Team Lead Occupational Therapist for Medical Rehabilitation and Frail

Chelsea and Westminste
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital & West Middlesex University Hospital, London
Competitive salary
11 Jun 2021
17 Jun 2021
Role Type
Start Date
About our Trust

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provide services from two main hospitals, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, and a number of clinics across London and the South-East.

We have over 6,000 members of staff that are PROUD to Care for nearly one million people. Both hospitals provide full clinical services, including full maternity, emergency and children's, in addition to a range of community-based services across London, such as award-winning sexual health and HIV clinics.

We're one of the safest and best performing Trusts in the country. We're also one of the top trusts to work for - our staff say they're engaged, motivated, and would recommend us as a place to work and receive treatment.

In 2020, The Trust was rated by the Care Quality Commission as 'Outstanding' in the well-led and use of resources domains and 'Good' in the safe, effective, caring and responsive domains. The Trust as a whole was 'Good', but the Chelsea site was 'Outstanding'.

Our facilities are some of the best in the country. We have been investing around £10 million a year in our estate. We are currently spending c. £25 million on expanding our adult and neonatal critical care facilities at Chelsea and Westminster and redevelopment of our children's unit at West Middlesex - in partnership with our charity, CW+ and generous donors.

The Role

Team Lead Occupational Therapist for Medical Rehabilitation and Frailty

£45,780 - £51,393 per annum Incl. HCAS

Chelsea and Westminster site and West Middlesex Site

Our Medical Rehabilitation and Frailty teams are seeking experienced Clinicians to lead our Occupational Therapy services, and to develop a more integrated approach to hospital discharge in line with latest national initiatives. The knowledge and skills of Occupational Therapists are key in supporting patients living with frailty and complex needs, and in assisting them in recovering from acute illness and enabling them to return 'home first'. We are ambitiously seeking to take this one step further by supporting this transition home through agile and innovative pathways, facilitating improved outcomes in conjunction with our community colleagues.

As the Band 7 Occupational Therapist, you will be jointly responsible for the day to day management of a large team, and provide advanced clinical skills in the assessment and management of patients with complex health and social needs, relating these to the persons occupational therapy needs on the ward and at home. This will include managing your own caseload as well as supporting other team members, and providing specialist advice to the MDT for patients not directly under your care. You will also directly supervise and line manage designated staff and students, and be responsible for co-ordinating learning for Therapy staff and other colleagues.

Alongside your clinical and management role, you will lead in developing the service in partnership with other hospital and community colleagues to strengthen integrated pathways that support patients to return home sooner, and enable optimal recovery from acute illness. This will require excellent communication and negotiation skills, and a creative and positive solution focused outlook. You will be supported in evaluating and presenting your work.

The role will involve close working with community teams, and you will be acting to bridge the gap between the acute and community sector which will involve some clinical time spent in community settings. We have good transport links within our local communities, therefore a driving license is not essential for this role. You will also work closely with the ED therapy team to support continuity of care and prevent readmissions. The role will require some weekend working, alongside travel between our hospital sites for training and to support teams as required.

To support you in this challenging but rewarding role we will offer you regular supervision, peer support and annual performance review. We also offer access to Trust and other CPD activities including funded training courses. The department is passionate about supporting staff and providing high quality patient care. We are committed to apprenticeship pathways including training for advanced practice. This role will enable you to build an agile and research based service from the ground up, and you should be adaptive to change, and innovative in your approach to making a real difference to the lives of patients under our care.

This is an exciting time to be joining the Trust as we recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The Trust is one of the leading NHS hospitals in the country with a strong ethos on quality improvement alongside being internationally renowned for its pioneering achievements. It has established links to national and specialist centres including the Imperial College and the CW+ charity which enable us to lead in innovation through digital care and the creative arts. These relationships support Occupational Therapists in accomplishing occupationally centred practice in a unique and diverse way.

You can find out more about working at the Trust through our website and following Chelwest Therapies on Facebook and Twitter. We would warmly welcome an informal discussion about the role and visit to one of our hospital sites. If you feel that you possess the drive and commitment we are looking for then we would love to hear from you.

**Please state in your application your preferred trust site - West Middlesex or Chelsea**

For further details / informal visits contact:

Michael Shaw, Clinical Lead for Medical Rehabilitation and Frailty


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Additional Information

The Trust is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all its employees as well as maintaining a workforce that broadly reflects the local communities we serve. In accordance with the Equality Act, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability.

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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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