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Specialist Occupational Therapist (Burns/Plastics)

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our established burns and plastics therapy team.We are looking to recruit a motivated, flexible and innovative Occupational Therapist to work within our friendly, supportive, integrated burns and plastics team.

The post involves working in the regional burns unit, presenting an excellent opportunity to join an experienced multi-disciplinary team working with burn injuredchildrenfrom 0-16 years. This post also provides support for the plastic surgery service, including elective surgery, upper and lower limb trauma and hand injuries.

You will have a wide range of experience and have worked in a multi-disciplinary team, be enthusiastic, dynamic and adaptable, have a keen interest in ongoing learning and have experience in supervising and managing assistant staff and students.

You will find a strong commitment to professional training and development, together with experienced peer group support.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a specialised and high standard of occupational therapy care as a member of the therapy team and multi-professional teams within the sub specialities of burns & plastics.
  • To perform advanced therapeutic assessments of children presenting with a wide range of conditions and problems.
  • To provide a diagnosis of the problem related to therapeutic intervention.
  • To develop highly skilled knowledge in order to deliver an individualised treatment programme for each child.
  • To independently manage a personal caseload of children working without direct supervision.
  • To access the advice, training and support from more senior therapists available but also undertake clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To participate in the Burns, Orthopaedics, Plastics and limb reconstruction Sunday working rota.

About us

Sheffield Children's is one of three independent, specialist paediatric hospitals in the country, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.

We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision to create a healthier future for children and young people.
  • Outstanding patient care
  • Brilliant place to work
  • Leader in children's health

Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.

We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place. Colleagues are encouraged to join these groups and request flexible working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of own work, including the management of children in your care.
  • To undertake advanced clinical assessments of children and use advanced clinical reasoning skills and manual assessment techniques to provide an accurate diagnosis of the specific problems related to therapeutic intervention.
  • To design and deliver an individualised treatment programme based on specialist knowledge of evidenced based practice and treatment options using clinical assessment, reasoning skills and knowledge of treatment options.
  • To independently manage a caseload of children, including those children with more complex presentations and be responsible for providing advanced assessment and treatment plans.
  • To analyse clinical and non-clinical data to recommend best course of intervention, taking into account such factors as the prognosis, age of child, family / carers circumstances, environmental factors etc.
  • To develop comprehensive discharge / transfer plans as appropriate.
  • To prescribe, design and fabricate splints using a variety of materials including low temperature thermoplastics to prevent deformity and enhance function with due regard to child safety during manufacture and wearing.
  • To provide scar management utilising a range of treatment techniques.
  • To gain valid informed consent and work within a legal framework for patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.
  • To appreciate how different religious beliefs, cultures, emotions, and changing social circumstances can affect models of intervention.
  • To be proficient in the use of a range of verbal and non-verbal communication skills to communicate effectively with children / parents / carers / teachers / support assistants.
  • To posses highly developed communication and interpersonal skills required to ensure the delivery of effective care, taking into account the complexity and variety of difficulties presented e.g. age, physical, emotional, cultural, cognitive, social and behavioural.
  • To effectively communicate, negotiate and explain the assessment findings and treatment plans in a non-judgmental and considered manner to children / parents / carers and other agencies e.g. GPs, Consultants, social care and education services which may occasionally include issues regarding child protection.
  • To provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to relatives, carers and other professionals to promote understanding of the aims of therapy, and to ensure a consistent approach to patient care.
  • To evaluate the childs progress, reassess and alter treatment as required, monitoring treatment using sound measurement and validated outcomes measures.
  • To work within Trust and BAOT clinical guidelines, have a good working knowledge of national and local standards and monitor own and others quality of practice as required.
  • To be part of the 6-day service rota (weekend working) in addition to the weekly contracted hours.
  • To be responsible for maintaining accurate and comprehensive patient records in line with local and BAOT standards of practice.
  • To represent the physiotherapy & occupational therapy service or individual children at various multi-disciplinary meetings, to ensure the delivery of an integrated approach to treatment. This will involve discussion of the childs progress, aims and objectives, treatment planning plus discharge / transfer arrangements as appropriate.
  • To be responsible for the safe and competent use of all equipment, aids and appliances and ensure that assistants / students / children / carers using such equipment attain competency through training and supervision.

