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Band 7 Lead Occupational Therapist - Pelham Woods, Dorking, Surrey

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Allied Health Care Professional Jobs
Doctor & Nurse Grade Type:
Doctor & Nurse Grade:
Contract Type:
32,500 to 35,000 
National Locums
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Band 7 Lead Occupational Thera

National Locums are urgently looking to recruit a Band 7 Lead Occupational Therapist for a permanent post.

The ideal candidate will be required to cover an A&E role so experience working within a fast paced acute setting is a must.

- Start Date: ASAP
- Job Title: Lead Occupational Therapist
- Location: Pelham Woods, Dorking, Surrey
- Hours: 37.5 per week
- Contact: Permanent
- Salary: £32,500 to £35,000

Job Description:

To promote, monitor and maintain best practice within the occupational therapy service. The post holder is responsible

- Leading on the delivery of multi-disciplinary therapeutic programmes across the Pelham Woods.
- Providing professional supervision to the occupational therapy team and education co-ordinators at Pelham Woods.

- Leading on the adoption of a recovery approach to care.
- Providing Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment to enable patients to achieve
their maximum level of functional independence and to enhance their sense of well being through engagement in occupation.


1. Participate in comprehensive assessments of new patients, following the assessment pathway for Pelham Woods.

2. Carry out a range of standardised occupational therapy assessments.

3. Take the lead with other disciplines in devising; staffing; facilitating and evaluating multidisciplinary ward based programmes.

4. Identify and assess potential risks involved in occupations and activities, for example outside of the ward and in the community.

5. Assess and provide environmental adaptations to facilitate daily living.

6. Lead on the development and evaluation of vocational pathways for patients.

7. Use goal-setting with patients to ensure effective treatment and as an O.T. outcome measure.

8. Contribute feedback to clinical discussions.

9. Carry out individual sessions on/off the ward and in community settings.

10. Plan and facilitate open and closed groups on and off the ward.

11. Work alongside nursing and support staff in the delivery of ward programmes.

12. Keep up to date and accurate clinical records, maintained in accordance with professional and departmental standards, to provide a clear record of intervention of the OT service and ensure confidentiality is maintained.

13. Evaluate interventions informally after each session and through regular written review.

14. Provide specialist advice to staff about appropriate treatment approaches and adaptive equipment for clients.

15. To be an active member of the local Pelham Woods management team.

Professional Skills

1. Facilitate the development of capacity and capability within the occupational therapy service. Recruit and support career development within the OT service.

2. Participate in Clinical Governance activities.

3. Facilitate the 12 week review and plan sessions for the therapeutic timetable and lead and coordinate action plans developed from the meetings.

4. Actively support a team management approach to working through role modelling, supervision, liaison and joint working.

5. Lead on audits to evaluate effectiveness of OT service. Facilitate annual audit to evaluate ward programme, groups and assessment pathway.

6. Appraise, interpret and apply suggestions, recommendations and directives to improve the occupational service. Evaluate and report on the service when required.

7. Participate in the development of CPD programme and training of staff. Facilitate and assist in the induction and training of new staff.

8. Represent occupational therapy at clinical governance meetings, H&S and Security, patient's council and any other meetings requested.

9. To participate actively in regular supervision with identified supervisor.

10. Document all clinical work in accordance with organisational policies.

11. Identify therapy materials and equipment required and maintains stock within the department.

12. Collect statistical information in accordance with service requirements

13. Be aware of PiC policies and procedures and guide staff to adhere to them.

14. Promote, monitor and maintain best practice in health, safety and security developing and maintaining robust task risk assessments.

15. Participate fully in the organisation's performance management and staff development systems.

16. Take advantage of teaching and learning opportunities available; attend relevant courses; share information gained and skills learned with other members of the team.

17. Undertake mandatory training as required.

18. Lead in educating staff and patients about the role of the Occupational therapist.

19. Co-ordinate and manage practice placement provision for occupational therapy students and develop interdisciplinary learning opportunities

20. Ensure that all wards have evidence based protocols to support activity or intervention.

Personal Skills

1. Good verbal and written communication skills through co-working with other professionals, attendance and feedback at patient reviews.

2. Skills and commitment to provide monthly clinical and managerial supervision and complete annual appraisal for allocated members of the occupational therapy team.

3. An ability to engage and communicate effectively with patients using a range of communication strategies, taking into account barriers of communication e.g. cognitive impairment, physical and sensory impairments

4. Leadership to the clinical team; role modelling:
- professional behaviour
- consistency with boundaries
- modification of communication in response to barriers
- management of risk

5. Reflective skills through supervision; facilitating reflective practice groups and maintaining a reflective diary on dealing with difficult situations and critical incidents and changes required to improve own practice.

6. A commitment to establishing a personal development plan considering clinical and non-clinical issues. Agree with supervisor and review in supervision and appraisal.

7. A robust awareness of research and evidence based practice and a commitment to present feedback from research, conferences, seminars and study days or CPD events to peers and other professions.

8. An ability to lead on generating ideas to improve the Occupational Therapy service and take responsibility for implementing them.

At National Locums we offer a great rate of pay, travel and accommodation arranged if required, as well we are well known for delivering good quality, innovative and efficient 24/7 support.
Please get in touch if you are interested or if you know anyone who may be. National Locums operate a fantastic referral scheme which sees you awarded with £200 bonus per referral you refer to National Locums.

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