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Senior Occupational Therapist

Band 5/6

Main area
Occupational Therapy
Band 5/6
37.5 per week
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Community Integrated Team
Brentwood and Billericay
£23,023 to £36,644
16/11/2018 23:59

Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and enthusiastic Band 5 or Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join the Integrated Community Team in Brentwood and Billericay. You will work within an experienced and established integrated care team, delivering meaningful outcomes for service users and carers. As a team we have a long term focus on health and wellbeing. We welcome applications from Occupational Therapists with enthusiasm, appropriate experience, and a keen interest in evolving best practice for service users. It is essential that the post-holder has evidence of a BSc(Hons) or equivalent Occupational Therapy qualification. This post would be suitable for an occupational therapist who has existing community experience (Band 6 role).  We are also willing to support applications of occupational therapist who have minimal community experience or those who have just finished their training (Band 5 role). 

As an organisation, NELFT strives to deliver services with a recovery-focused and socially inclusive approach, and embraces the skill set provided by Occupational Therapists. You will work within a diverse community, developing quality services to improve the lives of local people. The successful candidate will use their evidenced based clinical skills to contribute to the provision of care for those with long term conditions in the local area. The team works with individuals with a variety of conditions including neurological, respiratory, cardiac, frailty and orthopaedic to assist with rehabilitation and returning service users to their previous level of function, as able. We provide holistic assessment and follow care plans through to conclusion; ensuring that clients have a clear and safe long term management plan. We work as a team to avoid hospital admissions, assist patients during a crisis and teach self-management techniques. The successful candidate will work alongside a Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Band 3 Rehabilitation Assistants in the therapy team. You will also work with Community Nurses and Community Matrons as part of the team. You will provide specialist OT assessments and interventions to address specific occupational needs. You will also work as a Care Coordinator for cases where OT is the predominant need. You will be working within a supportive MDT, establishing close working links within the team, outside agencies and voluntary organisations and partnerships. The post includes supervision of Band 3 Rehabilitation Assistants based within the team as well as supervising OT students (Band 6 role). You will receive regular professional and managerial supervision, and be positively encouraged to access a range of clinical and professional development opportunities within the Trust. NELFT keenly supports innovation through an active quality improvement programme. The work is community based and access to your own transport is essential.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank memberof staff).

Priority Post – Assessment/Interview info

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment.  As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

High Cost Area Supplement - Essex

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £1,000 to a maximum of £1,733).

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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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Reynolds Tam

Specialist Occupational Therapist

079 0498 4713



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