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Senior Occupational Therapist

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for Senior Occupational Therapists or Band 5's ready to progress to a Band 6 to join our team and help us to ensure that we meet the Trust's vision to provide every patient with the care we want for those we love the most.

This opportunity could be rotational or static but initially will start in the Acute Response team,

The rotation provides an excellent opportunity for occupational therapists to continue broadening their skills and to develop greater knowledge & skill sharing across teams. Each rotation is 8 months long and there will be the opportunity to rotate through all areas . The Band 6 rotation currently incorporates Cardiology, Neuroscience, Short Stay (Acute Medical Unit and Priority Assessment Unit), Acute Response Team (General Medicine/General Surgery/Older Peoples Medicine), Oncology, HomeFirst Discharge to Assess Team and Orthopaedics.

Main duties of the job

As an autonomous practitioner, you will:
  • provide a flexible and comprehensive service to a designated area
  • independently carry out specialised assessment and appropriate intervention for patients with complex needs incorporating physical, personal and psychological needs in relation to self-care, leisure and productivity
  • assess risks relating to the discharge process to ensure a safe and timely discharge of patients to the most appropriate setting
  • provide advice and information to patients/carers including instruction and training regarding use of equipment issued
  • carry out day to day supervision of qualified and unqualified staff

We are committed to providing the post holders with the opportunity to develop current/ new skills with access to in-service training and professional development. You will receive supervision and annual appraisal have access to peer support and encouragement to take an active role within your own continuing professional development.

About us

Join us at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and be part of a workforce of over 10,000 staff!

The NNUH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing first-class acute care for around one million people, living in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We are a teaching and research hospital, at the forefront of innovation, home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Quadram Institute. We are pleased to work closely with the University of East Anglia, providing teaching opportunities for our staff and placement opportunities for their students. We attract some of the best and leading professionals from across the country and are proud that our workforce represents 94 countries from across the world.

We are a friendly, collaborative hospital, working with local services and home to N& N Hospitals Charity

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:
  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream - access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To maintain a high standard of professional practice, working within the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
  • To be professionally and legally responsible for all aspects of your own work including accountability for the management of patients in your care as an autonomous practitioner
  • To have knowledge of evidence as a base for practice, participate in service / multidisciplinary audit and research within the clinical area and use knowledge gained to achieve optimum outcomes for Occupational Therapy.
  • To prioritise own caseload
  • To independently carry out specialised assessment and appropriate intervention for patients with complex needs incorporating personal, psychological and spiritual needs in relation to self-care, leisure and productivity.
  • To contribute to the differential diagnosis of complex patients through functional and cognitive assessments and determine treatment interventions based on this
  • To assess risks relating to the discharge process to ensure a safe and timely discharge of patients to the most appropriate setting.
  • To manage challenging situations including emotional, verbal and physical conflicts and understand own need for support
  • To overcome barriers and communicate sensitive information effectively with patients and carers/family. This requires the use of appropriate specialist communication skills of negotiation, motivation, explanation and the gaining of informed/implied consent.
  • To communicate with multidisciplinary /outside agencies and arrange appropriate follow up to provide a flexible seamless service.

Please see the attached job description for full details.

Person Specification



  • BSc OT/ MSc OT or BSc PT/ MSc PT
  • Health Professions Council registration
  • Relevant post-graduate experience



  • Specialist clinical knowledge and experience in the relevant clinical area within the acute setting
  • Experience in a variety of specialties at Band 5 level including community or mental health setting
  • Experience of multidisciplinary team working



  • Supervisory skills
  • Caseload management and prioritisation

Attitude, aptitude


  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH's PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital


Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

Colney Lane



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