Occupational Therapist

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Part time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
28/01/2022 23:59
£32910 (Pro Rota)
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care - Adult Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Dene Park House
Number of posts:
Closing date:
28 Jan
Further Information

World renowned as a visitor destination, Northumberland is also the ideal location to strike a perfect work/life balance. What better way of enjoying the picturesque scenery and stunning coastline than to sample it on an everyday basis? 

Our Vision is: “To make Northumberland a county which you regard as a great place to live, and in which you can access the things you enjoy, whilst having the opportunity to learn and thrive” 
Our Plan is to focus on: 

Living - we want you to feel safe, healthy and cared for 

Enjoying - we want you to love where you live 

Connecting - we want you to have access to the things you need 

Learning - we want you to achieve and realise your potential 

Thriving - we want to attract more and better jobs 

For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/working 

Why choose us? 
We have some outstanding benefits to offer you, including: 

25 days annual leave plus public and bank holidays (rising to 30 after 5 years of service)(pro-rata for part-time employees) 

Automatic enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme 

Flexi scheme applicable to majority of roles 

Local government discount schemes available to all employees with offers at local businesses along with various national brands 

A commitment to work-life balance offering flexibility through various schemes including job sharing, home working, flexible working, part-year working, and compressed hours 

Car Leasing Scheme 

  Please visit: https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Working-for-Northumberland-County-Council.aspx for more information regarding our benefits. 

This salary is 22.2 hours per week. The salary for this post is £19,746 - 22,153 (full time salary is £32,910 - 36,922)


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Occupational Therapist to join the Short Term Support Service based in the West of Northumberland on a permanent contract for 22.5hours/week. We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic person to join a busy and dynamic community team, working to deliver rehabilitation programs to clients predominantly within their own homes. 

The Short Term Support Service comprises of therapists and care staff who offer assessment, rehabilitation and re-enablement to support clients who may have experienced a short-term illness or a temporary deterioration in an existing condition. 

The successful candidate will hold a caseload of clients with varying conditions providing Occupational Therapy Assessment and Rehabilitation, working alongside NHS Physiotherapists and support staff to promote independence and achievement of the clients own goals. 

The post-holder will work as an Occupational Therapist to provide an Assessment and  Rehabilitation service for adults with orthopaedic conditions as well as referrals for older people with age related conditions, Falls and stroke and neurological conditions. 

Therapy will occur in a community setting e.g. clients homes, Residential/Nursing homes. Less frequently some therapy activities may/ will occur in the hospital setting and other community settings for example Leisure/Community Centre for group work. 

Your clinical expertise will be used flexibly where it is required and as discussed by your line manager. The ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities 

To provide a seamless service of community O.T. working across both primary and secondary healthcare as part of the multi-disciplinary/multi-agency team for adult rehabilitation. 

To ensure that referrals to the specialised service area of orthopaedics, older people, stroke and neuro are prioritised and service delivery is made efficiently within resource constraints. 

To manage a caseload of clients (often with highly complex needs), using evidence based clinical reasoning to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions. 

To provide leadership and clinical education for junior and support staff, through supervision. 

To carry out appraisals with junior and support staff, as delegated by Line Manager. 

To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of Occupational Therapy services within a designated area/team, holding responsibility for defined projects through specialist interest and steering group. 

To contribute to the maintenance and development of the Occupational Therapy service. 

To regularly supervise undergraduate Occupational Therapy students on practice placement and participate in placement experience of other professionals. 

To take a lead in the decision making process for discharge planning through assessment and the analysis of treatment outcomes. 

To undertake complex assessments, plan, implement and evaluate therapeutic interventions. 

To role model compassionate and inclusive leadership in order to shape the creation of a collective leadership culture within the trust. This means demonstrating a consistent leadership style which (a) engages, enables and empowers others (b) uses coaching to promote ownership of learning and quality improvement and (c) facilitates team working and collaboration within teams / departments and across organisational boundaries. 

For further details / informal visits contact: 


Fran Dodd 

Job title 

Team Lead 

Email address 


Telephone number 

01434 612922  

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme please email hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored in the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview please also let the team know.