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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
Depending on experience Developmental Role
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

Specialist Occupational Therapist

Department: Therapies

Band 5 - 6 development role or Band 6 with appropriate experience/skills, pro rata if part-time

Hours: 26.25 per week (0.7 WTE) all MKUH roles will be considered for flexible working

Our Therapy Department is currently looking for an enthusiastic Band 6 Specialist Occupational Therapist to become part of our therapy team being established for our new Cancer Centre.

Working as part of a dedicated and skilled Cancer Services team you will be providing a holistic therapy approach to cancer patients in an mainly inpatient setting and supporting the Wellbeing centre and outpatient clinics as required. There is a strong expectation to collaborate with all members of the MDT to ensure the complex needs of patients are always at the centre of your care.Previous experience of working within an inpatient and cancer setting are essential. An ability to demonstrate a proactive flexible approach and to be able to work well on own initiative is essential.Demonstrable skills in service development are desirable, along with a keen interest in educating fellow healthcare colleagues.This rapidly expanding modern and busy unit offers many training opportunities for their staff, recent developments have led to opening of a new Cancer Centre which opened early 2020 .This developing service is supported by a forward thinking & supportive Management Team, NursePractitioners, Palliative Care Team & Macmillan Information and Support Centre.

Main duties of the job

This post is available as a Band 5 - 6 development role for experienced band 5 therapists looking to further their career. Specific training and competencies will be provided to support the transition between grades.

If you have the desire to be part of a team that will be developing leading cancer services in MiltonKeynes and a strong commitment to compassionate care we would love to hear from you.

We firmly believe in holistic care, complementary therapy, clinical psychology and Citizen Advice Bureau all have clinics in the unit. We also offer carers and patient support groups and will develop this role to participate in group sessions and clinics.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Laura Sturgeon, Inpatient TherapyService Lead, via Physiotherapy reception on 01908 995432 or alternatively

About us

You can expect a warm welcome at Milton Keynes University Hospital, our staff are friendly and welcoming. We listen to each other and work together to embed our Trusts values and behaviours. At MKUH we appreciate our staff and reward them with an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Free on-site parking
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Great flexible workingopportunities
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Lease car scheme
  • Generous annual leave and pension scheme
  • On site nursery (chargeable)
  • Extensive staff health and well-being programme

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the University of Buckingham, is a University Teaching Hospital; we conduct research and teaching on site to improve the care of our patients. The hospital is undergoing significant investment, and we are proud to be rated good by the CQC. Visit our website to catch up on our latest news.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be professional and legally accountable for all aspects of your own work including the management of patients in your care.

To undertake comprehensive holistic assessments for patients, including those with a complex presentation, using advanced investigative and analytical skills and to formulate individualised management and treatment plans, using clinical reasoning and utilising a wide range of treatment skills and options to formulate a specialised programme of care and signpost to other specialist services revaluating as appropriate. In particular with patients in the cancer service.

To comply with the College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through continuing professional development ( CPD) by keeping abreast of any new trends and developments and incorporate, as necessary, in your work. Maintain a portfolio which reflects personal development.

To comply with the College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through continuing professional development ( CPD) by keeping abreast of any new trends and developments and incorporate, as necessary, in your work. Maintain a portfolio which reflects personal development.

To be responsible for the supervision and co-ordination of band 5 staff, assistants and student on a daily basis in conjunction with the Therapy Lead.

Please refer to the job description for further details.

Person Specification

Qualifications and knowledge


  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered with UK Health and Care Professions Council
  • Evidence of CPD including attendance at recent post graduate courses relevant to the clinical/Cancer Services


  • Member of BAOT
  • Fieldwork Education training



  • Appropriate post registration experience in Cancer Services
  • NHS experience
  • Minimum of 6 months experience of working in an Acute Physical Occupational Therapy Department
  • Awareness of NHS & Trust systems, policies, procedures & current changes
  • Experience of providing support and education to patients and carers.
  • Experience of cognitive assessments
  • Experience of wheelchair and adaptive equipment assessment and provision.


  • Experience of supervision/mentoring to juniors / students
  • Experience of audit and research



  • Ability to build and develop effective working relationships and motivate staff
  • IT literacy (Microsoft word, email and internet)
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent personal organisation and time management skills
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Ability to cope with unpredictable and emergency situations
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Ability to interpret, analyse and respond effectively to complex information
  • Ability to appreciate the sensitivity and complexity of patient cultures and be able to provide a service appropriate to individual needs


  • Presentation skills with the ability to teach other staff including juniors, assistants and students
  • Understanding of audit & outcome measurement.

Personal and people development


  • Be able to reflect and critically appraise own performance and acknowledge own needs and limitations
  • Ability to critically appraise the performance of band 5 / unregistered staff and provide feedback and support as required



  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to influence others
  • Excellent communication skills E.g. verbal, non-verbal and written

Specific requirements


  • Able to perform the duties of the post with reasonable aids and adaptations
  • Current driving licence with insurance to cover business use.
  • Willingness to work flexibly

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