Specialist Occupational Therapist - Frailty and Acute General Medicine

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Dear Prospective Candidate,

Thank you for taking the time to consider your application for the part time role of Specialist Occupational Therapist within the Frailty and General Medical (AGM) workstream at the Horton Hospital Banbury. We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist to join our team of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Therapy Assistants who provide high quality therapy intervention to patients across Emergency and Ambulatory care, Acute General Medicine, Trauma and Critical Care. This role will be based in the Frailty service but there will be opportunities for cross covering to other areas as required.

If you are interested in applying for this post and feel you meet the criteria, please do not hesitate to reach out to discuss this role further with one of the Therapy team leads as detailed in the advert.

Best wishes,

Louise Digweed - Horton Therapy Clinical Lead

Main duties of the job

Job statement

This part time role provides an opportunity to work with our respected and integrated therapy team and demonstrate experienced Occupational Therapy skills in a variety of clinical areas at the Horton hospital whilst specialising in Acute frailty and Elderly care.

There is an expectation to work collaboratively with members of the wider multidisciplinary team in order to provide an effective, evidence-based pathway of assessment and care for patients and to support the Clinical Service Unit priorities for early intervention, active recovery and support of a 7-day service.

The Therapy Service is committed to learning and development and supports regular supervision and protected CPD time. There is the opportunity to develop leadership skills in the support and mentoring of junior staff and students and participation in quality improvement, clinical audit and research projects is encouraged.

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 herewww.ouh.nhs.uk

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

Main Duties and Responsibilities


To consistently deploy effective communication and engagement skills enabling effective working relationships with all members of the multi-professional team.

To effectively communicate with patients and their carers/family members, including the sensitive management of complex or contentious issues.

To overcome barriers to effective communication, such as those caused by pathological impairment or language differences, by deploying effective mitigating strategies.

To engage and build relationships with external agencies and providers to enhance patient care continuity and outcomes.

To be able to motivate and positively influence others through effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

Be able to write complex reports accurately describing patients clinical status and ensuring that the information provided aids effective continuing care and clinical management.

Clinical Responsibilities
  • To enact the professional and legal responsibilities for all aspects of the post-holders own clinical practice.
  • To carry out comprehensive assessments following hospital admission, including those with complex presentations, and form treatment and rehabilitation plans in partnership with the patient and their carers/family.
  • To interpret and analyse multiple sources of clinical information to form accurate diagnoses in acute and general medicine drawing on guidance from senior Occupational Therapists when required.
  • To formulate and deliver comprehensive treatment, rehabilitation and discharge plans, based on clinical skills, evidence-based practice and patient preferences.
  • To evaluate patient progress against agreed treatment goals and be able to modify plans accordingly.
  • To determine a patients mental capacity to understand and to gain informed consent for treatment. To work within a legal framework with patients who lack the capacity to consent and are deprived of their liberty.
  • To co-ordinate intervention where there is a need to collaborate across multiple disciplines.
  • To maintain accurate written records using an electronic patient record system and maintain fidelity to professional standards.
  • To determine and mitigate for risk of patient and staff harm using the agreed risk assessment frameworks and the Trusts manual handling policy.
  • To demonstrate physical ability to carry out assessment and interventions including manual therapy techniques and therapeutic handling
  • To demonstrate highly developed dexterity, co-ordination and palpatory skills for assessment and manual treatment of patients
  • To represent Occupational Therapy and/or individual patients at multi disciplinary team meetings, to ensure delivery of co-ordinated care.
  • To contribute to the provision of a seven-day service.
Leadership and Management
To be responsible for the competent use and maintenance of rehabilitation equipment and support others in the effective and safe use of this equipment.

To assist in the supervision, teaching and appraisal of junior staff and assistants.

To undertake delegated tasks and roles from the team lead and be able to deputise for them on occasions.

To effectively plan and organise own time, patient caseload, meetings, training and be able to adjust plans as required according to staffing levels and unpredictable factors.

To assist in the planning of junior staff, students and assistant timetables and deputise for senior staff in organisational duties.

Service and Personal Development:

To organise and contribute to the teams training and post-registration education programme.

To contribute to the education of multidisciplinary groups, patients, families and carers as appropriate.

To be responsible for individual undergraduate student Occupational Therapists supervision and practice-based learning.

To adopt a proactive approach in learning from others within, and outside of the Occupational Therapy profession.

To be responsible for continuing professional development and maintain a portfolio record to evidence this.

To maintain contemporary knowledge to apply and maintain best practice in acute and general medicine and rehabilitation.

To actively participate in the departments quality improvement and clinical audit programme through the completion of authorised projects.

To implement and maintain evidenced-based Occupational Therapy practice through continuing professional development.

To ensure good working knowledge and application of national and local clinical standards.

Information & Resource Management

To be aware of and abide by the criteria for provision of equipment, including financial limits and referring onto other organisations, as necessary.

To be competent using the online electronic system for ordering equipment for patients' discharge.

To maintain patient records and statistics in line with Trust standards and the Data Protection Act.

To maintain up-to-date records of all leave (annual, sick, professional, study) and to take responsibility for the reporting of absence in line with Trust policy.

To use the Trust Intranet, EPR, email and data bases.

To take responsibility for the maintenance of the department's equipment and information files.

Person Specification



  • oDegree in Occupational Therapy
  • oRegistered with the Health & Care Professions Council
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development - post graduate level



  • oBroad range of experience at band 5 level including core areas, such as general medicine, emergency medicine, orthopaedics, neurology and older adults
  • oExperience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • oAble to present information, written and verbal, in a clear and logical manner
  • oParticipation in research and development

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University NHS Foundation Trust


Horton Hospital

Banbury Road


OX16 9AL

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