Band 7 Occupational Therapist in Surgery and Critical Care

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 Per Annum (Pro Rata for Part Time)
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced Occupational Therapist to join the surgical and critical care team at Broomfield Hospital. You will be part of an agile, friendly, highly motivated team of Occupational Therapists working within multidisciplinary teams delivering rehabilitation to, and discharge planning for patients on our Critical Care Unit and Surgical wards. There will also opportunities to work with out amputee service should this be an area of interest.

You will be responsible for assessing, treating and clinically managing patients with a range of conditions and functional deficits, and creating the treatment program required to achieve a successful discharge. This role is available full time (37.5hrs/wk) and job shares (minimum of 15hours) will be considered to fit the needs of the service.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for the provision of Occupational Therapy in the acute setting excellent communication skills, and a passion to grow and develop people and services around them. To support your induction process and continued development there will be opportunities to work with our dedicated Practice Development OT.

Within Mid and South Essex Foundation Trust we offer a robust teaching and training programme with the opportunity to complete Quality Improvement and Audit projects, we provide a supportive and engaging environment to develop and grow our therapists.

Main duties of the job

  • Takes the lead role in the assessment, diagnosis and formulation of Occupational Therapy treatment plans for Surgical patients and other patients requiring OT input within General Intensive Care Unit (GICU) and General High Dependency Unit (GHDU) at Broomfield Hospital.
  • Undertake professional, specialised assessments and treatments with patients, giving advice to patients, carers and families
  • Ensure that patients transferred from critical care to other wards are handed over to the ward OT's with appropriate support and treatment plans in place
  • Demonstrates advanced clinical specialist skills in order to provide the highest standard of evidence based, patient centred care.
  • Works as an advanced autonomous practitioner. Assesses, set goals, provides treatment and progresses own patient caseload which contains patients with complex and specialist needs
  • Leads in specialist area contributes to development of specialist services and relevant policies helping implement policy changes and monitoring standards of clinical practice
  • Supervises, teaches and evaluates students and other staff working in own specialist area
  • Leads clinical audits and may participate in research

About us

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is now one of the largest in the country, with a workforce of approximately 15,000 who serve a population of 1.2 million people.

We work together, and in conjunction with MSE Health and Care Partnership, to deliver excellent local and specialist services, to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients in a compassionate way, and provide a respectful, but vibrant place for staff to develop, innovate and build careers.

From facilities through to consultant specialists we want to be the best, to achieve this we need to recruit not just those who are the finest in their field but also those who have the potential to be. Yes, experience is important but so is outlook - if you are dynamic, forward-thinking and enthusiastic we want you to join us.

We not only offer you a good working environment with flexible working opportunities, but also the opportunity to develop your career with access to appropriate training for your job and the support to succeed and progress

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details about this varied and rewarding role, please see attached job description, but some of the responsibilities include
  • Uses high-level communications skills of empathy, persuasion, motivation and reassurance when presenting complex information and explaining recommendations to patients, aiming to gain their understanding and obtain their co-operation and consent to interventions in order for treatment to be successful. This is due to common barriers to effective communication cognitive impairment, altered perception, visual impairments, speech and language problems, hearing defects, potential mental health issues. When barriers are identified, strategies to overcome them are put into place.
  • To be a lead member of the multi-disciplinary team recognising the skills and expertise of others. This will include the organisation and chairing of multi-disciplinary meetings and case conferences. To respect at all times the need for confidentiality whilst giving and receiving complex clinical and personal information
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the social, psychological and emotional issues that may impact on patient care and compliance
  • To regularly use the communication skills of negotiation, tact, diplomacy and reassurance to deal with many patient and/or staff situations such as complaints, performance matters or when discussing/implementing service modernisation
  • To be responsible for planning and prioritising own caseload in addition carry out professional supervision, clinical supervision of assistants and supervision of students when appropriate. Co-ordinating workload of self and staff as needed to ensure priorities are achieved on a daily basis.
  • To be conversant with all OT policies and procedures
  • Takes part in education and training programmes appropriately and feedback knowledge gained to their team.
  • Maintain a current knowledge of professional issues, ensuring continued professional development is maintained.
  • Able to review personal competencies through effective use of supervision and appraisal of self
  • Assists the Lead Therapist in the planning, development, delivery and evaluation of the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy service.
  • Independently balance clinical and non-clinical commitments.
  • Supports planning of caseload which may fluctuate in response to surges in demand or major internal incident.
  • Demonstrates awareness of clinical audit, research and evidence based practice and their benefits, and participates where appropriate.
  • Independently able to balance clinical and non-clinical commitments.
  • Promote and maintain evidenced based practice and lead on its implementation relating to clinical skills.
  • Complies with the Royal College of OT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Comply with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of proficiency for occupational therapists, and Standards of conduct, performance and ethics
  • Participates as an active member of the OT team, accountable for own practice and role modelling the highest standards of care to all members of the team

Person Specification



  • HCPC Registration
  • Graduate Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Experience in surgery and/or critical care
  • Over 12 months at band 6 or equivalent level


  • Post Grad or equivalent study
  • Evidence of supervising B5/6 staff
  • Previous participation in audit and service development
  • Member of BAOT or equivalent professional body
  • Experience of teaching MDT staff groups
  • Able to prioritise a caseload and delegate tasks appropriately to others



  • HCPC Registration


  • Post Grad or equivalent study

Employer details

Employer name

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust





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