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Specialist Hand Therapist (Band 6 OR 7)

Barts Health NHS Trust
£42,471 to £57,802 per annum inc (pro rata)
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Please state clearly on your application whether you are applying for Band 6 22 hours or Band 7 18.5 hours.

We are looking for an experienced Occupational Therapist or physiotherapist to work within our growing Multi-disciplinary Hand Therapy department at Bart's Health NHS Trust. You will be based at the Royal London Hospital, providing clinical expertise for a caseload of hand therapy patients from multiple referral routes. There will be close working with our plastic surgery and orthopaedic colleagues within MDT clinics and on service development projects within the team. In particular the role involves making hand therapy provision to patients on the day of their surgery to support the Day Zero Hand Therapy Pathway.

You will be working within the Royal London Hospital Hand Therapy department. You will lead service development and review, ensuring the service is able to provide safe, high quality, evidence based, and holistic management of hand therapy patients. You will also be expected to work in secondary care clinics, with the support of the wider MDT.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop hand therapy clinical, leadership, research and educational skills. This is supported with a mix of development pathways such as internal and external training, development and networking opportunities, Quality Improvement training and the opportunity to participate in post-graduate HEI courses.

Main duties of the job

To provide high quality and specialist occupational therapy interventions to a wide variety of outpatients including the advanced assessment and treatment of hand trauma (Orthopaedics and Plastics), Rheumatology and Tower Hamlets GP referred patients, provision of individual and group education and treatment, provision of assistive devices (splints) and equipment.

To utilise specialist skills to work without direct supervision with patients who vary greatly in age, communication ability, language, functional ability, cultural and social background.

To work in a highly diverse, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and socio-economically varied environment and gain further skills in outpatient hand therapy. Ensure treatment is of the highest standards regardless of cultural or language differences and support the staff you supervise in doing likewise.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

We are dedicated to being an outstanding place to work and will work with you to get the best experience. We know flexible working is not a one size fits all and will mean something different to everyone. We are inclusive, so if you are interested in flexible working, please speak to the recruiting manager.

Person Specification



  • Understanding of Clinical Governance and its implications for occupational therapy and client care
  • Ability to prioritise, organise and delegate
  • Ability to communicate and present information, orally and in writing, in a clear and logical manner
  • Understanding of the legal responsibilities of the profession.
  • Ability to keep accurate and legible patient notes in line with local and national standards and policies
  • Ability to carry out moderate to intense physical effort throughout the working day and manage competing demands and interruptions
  • Ability to cope working in a fast paced and stressful environment and with emotional and/or aggressive patients and carers
  • Ability to work autonomously, acting decisively on behalf of self and others, setting own priorities.
  • Ability to assess and act against risks to self, clients as a consequence of exposure to clients and environments which may be highly distressing, antagonistic, open to aggression and/or unpleasant.
  • Ability to assess, advise and educate clients and carers about safe manual handling techniques (including use of equipment and adaptations).


  • Effective presentation skills
  • Competent IT skills
  • Evidence of participation in audit/research
  • Ultrasound training
  • Wound care experience
  • Trauma experience



  • Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy
  • HCPC Registration
  • CRB clearance
  • Evidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio including attendance at recent post graduate courses/training relevant to rotational clinical specialties

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Royal London Hospital


E1 1FR

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