Occupational Therapist - Musgrove Park Hospital

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a qualified (or newly qualified) Occupational Therapist looking for a new role in a Trust that really supports your career development?

We are looking for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join our Acute Surgical and Orthopaedic Team.

We are one of the larger Teams within the Occupational Therapy Department at Musgrove Park Hospital and within our team, you will have the opportunity to specialise as a Band 5.

The clinical caseload includes Vascular surgery, Amputees, Urology, colorectal, Elective Orthopaedics, Major Trauma Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeries.

Patients on our Surgical and Orthopaedic caseload are often complex with multiple comorbidities and frailty which will utilise and develop your core skills.

This is a static full-time post which allows for a varied and interesting caseload within a supportive team.

This static position will suit a therapist who wishes to develop skills and gain experience working within a more specific area. We recognise that a rotational post is not for everyone, and there can be numerous advantages to choosing a static position.

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust are working to get Occupation at the core of our practice, and we'd love for you to join us! Come and join a service with active peer support groups and opportunities to get involved in service development.

If you share this aspiration and would like to join our team, please apply and/or contact Siobhan Fisher (Joint Team Lead) to find out more on 01823 342987.

Main duties of the job

Our Occupational Therapists are patient centred, and we support patients through assessments and rehabilitation, education and advice to optimise and maintain their independence in their day-to-day life.

We provide specialist assessment and planning intervention, cognition and perceptual assessment in relation to functional task, collaborative working with patient and carer, equipment recommendation, education and care support, risk assessment in hospital and if appropriate, patient's home setting. We also work closely with our Physiotherapy team and our community services across Somerset.

As a Band 5 in the Surgical and Orthopaedic Team you would have responsibility for your own caseload and undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner, working without direct supervision but having access to a Senior Occupational Therapist on a daily basis and participating in the Service's formal Professional Supervision & Appraisal Programme.

The post holder will be expected to make clinical judgements which require analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of different treatment techniques and options, to establish physical and cognitive functional levels. These will include personal, domestic, vocational and leisure activities of daily living, assessment and provision of assistive equipment.

In addition, to carry out standardised assessments to diagnose physical and cognitive functional levels.

About us

Now is an exciting time to join us as we have officially merged with Yeovil District Hospital, making us one of the largest UK NHS providers and giving our employee's plenty of opportunities to develop within our Occupational Therapy services, spanning across the county of Somerset.

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, continuing professional development and regular informal conversations around career progression, annual recognition awards to celebrateand recognise our colleagues' achievements throughout the year and not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

We work hard to make sure that inclusion is part of everything we do. We know that true inclusion means we're able to provide the best care for our patients and provide a fulfilling career for all our colleagues.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities


To undertake comprehensive assessment of patients including those with diverse or complex presentations/multiple pathologies, eg. Complex social situations, end of life care, people with lower limb amputations, elective orthopaedic surgery and trauma.

The post holder will be expected to make clinical judgements which require analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of different treatment techniques and options, to establish physical and cognitive functional levels. These will include personal, domestic, vocational and leisure activities of daily living, assessment and provision of assistive equipment.

Formulate and deliver an individual occupational therapy treatment programme using clinical assessment, reasoning skills and knowledge of treatment skills e.g. activity analysis of functional skills, patient education, manual handling techniques and other alternative options. To do this taking into account the persons own goals and those of the multidisciplinary team to predict achievable outcomes and recommend the best course of intervention.

Assess a persons understanding of treatment intervention/goals, gain valid informed consent from the patient and have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment, e.g. those people with cognitive difficulties.

The post holder will continually reassess and evaluate the persons progress through assessment and intervention. Treatment programmes will be altered as a result of this.

To carry out clinical risk assessments for patients on own caseload and take action to effectively manage identified risks, eg. Patients who are difficult to transfer and aggressive patients.


The post holder will be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through Continual Professional Development (CPD) activities, such as external/internal training courses, literature reviews and maintain a portfolio which reflects personal development and complies with the requirements for the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration as an Occupational Therapist.

Maintain and develop current knowledge of evidence based practice, developing and building on core knowledge of particular conditions and patient types. The post holder will ensure awareness of and comply with the Trusts and local teams policies and procedures relating to clinical governance and that their requirements, along with nationally recognised professional standards, are incorporated within clinical practice.

To ensure continuing professional expertise and standards by conducting literature reviews and by attending and/or presenting at in-service training.

To actively take part in monthly professional clinical groups, such as peer review groups and other development activities, through administrative duties such as chair and minute taker on a rota system, presentation of patient case studies, feedback from training and discussion around relevant topics.

To undertake the measurement and evaluation of own work and current practices through active participation in supervision and peer review using case presentation, article reviews, evidence based practice projects with support and guidance from senior therapists.

To deliver group education/treatment sessions for service users, carers, nursing staff and others, both formally and informally, as and when required.

The post holder will keep comprehensive treatment records for all patients who have been referred for Occupational Therapy in accordance with Royal College of Occupational Therapy standards of practice and local Trust Policy. This will involve recording information in the service users paper or electronic records.

To maintain patient attendance and treatment using the electronic Maxims/Rio information system and to be competent in the use of and actively access the electronic communication systems within the service and the Trust.

To participate, through verbal information and demonstration, in the clinical education of Occupational Therapy Students to graduate level. To provide support, guidance and training to support staff and to deliver the Occupational Therapy component of the training for multidisciplinary or multi agency staff. This may be in a formal or informal basis.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy and registration with HCPC
  • Documented evidence of Continual Professional Development (CPD)



  • Application of the OT process in the acute clinical setting
  • Use of both standardised and non-standardised occupational therapy performance assessments and activity analysis
  • Critical appraisal of own performance
  • Flexibility to work in areas to meet service demand
  • Knowledge of moving and handling skills
  • Evidence of team work


  • Experience of supervising others
  • Experience of working in an acute hospital setting

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Musgrove Park Hospital



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