Specialist Occupational Therapist

St Helens and Knowsley
Prescot / St Helens
Competitive salary
02 Apr 2021
12 Apr 2021
Role Type
Start Date
Are you a confident Occupational Therapist who would like to explore a more rewarding clinical challenge in a highly specialist Rehabilitation service? Are you ready to further develop your clinical skills?

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our team on Seddon Suite Specialist Rehabilitation Unit, St Helens Hospital.

Seddon Suite offers a dedicated seven-day rehabilitation service for Merseyside residents. It is part of the Cheshire and Merseyside Rehabilitation Network providing specialist assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for adults following traumatic injury or serious illness. The rehabilitation unit has 20 beds, with facilities for a range of therapeutic treatments. Rehabilitation is active and is provided at a level of intensity and duration that can be tolerated by the patient to enable the achievement of optimum functional potential. Our team of professionals work closely with patients and families to achieve the best possible level of independence and quality of life. In addition to the inpatients service, the unit also offers out-patient therapy services which are run by Band 6 therapists and above.

We are looking to recruit an exceptional Occupational Therapist to this Band 6 post. The successful applicant will be part of a motivated, forward thinking, close multidisciplinary team of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Dietitians, Rehabilitation Assistants, Clinical Psychologists, a Rehabilitation Coordinator, Social Worker and Rehabilitation Nurses. The medical team is led by a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine.

This is a newly created Band 6 post; you will be joining an established Band 6 OT team overseen by the Band 7 Occupational Therapist. Continuous evidenced based practice and service development is fundamental to the team, it is therefore essential that you are able to demonstrate a passion in identifying, leading and driving forward new projects.

The Successful Candidate should be/have:
  • A registered Occupational Therapist with the HCPC (Health Care Professions Council)
  • Minimum of 2-3 years post-qualification experience
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of Occupational Therapy process/interventions and an ability to apply these skills
  • Experience in the field of Neurology / Rehabilitation
  • Experience of continued professional development
  • Experience of service development, audit and research
  • Able to effectively work as part of a team
  • Excellent communication and time management skills
  • Passionate about student education

A flexible approach to day to day tasks is essential in order to meet the demands of the service. Our philosophy is to keep the patient at the heart of everything we do. We look for people who are willing to go the extra mile, not because they are asked to, but because they are committed to being part of a healthcare team that delivers an excellent caring service to our patients.

We have an excellent staff supervision system enabling our staff to be committed to developing both the service and themselves. You will have access to support and supervision from a Band 7 Occupational Therapist and will be provided with opportunities to develop both clinically and non-clinically. The appropriate candidate will also be required to demonstrate a strong commitment to training rotational therapists, rehabilitation assistants and undergraduate staff.

In return we will offer you:
  • A friendly and supportive environment
  • Opportunities for CPD and to undertake further learning and development, for example: Leadership and Management apprenticeship, Bobath handling courses
  • In-Service Training provided by highly experienced OT specialists, wider MDT and external sources
  • OT CPD meetings focused on skill and strategic service development
  • A clear and comprehensive programme of clinical supervision
  • Flexible working patterns and Family Friendly Policies

All posts are subject to an Enhanced DBS check with barred lists for both adults and children.

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the BEST acute Trusts in England for the THIRD year running!

The Trust is currently the only acute Trust in Cheshire and Merseyside, and is one of few in the entire country, to achieve the title of OUTSTANDING, rated by the Care Quality Commission.

We provide a full range of acute adult services to our local population of circa 350,000 and provide tertiary services across a much wider area in the North West, North Wales and Isle of Man. We are also a Major Trauma Unit and the Mersey Regional Burns Unit.

Our '5 Star Patient Care' strategy is at the heart of all that we do; supporting our vision to provide world class services for all our patients by getting it right for every patient, every time.

Our latest achievements include:
  • Acute Trust of the Year - HSJ Awards November 2019
  • Trust rates Outstanding by the CQC - March 2019
  • Best in the NHS, Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment 2017 and 2018
  • The Trust achieved top marks in the country for areas including; cleanliness, food, privacy and dignity, facilities for patients living with dementia and disabilities, conditions, appearance and maintenance of the hospital buildings.
  • Top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers and Health Service Journal)
  • Best acute Trust in England (NHS Staff Survey 2017,2018 and 2019)
  • Best Patient Experience in the NHS (CHKS Top Hospitals Awards 2015)

In the NHS Staff Survey 2019 the Trust scored the highest marks in the following areas;
  • Best place to receive treatment in the NHS (for 2nd year running)
  • Top Acute Trust for treating its staff

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St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are committed to providing an environment and services which embrace diversity and which promote equality of opportunity, we welcome applications from all sections of the communities we serve to enable us to reflect their diversity and improve the delivery of the services we provide.

Any information gathered during the application process relating to protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010, is gathered for statistical purposes only and is not made available to recruiting managers at any stage of the recruitment process.

As a ' Disability Confident Leader ' we offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who consider themselves to have a disability and who meet the minimum selection criteria (essential) at each stage of the selection process. You can indicate your wish submit an application under the Trust's guaranteed interview scheme in the personal information section of the online application form.

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The Trust is a non-smoking site. Failure to follow this rule could lead to disciplinary action.

If you are having difficulty completing an online application, please contact Recruitment@sthk.nhs.uk

Please be aware, that we may close a vacancy earlier than stated, should a sufficient number of applications be received from which a shortlist can be confirmed therefore you are advised to apply at your earliest convenience.

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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