Specialist Neuro Occupational Therapist

The closing date is 21st Apr 2024

Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our established and dynamic Inpatient Neurorehabilitation team. We are looking for an enthusiastic, forward thinking and committed Occupational Therapist with strong clinical and team working skills to deliver high quality rehabilitation to our inpatients on Snowdon ward. The role is ideal for an OT who has passion for development and wishes to become a clinical expert in their field.

You'll work within a supportive rehabilitation multidisciplinary team with a supportive management structure which welcomes innovation and quality improvement whilst prioritising staff well-being. The leadership team on Snowdon comprises of the ward manager, Specialist band 7 PT/team lead, Specialist Speech and language therapist and Dietitian and Specialist Psychologist which will provide great peer support to the successful candidate.

There will be a variety of opportunities including developing complex assessment and treatment skills for our inpatients, within a team which advocates for close multidisciplinary working. The role also includes the opportunity to conduct assessments of patients on our waiting list that advises our patient flow as well as developing management skills when deputising for the therapy team lead. As a specialist OT some of the clinical skills will be around delivering and supporting the junior staff in complex cognitive rehab, posture management, upper limb assessments and treatments.

Hours are negotiable and can be discussed at interview.

Main duties, tasks & skills required

As part of Solent's Futures Project, we will be working in partnership with the new build at the Western Community Hospital site where a new purpose built 'state of the art' rehabilitation centre of clinical excellence. This creates multiple opportunities to drive the team forward to excel in service provision.

Snowdon is a 14 bedded unit which specialises in the treatment of adults with physical and cognitive impairment following a neurological event or a long- term neurological condition. We offer specialist in-patient neurological rehabilitation. Snowdon is recognised as providing specialist neurorehabilitation as a level 2 Unit.

In this role you will:

  • Undertake the Specialist therapy role in leading, planning, and co-ordinating the delivery and evaluation of the service.
  • Take a major role in the advanced specialist therapy intervention as part of the specialist team, assessing and treating own caseload of patients who may have a complex presentation and maintain associated records as an autonomous practitioner.
  • Deputise for the operational lead in their absence as required.
  • Undertake evidence-based projects, including recommendations for change in practice and participate in research and audit.
  • Provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to relatives, carers, and other professionals to promote understanding of the aims of the Complex Neuro rehabilitation service and to ensure a consistent approach to patient care.

About us

At Solent, our teams mirror the communities we serve. The Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging plan fosters authenticity, ensuring every Solent NHS Trust member feels visible, validated, and valued.

The Annual Staff survey positions us among top-performing Community and Mental Health trusts in 3 of 9 themes:

  • Compassion and inclusivity
  • Each voice matters
  • Staff Engagement

Our commitment to enhancing diversity, inclusion, and belonging fosters a strong sense of uniqueness, celebrated among colleagues, contributing to excellent patient outcomes.

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Job description

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description* 

Person specification



Degree or diploma in Occupational Therapy
Current Health Care Professional Council registration as an Occupational Therapist
Evidence of study at Masters' level or working towards this qualification relevant to area of practice 


Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapy
Member of an appropriate Special Interest Group



Post-registration experience in relevant setting
Able to demonstrate ability to make decisions in complex & unpredictable situations & deal with verbal or physical aggression on occasions
Proven Clinical Leadership & presentation skills
Able to take personal responsibility, work autonomously & manage time effectively 


Experience of practice placement education & providing teaching/training for a range of student/staff needs 

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.

UK Professional Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website.

For help with your application, contact: 

Deepa Rajkumar 



Pay scheme

Agenda for Change 


Band 7 


£43742.00  to £50056.00 Yearly



Working pattern

Part-Time, Flexible Working 

Reference number


Job locations

Western Community Hospital 
William Macleod Way 
SO16 4XE