Band 7 Occupational Therapist

Job role: Band 7 Occupational Therapist

Department: Therapy – Clinical Operations

Contract type: Fixed Term 1 Year

Salary range: £43,567 – £55,267 per annum (Dependent on Experience)

Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week

Location: Putney, Southwest London

Closing date: 29th March 2024

The RHN is a leading national centre of excellence, providing adult person-centred services that span the entire care pathway from post-acute rehabilitation services to end of life care, for people with complex neuro-disability and their families, underpinned by a strong research and education programme.

The post is rotational across the brain injury service, neuro-behavioural unit, Huntington’s disease service, continuing care unit and the ventilation unit. The Band 7 Occupational Therapist (OT) is a key member of the interdisciplinary team) and has a responsibility for supervision of Band 6 OT’s within the team and overseeing the clinical practice of the OT’s and OTA’s.  The Band 7 will be expected to take an active/lead role in the service development for each unit in collaboration with other senior therapists within the team. The Band 7 will participate in: –

  • Management of a Clinical Caseload
  • Research as appropriate
  • Clinical Audit
  • Service development within the unit and OT service
  • lead IPR’s for Band 6 OT’s
  • Oversee IPR’s for OTA’s
  • Clinical Supervision of Band 6 OT’s
  • Clinical Practice developments and Innovations

Person specification: Essential and Desirable

  1. HCPC registration as an Occupational Therapist ; member of BAOT/ Royal College of Occupational Therapist..   Essential
  2. Minimum of 4 years practising as a qualified OT, with a minimum of 18 months in neuro-disability. Essential
  3. Experience as a clinical supervisor. Essential
  4. Experience in conducting wheelchair and postural management assessments. Desirable
  5. Knowledge and use of outcome measures, such as those used within UK ROC (GAS goals, FIM/FAM. NPTDA-PHYS, NPDS-H, NIS) Desirable
  6. Evidence of leading a team to include:
    • Supporting staff
    • Application of corporate and organisational objectives into practice
    • Change management
    • Service and self-development
    • Initiate new ideas Essential
  1. Evidence of an understanding and skill of team working at discipline and MDT level Essential
  2. A problem solving, Innovative & Creative approach to assessment & interventions- including client centred goal planning Essential
  3. Special interest is seating and/or splinting Desirable

  • To carry a caseload and take a lead role in the advanced assessment and treatment of patients with highly complex physical and cognitive presentations.
  • To work as part of an inter-disciplinary team providing patient-centred care and management to patients at various stages of the rehabilitation pathway.
  • To provide leadership for junior staff, through supervision, support and the IPR process.
  • To demonstrate awareness of RHN’s objectives and contribute to achieving them appropriately.
  • To strive to improve efficiency in all areas of your work.
  • To ensure professionalism and excellent communication with staff, patients and relatives.

  • To work effectively as part of a specialist multi-disciplinary team, demonstrating excellent joint working and communication, to achieve patient-centred goals and ensure optimal management and rehabilitation of patients with complex physical, cognitive and communicative needs.
  • To assess and treat a specific caseload of patients with complex needs, prioritising effectively to reduce risk and manage the patient’s disability or rehabilitation needs
  • To assess and treat the patient’s personal and domestic daily living functional activity level to maximise independence where possible
  • To participate in MDT assessment and provision or a 24 hour postural management programme, including assessment and provision of splints, participation in assessment of seating and bed positioning
  • To delegate tasks effectively, to other members of the OT department or to other members of the MDT, including nursing, including contribution to patient care plans
  • To advise on, recommend and make provision for the installation of appropriate aids and adaptations where appropriate
  • To carry out community visits and complete timely reports on these, as part of rehabilitation, leisure, or discharge planning
  • To attend all relevant meetings, and complete all necessary documentation and outcome measures involved in a patients’ admission, according to HCPC and RCOT standards, in order to facilitate optimal communication and patient management, and to meet Service requirements
  • To ensure excellent communication with patients and relatives, and within the team, including undertaking a key worker role as required , and modelling effective team working to more junior staff
  • To participate in audit, research and service development as required

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