Current vacancies at the Trust

Senior Specialist Occupational Therapist

Band 7

Main area
Intermediate Care, Rapid Response
Band 7
Full Time
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Dulwich Community Hospital
£38,035 to £48,256 p.a. inclusive of HCA
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Join us and become part of the most engaged workforce of any NHS trust in England, according to the latest national NHS Staff Survey results – for the second year running.

You will be joining a dynamic and forward-looking organisation in the heart of the capital where you can develop your career and broaden your horizons.

We think you will enjoy working for us but you don’t have to take our word for it – 79% of staff who took part in the latest national NHS Staff Survey would recommend Guy’s and St Thomas’ as a place to work.

Intermediate Care Services:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and motivated Senior Specialist Occupational Therapist (Band 7) to join our Urgent Rapid Response Team (UR). The team is part of the Guys and St Thomas’ (GSTT) Community Adult Rehabilitation and Therapies Service and has an outstanding reputation across both Lambeth and Southwark for providing excellent clinical care and patient centred service.

The team is an integrated health and social care team and aims to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital or facilitate discharge. The team sees clients in their own homes and supports them to regain the skills and confidence needed to live as independently as possible. Intervention is provided through an innovative therapist / nurse led approach to care and rehabilitation. A holistic and multidisciplinary approach to assessment and treatment is used. Clients receive input from our team of Social Workers, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, and Nurses. The approach is underpinned by our Rehabilitation Support Workers (RSWs). The team consists of members working closely together from local Social Services, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT).

In addition the team has access to a Community Consultant Geriatrician from within GSTT who provides clinical input through multidisciplinary meetings, case conferences, and home visits. They also take a very active role in service development, clinical audit, and team training.

As a Senior Specialist Occupational Therapist you will carry a varied and challenging caseload of clients, and be responsible for their assessment, treatment and rehabilitation. You will see clients with a wide variety of conditions including issues such as falls, post-operative rehabilitation, palliative care, orthopaedics and rheumatology, and frailty, and will utilise your specialist skills to manage people with complex health and social care needs.

You will be responsible for the line management, supervision, training, support and leadership of more junior therapy and support staff within the team. You will have the opportunity to lead on areas of service development and deputise for, and undertake work delegated by the Clinical Managers as required.

You will be supported by experienced Clinical Team Leaders and Clinical Managers from across the range of professions within the team. Professional Development is actively supported through in–service training programmes; case presentation and review; clinical reasoning and reflective practice sessions. There will be regular opportunity to participate in service development as well as a range of Clinical Governance activities such as clinical audit and benchmarking.

The post will be based at Dulwich Community Hospital. The service operates from 8.30 am-9.30pm, seven days per week, 365 days per year, and you will participate in 7 day working and working non-traditional shift patterns. The shift patterns alternate between 8.30 to 16.30 or 11.00 to 19.00 with on-call availability to 21.30. Willingness to accommodate future service changes and flexibility to work across different Trust sites and settings is essential.

You must have a degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy and be HCPC registered. Significant broad based post registration experience at Band 6 or above is essential. You should have a broad range of general rehabilitation skills, including the use of evidence based assessments and treatment programmes, and good knowledge of the use of clinical outcome measures. You must possess excellent organisational, communication and problem solving skills, be skilled at working collaboratively within multi-disciplinary teams, and be able to deliver high standards of clinical care, in order to achieve good outcomes for clients.

Previous applicants (within last 3 months) need not apply

Closing date: 22nd July 2018 at midnight.

Interviews will be held week commencing 6th August 2018.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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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Selena Ng 0203 049 5353

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The main telephone number for recruitment is 0207 188 1700.

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