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Occupational Therapist (Rotational)

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Brighton and Haywards Heath
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
University Hospitals Sussex is a regional teaching hospital across several sites following recent merger of 2 large trusts.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our Band 5 rotational scheme, with a large range of specialist areas forming a comprehensive programme of six monthly rotations. These rotations are based across 3 of our sites in Brighton, Haywards Heath and Newhaven. .

You will work in a Team based structure with senior OT leads, but you will also be an integral part of the speciality MDT working closely with Physiotherapists to provide an integrated approach to rehabilitation and discharge.

We can offer:o A wide range of rotations including: Stroke Unit, Neuro-surgery, Sub-acute inpatient Neuro-rehab, Emergency Department and Hospital Rapid Discharge, Medical, Surgical, Respiratory, Dementia, Frailty and Re-ablement in our Community Ward.

o A supportive working environment with regular supervisiono Support to develop your own supervision skills o Opportunity to contribute to service development

If you are newly qualified and awaiting registration and OT PIN number, we may be able to start you as a Band 4 whilst you are waiting ,to avoid delay with start date.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you view this document and use it when completing the application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting. For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the job description and main responsibilities section below.

About us

Join us at UHSussex , every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To independently manage a caseload of patients with complex and variable needs.

To plan and implement effective assessment and treatment programmes using confident decision-making skills to rapidly determine suitable discharge plans.

To undertake comprehensive and timely assessments of patients responding rapidly to changes in patients clinical needs, functional needs and mental health status.

To be responsible for the implementation of the OT process assessment goal setting, therapeutic interventions and follow up of own caseload as needed.

To provide intervention in the following areas according to the patients specific needs with consideration given to their home environment/social support:

- assessment/provision of daily living equipment

- functional assessments physical, sensorimotor, cognitive / perceptual, interpersonal

- complex discharge planning to facilitate safe and time discharge

- counsel/advise on how to manage disability, lifestyle management

To develop effective therapeutic relationships with patients who may have complex cognitive, perceptual and behavioural needs demonstrating empathy and sensitivity to issues which may arise in hostile and emotive situations.

To communicate effectively with patients, relatives, carers and colleagues, demonstrating highly developed verbal and non-verbal skills to communicate often complex information, managing barriers to communication such as dysphasia, learning difficulties, cognitive or sensory difficulties, different languages, etc.

To represent the OT Department within Multi-Disciplinary Team, participating in relevant meetings/ward rounds, to contribute to planning of patient care and maintain a strong OT provision within the team.

To conduct same/next day follow-up home visits to facilitate safe discharge and prevent readmissions, including the rapid provision and fitting of necessary equipment and frequent lone working.

To provide advice and demonstration to patients and carers in the use of equipment and other techniques to optimise patients functional ability, independence and safety.

To identify and justify when a patient does not require OT intervention but needs other multi-disciplinary input or referrals to other services.

To refer to Community Services as appropriate to address ongoing needs on discharge and manage risks at home.

To be prepared to work on a short-term basis in other areas in the hospital, times of staff shortages and according to service needs.

To be able to manage own time and caseload effectively.

To participate in a 7-day rota.

-- Please see Job Description & Person Specs for full details --

Person Specification



  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy OR in final year of MSc or BsC in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registered or as student in the process of getting registered



  • oWorking in a variety of clinical settings



  • oRelevant knowledge and experience from practice placements
  • oWorking in a multi-disciplinary team
  • oAbility to formulate treatment goals and carry out intervention within an OT framework
  • oProduce clear, concise written and verbal reports
  • oAbility to prioritise caseload on a daily basis.
  • oBe able to manage time effectively and demonstrate good organisational skills.
  • oIT skills


  • prescription of daily living equipment
  • car driver
  • group work skills

Personal Attributes


  • oAble to use own initiative
  • oWillingness to learn and develop new skills

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Royal Sussex/Princess Royal Hospital

Brighton and Haywards Heath


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