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Paediatric Occupational Therapist

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for Band 5 Occupational Therapist 5 to be part of an acute occupational therapy team to develop and consolidate graduate skills within the setting of acute paediatrics based at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

We are looking for a motivated Occupational Therapist to join our team at UHBW NHS Foundation Trust (CQC rated Good). You role will be to provide Occupational Therapy services to children and young people admitted to our medical and surgical wards with a focus in Trauma and Orthopaedics (including complex major trauma). There will also be opportunities for you to spend time with other specialities led by specialist OT's including neurosciences, burns, rheumatology, neonatal care and rare bone disease. After the initial 12 months, this post may also have the opportunity to rotate across to specialities within adult services as part of the wider UHBW trust.

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children is a specialised tertiary centre, taking the most complex referrals from both local and national centres. We are the paediatric major trauma centre for the South West of England and host a range of specialised services. You will work within a therapy team with a vast amount of experience with access to regular clinical supervision and a range of training opportunities. You must be an effective team player with excellent communication and organisational skills.

Main duties of the job

  • Work as a member of the acute occupational therapy team, supporting in-patients predominantly in the speciality of Major Trauma and Orthopaedics with opportunities in other acute specialities as caseload permits.
  • To provide a comprehensive inpatient and out-patient Occupational Therapy service consisting of assessment, intervention and discharge planning for a designated caseload of children and young people.
  • To co-ordinate with local and out of area community and social services occupational therapy teams in order to: facilitate safe discharge, obtain equipment and to ensure appropriate follow-up is in place after discharge.
  • To work within a multi-disciplinary team approach acting as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To assist in the development of Occupational Therapy Services
  • After the initial 12 months in Paediatrics, the post holder may rotate to medical and surgical specialities within adult services as part of the wider UHBW Trust.

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, main responsibilities, and person specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration with HCPC


  • Membership of RCOT
  • Evidence of relevant post graduate continued professional development

Knowledge & Experience


  • Clinical experience across a range of specialities at undergraduate or postgraduate level
  • Experience of in-patient management and hospital discharge planning


  • Clinical experience of working with children and young people
  • Post graduate clinical experience working within core acute specialities of orthopaedics and/or major trauma
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary team and making multi-agency referrals
  • Experience in prescribing specialist equipment

Skills and Abilities


  • Proven desire to work in paediatric environment
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Evidence of caseload prioritisation


  • Ability to assess for basic ADL equipment

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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