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Band 7 - Occupational Therapist - Medical Team

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,574 to £49,587 a year including 5% High Cost Allowance
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a qualified Occupational Therapist enthusiastic and passionate about working with people in a fast-paced, acute care setting? Are you confident in your clinical skills and complex cases/discharge planning, to be able to offer clinical expertise, training, advice and support to more junior members of the team?

Do you have excellent communication and time management skills? Are you able to problem solve with effective interpersonal and leadership skills?

If so, you might be what we are looking for.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, experienced Occupational Therapist to join our dynamic inpatient therapy team at Watford General Hospital. The post covers the medical wards which comprises Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Cardiology, Haematology, Rheumatology and general medical.

Main duties of the job

The inpatient therapy service would welcome applications for this full time post, but those interested in part time are also welcome to apply. The post is part of 7 day working and would be included in that rota (frequency of 1:6 weekends) with rest days in the following week.

In terms of support and personal development, there are existing Band 7 Occupational Therapists within our department and a part time Band 7 already within the medical team. This provides peer support, as well as a well-established probationary, supervision and appraisal process. We also are able to support our Band 7 staff through the Trust's leadership and development programmes.

About us

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust! Major redevelopment works are due for completion by 2025 or soon after. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

The trust has recently gained 'teaching hospital' status which reflects the dedicated work of many teams and individuals who have set the standard for delivering high quality training, learning and education at all levels of the workforce.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities. If you need help, please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you do not hear back within 3 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To take a lead role in the advanced assessment and treatment of patients who may have diverse, chronic presentation and highly complex physical and psychological conditions. To determine clinical diagnosis and treatment indicated, and maintain records as an autonomous practitioner and ensure others do the same.

To plan, coordinate and evaluate the Occupational Therapy Service provided on a day-to-day basis.

To undertake a significant clinical caseload to a high professional standard, using specialist knowledge and skills from theoretical and practical experience.

To be responsible for supervision, education and assessment of Band 6 Occupational Therapists and to oversee the supervision and education of other more junior, support staff and student Occupational Therapists.

To undertake/lead evidence-based audit and research projects to develop and enhance personal and teams clinical practice within their area to make recommendations to Clinical Lead/Head of Service for changes to practice by the team to implement specific changes to practice to write and/or contribute to service protocols.

To participate and contribute to the Inpatient Therapy 7 day working rota.

Person Specification

Your application will be scored against the Job Description


  • Score 0 = does not meet the person specification, 1 = reserved meets some person specification requirements, 2 = Meets all person specification requirements.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Watford General Hospital


WD18 0HB

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