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Band 7 Occupational Therapist - Vocational Rehabilitation

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Neurological Rehabilitation Centre, Edgware Community Hospital
Salary: £46,836 - £52,849 per annum pro rata inclusive of HCAS

Closing Date: February 6, 2023

Band 7

Our trust has around 10,000 staff serving 1.6 million patients. It comprises Barnet Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital, the Royal Free Hospital and more than 30 services in the community.  This larger scale organisation provides an unprecedented opportunity for us to continue our pioneering work, particularly in finding ways to deliver even better care to our patients.Our mission is to deliver world class care and expertise in our clinical services, underpinned by world class teaching and research and we will continue to measure our progress against our five governing objectives: excellent outcomes, excellent patient and staff experience, excellent value for taxpayers’ money, being safe and meeting our external duties, and building a strong organisation.Everyone is welcome at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. We’re proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME, gender equality, staff carers and people with disabilities and lived experiences to promote good relations and understanding between our staff.

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Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced Occupational Therapist to join our neurological vocational rehabilitation service at the Royal Free Neurological Rehabilitation Centre (NRC).

The vocational rehabilitation (VR) service is one of the few specialist community based VR services in London. It is an innovative and dynamic occupational therapy led service which is embedded within the community neurological conditions management team (CNCMT).

The VR service is part of a wider OT provision working alongside inpatient and community OTs and we work closely with other disciplines, such as neuro psychologists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists and also many external agencies and health professionals to support the VR pathway for our patients.

We have two vocational rehabilitation teams within the service, one providing VR to patients living in Barnet with neurological conditions and one providing VR to patients experiencing  post covid syndrome (PCS) who live in North Central London (NCL).

This is a new job share opportunity within the team and the new post holder will have support from the VR team to develop their skills and knowledge to provide VR to patients with neurological conditions. There are opportunities for working from home within the role and we support flexible working patterns. We provide regular clinical supervision, peer support and learning activities to support continued professional development of our staff.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will provide comprehensive assessments to identify the impact of a patient’s condition on their ability to work and tailored interventions to achieve work related goals. They will support patients to maintain their current work role, return to work after sick leave or develop new work roles after a period of unemployment. There are rehabilitation assistants within the team to support intervention pathways and the post holder will work with the rehabilitation assistants to achieve patient outcomes.  They will work alongside both the community MDT, other NHS services, employers and third sector organisations, such as the job centre and volunteering agencies in order to achieve excellent patient outcomes. Patient sessions will be a mix of outpatient clinics, community visits, virtual clinics, work site assessments and hospital in-reach.

The team is involved in a number of working groups to support the development of VR across the sector and inform best practice. We are also currently participating in a research project for PCS VR. As part of this role there will be an expectation to contribute to service development, teaching sessions and support of junior staff. In return, we are committed to CPD and will support with training and development opportunities and regular clinical supervision

Working for our organisation

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s biggest and most innovative trusts. Across three main hospitals, our dedicated army of staff care for over 1.6million patients, treat more than 200,000 in A&E, deliver over 8,000 babies and carry out more than 17million tests.

Our size, scale and influence offer you unrivalled career opportunities and a forward-thinking approach to working that works around your lifestyle. From flexible hours and generous benefits, to next level training, we make it easier to take your career to the top

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values


Essential criteria
  • Substantial under & post-graduate general clinical experience
  • Evidence of CPD in the form of a professional portfolio detailing post -graduate structured, supervised in -service training received/attended
  • Experience teaching/education of colleagues, multidisciplinary team and/or public/carers
  • Team working and ability to work as part of a team
  • Evidence of presentation of own research/project/service development work which informed departmental development
  • Thorough understanding of setting & maintaining clinical standards
  • Thorough understanding of clinical audit
  • Supervision of more junior staff, assistants and/students
  • Evidence of contribution to change within the workplace
  • Understanding of role of OT within current evolving health environment
Desirable criteria
  • Significant level of OT experience in relevant clinical area for example working with patients in community settings with physical disabilities, long term conditions, vocational rehabilitation or within neurosciences.

Education & professional Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Degree/graduate diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Health Professions Council (HPC) registration
  • Certificated post graduate courses or equivalent in-house training in clinical specialty and management responsibilities taught by experts in their area.
  • Member of the College of Occupational Therapy (COT) and British Association of Occupational Therapy (BAOT)
Desirable criteria
  • Member of the COT Specialist Section in Neurological Practice (SSNP)/ VR Special interest group

Skills and aptitudes

Essential criteria
  • Able to work autonomously and use initiative
  • Able to present information, written and orally, in a clear and logical fashion
  • Evidence of advanced clinical reasoning and the management of complex cases
  • Specialist knowledge, skills and application of current best practice within neurological conditions
  • Ability to keep legible and accurate records in English using POMR format
  • Ability to comprehend and work within Trusts policies, including data protection, equal opportunities, and health and safety, to meet the differing needs of the patient
  • Understanding of clinical governance and its implications for services, including experience of quality issues and audit
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • To be proactive in service development, liaising closely with the MDT in order to promote clinical excellence
  • Able to carry our manual handling practices

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