Newly Qualified Occupational Therapist

Location: Buckinghamshire, County Wide


The Adult Occupational Therapy Team is seeking a full time motivated and enthusiastic Newly Qualified Occupational Therapist to join our forward-thinking and dynamic service.

The NQOT programme has been carefully designed to help consolidate the learning from the Occupational Therapy degree and to support and develop practice within the community setting. Upon successful completion of the NQOT programme, there will be the opportunity to interview for an Occupational Therapist, Range 6 position within the team (subject to vacancies).

Over the course of your time with us as a NQOT, you will rotate around different areas of the service inclusive of triage, clinics and community.

In addition to the salary advertised, you will receive a market premium of £1,500 per annum. You will also be entitled to a ‘Golden Hello’ lump-sum payment of £1,000 paid on successful completion of your probationary period.

A full driving licence with access to a vehicle is an essential requirement for this role.

About us

Our Occupational Therapy service has undergone significant transformation to move away from the more traditional models of service delivery, assessment and intervention, to embracing a culture of innovation and positive risk-taking. 

We aim to prevent, reduce or delay the need for care, supporting clients to enhance their independence and overall well-being. You will gain experience in areas such as, moving and handling, basic aids for daily living, minor and major home adaptation. 

We are looking for motivated, ambitious and inspiring people to join us on our journey. Not only will you be an integral part of the unique and exciting transition through the unitary process, you will also be entitled to a range of different benefits to make sure you are happy both at work and at home.

About the role

The purpose of the Occupational Therapist is to be involved in providing a responsive, equitable and high-quality community Occupational Therapy service to adults 18+. The NQOT will manage a small caseload with guidance and support, progressing to manage a wide range of duties and cases with a respectable degree of autonomy.

In addition to comprehensive training, you will be permitted 5 study days over the course of the year to complete reflective practice and developmental based tasks, under the guidance of your supervisor and team management.

Core responsibilities are outlined as follows:

  • To be part of a responsive countywide Occupational Therapy service, undertaking and providing holistic assessments of adults age 18+, their carers (formal/informal), either virtually and/or within the home environment
  • To provide support and input to the Occupational Therapy assessment clinics run across the county
  • To develop a good understanding of the role of equipment, minor and major adaptations and appropriate housing, in enabling and promoting functional independence
  • To develop competent moving and handling skills, learning techniques such as those which enable single-handed care
  • To contribute to case resolution through input within the Occupational Therapy Triage function. Gaining knowledge and experience of how referrals are managed from first point of contact to how innovative interventions are used to reduce risk, meet clients’ needs and effectively manage service demands
  • To be an advocate for evidence-based practice, embracing a culture of continuous learning and improvement
  • To work collaboratively with Health, Social Care, and external services, to aid the delivery of effective partnership working, alignment and integration


A ‘mobile’ role gives you the flexibility to schedule your own diary, so you can meet with colleagues and clients in a variety of locations. You’ll access digital folders and resources on your Council laptop and will be able to access the network wherever you are based. Working from home will be common, as well as meeting your team in the office where necessary.

About you

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the following qualifications, experience and skills:

  • Minimum of a 2:2 BSC degree in Occupational Therapy or COT Diploma qualification, or equivalent
  • Knowledge of Occupational Therapy practice, best practice frameworks and guidance, relevant legislation, systems and initiatives
  • Accurate record keeping and report writing skills
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and co-ordinate a range of activities in relation to clinical and non-clinical commitments
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Knowledge of applied social, health and medical sciences required for the practice of Occupational Therapy, including psychology, anatomy, physiology and sociology

No previous Community Occupational Therapy or post qualification experience required. However, considered a welcome bonus!

Please see the attached job summary for full details.

Other information

For more information about this role, and for an informal discussion, please contact Team Manager - Tom Judge via email: [email protected]

You will be required to apply for a DBS at an enhanced level. Further information about the DSB Scheme can be found at GOV.UK

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare:

  • All unspent convictions and conditional cautions
  • All spent convictions and adult cautions that are not protected (i.e. that are not filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2020).

For further information on filtering please refer to Nacro guidance and the guidance published by the Ministry of Justice (see, in particular, the section titled ‘Exceptions Order’).

We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.

Buckinghamshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk.

Our values

We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are – Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.

By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:

  • a fair and inclusive culture
  • the chance to really make a difference to those around you
  • health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
  • a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
  • ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
  • opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events

At Buckinghamshire Council, we know that our biggest strength comes from the people that work for us, and that’s why we’re working hard to ensure we continue to be an accessible and inclusive organisation.

From dedicated staff networks overseen by our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group, to proudly standing as a Disability Confident employer, it’s important to us that all our colleagues feel engaged, listened to, and valued. Our offer of flexible working empowers a productive and happy workforce and allows employees to combine work with other responsibilities and commitments.

We believe our workforce should reflect the diverse communities we service in Buckinghamshire, and are looking for like-minded individuals to join us in promoting equality, fairness, and inclusion for everyone.

About the Service Area

Our Occupational Therapy services have undergone a significant transformation in the last few years. As we adapt to working more closely with the community and supporting people near to where they live, we have created more roles in the team to fulfill the demand for Occupational Therapy support. In 2020/21 alone, 6,399 residents were provided with equipment to help them feel safe and confident in their homes and remain as independent as possible.

We have developed a new career progression framework to encourage staff ambition and development, and to establish the conditions to deliver outstanding practice, we have reduced the numbers that managers supervise and the caseloads the team has. This has allowed us to have more contact with our residents.

If you are a great people person, familiar with working to a strength-based approach where you think outside of the box and enable people to prevent, reduce or delay the need for care, Occupational Therapy is one of the most rewarding services in our Adults and Health directorate.

We recognise and reward you

In these challenging times, we must remain connected as a team. From day one, you’ll be offered a ‘buddy’ who will be a friendly face to support you through your induction and new working world. The wellbeing of our colleagues is very important to us and we encourage you to take control of your work-life balance and adopt a flexible approach where possible.

We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. 

Benefits of working for Buckinghamshire:

  • Free parking across all of our office sites 
  • HCPC fees paid 
  • Up to 25 days’ annual leave (plus bank holidays) rising to 30 days (plus bank holidays) after more than 5 years’ service
  • An attractive Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • Relocation allowance up to £8,000 (subject to eligibility)
  • New Car Lease Scheme
  • Development opportunities in key areas of specific lead roles, giving you the opportunity to learn new skills and to develop your practice
  • Travel discounts with Arriva