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Specialist Occupational Therapist

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced Band 5 looking for your next step career development? Are you looking for further experience in specialist areas? Are you a band 6 looking for a new career direction?Are you looking for a better work-life balance and want to live on the coast?Are you considering returning to practice after a period of time away?

We have exciting opportunities for Band 6 Occupational Therapists to work within our newly developed B6 rotation in Worthing Hospital. The B6 rotation offers multiple opportunities in specialisms such as Palliative care, Frailty, Acute medicine, Trauma Orthopaedics, Surgery and Vascular. Alongside the rotation are opportunities to develop skills in other specialist areas including neurology, A& E and the Emergency floor. The teams are supportive, inclusive and diverse, with an emphasis on wellbeing and professional development.

As a department, we provide regular supervision and support, tailored to individual needs, with funding for professional development and training opportunities, including Masters Modules, in specialist areas.

We offer non-clinical time to enable you to invest in and develop related speciality interests, contribute to clinical research improvements and service development projects. You will be part of a team committed to best practice and working together to ensure professional development and best possible patient care is achieved.

Main duties of the job

The large friendly supportive department is based at Worthing hospital with an established OT management structure providing regular supervision. Therapists have opportunities to work creatively in rehabilitation sessions working closely with MDT members completing specialist assessments to the area to facilitate safe discharges from hospital.

The department offers service development and supervisor opportunities for personal and team development. Training with an on-going commitment to CPD are supported and encouraged. Full time/part time and job share opportunities are available.

About us

Join us at UHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To liaise with health and social care professionals, family, carers and other related private, statutory and voluntary organisations, providing written reports, recommendations and referrals where appropriate.
  • To communicate effectively with patients, carers, colleagues and other agencies, demonstrating developed verbal and non-verbal skills to communicate often complex concepts, managing barriers to communications such as dysphasia, learning difficulties, cognitive or sensory difficulties, other languages etc.
  • To ensure accurate and up to date documentation of all interventions complying with Trust, departmental and professional standards and provide Occupational Therapy reports when appropriate.
  • Ability to establish and maintain communication on complex, potentially stressful topics in a range of situations, with individuals or groups
  • Ability to develop effective working and therapeutic relationships, team working.

Service Delivery and Improvement
  • To participate in the Trusts, the department and teams clinical governance agenda and quality improvement projects.
  • To contribute to healthy and safe working environment by adhering to Health and Safety regulations and departmental and Trust policies.
  • To comply with Equal Opportunities, Disability Discrimination and Data Protection legislation.
  • To comply with the recommendations of the Laming report on Child Protection.
  • To contribute positively to the effectiveness and efficiency of the team.
  • To adhere to the College of Occupational Therapist Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, the Trusts Code of Conduct and all other relevant policies and procedures.
  • To respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity of patients and all key relationships and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs.
  • To exercise effective personal time management and guidance to junior staff as necessary.
  • To participate in the induction, training and education of students, new staff, Occupational Therapy colleagues, members of the MDT and other external agencies, including formal presentations when appropriate.
  • To participate in the promotion of the profession through involvement in informal and formal events, such as careers conventions, work experience or work observation placements.
  • To develop skills and knowledge required as a Fieldwork Educator in order to supervise and assess Occupational Therapy students on practice placements.

People Management and Development
  • To support and assist the team leader in the planning and delivery of the Occupational Therapy service, including participation in the recruitment and selection of junior staff.
  • To identify unmet needs and gaps in service provision and highlight these to team leader.
  • To provide support, guidance, teaching and clinical supervision to qualified and non-qualified Occupational Therapy staff.
  • To support and assist the team leader in appraisals for junior staff on an annual basis ensuring feedback on performance is given at regular intervals throughout the year.
  • To initiate, plan and implement the induction, training and education for students on practice placement and other staff, within or external to the Trust, as delegated by senior staff.
  • To take responsibility for risk management and health and safety in the workplace by adhering to and promoting Health and Safety regulations, trust and departmental policies.
  • To ensure that written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with professional and trust standards.
  • To have a good working knowledge of good resource management and budgetary constraints.
  • To maintain and advise on stock and resources necessary to carry out the work of the Occupational Therapy service, including responsibility of handling petty cash and money in the sale of small items of assistive equipment.
  • To deputise for the team leader by carrying out delegated tasks when required, seeking guidance and support from Head of Occupational Therapy or other appropriate senior

Patient Care Delivery
  • To independently manage a caseload of patients with complex health and social needs, using evidence based principles to plan and implement effective assessments and treatment programmes.
  • To undertake comprehensive and timely assessments of patients utilising robust clinical reasoning and analytical skills, responding to changes in patients clinical and functional needs, including assessing their ability to give informed consent for therapy and eliciting active patient participation in treatment.
  • To interpret and analyse clinical and non-clinical facts to inform accurate diagnoses and prognoses in a wide range of clinical conditions, to recommend the best course of intervention and to develop comprehensive goals and discharge plans.
  • To carry out specialist interventions and apply appropriate treatment approaches, such as splinting, and specialist seating, with both individual and groups of patients, on the wards, in the Occupational Therapy department and in community settings.
  • To use specialist activity analysis techniques in conjunction with patient centred practice (patient choice and patient priorities), to select and grade activities in order to achieve therapeutic goals.
  • To empower patients to be actively involved in self-management, through advice, education, coping strategies and therapeutic procedures.
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of interventions.
  • To develop effective therapeutic relationships with patients who may have complex cognitive, perceptual and behavioural presentations, demonstrating empathy and sensitivity to issues, which may arise in hostile and emotive situations.
  • To seek advice from other relevant professionals to inform analysis and reasoning where appropriate.
  • To apply a robust understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to patient environments.
  • To ensure accurate and up to date documentation of all interventions complying with Trust, departmental and professional standards and provide Occupational Therapy reports relevant to clinical speciality.
  • To delegate appropriate tasks to junior staff, taking into account their skills and competencies.
  • To demonstrate a good working knowledge of specialist disability equipment.
  • To arrange for the provision of appropriate standard and non-standard specialist disability equipment, obtaining authorisation where necessary.
  • To provide verbal and written advice, demonstration and teaching to patients and carers in the use of equipment and other techniques to optimise patients functional ability, safety and independence.
  • To demonstrate a robust understanding of the implications of manual handling legislation and current best practice, applying this knowledge to the practice of therapeutic manual handling.
  • To undertake risk assessments in complex interventions including moving and handling situations where appropriate.
  • To identify and justify when a patient does not require Occupational Therapy intervention but needs other MDT input or referrals to other services.
  • To liaise with health and social care professionals and other related private, statutory and voluntary organisations, providing comprehensive written reports, recommendations and referrals where appropriate.
  • To provide specialist advice within own field of expertise to colleagues working within other clinical areas.
  • To be prepared to work on a short term basis in other areas in the hospital as directed by the Head of Occupational Therapy in times of staff shortages and service need.

Person Specification



  • Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Evidence of recent and relevant CPD


  • Clinical Supervisors Course
  • oSpeciality Specific Post registration training

Knowledge and Experience


  • Knowledge of the OT role, relevant standardised OT assessments and interventions in conditions relating to speciality/post.
  • Knowledge of OT models of practice (A) Working knowledge of current legislation, government initiatives and current practice affecting OT
  • Proven experience as an Occupational Therapist



  • High level verbal and written communication skills
  • Good command of English

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Worthing Hospital

Lyndhurst Road


BN11 2DH

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