Band 7 Specialist Occupational Therapist - Critical Care

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
5 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Full Time
Are you an Occupational Therapist seeking a new and stimulating challenge? If yes this is an exciting 12 month opportunity to work in Critical Care and lead the planning, development and integration of Occupational Therapy into the MDT across Heartlands and Good Hope Hospital Critical Care units.

We are looking for a dynamic, innovative and highly motivated Occupational Therapist with substantial post registration experience working as a HCPC registered OT with experience and clinical knowledge and skills within Critical Care, or equivalent acute rehabilitation experience encompassing functional and cognitive rehabilitation. They will deliver high quality therapy care within Critical Care and outreach to ward based patients in partnership with ward based therapy teams and be able to manage a specialist clinical case load and provide advanced advice to the MDT.

You will need to demonstrate experience of clinical leadership, be an excellent team worker and collaborate with therapy leadership to transform the occupational therapy service in Critical Care as well as service development, changes to clinical practice and actively involved in audit and research.

We strive to provide a friendly and supportive working environment with opportunities for learning and development both within UHB and externally. You will be encouraged to undertake regular clinical supervision, IST, with time for CPD and opportunities for working within the wider MDT are supported and strongly encouraged.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will set up and lead the Critical Care Occupational Therapy service across both hospital sites, focussing on staff and service development whilst providing a high standard of OT assessment, intervention and goal setting to patients through evidence based practice.

You will be involved in early functional and cognitive rehabilitation with patients admitted into critical care alongside the MDT including Physiotherapists, Dieticians, Speech and Language Therapists as well as Critical Care Nurses and Medical teams. There will be a strong focus on early planning to facilitate safe, effective and timely hospital discharge identification and provision of equipment, as well as liaising with relevant agencies including social services, community and follow up services.

You should possess excellent communication, team management and interpersonal skills. Well-developed prioritisation and organisational skills are essential as well as being able to undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner and maintaining associated records. Furthermore you will be involved in proactively identifying learning needs, participate and lead teaching education sessions for staff including critical care health care professionals, Band 5 and 6 OT's, TSW's and students.

You will have a flexible approach to working across sites and are required to contribute to therapy 7 day service and weekend working.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • *Good standard of general education including English language and mathematics, A levels or equivalent
  • *Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • *Registered with HCPC as an Occupational Therapist
  • *Evidence of relevant postgraduate training in specialist area


  • *Leadership training
  • *Postgraduate advanced accredited training within specialist area
  • *Registered Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • *Clinical Educator's certificate or attendance at Clinical Educators Course



  • *Relevant postgraduate experience in specialist areas relevant to the post.
  • *Experience of effective staff management and leadership.
  • *Demonstrate sufficient experience as an Occupational Therapist to have enabled sound clinical reasoning
  • *Evidence of experience in a wide variety of rotations and specialities.
  • *Experience of students at clinical tutor and supervisor levels.
  • *Experience of leading in-service training of staff groups at all levels and encouraging the development of others
  • *Evidence of working effectively in partnership with others within multi-disciplinary teams.
  • *Advanced knowledge of assessment tools and a range of therapeutic interventions relevant to the client group
  • *Advanced knowledge of trends and best practice in the clinical specialism
  • *Good working knowledge of national policies and procedures (relevant to the clinical area) and their implications for Therapists
  • *Understanding of the principles of clinical governance /audit


  • *Experience of conducting or being involved in audit, implementing outcome measures and/or research in the specialist area

Additional Criteria


  • *An ability to cope with moving/manoeuvring patients/equipment on a daily basis
  • *An ability to frequently concentrate on patient assessments and treatments
  • *An ability to cope with exposure to distressing/emotional situations
  • *Able to contribute to Therapies 7day weekend service

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Heartlands Hospital

Bordesley Green E


West Midlands

B9 5SS

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