Highly Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Due to maternity leave, a rare and exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 Paediatric Occupational Therapist to join the Paediatric Occupational Therapy Team based at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

As part of this forward thinking and innovative team you will be responsible for the delivery of a highly specialised Occupational Therapy services to children & young people under the care of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) and Rheumatology teams and will be instrumental in the continued provision and development of these services. You will also be a valued member of the small but specialist OT team, providing clinical support and education to band 6 and 5 Occupational therapists.

We are looking for an innovative, inclusive clinical leader who is passionate about delivering a high-quality patient centred service, someone with advanced skills, who is confident to challenge current practice and ensure that our patients receive up-to-date evidence-based treatments. In-service training programmes & staff appraisal systems are in operation to support your development to enable you to meet the demands of the post.

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children is a specialised tertiary centre, taking the most complex referrals from both local and national centres. We host a range of highly specialised services and have links to local universities. You will work within a therapy team with a vast amount of experience with easy access to wider teams at BRHC.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a highly specialised Occupational Therapy service including the assessment, treatment and management of children and young people with Osteogenesis Imperfecta and Rheumatological conditions, across the southwest.
  • To be a core member of the OI and Rheumatology MDT, assisting in the development, planning and progression of service provision, working across and within traditional professional and organisational boundaries in hospital, education, and community settings.
  • To act as a source of expertise and demonstrate advanced knowledge and experience in the highly skilled management of children presenting with Osteogenesis Imperfecta and rheumatology conditions.
  • To provide specialist advice and clinical education to other members of the multi-disciplinary team, presenting at local, national and international meetings.
  • To support the wider Paediatric Occupational Therapy Team as required

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration with Healthcare Professions council
  • Evidence of recent and relevant post graduate continued professional development


  • Registration with RCOT

Knowledge and Experience


  • Significant post graduate experience across a wide range of specialities
  • Experience of working within paediatrics at senior level (Band 6 or above)
  • Evidence of working within a multidisciplinary team with clear understanding of each disciplines roles and expectations
  • Previous experience of research, audit and/or service development


  • Experience working within a relevant speciality e.g. rheumatology, rare bone disease, hand therapy
  • Experience working in community settings e.g. schools
  • Evidence of hospital discharge planning and caseload prioritisation
  • Experience of prescribing specialist equipment including seating and wheelchairs
  • Experience of upper limb splinting

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Sound IT skills e.g Word, excel, virtual appointments
  • Proven responsibility for own decision making whilst working closely within a team
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently as an autonomous practitioner
  • Ability to Travel nationally

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Upper Maudlin Street



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