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Occupational Therapist - Acute Paediatrics

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
29 Sep 2023
Are you a motivated and dedicated occupational therapist who's aim is to work with children and young people? If so, we would like you to join our dedicated Children's Rehabilitation Team which provides specialist services to children and young people.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in one of the largest children's hospitals in the UK and develop your rehabilitation skills. We offer comprehensive assessment, treatment and discharge planning for children with complex needs arising from birth, illness or injury.

You will work collaboratively with children and young people from 0-18 years often with complex health conditions or significant injuries, alongside their families and the multidsciplinary team.

The post holder will gain acute inpatient & /or outpatient experience in paediatrics supporting a dedicated occupational therapy team depending on service needs in either neurology (including acquired brain injury and long term complex conditions), orthopaedics (elective and trauma) or rheumatology and chronic pain.

There is an expectation that you will participate in the Major Trauma & Orthopaedic weekend and Bank Holiday out of hours rota once you're competent to do so.

Main duties of the job

As an HCPC registered health professional, you must have acquired significant clinical experience working as a qualified occupational therapist in an acute NHS setting. Previous adult experience in neurology and orthopaedics or community paediatric experience is desirable. You must be a sound team player and be able to work alongside experienced health professionals. You'll need sound communication skills to enable you to work positively with community colleagues.

You'll need resilience to work with patients with major injuries or life-limiting illnesses and in supporting parents/carers. You'll be a flexible and resourceful individual working collaboratively as a core member of the multidisciplinary team. You'll need to be able to problem solve and respond swiftly in a busy hospital environment working under time pressures.

You will have the opportunity to contribute to student education. The Trust is committed to developing its staff professionally and personally, so you will have regular appraisal, supervision and training.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Health Care Professions Council
  • Degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy



  • Substantial post-qualification NHS experience as an occupational therapist
  • Work experience in a relevant specialist clinical area in an acute adult setting
  • Experience of managing routine caseload with some complex cases independently

Professional Characteristics


  • Developed communication skills - written
  • Flexible attitude
  • Effective team player

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

Oxford Road


M13 9WL

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