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Occupational Therapist - Medical/Surgical

Wye Valley NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our Occupational Therapy service with our acute integrated medical-surgical therapy team, based at Hereford County Hospital.

Working alongside the experienced multi-disciplinary team including Physiotherapists and Therapy Assistant Practitioners, you will be clinically managing a case load, completing specialist detailed assessments, interventions and supporting discharge planning. The role would include clinical supervision of rotational band 5 Occupational Therapists and generic band 4 therapy assistant practitioners, providing opportunity to develop leadership and supervisory skills.

You will be committed joint working with our community teams to provide a care closer to home approach to discharge planning.

In the future this post will form part of a senior Occupational Therapy rotational programme within Occupational Therapy service as this develops.

As a service we are committed to encourage staff to participate in service development projects. Providing support to enable participation in training and education opportunities.

Consideration will be given for a developmental Band 5 to Band 6 role.

Main duties of the job

To provide advanced holistic assessment and treatment of people with complex, diverse physical and psychological presentations. Collaboratively setting achievable and meaningful goals, providing specialist intervention to support this. Confidence in enabling patients in positive risk taking, personalised care, assessing mental capacity, manual handling, functional assessment is essential.Providing expert advice, guidance and information to health and social care professionals, carers, relatives and other non-professionals.

The integrated therapy team provides an enhanced weekend service and this post would be included in that rota with rest days in the following week, underpinned by a competency framework.

About us

Wye Valley NHS Trust is a member of an NHS Foundation Group with South Warwickshire NHS FT , the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Located on the border with Wales in the shadow of the Black Mountains, we provide acute and community services across Herefordshire and into parts of Powys and run Hereford County Hospital and the community hospitals in Bromyard, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye.

Worcestershire is our neighbouring county. The post holder will be required to travel between sites.

We are a progressive and forward looking trust with ambitious plans to improve quality and integrate patient pathways through close collaborative working with our partners to deliver the quality of care we'd want for our family and friends.

More than 3,500 people work for the Trust - they tell us it's a great place to work, blending the busyness of a DGH with the benefits of working in a beautiful rural and unspoilt county like Herefordshire.

We can offer a great work-life balance and have a fine tradition of working with staff to help them achieve their full potential.

Russell Hardy, Trust Chairman: The strength of the Trust is its amazing staff a great place to work, a great place to develop your career and a great place to reach your potential.

Our values -Care, Accountability, Respect and Excellence - are at the heart of all we do. We believe in providing the right care in the right place at the right time...all the time.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more information about the role and responsibilities.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • Professional Qualification to degree level or equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registered
  • Post Graduate specialist qualification/significant post graduate experience

Skills, Knowledge & Attributes


  • Broad and specialist knowledge of relevant patient conditions and therapy interventions
  • Demonstration of knowledge of core and specialist Therapy skills
  • Evidence of ongoing CPD in relevant area
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary communication, assessments and record keeping
  • Computer Skills including word processing and e-mail
  • Able to make independent, sound, clinical decisions and problem solve
  • Able to manage busy case load and prioritise
  • Ability to work autonomously using specialist knowledge, skills and initiative in sometimes complex situations acknowledging role boundaries



  • NHS or equivalent experience e.g. in inpatient areas, acute or community or community services
  • Experience of using/fitting adaptive equipment

Personal Attributes


  • Able to maintain confidentiality and professionalism within the environment that they are working
  • Able to demonstrate awareness of own limitations and need to ask for help
  • Evidence of ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written documentation
  • Works well in a team
  • Ability to adapt and demonstrate flexibility in changing service needs
  • Shows evidence of compassion, accountability, respect and excellence
  • Reliable

Other Factors


  • Ability to fulfil the travel requirements of post
  • Able to meet physical & moving and handling requirements of post. I.e. re-positioning of a patient, use of moving & handling equipment, approved manual physical movement practices of patient
  • Able to deal sensitively and safely with blood and bodily fluids

Employer details

Employer name

Wye Valley NHS Trust


Hereford County Hospital



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