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Senior Orthotist

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
13 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Orthotic department within Oxford University Hospitals is seeking a substantially experienced Orthotist who is enthusiastic and highly motivated to become a senior member of the clinical team. This role has become available due to recent staff changes and is a great opportunity to join one of the biggest In-house Orthotic departments in England.

The Orthotic department has a large clinical and workshop facility in a purpose built modern building which is increasingly using CADCAM technology. A core function to the service is the integrated working practices between skilled technicians and orthotists in achieving good outcomes to our service users. The department is well respected in the profession for its orthotic service delivery.

All applicants must be registered as a Prosthetist/Orthotist with HCPC and preferably members of BAPO.

Main duties of the job

We provide orthotic clinics primarily on site at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre but also within other Trust sites and hospitals within the local area. The team has specialist practice within the areas of foot and ankle, paediatrics, spinal, neuro-rehabilitation and gait analysis.

The post holder will be a key member of the senior clinical team and will provide leadership and mentoring support to less experienced orthotists. Extensive clinical experience and expertise are essential to thrive in this role . Also a desire to develop leadership skills in managing a team is required.

If you have a desire to advance your career in a new challenge as part of a respected NHS team and you have a commitment to service improvement, development and advancement then we would welcome your application.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustis one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research. Find out more

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To manage own clinical caseload within planned clinical sessions

To have an area of specialist orthotic practise and interest.

Be able and willing to share your knowledge and experience with Junior colleagues

To attend clinics as required or delegated by management.

To design and specify appropriate orthoses and arrange for the manufacture or purchasing by providing clear accurate instructions to the workshop or to external suppliers.

Responsible for considering relevant risk assessments or safety guidance in consultations or when designing or providing orthoses.

To be responsible for reporting any untoward incidents or near misses using relevant reporting systems such as Trust Datix, MHRA or other required reporting systems.

Responsible for referral and liaison other disciplines to provide optimum patient care. Recognising where alternative interventions may be appropriate.

To communicate effectively with patients, carers and families, GPs, Consultants and AHPs with regard to clinical care both in direct contact and through clinical letters and reports within a duty of care.

To maintain a current knowledge of relevant clinical pathologies to be able to devise the most appropriate prescriptions.

Responsible for keeping up to date with relevant clinical research, best practice and professional guidelines.

Responsible for own Continued Professional Development and providing feedback to colleagues through reflective practice, clinical meetings, supervision and mentorship.

To participate under the preceptorship programme to meet the Knowledge & Skills Framework outline.

Where appropriate to liaise with technical staff over own clinical caseload manufacturing or technical issues ensuring responsibilities are completed within lead times.

Responsible for own safe practice in the workshop for machinery and hand tools. Responsible in maintaining own or shared tool kit and equipment and reporting any known faults.

Coordinate and contribute within team meetings or professional training sessions.

To support all governance and quality assurance activities as required by service or other Trust management

For full details please see attached Job Description and Personal Specification.

Person Specification

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  • HCPC qualification
  • Demonstrated in the application - Extensive specialist orthotic experience including complex case management
  • Demonstrated in application - Substantial evidence of strong clinical knowledge base
  • Demonstrated - Experience in supervision, mentoring and leadership
  • Demonstrated within the application that they understand the role


  • 2 Years experience demonstrated at B6 or similar
  • Demonstrates Leadership Skills
  • Demonstrated experience in Clinical Governance
  • Member of BAPO & ISPO

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University NHS Foundation Trust


Orthotics, Nuffiled Orthopaedic Centre, OUH

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Windmill Road, Headington



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