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Specialist Occupational Therapist – Acute Therapy Team

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity within the Acute Therapy Service at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for you to be a part of our Acute Therapy Team, covering Accident & Emergency (A&E), Same Day Emergency care (SDEC), Enhanced Care Unit (ECU) and the Acute Medical Unit (AMU).

The successful candidate will be a dynamic and motivated, can provide decisive and effective therapy input, excellent communication skills, a flexible approach and an ability to work under pressure, both as part of a team and independently. Any successful candidate will be expected to participate in 7-day services. The organisation is fully committed to staff development. A robust supervision and appraisal system is in place in addition to in-service training.

University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is located right in the heart of London's West End and is easily accessible with excellent rail, underground and road links.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist (OT) who can work autonomously and has the relevant knowledge, skills and motivation to help deliver and develop the acute therapy service within this fast paced and dynamic department.

This post would suit an OT who has completed their core rotations and who is looking to gain experience, consolidate their knowledge and develop their skills in a senior capacity. You will be supported by Band 7 and band 8 Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists, in addition to your peers.

About us

At UCLH we are committed to delivering top-quality patient care, excellent education and world class research. As an integral member of the Acute Therapy Service you will be supported in developing your leadership and clinical skills, to actively participate in service improvement and integration with community services and other providers. You will provide high quality Occupational Therapy input for patients, working autonomously when required.

We work jointly with Physiotherapists, and alongside all relevant members of our extensive multidisciplinary team (MDT), including Discharge Coordinators, Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Social Workers, Medical colleagues and specialist external agencies. This is a great opportunity to work and develop as an individual and as part of a MDT.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more information regarding the main responsibilities of the role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Qualifications


  • Degree/diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC Registration
  • Comprehensive knowledge of equipment


  • Member of a Special Interest Group
  • Fieldwork Educators course
  • Post graduate qualification in relevant subject

Skills & Abilities


  • Evidence of a clear understanding of the role of the Occupational Therapist in an acute hospital setting
  • Evidence of an understanding of the skills required to be an effective team member
  • Evidence of an understanding of the skills required ensuring effective communication
  • Evidence of an understanding of multi-disciplinary issues and knowledge of the skills required to work efficiently and effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Knowledge of current issues and legislation regarding health and social services.
  • The ability to demonstrate an understanding of Clinical Governance and its application to the work environment


  • Experience of the research and development process including audit



  • A wide-range of post-graduate work experience, including significant NHS experience.
  • Experience in 2 or more of the following areas: general medicine, emergency medicine, elderly medicine, rheumatology, orthopaedics, surgery, neurology, oncology and haematology
  • Experience of working in an acute setting as a Band 5
  • Experience of teaching and supervising students.


  • Previous experience of working as a Band 6
  • Previous experience of working in A&E and/or an Acute Medical Unit
  • Experience of teaching and supervising junior staff including the use of IPR.



  • To respond positively to changes in working practices.
  • Support, adapt and participate in evaluations/changes to services.
  • Ability to work flexibly across a 7 day rota
  • Demonstrates a flexible approach to service delivery needs.
  • Professionally fluent in written and oral English.
  • An active commitment to Equal Opportunities


  • Understands UCLH Trust Policies and Procedures.

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