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Band 7 - Senior Occupational Therapist

Job Description

25 million people living in east London and beyond look to the services run by the Barts Health group of hospitals to provide them with the healthcare they need. We are the biggest NHS teaching trust in the country, and our challenges are those of a large and complex organisation. Coming to work for Barts Health mean you will gain experience like no other NHS trust. We offer you the opportunity and support to experience a wide and varied career within one Trust.

Recent improvements has led to a stronger focus on providing Safe and Compassionate care to our patients and this has increased opportunities available to learn, develop and expand your career. We believe that providing excellent education, training and development for our staff is essential. We offer a wide range of benefits for example access to childcare vouchers, home-electronic scheme giving you discounted prices for home –electronics, salary sacrifice for cars, season ticket loans and access to staff discount for local restaurants and gyms

So while we are improving, you can too - within a professionally challenging yet exciting environment.

Band 7 Occupational Therapist.

Medicine and Palliative Care

Are you a Senior Occupational Therapist, either Band 6 or 7, who has an interest in Palliative Care and Medicine, wants a new challenge, and is looking to lead and develop a team?

We are looking for an OT with a passion for Medicine and Palliative Care, to join our friendly and supportive therapy team at Whipps Cross University Hospital.

The post holder will support the OT service provision to the Acute Medical wards, and create a strong link between Acute Services and Palliative Care. They will support the delivery of high quality palliative care to patients across the acute and community pathway, to ensure a positive experience for patients and family in a place of their choosing

They will also provide expert support, advice and training to the ward therapy teams in the development of their skills and knowledge in these fields.

There is an on-site hospice to support people with palliative care needs within the local community and transferring from the main hospital at the end of life. The Waltham Forest Community Macmillan team is based within the hospice and works closely with the OT to provide rapid and responsive services to enable people to maximise their quality of life during this time and to support them to die with dignity.

There is excellent support available across the Trust as well as within the Therapy department. The on-site OT Clinical Lead (Band 8a) has a remit to support OT professional development and there is excellent additional support from the specialist oncology service based at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, with close working relationships amongst the Barts Health Band 7 OT peer group.

Training at master’s level will be supported.

Candidates must have current HCPC registration and experience working in the NHS at band 6 level.

Interested individuals should have:

  • Broad clinical skills with experience in an inpatient and community setting.

  • Evidence of CPD and postgraduate study

  • Experience in service development and leadership

  • Skills in motivating others, team working and organisation

  • Excellent MDT working and communication skills.

  • Experience in complex discharge planning

  • A clean driver’s license

This post sits within the Critical Care, Surgery and Medicine team. In conjunction with the Band 7 OT for Orthopaedics and Surgery the post holder will play a prominent role within the team, supported by the OT/PT Clinical Lead.

The Therapy Department has integrated Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy management and you can expect to work closely with your physiotherapy colleagues.

There is a strong commitment to staff development and service improvement. with regular supervision and in-service training

The service operates a rostered 7 day service with core working hours between 8am - 6pm

Whipps Cross is a busy District General Hospital in North East London, with easy access to central London, and the M25 and M11 motorways.

Come and join our friendly and dynamic team.

For further information, please contact: Anne Kenward, OT / PT Clinical Lead, Linda Kenny or Vivienne Tan, Deputy Heads of Therapy, Therapy Department, Whipps Cross University Hospital, Whipps Cross Road, London E11 1NR (  ( Phone number removed )  or  ( Phone number removed ) , Bleep 174

Please note: -

All staff identified as AT-RISK who meet the requirements of the post will be prioritised accordingly. Priority will initially be given to Barts Health employees. This does not apply to Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN) roles.

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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