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Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist in Orthopaedics

Barts Health NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 Per annum inc
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Physiotherapist, Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity to join our dynamic, forward thinking therapy team who proudly demonstrate WE CARE Values under the Therapy vision of:

To be the Heart of NEL, empowering people to live their best life, committed to innovative development of our staff and services with transparency. Think of us as part of your caring family as we are proud to be one.

Whipps Cross is the centre of excellence for frailty. We are looking for an experienced B6 or B7 OT who can co-lead the integrated team of OTs, PTs & support workers in Orthopaedics. Orthopaedics is part of the Surgical Division which also includes Critical Care, Surgery & Amputees under one Clinical Lead. The successful candidate will work closely with the other B7 therapists in the Surgical Division to further develop therapy provision & standards.

Applicants will need to hold current HCPC registration, have broad clinical skills including recent acute orthopaedic experience, have worked in the NHS or similar health service at senior level. There is a strong commitment to staff training & service improvement with support for leadership development.

The therapy service is a rostered service to ensure 7-day provision covered between 8am - 6pm. The postholder would be rostered for weekend working but no more frequently than 1 in 4 weekends with time off in lieu during the week.

Please contact: Helena Train, Clinical Lead OT/PT Surgical Division ( 020 8539 5522 ext 6678 or by email:

Main duties of the job

To play a major and specialist role in the advanced assessment, treatment, clinical management and discharge planning of patients admitted to the orthopaedic wards determining clinical diagnosis, functional deficits, treatment programs and discharge planning.

To take a proactive, positive risk taking approach with advanced risk assessment skills in discharge planning and support the less experienced therapists to do the same.

To have advanced therapeutic skills to manage patients appropriately and to impart this knowledge to less experienced therapists.

To complete assessment, management and discharge plans for patients across the speciality and support the clinical leads in providing training and support for other therapy staff and the MDT.

To be dynamic in developing efficient and effective occupational therapy working processes to assist in producing a fully multi-professional team approach and to lead on the development of the team in line with team objectives.

To work with the clinical lead OT / PT to develop the service to best meet changing health and social care agendas in line with the focus on frailty.

The post holder is responsible for the occupational therapy team and jointly responsible for the assistant staff within orthopaedics.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification



  • Extensive post registration experience working in an acute hospital setting in the NHS or similar health service
  • Recent experience working at senior level (band 6 or 7) in an acute ward environment
  • Highly developed acute skills with post registration experience in relevant specialties including orthopaedics and frailty
  • Experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience and confidence working within a high pressured and fast paced environment
  • Experience supervising and appraising staff and students
  • Experience of audit / research
  • Documented evidence of CPD, in accordance with HCPC recommendations


  • Experience in working within a transdisciplinary environment

Knowledge & Skills


  • Good knowledge of current best practice in OT in relevant settings with specialist clinical skills in orthopaedics
  • In depth knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to client group
  • Ability to take a proactive approach to assessment and discharge planning
  • Ability to lead & motivate a
  • Understanding & application of risk management
  • Ability to pass on knowledge & deliver training both internally within profession & externally to other staff groups
  • Ability to organise, prioritise & delegate, and to support other staff in this
  • IM& T skills
  • Ability to deal challenging situations and with emotional / aggressive patients / carers
  • Able to demonstrate resilience
  • Be able to demonstrate flexibility and reliability
  • Understand legal responsibilities of the profession & associated code of ethics


  • Transdisciplinary therapy assessment skills



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)


  • Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT)

Personal and People Development


  • Committed to lifelong learning & self directed learning
  • After induction to be able to actively participate in the Trust's appraisal system
  • Committed to personal and team development


  • Member of a specific interest group
  • Committee membership eg. Risk management



  • Ability to work a 37.5 hour week across seven days
  • Ability to present information both orally and written in a clear and logical manner
  • Ability to keep accurate and legible patient notes
  • Ability to gain patients trust and confidence and feeling of safety about their care
  • Sufficient to perform the duties of the post with any aids and adaptations

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Whipps Cross Hospital


E11 1NR

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