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Occupational Therapy
NHS AfC: Band 7
Fixed term: 6 weeks (Funding initially agreed until 31st March 2023 - however likely to extend until March 2024)
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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NELFT NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Barley Court
£41,659 - £47,672 pa (plus 15% HCAS)
Salary period
31/03/2023 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Long Covid Senior Occupational Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 7

Do you want to be part of an innovative organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

Here at NELFT, embracing a Just and Compassionate Culture is our commitment to our colleagues and to our patients that we will support and promote a culture based on fairness, respect, honesty, and trust, ensuring that we have consistent leadership behaviours and styles across the Trust. Our vision is to create an engaging place to work in partnership, where we value diverse perspectives and work in an environment in which you feel valued, supported, understood, and developed. Our professional relationships are built on a foundation of mutual respect, trust and honesty. We are committed to welcoming and making everyone feel valued here at NELFT.

We embrace continuous learning to improve patient outcomes and we provide outstanding professional development opportunities for our workforce. If you want to grow and progress your career with an organisation that values it’s people, take the first step on an exciting career journey and join us today.

Job overview

There is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, organised and motivated therapist to be recruited into a Band 7 position at the Barking & Dagenham, Havering & Redbridge Long Covid Service as a long Covid Senior Occupation Therapist. You will be working with a broad spectrum of professionals in forward thinking and supportive team.

This post would be suitable for an experienced band 7 Occupational therapist looking to expand there knowledge and skills in respiratory therapy working to specialise in Long Covid assessment and treatment, previous community based work is desirable but not essential.

You will receive regular supervision, training and support from highly skilled colleagues to address your learning needs and work closely with other members of the MDT.   Internal and external courses are supported as part of your CPD.

Main duties of the job

As a senior member of the team, your role is primarily to deliver face to face and virtual Long Covid Clinics  across the borough, including assessments,  group education and post assessments in line with National guidance

As a Band 7 role you will also be expected to provide clinical education for students regularly and further develop your management skills by conducting regular supervision and appraisal for other members of the team.  

You will be joining a well-established team of supportive staff, Band 5 Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and associate practitioners.

So what do you need to join our team?

  • To be a Registered HCPC Occupational Therapist with post registration experience
  • Desirable community respiratory and long Covid assessment experience.
  • Passion to deliver high quality care to patients with long term conditions in community settings.
  • Previous NHS experience
  • Maintain clinical expertise by continued professional development and by encouraging and developing others
  • Evidence of participation in audit
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to large groups of people.

This is full-time post 37.5 hours per week,  The role has both management and clinical responsibilities and there is opportunity for agile / home based working.



Working for our organisation

COVID-19 Vaccination
We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

Probationary Period
This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFT
NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

High Cost Area Supplement – London
This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of £4,108 and a maximum payment of £5,177 per annum pro rata).

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

This Long Covid Service provide a well-coordinated and high quality service to patients of Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge, to ensure the complex needs of the respiratory client group is provided close to home and thus car driver is essential.

You will be a car owner / driver or have access to a car and a current UK driving license is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

Please refer to the Job Description & Person Specification attachment.





Person specification

A.C. as per Person SPec

Essential criteria
  • Prof Registered / Qualified
  • Experience
  • Skills / Abilities
Desirable criteria
  • Experience (Desirable)

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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