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Specialist Occupational Therapist - Surgery/Vascular

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want to make a difference to patients following surgery using both your physical and psychosocial skills? Do you want to be part of a small team with a big ambition? Work in a team that covers several regional centres? Take a role in developing a service? Then the Surgery Therapy team at Royal Preston Hospital needs you!

We are looking for Occupational Therapists to join our established therapy team, on our new surgery rotation where you will rotate through the specialities of general surgery (including colorectal and head and neck) and vascular surgery. This band 6 role will be both challenging and rewarding, providing specialist occupational therapy to patients at all stages of their journey. You will work closely alongside other health professionals to ensure a holistic approach, focussing on what is important to patients and maximising their quality of life for discharge. How rewarding does that sound? The role involves some supervisory responsibilities, where you will develop junior staff and support service improvements in conjunction with the team's clinical leads.

We guarantee no two days will be the same, there will be lots of variety, so excellent problem- solving skills are a must!! If you have the specialist clinical skills within the acute environment, alongside the passion to improve the lives of patients, then this is the job for you!

Main duties of the job

As a specialist occupational therapist, you will undertake expert assessments, interventions, goal setting and discharge planning for patients within the rotations of general surgery and vascular surgery, with different service development opportunities available on each rotation. You should have the clinical experience of working in an acute hospital setting, and experience of working with patients following surgery would be advantageous.

Working closely with the wider multidisciplinary team, you will learn lots of new skills and experiences as you meet colleagues from all different backgrounds. Having this MDT approach will help guide your assessments and interventions to ensure you meet your patients' goals. You will need to possess advanced communication skills in order to provide a patient-centred service and liaise with outside agencies.

Active involvement in continuing professional development is a key requirement, along side a commitment to promote clinical governance and evidence best practice for this speciality.

Like all NHS trusts we recognise the need for enhanced provision and Core Therapies are looking to move towards 7 day working. As such you'll be expected to support this model of care when it is implemented. Right now though our weekend service is voluntary.

About us

We have 10,000 fantastic people working hard to deliver quality services to our patients. Whatever your role, you help look after 370,000 people in our local area & give specialist care to 1.5 million people across Lancashire & Cumbria.

Working with us gives you the knowledge and sense of pride that every activity you do genuinely does make a difference to support our patients & staff, ensuring we keep thriving & delivering outstanding healthcare right across our local towns.

You'll have access to varied development opportunities, learn new skills, meet fab people & do things you'd never have done. You'll learn about working in a hospital, interacting with people from all different roles to build skills & enhance your career path.

You'll make an impact, be challenged to think differently, be bold & help innovate to keep improving things. Everything we do centres around patient care which means your role is pivotal and something really to be proud of.

Job description

Job responsibilities

If delivering high quality care and making a personal difference to your patients lives is what makes you tick then come and join our great team!

To be great at this job you will need to focus your individualised assessments on patients valued occupations and improving their quality of life. You will need good written and verbal communication skills and to be able to demonstrate flexibility and initiative. Excellent interpersonal skills, an aptitude for team working and being able to support the Trusts values and behaviours are pretty high up on our list too.

There will be training opportunities for you to develop your knowledge of surgical interventions, both formally and informally. We also have a band 6 OT forum who meet bi- monthly, were you will receive peer support from your colleagues. We appreciate that the transition to a specialist practitioner can be a little daunting, and you will be fully supported through formal supervision from the clinical lead OT.

Duties will include, but not be limited to:
  • To communicate and collaborate with all Integrated Therapies Service (ITS) stakeholders
  • To support personal and people development
  • To help to ensure the health, safety and security of users of the ITS, self and colleagues
  • To support service development and planning
  • To support the Clinical Governance and Quality agenda within the ITS
  • To support equality of opportunity and access within the ITS for both staff and patients
  • To support financial and other resource management within the ITS
  • To directly support the delivery of therapy to patients
  • To provide leadership and management support

Its impossible to fit everything we want to tell you into one advert so why not follow our teams on twitter so you can get to know us a bit better:

@OTorthotics @RPHacutemedica1@LiftRph @NRU_LTHTR @MajorTraumaRPH @ICU_Therapy_RPH

Our organisation, clinical management structure and culture provide a supportive and innovative work environment where you can continue to develop your skills and knowledge and play a key role in the delivery of high quality, compassionate care. Come and join us we know you want to!

If you would like to know a bit more, were always up for a chat. Why not contact Gayle our Clinical Lead OT on 01772 528369 or email

Person Specification

Qualifications and Education


  • oHCPC registered
  • oOccupational Therapy degree/diploma
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Practice placement educator
  • member of a Professional body

Knowledge and xperience


  • oExperience in the acute inpatient setting.
  • Specialist knowledge in the management of complex cases.
  • Knowledge of current discharge pathways.
  • Good understanding of MDT dynamics


  • oExperience/ Awareness of surgical conditions.
  • oExperience in supervising junior members of staff.
  • Awareness of evidence-based practice in this speciality and current local and national strategies.
  • Knowledge of wheelchairs and specialist seating.
  • Awareness of anxiety management, mood and body image assessments and strategies.

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Preston Hospital

Sharoe Green Lane



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