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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 21/11/2021.

Strategic Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist for Stroke & Neurology

Job Reference: 365-A-20-137830

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Occupational Therapy Department
Countywide - Worcester and Redditch
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum (pro rata)

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is nearly 6,800 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:

  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system. Key to making all of this happen, and making sure that our teams are empowered and equipped with have the skills, tools, techniques and mindset to drive continuous improvement in every part of our Trust is our single improvement methodology

If you can help us to achieve these; if your vision matches our vision; and you believe in Putting Patients First, we would love to hear from you!

In return, we commit to investing in our staff to ensure that we retain and develop the right people, with the right skills, who care about and take pride in, putting patients first.

At Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, our Occupational Therapy service is recognised for its high quality patient care which is continually supported by the trust with funding for innovative service delivery.

We are excited to announce we have a Band 8a Strategic Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist post available to join our developing service, providing high quality care to acute Stroke, Complex Care and Neurology patients.

This is NEW post and supports our vision of a highly skilled, experienced, dynamic and flexible workforce that has knowledge and skills in delivering modernised Occupational Therapy solely focused on providing acute assessment by empowering and supporting people to manage their occupational performance, following a Stroke, complex medical event or another neurological condition.

You will be 1 of 5 new Strategic Clinical Lead posts working with the Occupational Therapy Service Manager to deliver the vision for the next 5 years for the service.

The candidate is required to be passionate, dedicated and committed to delivering innovative and modernised Occupational Therapy in acute services, supporting the OT manager with the implementation of Discharge Service Requirements legislation and developing more positive risk management practice.

The aim of the role is to provide advanced clinical leadership to the Stroke, complex care and Neurology in and out-patient teams that work across Worcester Royal Hospital, Alexandra Hospital and Kidderminster Assessment and Treatment Centre. The post is responsible for the delivery of Occupational Therapy in the Acute Stroke, Complex Care and Neuro out-patient services.

Clinically the post holder will support and manage these Occupational Therapy teams to enable them to deliver diagnostic and clinical care to adult patients with various acute neurological presentations and long term conditions, providing expert advice on any complex clinical issues.

The successful candidate will apply expert professional knowledge, acquired through highly advanced or masters level post graduate courses, supplemented by specialist training, continual professional development and clinical experience gained over many years.

They will be expected to carry out specialised assessments as an autonomous practitioner, including those with highly complex stroke, medical and neurological presentations and to use clinical reasoning skills, knowledge of evidence based practice and advanced expertise to determine appropriate treatment plans utilising specialist treatment skills and options.

They will provide highly specialist assessment and advice to selected patients to ensure they are fully aware of their therapy implications and therefore facilitate their ability to give informed consent and to enhance compliance with the therapy programme.

The post holder will be highly competent in assessing and treating a wide range of conditions based on advanced theoretical knowledge of Stroke, Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology and Neuropathology, often in situations where conflicting evidence is present.

The post holder will act as a clinical lead for the Stroke, Complex Care and Neurology in and out-patient teams and be responsible for the daily organisation, strategic vision and future development of the team.

You will be working with and supported by a very experienced skilled workforce and work within a multi-professional environment. We can provide excellent learning opportunities and Masters level training is actively encouraged for the post holder.

This post includes 7 day working andBank Holidays to ensure robust delivery of service and patient care. For further information, please contact Charlotte Jack, Occupational Therapy Service Manager on 01905 760 624 or alternatively email


Important information about your application

**** Please be aware job adverts may close before the published closing date, if we have a high volume of applications, we recommend getting your application in as quickly as possible. ****

  • You must fulfil all of the essential criteria in the person specification
  • References from current and previous employers must cover at least three years
  • Due to the large number of applications we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
  • All correspondence will be sent through NHS Jobs, so please check NHS jobs and your email account regularly
  • If you have not been contacted within four weeks of the closing date, please assume you have not been shortlisted on this occasion
  • By accepting a position within our Trust you agree that the Occupational Health Department can access your occupational health records from your current or previous employer in order to check the status of your inoculations and screening tests. This is an automated process and the information will only be used for these purposes prior to your taking up the position with us.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is an equal opportunities employer and supports flexible working.

We offer excellent learning and development opportunities, career progression, and are part of the NHS pension scheme. All of our sites are completely smokefree.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Guidelines on COVID Vaccinations

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust encourages and supports staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. The Trust continue to support the COVID vaccination and believe that all staff should be fully vaccinated to protect themselves, their families, their colleagues and our patients.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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