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Older Person’s Active Recovery Service Specialist Therapist

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Headington, Oxford
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a dynamic, forward thinking, enthusiastic experienced Band 5 or Band 6 Occupational Therapist with a specialist interest in older people to join our supportive and friendly integrated physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy team. The job role offers a broad range of experience across both short stay wards as well as more specialist complex medicine units.

You will need to have a sound basic knowledge of common pathologies aging, falls and frailty and ability to apply your knowledge from a number of disciplines including neurology, trauma, musculoskeletal and respiratory areas. You will need to have high levels of professionalism and strong communication skills to work effectively in this role as part of the multidisciplinary team.

You will be actively encouraged to participate in CPD, audit, service development and supervision and teaching of junior staff the wider MDT including students from Coventry and Oxford Brookes Universities. A culture of continuous service development and education for all grades of staff underpins our team ethos. Our team has a number of exciting new and existing projects including the early delivery of active recovery and programmes to maximise a patients physical and cognitive abilities as well as engaging in the healthy and active ageing theme of the departments research and innovation unit.

The trust core values of delivering compassionate excellence are integral to the service.

Main duties of the job

To provide high quality, safe and effective Occupational Therapy services to older adults, as part of a cohesive multi-professional team.

To work collaboratively with patients and their carers to effectively assess, goal plan and treat patients following admission to hospital and strive to maximise their independence and quality of life.

To supervise and teach recently qualified Occupational Therapists, support workers and Occupational Therapy students

To actively participate in quality improvement, clinical audit and research projects

To take an active part in the team's extended hours and seven-day working roster to maximise the access and delivery of older adult rehabilitation.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustis one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research. Find out more

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities


1. To consistently deploy effective communication and engagement skills enabling effective working relationships with all members of the multi-professional team.

2. To effectively communicate with patients and their carers/family members, including the sensitive management of complex or contentious issues.

3. To overcome barriers to effective communication, such as those caused by pathological impairment or language differences, by deploying effective mitigating strategies.

4. To engage and build relationships with external agencies and providers to enhance patient care continuity and outcomes.

5. To be able to motivate and positively influence others through effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

6. Be able to write complex reports accurately describing patients clinical status and ensuring that the information provided aids effective continuing care and clinical management.

  • To enact the professional and legal responsibilities for all aspects of the post-holders own clinical practice.
  • To carry out comprehensive assessments following hospital admission, including those with complex presentations, and form treatment and rehabilitation plans in partnership with the patient and their carers/family.
  • To interpret and analyse multiple sources of clinical information to form accurate Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy diagnoses in older adult care drawing on guidance from senior Therapists when required.
  • To formulate and deliver comprehensive treatment, rehabilitation and discharge plans, based on clinical skills, evidence-based practice, and patient preferences.
  • To evaluate patient progress against agreed treatment goals and be able to modify plans accordingly.
  • To determine a patients mental capacity to understand and to gain informed consent for treatment. To work within a legal framework with patients who lack the capacity to consent and are deprived of their liberty.
  • To co-ordinate intervention where there is a need to collaborate across multiple disciplines.
  • To maintain accurate written records using an electronic patient record system and maintain fidelity to professional standards.
  • To determine and mitigate for risk of patient and staff harm using the agreed risk assessment frameworks and the Trusts manual handling policy.
  • To demonstrate physical ability to carry out Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy assessment and interventions including manual therapy techniques and therapeutic handling
  • To demonstrate highly developed dexterity, co-ordination and palpatory skills for assessment and manual treatment of patients
  • To represent physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy and/or individual patients at multi disciplinary team meetings, to ensure delivery of co-ordinated care.
  • To be an integral part of the teams extended hours and seven-day service provision
  • Leadership and management
    1. To be responsible for the competent use and maintenance of rehabilitation equipment and support others in the effective and safe use of this equipment.

    2. To assist in the supervision, teaching and appraisal of junior staff and assistants.

    3. To undertake delegated tasks and roles from the team lead and be able to deputise for them on occasions.

    4. To effectively plan and organise own time, patient caseload, meetings, training and be able to adjust plans as required according to staffing levels and unpredictable factors.

    5. To assist in the planning of junior staff, students and assistant timetables and deputise for senior staff in organisational duties.

    Education and training

    1. To organise and contribute to the teams training and post-registration education programme.

    2. To contribute to the education of multidisciplinary groups, patients, families and carers as appropriate.

    3. To be responsible for individual undergraduate student physiotherapists supervision and practice-based learning.

    4. To adopt a proactive approach in learning from others within, and outside of the physiotherapy profession.

    5. To be responsible for continuing professional development and maintain a portfolio record to evidence this.

    6. To maintain contemporary knowledge to apply and maintain best practice in older adult care and rehabilitation.
    Research and development
    1. To actively participate in the departments quality improvement and clinical audit programme through the completion of authorised projects.

    2. To implement and maintain evidenced-based physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy practice through continuing professional development.

    3. To ensure good working knowledge and application of national and local clinical standards.

    Person Specification



    • oDegree in Occupational Therapy
    • oRegistered with the Health & Care Professions Council
    • oEvidence of continuing professional development - post graduate level



    • oBroad range of experience at band 5 level including core areas, such as respiratory, orthopaedics, neurology, older adults
    • oExperience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
    • oWorking with students and support workers

    Knowledge and skills


    • oUp to date with best practice in older adult rehabilitation

    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

    Oxford University NHS Foundation Trust


    John Radcliffe Hospital

    Headley Way

    Headington, Oxford

    OX3 9DU

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