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Paediatric and Teenagers and Young Adults Occupational Therapist

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2023
Award-Winning Patient CareWe're world-renowned for our research and treatment of cancer and we have been awarded the Charter Mark for our commitment to excellence in patient care.

What can we provide for you?The opportunity to work within the largest cancer centre in Europe and to build on your existing skills and experience. You should have experience of working in the physical setting. The hospital encourages professional and personal development through an in-service education programme and support for study leave.

How do we work?We take a genuinely multiprofessional approach to the rehabilitation of patients with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.

This is a new post, dedicated to the rehabilitation of patients with neuro-oncology diagnoses. The post holder will be pivotal in the development of the neuro-oncology service as well as the key professional in providing Occupational Therapy input for the neuro-oncology patients as well as those with neurological deficits resulting from cancer and its treatment.

To make an informal enquiry or to visit us, please contact Denise Pessoa Silva, Head OT, on 020 8661 3090

Application pack please contact, please contact the Recruitment Bureau on 020 8643 5846 (24 hour answerphone), quoting reference number.

Main duties of the job

1.1 The Band 6 Occupational Therapist is an active member of a team that provides a high quality, evidence based occupational therapy service for children, teenagers and young adults with cancer.

1.2 As a skilled practitioner, the postholder is a source of knowledge and expertise for patients, relatives and colleagues of all disciplines.

1.3 With the support of the Band 7 Occupational Therapist, they will organise occupational therapy activities within a defined clinical area and will also liaise closely with all members of the multi-professional rehabilitation team in the provision of a specialist input to a variety of education programmes.

About us

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is a world-leading cancer centre. Our role is to offer our patients the best cancer care available anywhere in the world, and to continue to make a global contribution to finding better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer. We employ over 4,500 staff in a diverse range of careers including nursing, medical, science, radiography, pharmacy, occupational therapy, finance and administrative services. We have two hospitals - one in Chelsea, London, and one in Sutton, Surrey - as well as a Medical Daycare Unit in Kingston Hospital.

At The Royal Marsden, we deal with cancer every day, so we understand how valuable life is. When people entrust their lives to us, they have the right to demand the very best. That's why the pursuit of excellence lies at the heart of everything we do.

At the heart of the hospital is our dedicated team. We offer a stimulating and dynamic working environment, a wide range of staff benefits, learning and development opportunities and clear career pathways. There are opportunities to work flexibly across a range of areas and specialities and we welcome flexible working requests from point of hire to support employees work life balance. We are looking for employees who aspire to excellence, share our values and can play a crucial role in our on-going achievements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on this role, please see the attached detailed Job Description and Person Specification.

Undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.

2.1 Working autonomously in ward and outpatient settings to provide complex clinical assessment of the biomechanical, sensory, psychological, cognitive, perceptual and interpersonal deficits affecting the functioning of children, teenagers and young adults with cancer, their families and carers through the use of advanced clinical reasoning.

2.2 Developing and implementing individual specialised therapeutic rehabilitation programmes specific to patients needs based on activity analysis using a client-centred, problem solving approach.

2.3 Developing and implementing treatment and educational groups for people with cancer and their carers such as Health & Well Being groups.

2.4 Assessing and prescribing the complex wheelchair and specialist seating needs for example paralysis, dystonia, major surgery, extreme fatigue, pressure relief of patients with cancer.

2.5 Assessing, designing and fabricating static or dynamic splints specific to the individual patients needs to enable maintenance and improvement in upper limb functioning.

2.6 Liaising with multi professional team within the hospital and community, to achieve optimum rehabilitation outcomes and planned coordinated packages of support across health and social care.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy recognised by UK College of Occupational Therapists.
  • State Registration with Health Care Professions Council for Occupational Therapy.
  • Experience in general physical field with children and / or teenagers


  • Evidence of experience of dealing with oncology patients and their families / carers.
  • Evidence of experience in clinical supervision and appraisal.
  • Evidence of experience of principles and practice in audit, outcomes measurement and clinical governance.
  • Attended: Accredited wheelchair course.
  • Attended: Accredited splinting and hand therapy course
  • Membership of British Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Membership of OPC (Occupational Therapists specialist section in Oncology and Palliative Care)

Skills Abilities/knowledge


  • Knowledge of functional assessment and treatment techniques for oncology and palliative care patients, including physical, cognitive, psychosocial functional assessments and treatment, as well as specific symptom and lifestyle management techniques (e.g. relaxation, anxiety, breathlessness and fatigue management).
  • Risk assessment: Ability to carry out risk assessments concerning patients and staff safety, including Manual Handling.
  • Ability to assess risks associated with lone working, take responsibility for reporting to colleagues and ensuring self and patient are safe at all times
  • Developed clinical reasoning as well as analytical and creative problems solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills as required in an oncology and palliative care setting. Ability to deal with imparting bad news.
  • Ability to reflect on clinical practice.
  • Ability to work as part of a supportive team
  • Ability to work in a highly motivated, self directed manner on clinical and departmental activities.
  • Ability to prioritise and manage time effectively
  • Ability to fulfill supervisory role for undergraduate students.
  • Ability to teach both patients and carers in areas relating to rehabilitation.
  • Proven ability to prepare and deliver presentations and education sessions to health care colleagues and members of public.
  • Ability to enter data, prepare reports, formal written documentation and multi-media presentations.

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


The Royal Marsden Sutton



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