  • To undertake risk assessments on a daily basis, for example work space, equipment, patients and self, using judgement skills to make the necessary adjustments in line with health and safety regulations.
  • To comply with the Health and Safety at work regulations and all other health, safety and security standards in accordance with Trust policies.
  • To treat as confidential all information obtained during the course of duties undertaken.
  • To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through CPD activities and maintain a portfolio which reflects personal development.
  • To teach, assess and contribute to the performance assessment and appraisal of therapy and assistant staff.
  • To undertake the measurement and evaluation of your work and current practices through the use of evidenced based practice projects, audit and outcome measures, either individually or with more senior colleagues.
  • To be an active member of the in-service training programme by attendance at and participation in formal learning, supervision sessions, peer review / support and external courses.
  • To undertake, as directed the collection of activity data for service management and other data for use in audit or research.
  • To manage and undertake audit and research into specific areas of clinical practice and service delivery using a range of methodologies as part of multi-disciplinary audit / research and departmental initiatives.
  • To be actively involved in professional clinical groups such as the journal club, action learning set, BAOT clinical interest groups, Burns Therapy Interest Group and other professional development activities.
  • To provide clinical education and training to physiotherapy / occupational therapy students.
  • To provide support, guidance and training to rotational and assistant therapy staff, assessing and evaluating competence.

  • To be responsible for the supervision and delegation of appropriate tasks to team members and students.
  • To ensure that your own practice and that of any staff / students under your supervision meets the required professional standards and BAOT / CSP rules of professional conduct.
  • To deputise for the Advanced Physiotherapist / Occupational Therapist in their absence, taking responsibility for operational management of the area to meet service priorities daily.
  • To be responsible for organising and planning own caseload to meet service and patient priorities, readjusting plans as situations change / arise.
  • To contribute to the development, implementation and promotion of departmental and Trust policies and procedures
  • To ensure effective use of time, resources and organisational skills in order to promote an organised and efficient working environment.

For further information please contact Debbie Smith on 0114 2717148 or via email

Inclusive Recruitment & Selection

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and accurate data capture is an important part of that to ensure we are supportive and representative. Our aim is to ensure that all applicants can see themselves in the available categories on our application form, but we recognise that some of our data capture fields are not inclusive. We have flagged this with our system provider to ask for change.

We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager:

We are continually reviewing our recruitment & selection process to support the long-term aim of Sheffield Childrens being a champion of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. If you have any ideas for improvement, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert at

Trust Values

The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:
  • Compassion leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect
  • Accountability striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility
  • Respect value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion
  • Excellence delivering a high-quality standard of care

Person Specification



  • HCPC registration.
  • Diploma / Degree in Occupational Therapy.
  • Evidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio including attendance at recent, relevant postgraduate courses and in-service training.
  • Portfolio evidence of reflective practice.


  • Membership of RCOT / BAOT.
  • Membership of BBA.
  • Involvement in special interest groups



  • Variety of significant post graduate general experience and a working knowledge of a broad variety of clinical conditions.
  • Some experience of burns and or plastics.
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Student / assistant supervision.


  • Significant Burns and plastics.
  • Paediatrics / working with children.
  • Splinting.
  • Orthopaedics and Limb reconstruction.
  • Involvement in audit, research or service evaluation.



  • Understanding of the legal responsibilities of the profession.
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and it's implications for services.
  • Understanding of family / team dynamics and how to develop working relationships with all involved in the child's care.
  • Understanding of the impact of disability / hospitalisation on children and their families.
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