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COVID-19 Vacancy Community Occupational Therapist (Respiratory / Rehabilitation)

NHS AfC: Band 6

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Community Respiratory / Rehabilitation Occupational Therapist
NHS AfC: Band 6
Part time: 22.5 hours per week
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Weavers Court, WGH
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum pro rata
Salary period
03/03/2021 23:59

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has been nationally recognised as the UK’s most inclusive NHS organisation. As such we have a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

You will be expected to work as an individual within the South Cumbria Community Respiratory Service in the community, providing Occupational Therapy to people struggling with chronic lung disease. This will involve completing therapeutic assessments, and offering treatments, advice and patient education to help those with chronic lung disease (such as COPD, Interstitial Lung Disease and Bronchiectasis) cope with their day to day symptoms and improve quality of life and independence.

You will be expected to work as an autonomous practitioner within a multidisciplinary respiratory team That values clinical supervision and development.


Main duties of the job

 As a band 6 Respiratory Occupational Therapist, you will be expected to call upon your dual-training to consider a person’s physical, functional and psychological health, drawing upon (or developing) specialist respiratory knowledge, skills and experience.

You will work with patients in their homes, in clinics and as part of the pulmonary rehabilitation programme in community venues, typically providing Occupational Therapy interventions that aid management of fatigue, breathlessness, difficulty with ADLs/PADLs, sleep and low mood, drawing using an occupational focus to person centred care.

Working for our organisation

You will be expected to maintain effective communication links with patients; carers and other health care professionals; develop advanced communication skills and complete accurate clinical records in line with Trust and professional body codes of practice. 

 You will also be expected to work as part of our team, supporting your colleagues and assisting in departmental duties to collectively ensure smooth running of the service, within weekday office hours.

 You will be expected to be involved in quality service improvement initiatives within the team to ensure we are constantly striving to deliver the highest quality services for our patients. You will also become part of the larger development in respiratory services (Morecambe Bay Respiratory Network) occurring in our area

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will be supported by the South Cumbria teams’ Specialist Respiratory Occupational Therapist and Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapists, as well as the wider MDT, and have the opportunity to participate in County and regional respiratory best practice groups, where you will be able to build networks with other professionals (including other Respiratory Occupational Therapists) out with our team. You will be expected to split your time between South Cumbria bases including Barrow and Kendal.

You will be expected to continue to develop specialist skills within the scope of Occupational Therapy in Chronic lung disease, through participation in personal development, appraisal, in-service trainings and relevant courses.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Professional qualifiation
  • Relevant experience
Disability Confident - two yearsNo smoking policyDisability confident employerInclusive Top 50 LogoArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)Stonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.Step into health

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Alison Brenton
Job title
Specialist Respiratory Occupational therapist
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Additional information

Karen Donaldson
Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist