Senior Occupational Therapist Complex Medicine 5- 6 Development Post

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year dependant on experience and the grade
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a Band 5 or Band 6 Occupational Therapist that would like to work in a dynamic therapy service with exciting career development opportunities? A fantastic opportunity has arisen for you to work in a supportive team that will help you become a confident and knowledgeable Band 6 practitioner.

This unique role in the Complex Medicine team will be permanent and full-time position (37.5 hours per week). You will have the chance to work in our four major wards, comprising of Elderly Care, Cardiology, Haematology, and General Medicine. This includes working with patients with diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions.

OccupationalTherapy is playing an instrumental role in the exciting developments in the Trust. You will be responsible for providing a high standard of assessment, advice, treatment and evaluation of patients referred to the acute inpatient service.

Our trust highly values the importance of Occupational Therapists in healthcare. We invest time in your training and development, including a specialist-training programme dedicated to Occupational Therapy.

Bands 5's with relevant experience or transferable skills are welcome to apply to undertake training and development to progress to Band 6. If you start in a Band 5 role you will paid on the appropriate point on this pay scale until you meet the Band 6 competencies. We also welcome applications from Band 6 Occupational Therapists wanting to specialise in this area.

Main duties of the job

To perform advanced occupational therapeutic assessment of patients with diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions, to determine a diagnosis, formulate and deliver an appropriate, individualised treatment programme.

To hold responsibility for own caseload and be responsible for a defined area of the service/particular patient group, working without direct supervision. Access to advice and support from a more senior therapist is available if required. Clinical work is evaluated through regular clinical supervision with a specialist occupational therapist but day-to-day clinical work is not routinely reviewed.

To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.

To plan, supervise, educate and assess the performance of occupational therapy students on placement within the complex medicine wards. To work closely with the university and comply with all the standards required for the degree level qualification.

Supported by the specialist occupational therapist, to design and undertake evidence-based audit and research projects to further own and team's clinical practice and improve service delivery with the specialist therapist. Make recommendations and occasionally implement changes to practice or service protocols, as agreed with the specialist occupational therapist.

About us

Our Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

As part of our continued response to COVID19, we are closely following the Department of Health and Social Care's (DHSC) guidance and the government's new mandatory COVID-19 vaccination legislation. This means that full COVID19 vaccination will be a condition of employment in all NHS roles which have face-to-face contact with patients and service users from 1 April 2022 unless exempt. This also means that by 3 February 2022 all such staff will need to have had their first COVID19 vaccination. Should your role be identified as being within the scope of the legislation, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status or a legitimate exemption from these requirements as a condition of your employment.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the detailed job description and person specification for further information in regards to the the main responsibilities of the job.

Person Specification

qualifications and training


  • degree or diploma in Occupational therapy
  • HCPC registration or applying
  • evidence of up to date CPD


  • membership to RCOT
  • practise educators certificate



  • experience of working in an acute hospital environment
  • Experience within the NHS
  • Relevant post graduate experience with transferable skills


  • knowledge of community services
  • involvement in special interest groups
  • Experience of supervising junior staff



  • understand the legal responsibilites of the profession
  • ability to organise, prioritise and delegate appropriately
  • Evidence of use of a range of OT assessment tools incl. cognition and function


  • awareness of wider local and national agendas

Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Luton and Dunstable Hospital



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