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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 29/09/2020.

Occupational Therapist - Band 7

Job Reference: 323-AMG899

Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Chertsey, Surrey
£40,681 to £46,294 pa inc. HCAS pro rata



Early Supported Discharge Team (ESD) for Stroke

Team Lead Occupational Therapist BAND 7 – Part time (22.5 hours per week)

Permanent contract



Would you like to work in a friendly and progressive multidisciplinary team providing home-based early rehabilitation and support to patients in the early weeks immediately following discharge after an acute stroke?

Our ESD service covers a large area in Surrey using two bases for our linked sub-teams. We are looking for a specialist Occupational Therapist to join our team operating primarily from our Ashford base. The successful candidate will provide clinical leadership within our highly specialised team (including therapists, psychologists, nurses and rehabilitation assistants, with excellent administrative support).

Candidates require expert clinical knowledge, and application of neurorehabilitation skills to deliver high quality intervention for a complex and varied caseload with a range of physical and cognitive impairments post-stroke. ESD clinicians and assistants work very closely to provide individually tailored programmes addressing patient identified goals. Flexibility, together with good organisational and prioritisation skills, is essential to this community-based position.


We have implemented significant changes in our new operational model during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our team has been leading the way alongside other Trust colleagues in the use of technology, allowing us to maintain a full service. All first contacts have moved to telephone and our clinical staff are now adept at using the Attend Anywhere platform to deliver further virtual sessions, where appropriate, while ensuring that face to face visits are still an essential element for some patients (within criteria, and using PPE). Staff use MS Teams for professional communication, updates, 1:1s, in service training and meetings. We have also used other innovative approaches to support the Trust’s Covid response. These include introducing digital caseload boards in place of physical boards; changing our triage system to screen referrals; and linking with MSK services who provided some aspects of rehab alongside ESD for several weeks e.g. general conditioning and balance training. We also have one clinician on duty at the weekends to complete Initial Assessments within 24 hours of discharge home. Although the team is community-based, the use of technology has reduced the amount of driving required. All staff are provided with a phone and laptop to allow full use of our clinical systems via remote access.


Over the last two years we have changed our ESD staffing structure. We now have four other B7s across disciplines, which provides stability and an excellent senior leadership team to support for our B5 and 6 clinicians (static and rotational) and assistants. We have a B4 assistant about to embark on the OT apprenticeship scheme, and also provide shadowing opportunities for therapists within and outside our Trust as well as student placements. There is a wealth of experience within the Therapies department as a whole, enabling a range of opportunities for joint working and peer support in OT, PT, SLT, Dietetics, Psychology and Nursing. Within the Neuro pathway, we have close links with colleagues in HASU/ASU and stroke rehab at St Peter’s Hospital, and the Bradley Unit in Woking. Attendance at ward/board rounds is encouraged as part of an in-reach presence within HASU/ASU, to work closely with the team commencing early assessments and aiding transition from hospital to home. The post-holder will be expected to contribute to this role with other ESD clinicians. Our integrated management team comprises two Clinical Leads (for in-patient stroke & neuro services, and ESD) both supported by the dedicated Therapy Manager for stroke and neuro services. One of our next developments is to commence peer leadership and training for B7s in the pathway. Clinicians also have protected non-clinical time – this is 1 day per month for B7s to enable completion of CPD, mandatory training, service development projects r work towards objectives.


ESD is a forward-thinking team, motivated to continue service improvements. Two team days within the last year have led to collaborative service projects in small groups with mixed membership of bands, disciplines and bases. We are looking for a therapist who is interested in working in a dynamic service like this, while developing their specialist skills in stroke, and who will relish opportunities to contribute to, facilitate, design and lead local service development across the stroke pathway.

The successful candidate will have experience at a senior level in stroke and preferably have worked in community settings. Driving is essential and the post holder must therefore have a valid UK licence and access to a car.

We support staff in achieving a good work/life balance and are happy to discuss flexible working. Weekend shifts are required on a rota basis, as part of our 7 day service provision. All staff are expected to work flexibly across our sites according to service need and particularly to facilitate discharges.

For further information, please contact Anna Lavelle (Clinical Lead for ESD) on 01932 726870 / 01784 884913 / 07814 153494 or via email, or Kathy Anderson (Therapy Manager for Stroke and Neuro Services) on 07971 180513 or via email

Previous applicants need not apply.

Coronavirus update

Due to the changing environment that the pandemic has brought upon us, we are continually reviewing our recruitment process on a regular basis to ensure we are following the guidelines from Public Health England (PHE).

It's essential that we continue recruiting safely. Therefore, interviews and communication will be virtual wherever possible and this will be communicated to you directly by the recruitment team.

Please also expect that advert closing dates and interview dates may change as required. We still continue to welcome applications for our current roles and wish you the best of luck with your application.


Please check that you have the qualifications and experience required for this job. If you do not show how you match the person specification you will not be short listed.

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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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