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Senior Occupational Therapist

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Pro-rata if part time
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 6 Full-Time

Do you want to work at a nationally and internationally renowned centre of excellence treating a varied caseload of orthopaedic conditions?

We are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our friendly and supportive team at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham. If you are an occupational therapist seeking a new challenge and you have excellent communication, teamworking and problem-solving skills this may be the job for you!

This post offers an excellent opportunity to anyone wishing to develop their skills within orthopaedic rehabilitation as well as promoting the occupational therapy service within the hospital.

For an informal discussion or to arrange a visit please contact:Chris Aspland, Orthopaedic Team Leader on 0121 685 4000, bleep 2620 or

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will develop skills in pre-operative assessment of patients, delivery of post-operative rehabilitation and contributing to service development within rehabilitation of orthopaedic patients. There will also be the opportunity to gain experience in specialist areas such as: Spinal surgery, Orthopaedic oncology andcomplex primary arthroplasties discharge planning workingalongside well-established colleagues and the multidisciplinary team.

About us

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest specialist orthopaedic units in Europe. We offer planned orthopaedic surgery to people locally, nationally and internationally.

Our Trust is a very special hospital big enough to deliver world class services and small enough to offer exceptional patient and staff experience. We offer a working experience unique in the West Midlands and we're always on the lookout for passionate people to join our award-winning team.

The ROH is an equal opportunities employer. We employ people of difference and are committed to growing an inclusive culture, where difference is celebrated, and people feel able to bring their whole and authentic self to work.

We are a Disability Confident Leader and offer a range of inclusive, family friendly and flexible working arrangements and policies, to support our people in the workplace.

The Trust is committed to the Disability Confident Interview Scheme and will offer an interview to disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy and consider them on their abilities.

If you have a disability and need any support with your application or require any reasonable adjustments to be implemented please do get in touch with the Recruiting Manager for this position so that the team can support you.

To find more about our staff benefits, please visit our website.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be responsible for implementing and reviewing clinically effective and evidence based programmes of Occupational Therapy care for patients, liaising with more senior staff as appropriate.

  • To provide Occupational Therapy input to all wards and Pre-operative Assessment clinic.
  • To take a proactive role in own supervision and professional development.
  • To supervise and direct Generic Therapy Assistants and Technicians.
  • To establish and maintain positive multi-disciplinary relationships within the Trust and outside organisations and promote Occupational Therapy.


    • To be professionally and legally accountable and responsible for all aspects of your own work, including the management of your caseload of patients within your area of rotation, without direct supervision
    • To perform advanced OT assessment of patients with diverse and complex presentations, using analytical skills and clinical reasoning to determine a diagnosis
    • To formulate and deliver individual treatment programmes based on evidence based practice, using clinical reasoning. To evaluate and modify treatment plans according to assessment and patient needs, discharging them when appropriate
    • To communicate effectively and gain informed consent from patients, carers and other professionals to maximise rehabilitation potential and ensure understanding of condition and/or surgery. This will, on occasions, include complex and sensitive information requiring skills of explanation, motivation and persuasion to overcome physical, emotional, mental and cultural barriers
    • To take delegated responsibility from the Team Leader within area of work, including clinical and managerial duties. To delegate appropriately to Students and Assistant staff
    • To maintain accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date documentation in line with departmental and COT standards, including communication of assessment and treatment results to appropriate disciplines in the form of reports and letters
    • To represent the Occupational Therapy service and/or individual patients at ward rounds, clinics and case conferences where appropriate. Liaise with members of the multidisciplinary team regarding patient care and progress to ensure co-ordinated service delivery
    • To act as professional advisor to other hospital staff where appropriate, providing specialist advice, teaching and instruction regarding Occupational Therapy
    • To provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to relatives, carers and other professionals to promote understanding of the aims of Occupational Therapy and to ensure a consistent approach to patient care
    • To work off site and at weekends as required
    • To be a registered car user for home visits and access visits

    • To maintain own clinical professional development and portfolio by keeping abreast of any new trends and developments, incorporating them into current clinical practice as necessary
    • To be an active member of the in-service training programme, through attendance and presentation at tutorials, training and peer review sessions within the Therapy department
    • To provide clinical experience and supervision for undergraduate Occupational Therapy students appropriate to your area of work
    • To undertake the measurement and evaluation of work and current practices through the use of evidence based practice, audit and outcome measures, either individually or with more senior therapists
    • To demonstrate a sound understanding of Clinical Governance and Risk Management and apply to work situation, following department and Trust Policies.

    Organisational and Managerial
    • To maintain high professional standards with respect to patients, colleagues, the service and the environment. Encourage staff under your supervision to follow your example
    • Liaise with senior staff as appropriate, with all issues relevant to service delivery and development
    • To be responsible for the safe and competent use of equipment within your current area of practice by patients, colleagues and student Occupational Therapists through teaching and supervision
    • To comply with all Health and Safety standards of the Department and the Trust, including prompt reporting of accidents and incidents and ensuring that equipment usage is safe
    • To remain up-to-date and attend all mandatory training provided, in line with Trust policies.

    This is not an exhaustive list of duties and a regular review will take place with the postholder as part of their ongoing development and performance management.

    Full job description and person specification available as supporting document.

    Person Specification



    • BSc in OT or Dip.COT
    • HCPC registration
    • Evidence of post graduate CPD relevant to post


    • Recognised orthopaedic courses



    • Able to articulate knowledge of pathology, surgical procedures and OT Management of patients undergoing routine arthroplasty
    • Understanding of the use of research and audit to support evidence based practice



    • Substantial post-graduate experience
    • Previous post graduate experience in orthopaedics (trauma or elective)
    • Application of teamwork skills.
    • Ability to organise self and others


    • Knowledge of and participation in Audit
    • A working understanding of Clinical Governance including the benefits of clinical supervision

    Employer details

    Employer name

    The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


    The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

    Bristol Road South


    B31 2AP

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