Rotational Occupational Therapist

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 per annum pro rata inc HCAS
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Royal Surrey County Hospital are looking for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our well established rotation. We have fantastic opportunities for staff who have completed their basic rotations who are looking to expand their knowledge, skills and experience within the acute setting.

You may already be a senior therapist looking for a new challenge or a Band 5 ready to make the move into a senior role. As a Band 6 you will be expected to perform to a high clinical standard, supervise band 5s and/or assistants, and Occupational Therapy Students on placement, as well as contribute to our service development. In all fields of practice you will be supported by an experienced team lead.

There will also be opportunities for working more closely with our local community services as the Trust welcomed these services alongside Pro-Care from April 2018.

Our services cover 7 days per week and the post holder will be expected to work regular weekends and bank holidays. Use of own car for business use is essential.

Main duties of the job

As a department we are a friendly bunch of therapists who all work together to provide a dynamic and pro-active service to our patients. We have a range of experience and specialisms ranging from Assistants to Advanced Clinical Specialists providing clinical support, and formal and informal training, and the department benefits from being managed by an Occupational Therapist who provides a strong professional lead. We have a strong commitment to clinical supervision and Continuing Professional Development you will be regularly supervised by a senior therapist and attend the band 6 Occupational Therapy support groups. You will be supported to engage in service development and encouraged to put forward suggestions as to how we can enhance and grow the services we offer. We have a well-structured In-Service Training Programme which the successful applicant will be able to learn from as well as the opportunity to lead sessions with support from your team. We benefit from a well-stocked Gym which can be used by staff either before or after working times.

We offer
  • Opportunities for professional & personal development
  • In-service training & post graduate education
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Flexible Working
  • Multidisciplinary working
  • Welcoming department

Essential requirements
  • Acute NHS experience
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Own car for business use

About us

Royal Surrey is a compassionate and collaborative acute and community Trust. Recognising that our 5000 colleagues are our greatest strength, we offer a comprehensive health and wellbeing program along with a commitment to developing and advancing your career. Our diverse and welcoming Royal Surrey family will ensure you that you feel valued from your initial interview through your entire tenure.

We are clinically led and provide joined up care by bridging the gap between hospital and community services alongside regional specialist cancer care. Our main acute hospital site is in Guildford with community hospital sites at Milford, Haslemere and Cranleigh. We provide adult community health services in homes across Guildford and Waverley.

We have received an overall Good rating from the CQC with Medical care (including older peoples care), End of Life Care and Maternity services being deemed Outstanding by the CQC.

Royal Surrey has a strong reputation and history to build on. We are proud of our achievements and we are investing in our colleagues through our commitment to supporting professional development as well as investing more than �45 million in our physical environment and new equipment in the next few years. There has never been a better time to join us.

Although it isn't the Trusts normal practice, adverts may close early, so you are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Our rotations include:
  • Orthopaedics working across trauma and elective wards, you will have the opportunity to develop skills in fracture bracing (humeral braces, hard collars, hinged knee braces and thoracic-lumbar-sacral orthoses), complex trauma discharge and as well as being part of the ground-breaking Fast Track hip/knee replacement pathway which aims to get patients home the same day as their operation.
  • A& E, MAU and SAU based at the front door you will work closely with specialist nurses and consultants to prevent admission. You will develop skills in rapid assessment and discharge planning.
  • Older Persons Unit our Older Persons Unit aims to rapidly turn around their patients within 72 hours. This rotation brings together the skills of rapid assessment and complex discharges for older people and allow you to expand on your knowledge and expertise of large equipment provision.
  • Neurology you will develop specialist Stroke and Neurology knowledge and skills including standardised and non-standardised assessments, formulating rehab programmes and upper limb splinting
  • HOST (Hospital Outreach Support Team) our early supported therapy team follows patients from the hospital into the community. Taking referrals from every specialty within the hospital as well as from GPs, social services and outpatients, you will prevent admission as well as expedite a patient returning home as part of the D2A pathways. You will also be up-skilled in basic physio interventions as you work in this integrated team, develop skills in bracing and provide complex equipment within the patients own home.
  • Medical/ Surgery covering respiratory, cardiology, oral & maxillofacial surgery, ENT, colorectal, urology, gastro-intestinal, gastroenterology and diabetes, the medical/surgical team offers a smorgasbord of conditions for you to get your teeth into.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/degree in OT by recognised awarding body e.g. Royal College of Occupational therapists
  • Must satisfy the criteria for full membership of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Further qualifications/study
  • Driving licence (and use of own car for work purposes)


  • An approved Occupational Therapy supervisor for OT/PT degree students

Knowledge and Experience


  • Knowledge of the role of Occupational Therapy for people with a wide range of physical dysfunction
  • Previous experience relating to specialist area
  • Experience of working in an acute hospital setting
  • Knowledge of relevant NHS and SS legislation
  • Experience with community/mental health conditions
  • Used to working in a busy environment
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and any other relevant It systems applicable to the applicant
  • Experience of undertaking clinical supervision
  • Experience of managing and motivating a team and reviewing performance of the individuals
  • Thorough knowledge of the Inclusion (equality and diversity) agenda


  • Experience of delivering teaching and training sessions

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Surrey County Hospital



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