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Team Lead Outpatient Occupational Therapist/Hand Therapist

Job Reference: 252-9717A

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
252 Occupational Therapy
£38,890 to £44,503 pa

Team Lead Outpatient Occupational Therapist/Hand Therapist

Band 7 37.5hrs -flexible working opportunities available

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 Team Lead Occupational Therapist to join our small but busy Specialist Outpatient and Hand Therapy Team in this acute hospital Trust.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist who is a dynamic and forward thinking practitioner, with a high level of communication skills and the drive to evaluate and develop the service alongside the Trust’s strategic plan.

We treat a range of conditions, including musculoskeletal trauma, work related and elective cases, plastic hand surgery, rheumatology and chronic pain conditions and are looking to develop the service post-covid into the new ways of working and new service areas.

The role will enable the successful candidate to further their skill as a supervisor to members of the outpatient team and as practice educator to pre-reg students and OT apprentices.

We aim to provide a progressive, forward thinking approach to patient care whilst being able to support staff in personal development and continued education and training.

The Department

  • We offer a friendly and supportive working environment, with peer support, clinical supervision and regular in-service training
  • There is access to informal and formal training and CPD opportunities, where learning and sharing is strongly encouraged.
  • We have a dedicated, innovative Band 7 Practice Development OT to support staff in their clinical development.
  • We have actively participated in ongoing service development, and participation in Trust-wide projects and audits, and cross-discipline working is highly valued.
  • Our recent Trust-wide Staff Survey demonstrated higher than the national average scores with excellent staff engagement across the Therapies Directorate and excellent scores overall
  • We offer Practice Placements for Pre- Reg OT students from Canterbury Christchurch University and are excited to have 3 staff on the new OT apprentice 4 year degree course
  • Leadership is provided by the Professional Lead Occupational Therapist and an experienced award-winning team of Senior OT Team Leads


Essential experience required:

  • Post-graduate clinical experience working as a Band 6 or 7 Occupational Therapist in the Out Patient and Hand Therapy Setting
  • Evidence of being able to teach, lead, mentor and develop staff and students
  • Splinting for the hand and wrist
  • Evidence of participation in In-service training and Personal CPD
  • HCPC registration and RCOT/BAOT membership
  • BAHT membership

Closing date for applications: 28/09/2020

Proposed Interview date: 09/10/2020

Previous applicants need not apply

Mrs Jo Poulton email .

Our staff are our most valuable asset.

We currently have a workforce of approximately 3000 staff across a wide range of professional and specialist groups

We have Investors in People ‘silver ‘ status, which we have held for a decade and have been rated as ‘Good’ by the CQC – the only acute hospital in Kent to achieve this..

We support and develop our staff through the facilitation of key learning events to enhance their continuing professional development and ensure they are up to date in their clinical knowledge.

We fully support flexible working, embrace equality and diversity in all areas of our working practice and have a health at work programme.



Our staff are our most valuable asset. We are committed to making staff feel appreciated, supported and included in the Trust’s successes. Our mission is to be an outstanding place to work providing the very best care for our patients and excellent career opportunities for our staff. Everything we do is guided by our core values and behaviours, identified by our staff and embedded throughout the organisation.

We have the highest CQC rating of all Acute NHS Trusts in Kent and Medway (Good). The CQC highlighted that managers promoted a positive culture that supported, valued staff and created a sense of common purpose based upon shared values.

The Trust is a great place to work, stay, develop a career and enjoy a healthy work life balance. We have made and are delivering on a wide range of commitments to staff; health and wellbeing; equality; diversity and inclusion; access to education and career development. During 2020 we are setting up quality councils, driven by our staff to create a culture of shared governance and quality improvement.

We have a strong focus on innovation and improvement. Part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ (GSTT) ‘Healthcare Alliance’ we are introducing new models of care to improve clinical outcomes for patients. Our association with GSTT also gives staff wishing to develop their skills excellent opportunities to work across numerous specialities.

As our local population increases, our services and skills are expanding and adapting to meet demand. We are continuously looking at best practice models to enhance and improve the services we offer.

The Trust provides services at Darent Valley Hospital and Queen Mary’s Hospital, for a local population of over 500,000 people.

If you would like to be part of our innovative and forward thinking team putting patients at the centre of all we do, we invite you to #joinourfamily.

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