empathy and reassurance
  • Ability to present information accurately, written and oral, in English

  • Able to facilitate self management behaviour-change skills in patients
  • Clinical problem solving ability in complex cases.
  • Physical skills, dexterity, coordination and sensory skills for assessment and manual treatment of patients.

  • Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

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