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Senior Occupational Therapist

Band 7

Main area
Occupational Therapy
Band 7
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
BBIC Copperfield unit
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum excl HCAs
Salary period
07/03/2021 23:59

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Job overview

Senior Occupational Therapist,  Band 7

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic clinician to join our friendly bed based intermediate care team. You will be expected to have a broad range of experience of occupational therapy. Experience in assessing and developing treatment plans for older people and for people with physical disabilities is essential.

Effective discharge planning, carrying out community visits, and working closely with Physiotherapist, Lead Nurse, Social Worker, Rehab Technician, PWH Managers, and Speech and Language Therapists.

You will be responsible for providing clinical and therapeutic guidance to colleagues working with people with complex needs, to enable the team to undertake service development, changes of service, practice and ways of working to enable effective inter-discipline working. 

Main duties of the job

The role of the Occupational Therapist is to contribute to the reablement/rehabilitation of customers completing thorough assessments, appropriate interventions, onward referrals, comprehensive documentation, ordering equipment, completing home access and discharge visits and contributing to discharge reports. As the Occupational Therapist you will need to liaise via phone or email with other parties involved in the rehabilitation of the customer, this may be hospital staff, family members, supervisors or other professionals. As an integral member for the MDT you will be required to contribute and attend weekly MDT meetings, may deliver presentations to external agencies, and participate with in-house training for bed based staff (nursing and therapy). Participate in service development, audits and supervision of therapy staff.

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


  1. To be professionally and legally accountable for all work undertaken. To work within the standards and guidelines of the team, the Trust, BAOT, HPC AND COT code of ethics.
  2. To ensure that the client and or their carer has an understanding of treatment protocols and gives informed consent to assessment and treatment.
  3. To undertake specialist occupational therapy assessment of clients with diverse needs through subjective questioning, objective assessment and other written material available.
  4. To prioritise factors involved in the clients presenting condition through clinical reasoning based on knowledge of current professional opinion, clients prognosis and other physical, social emotional and mental health issues.
  5. To set goals for treatment with clients and/or their carer and ensure that care is client centred and agreed by the client and/or their carer.
  6. To set and maintain a high standard of clinical practice which is evidence based where possible, using standardised assessment and outcome measures, where appropriate.
  7. To independently screen and assess complex multi-disciplinary referrals from a variety of sources. The screening process requires the individual to take action when at times no other professional is currently involved with the referred. The screening process will establish priority, determine needs, and initiate a plan of intervention as well as determine the unit suitable for the referred.
  8. To manage a caseload of clients with simple to complex needs with supervision and guidance as necessary from senior staff. To successfully monitor, evaluate and review occupational therapy treatment/interventions within a multi-disciplinary framework and to modify as necessary taking a key worker role as indicated.
  9. Develop and conduct Occupational Therapy intervention with clients assessing their occupational needs and addressing quality of life, and physical, cognitive, affective, social, and environmental issues utilising appropriate individual or group treatment methods.
  10. To use developed physical skills in client interventions, such as upper limb rehabilitation, activities of daily living, splint fabrication/orthoses (hand splints).
  11. To devise and manage a treatment plan individual to a clients presenting condition through, for example the use of functional rehabilitation, adaptation, equipment provision, education and health promotion.
  12. To manage a care management case load, including assessments, reviews, care and discharge planning and refer on as required. Care management case load to consist of clients who require both OT and social care input.
  13. To assist clients in managing their disability and empower them to make choices about their lifestyle, including alternative techniques, direct payments and general welfare rights advice, and to encourage maximum independence and safety. This may include supporting clients with positive risk taking.
  14. To work autonomously in isolated community situations which vary in relation to local socio-economic and multi-cultural issues with telephone support available if required.
  15. To refer, liaise and work in partnership with other services and agencies in order to ensure client’s long term health and social needs are met. This will include attending multi-disciplinary, locality and management meetings.
  16. To undertake complex moving and handling assessments and be physically able to install specialist occupational therapy equipment in client homes applying safe manual handling at all times, especially when doing so in restricted spaces
  17. To ensure client and service records are recorded and maintained on IT databases and that client documentation is according to trust and local policies.
  18. To prescribe, delegate and monitor the work of rehabilitation assistants and counter sign documentation.
  19. To educate and teach the relevant carers/health workers to participate in on-going rehabilitation care programmes for clients, as appropriate. 20. To work in partnership with carers and families by assessing and meeting their needs where possible.
  20. Identify potential safeguarding issues and complete a safeguarding alert when indicated
  21. To actively be involved in the development of new specialist clinical services within the Team, with support and guidance from Senior OT staff.
  22. To manage clinical risk in own caseload and ensure that rehabilitation assistants and students comply e.g. manual handling risk assessment and local policy regarding lone working.
  23. To maintain and update a Continuing Professional Development Portfolio (CPD).

 We expect the post holder to have a can do attitude and be willing to work in a flexible manner within the MDT to work together to achieve the best outcomes for the service user. The post holder will receive a thorough induction and regular operational supervision.

Person specification

Indicate essentials and evidence of experiencence

Essential criteria
  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational therapy
  • Registration with the Health Care Professions Council
  • At least 2 years work in a specialist setting at a Band 6 or above.
Desirable criteria
  • Higher degree/MSc. relevant to the area of practice.

Evidence of skills and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Able to apply problem-solving skills to highly complex situations, which may include clinical or organisational issues.
  • Experience of supervising junior and non-qualified staff, including participation in personal development reviews.
  • Experience of organising, writing and delivering in-service training programmes.
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of attendance of post-graduate training related to the post

Essential Criteria needs to be met

Essential criteria
  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational therapy
  • Registration with the Health Care Professions Council
  • At least 2 years work in a specialist setting at a Band 6 or above.
  • Experience of working in the NHS.
Desirable criteria
  • Member of the College of Occupational Therapists and relevant Clinical Interest Group e.g. COT SS – neurological practice
  • Higher degree/MSc. relevant to the area of practice.
  • Experience of working within a community setting

Demonstrate experience at band 6 level

Essential criteria
  • At least 2 years work in a specialist setting at a Band 6 or above.
  • Experience of working in the NHS
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working within a community setting

Demonstrate good knowldge and skills

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of other medical conditions which you may encounter including, but not exclusively, mental health, cognitive deficits and conditions of old age.
  • Knowledge of outcome measure tools relevant to community Occupational therapy, and ability to select and justify their use.
  • Able to communicate highly complex and sensitive information in written, verbal and presentational form to patients, carers and staff within the Trust and across other organisations.
  • Highly developed clinical reasoning skills with an ability to develop client centred, realistic and achievable goals.
  • high level of organisation skills and ability to prioritise caseloads and identify areas of unmet need
  • Able to identify and recognise when to seek advice and support concerning clinical, managerial, professional or organisational issues.
Desirable criteria
  • Advanced knowledge of the audit cycle and its uses.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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Laxmi Shrestha
Job title
Bed Based Intermediate Care Manager
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
020 7288 3306