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Bank Occupational Therapist (Band 5/6)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
8 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 5
Part Time
Occupational Therapist provides a high quality cost-effective occupational therapy service for the patient with cancer. As a qualified practitioner, the postholder is a source of knowledge and expertise for patients, relatives and colleagues of all disciplines. With the support from the department manager Occupational Therapist, they will organise occupational therapy activities within a defined clinical area and will also liaise closely with all members of the multi-professional rehabilitation team in the provision of a specialist input to a variety of education programmes.

Main duties of the job

Band 5/6 Occupational Therapist, Sutton

Award-Winning Patient CareWe're world-renowned for our research and treatment of cancer and we have been awarded the Charter Mark for our commitment to excellence in patient care.

What can we provide for you?The opportunity to work within the largest cancer centre in Europe and to build on your existing skills and experience. You should have 1-2 years' experience of working in the physical setting. The hospital encourages professional and personal development through an in-service education programme and support for study leave.

How do we work?We take a genuinely multiprofessional approach to the rehabilitation of patients with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. Within a small team of Occupational Therapists the workload will vary from discharge planning to stress management and relaxation training with opportunities to run these groups with other team members. We have well-established links with community services with a commitment to the ongoing evaluation of clinical practice within the team.

About us

The Royal Marsden NHS Trust is the largest comprehensive cancer centre in Europe with an international reputation for high quality patient care, research & development and education. We are one of the first Foundation Trusts in the UK.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Demonstrating a sound understanding of hospital and departmental policies and procedures.

Providing the Head Occupational Therapist with electronic statistical information required by the hospital in the evaluation of its services.

Undertaking stock control of occupational therapy equipment and ensuring the safety of equipment through regular maintenance.

Working under supervision of band 6 Occupational Therapist and organising own time to manage a workload comprising complex clinical (inpatients and outpatients) and educational responsibilities.

Please refer to Job description for details on further responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy recognised by UK College of Occupational Therapists.
  • State Registration with Health Care Professions Council for Occupational Therapy.


  • Accredited wheelchair course.
  • Accredited splinting and hand therapy course.



  • At least one year's experience in general physical field.


  • Evidence of experience of dealing with oncology patients and their families / carers.
  • Evidence of experience in clinical supervision and appraisal.
  • Evidence of experience of principles and practice in audit, outcomes measurement and clinical governance.

Other Criteria


  • Membership of British Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Membership of OPC (Occupational Therapists specialist section in Oncology and Palliative Care)

Skills Abilities/knowledge


  • Knowledge of functional assessment and treatment techniques for oncology and palliative care patients, including physical, cognitive, psychosocial functional assessments and treatment, as well as specific symptom and lifestyle management techniques (e.g. relaxation, anxiety, breathlessness and fatigue management).
  • Ability to carry out risk assessments concerning patients and staff safety, including Manual Handling.
  • Ability to assess risks associated with lone working, take responsibility for reporting to colleagues and ensuring self and patient are safe at all times.
  • Ability to assess potential risks with regard to patients' discharge from hospital.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills as required in an oncology and palliative care setting. Ability to deal with imparting bad news
  • Ability to reflect on clinical practice.
  • Ability to work in a highly motivated, self directed manner on clinical and departmental activities. Organisational skills:
  • Ability to prioritise and manage time effectively
  • Ability to fulfill supervisory role for undergraduate students.
  • Ability to teach both patients and carers in areas relating to rehabilitation.
  • Proven ability to prepare and deliver presentations and education sessions to health care colleagues and members of public.
  • Ability to enter data, prepare reports, formal written documentation and multi-media presentations.

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


The Royal Marsden Hospital



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