Band 7 Hand Therapist

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year /pro rata
Closing date
4 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
University Hospitals Dorset are looking for a Enhanced Clinical practitioner physiotherapist/Occupational therapist in Hand Therapy based at Christchurch Hospital.

This is a full time band 7 role based at Christchurch Hospital. The role is specifically to support the clinical development and governance of the Christchurch team but networking closely with another band 7 at Christchurch and band 7 hand therapists in Poole. There may be a requirement for working in another team site at times so flexibility is important.

We will consider a part time applicant for this role.

Rota: You will need to be available to work on Monday and Friday

Base Location: Christchurch Hospital

Interview Date: TBC

Main duties of the job

The Hand Therapy team at University Hospitals Dorset (UHD) NHS Foundation Trust is part of the Clinical support services Directorate with a supportive and progressive management structure. The Trust is currently in a transformation process whereby trauma services are being centralised on the Royal Bournemouth Hospital site. Hand therapy is currently delivered in dedicated hand Units as a predominantly out- patient service at Poole Hospital and Christchurch Hospitals therapy services departments. The team is led by and Consultant Hand therapist who works across both sites. UHD transformation will offer opportunities to also work at Bournemouth Hospital. Departmental objectives are founded upon the core principles of the clinical governance framework and Trust core values (The Poole Approach). Research activity, robust evidence based practice and national guidelines drive forward our vision and direct service delivery. The team is enhanced by close working relationships with other therapy teams in the same department.

The Hand Therapy Unit is part of an acute trust treating patients referred both from primary and secondary care. The caseload is interesting and varied, and includes trauma, post- op elective orthopaedics, GP referrals and rheumatology. We have excellent working relationships with orthopaedic surgeons and rheumatologists on site, which frequently enables us to work autonomously.

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued teammates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This is a highly specialised team and offers excellent career development opportunities. We can offer you regular in-service training programs, and external training/ conference attendance as appropriate to your learning needs. Peer learning is integral to practice within the unit which has an open and friendly atmosphere. We have close links with both Bournemouth and Southampton Universities and AECC University College Bournemouth, which provide the team with research and education opportunities.

Previous experience of treating patients with hand conditions/ injuries is essential. The role will include deputising for the consultant hand therapist, providing an expert standard of assessment, treatment to adults and paediatric patients and regularly communicating with Consultants and GPs. Evidence of BAHT training is expected. You will be expected to take part in local and national hand therapy activities.

Applicants must be a qualified Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist and have proven clinical skills you should be motivated, team orientated and be confident working autonomously. Clinical supervision and ongoing training opportunities will be provided.

Person Specification



  • Current registration with relevant professional body with degree level qualification
  • Enhanced Clinical Practice qualification, Level 6 or equivalent experience
  • Relevant post-graduate hand therapy courses/ achievements e.g. BAHT level II


  • Level 7 post reg qualification/ experience in hand therapy
  • Leadership training/experience



  • Demonstrable experience of managing patient's care at an enhanced level of practice with specific knowledge and skills in a field of hand therapy
  • Experience of managing change as part of service and practice development.
  • Experience of regular participation in research and development, leading clinical audits in own specialist area.
  • Experience of supervising, teaching, mentoring and developing staff.
  • Experience of developing and implementing policies and protocols.


  • Membership of Professional special interest group e.g. BAHT
  • Coaching training /experience
  • QI lite or equivalent quality improvement course

Technical Skills / Competencies


  • Demonstrable enhanced clinical skills within the hand therapy specialism including: Enhanced splinting skills, assessment procedures, wound management, Hand and wrist x-ray interpretation
  • Ability to analyse and interpret complex information from patient assessment and interventions, and freedom to act in managing patient's care.
  • Clinical reasoning, problem-solving and decision-making skills at an enhanced level.
  • Demonstrable ability to work in a busy environment and resilience when the service is under pressure.
  • To be competent to deal calmly and professionally with patients, relatives and work colleagues in a confidential and sensitive manner.
  • Ability to work unsupervised and on own initiative and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.


  • BAHT accreditation level II/III competency in specific skill, e.g. XR interpretation

Other Requirements


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, using a range of methods, e.g. verbal, written, record keeping, complex report writing.
  • Able to deal with demands of rapidly developing and changing service, problem-solving and prioritising abilities.
  • A strong sense of personal and team accountability coupled to a clear understanding of the boundaries around delegated authority, responsibility, and accountability.
  • Strong sense of commitment to openness, honesty and integrity in undertaking the role.
  • Able to speak English as necessary to undertake the role

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


Christchurch Hospital


BH23 2JX

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