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Senior Occupational Therapist

Band 6

Main area
Specialist Community Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
REACH Team Newington Barrow Way
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum excl HCAs
Salary period
25/10/2021 23:59

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Job overview

Whittington Health Trust is a lively, forward-thinking organisation in a diverse and multi-cultural area of North London .We are working in partnership with a range of local organisations to support all ages of adults to remain independent at home and prevent hospital admissions.

As an Integrated Care Organisation (ICO) we are well placed to support your professional development and provide a stimulating and supportive working environment.

 Specialist Community Occupational Therapist– BAND 6

Whittington Health Islington REACH team

Inner London High Cost allowance

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Part time Band 6 Occupational Therapist with diverse clinical skills to join our team. We work closely with GP’s, Rapid Response, Reablement, Social Services, Palliative care and District nursing teams. The REACH team provides a patient-centered approach to support falls prevention, safe living, enable independence and management of long term conditions and support improving quality of life of terminally ill patients.

This role will be covering the Community Rehabilitation with an element of urgent care response as well.

The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator, competent in a wide range of clinical areas such as moving and handling and minor home adaptations. They will have experience working with adults and elderly patients with mental health and physical health conditions including palliative care. They will demonstrate flexible problem-solving skills whilst working autonomously or with colleagues/other community services. They will receive support from Band 7 OT. They will be expected to supervise junior staff, and take on university student placements when opportunities arise.


Working for our organisation

Our Trust has achieved CQC Excellence and aims to continue to provide high quality of service and care. The Occupational Therapy service is integral with delivering our statement of purpose: providing a person centred service enabling residents to achieve their health and wellbeing goals to their optimal level and ensuring safety as much as possible. This statement of purpose is delivered to our community. There are opportunities for joint working, sharing skills and knowledge with other services and continue to further develop your personal and professional skills in a supportive environment.

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities


  • To provide an assessment, advisory and treatment service to community clients referred or admitted to the Islington Community Rehabilitation Team, working flexibly with all other members of the team to provide an integrated rehabilitation service to clients with neurological impairment in accordance with the philosophy and operational policies of the team.
  • Clients may be seen in a variety of settings, including inpatient facilities, their own homes, residential homes, places of work and leisure facilities. 
  • The caseload is varied and comprises people who have mobility, cognitive and neurological problems.  Community visits to clients may be made on foot, public transport or bicycle.
  • To be actively involved in CPD

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • HPC Registration
Desirable criteria
  • Post graduate Masters Degree
  • Member of COT


Essential criteria
  • Wide range of Junior placements
  • Using standardised and structured assessments and implementing treatment approaches
  • Risk assessment in various settings.
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Community experience
  • Supervision of other staff e.g. Juniors and assistants
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of audit.


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of wide range of pathologies and their management.
  • Up to date and advanced knowledge of a variety of OT concepts and approaches, and of current best practice within stroke rehabilitation.
  • Understanding of clinical governance activity and its application to occupational therapy services and practice.
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of attendance of post-graduate training related to the post

Skills and abilities

Essential criteria
  • Able to communicate highly complex and sensitive information in written,
  • Essential IT skills, including Word and PowerPoint.
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team and motivate junior therapists
  • Able to apply problem-solving skills to highly complex situations, which may include clinical or organisational issues
  • Developed clinical reasoning skills with an ability to develop client centred, realistic and achievable goals.
  • Well-developed planning skills.
  • Well-developed and effective communication, motivational and persuasive skills
  • Skilled ability and competency in using a range of therapeutic skills including but not exclusively, cognitive and functional assessments, handling skills, upper limb rehabilitation and splinting, manual handling techniques and assessment for equipment and minor adaptations.
  • High level of organisation skills and ability to prioritise own caseload
  • Ability to work in the community in patient’s homes and to travel around the borough.
  • Commitment to holistic patient management and the promotion and progression of OT in the community.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Helen Attlesey
Job title
Highly Specialist OT B7
Email address
Telephone number
07824 837107