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Senior Occupational Therapist - Frailty

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an emerging Band 5 or an existing band 6 who would like to explore a more rewarding managerial and clinical challenge? As part of the frailty agenda, we have a fantastic opportunity to recruit a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to work within the Acute Frailty Team here at Bedford Hospital. We are a close working team with a band 7 Occupational Therapy Team Lead, rotational band 5's and supportive highly skilled therapy technicians to support.

Main duties of the job

The Occupational Therapy Team specialise in complex assessment and discharge planning throughout the hospital. As an OT within the frailty team, you will work as part of the larger MDT to ensure high quality care, treatment and interventions for this particularly vulnerable group. Specialising in MCAs and cognitive dementia assessments to ascertain discharge plans you will have the specialist skills to make high risk decisions. You will also be supporting band 5's to develop these skills.

You will need to be able to work in an autonomous way to facilitate good communication and effectively link with multiple on site and external teams. As well as frailty you will have the chance to work with our exciting brand new Prevention of Deconditioning team and will also have the opportunity to be involved in service development and audit alongside our newly appointed Practice Development OT.

High quality clinical supervision is provided for all our staff. You will be supported with your professional development and training by the Team Managers and the Professional Lead OT.

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A& E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarise yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of your work including management of patient caseloads. Formulate and develop individual treatment programmes underpinned by sound knowledge of evidence-based practice and using a range of treatment options. Use clinical reasoning skills and evaluate outcomes of treatments to continually reassess and develop treatment programmes. Establish an accurate prognosis and recommend best course of treatments in addition to developing comprehensive treatment and discharge plans. Use a large range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate with patients to progress and gain participation with rehabilitation treatment programmes. This will include patients who have difficulties in understanding and communicating. To be responsible for management of clinical risk of your own caseload. To work within Trust and Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT) guidelines, have a good working knowledge of national and local standards and monitor own and other working practices in liaison with Senior Occupational Therapists To be responsible for the safe and competent use of all equipment. To be responsible for maintaining own competencies through CPD activities. To be responsible for teaching student occupational therapists to graduate level on knowledge and skills within your department.

Person Specification



  • HCPC Registered
  • BSC Hons Occupational Therapy or Diploma in Occupational Therapy


  • Leadership course
  • Manual handling qualification



  • Significant experience working in an Acute environment
  • Understanding and ability to apply process OT
  • Experience of MDT working
  • Variety of relevant clinical experience


  • Supervising practice placements for O.T. students
  • Previous audit experience



  • IT literate including knowledge of Microsoft office tools
  • Demonstrate a pragmatic approach to a range of unpredictable situations
  • Professional and customer care skills
  • Able to deal with variety of environmental factors
  • Ability to prioritise work load and delegate tasks appropriately


  • Experience of services development



  • Communicating sensitive information to staff, patients or carers.
  • Be able to undertake moderate physical effort throughout day

Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Bedford Hospital South Wing

Kempston Road


MK42 9DJ

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