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Occupational Therapist

Band 5

Main area
Band 5
Full time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
£24,907 to £30,615
24/09/2019 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.

A job opportunity has become available for a motivated and dynamic band 5 occupational therapist within NELFT’s Intensive Rehabilitation Service (IRS).

The IRS is a large multidisciplinary community rehabilitation team which delivers high quality, intensive rehabilitation to people within their own homes following step up from community (to prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital) or step down from acute hospital after a period of illness. The IRS enables and empowers patients to have more autonomy over their rehabilitation as it offers a choice between inpatient, bed-based rehabilitation and rehab within patient’s own homes.

Occupational therapists currently working within the team have found they are able to analyse and grade meaningful occupations to create person-centered, evidence based treatment plans due to the flexibility offered by the patient being in their own homes.

Feedback from patients who have had IRS in their own homes has been outstanding with patients even taking to NHS Choices to thank staff for the differences made. Please take a moment to review our feedback on NHS choices

What the IRS can offer you:

  • Regular clinical and managerial supervision both formal and informal
  • An outstanding in-service-training program both multi-disciplinary and occupational therapy specific
  • Professional development opportunities
  • A chance to be truly proud of the difference made to patient’s lives through the rehabilitation offered within IRS

The successful candidate will be able to:

  • Use a range of skills and experience gained in clinical practice to complete comprehensive, clinically reasoned assessments to devise person specific treatment plans enabling patients within productivity, self-care and leisure.
  • Support and empower junior staff within the team with supervision, training and joint sessions
  • Monitor, evaluate and modify treatment for patients with multiple in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of effectiveness of treatment

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 member of staff).


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 – London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £3,722 to a maximum of £4,743).




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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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Further details / informal visits contact

For further details / informal visits contact:

For informal enquiries please contact:
Name: Niamh Mc Phillips
Job Title: Intensive Rehab Service Occupational Therapist
Telephone number: 0300 300 1836

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