Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist (CIC)

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking to recruit a Band 7 Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist within the Cumberland Infirmary team. We would also consider a band 6-7 development opportunity.

The successful applicant will provide clinical leadership to the acute occupational therapy team as well as undertaking the assessment and treatment of complex patients in this clinical area.

Main duties of the job

The service is part of a strong Occupational Therapy network, with links to the teams in 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.

To manage the Occupational Therapy teams servicing the acute inpatient areas. Plan, allocate and evaluate clinical workloads and service delivery in these areas using audit and research skills.

Act as clinical specialist to Occupational Therapy staff and other Health Care Professionals (in acute and community) for acute interventions and discharge planning.

To ensure the provision of quality occupational therapy services across the acute team.

To provide responsive quality occupational therapy assessment and intervention to patients across the acute wards.

Work with the Head, Deputy and Clinical Lead Occupational Therapists, to lead on change management to promote quality healthcare provision.

Provide support and cross cover to the neuro aspects of the Occupational Therapy Department at times of service pressure and in the absence of the Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist for the neuro team.

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?
  • 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.

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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.

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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
  • Willing to work flexibly.
  • Ability to travel extensively across North Cumbria.
  • Driving licence.
Personal Circumstances Essential
  • Commitment to lifelong learning.
  • Enthusiastic, motivated and innovative.
  • Team player.
  • Member of BAOT.
  • Member of Special Interest Group.
Skills and Aptitudes Essential
  • Ability to work independently, setting priorities.
  • Effective strategies for meeting deadlines.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Effective leadership skills.
  • Presentation and teaching skills.
  • Ability to reflect on and critically appraise performance and identify training needs.
  • Ability to facilitate resolution of professional and ethical issues.
  • Planning and decision making skills.
  • Research skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate the compassionate values and behaviours needed for dignified care.
Knowledge Essential
  • Continuing professional development portfolio.
  • Current best practice in Occupational Therapy in physical disability rehabilitation and discharge planning.
  • Clinical governance.
  • Health, safety and risk awareness.
  • Occupational Therapy models of practice.
  • Specialist Occupational Therapy equipment.
  • Environmental adaptations, options and processes
  • Recruitment and selection procedures.
Experience Essential
  • Post registration work with people with a wide range of physical disabilities.
  • Current clinical practice in an acute hospital
  • Dealing with patients and carers with complex rehabilitation and emotional needs.
  • Multi-disciplinary team working.
  • Supervision and appraisal of staff.
  • Supervision of students.
  • Audit procedures.
  • Completed audit projects.
  • Service/practice innovation.
  • Management experience.
  • Managing change.
  • Capacity and demand measurements.
Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent.
  • Current registration with HCPC
  • Accredited wheelchair prescriber or equivalent.
  • Accredited practice placement educator (APPLE) or equivalent.
  • Relevant post graduate diploma or equivalent.
  • Master's degree or equivalent.
  • Leadership or management certificate or equivalent.
  • Essential IT skills (EITS) or equivalent.

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