Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist in Elective Orthopaedics

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
4 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist Band 7 Elective Orthopaedics - Leicester General Hospital

Permanent position 37.5 hours (Flexible/part time)

If you are a current Band 7 or an experienced Band 6 Occupational Therapist with an interest in MSK and post surgical care then this exciting opportunity could be for you. This post is looking for a creative, dynamic and motivated person to lead and manage the day to day running of the elective Orthopaedic and post surgical care team.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting time for this specialty. Due to the pandemic the waiting list for surgery is high, which is advancing many different service initiatives. Traditional in-patient surgeries are being explored as days case and at UHL therapy have been heavily involved in shaping this service to a 1 nights stay. This service development is still very early on and requires further leadership and input to promote the OT service within this. We are also working with our community colleagues to look at Prehabiliaiton, pre-surgery education and a joint school. As a member of a joint Physio and OT team you will work closely with the physiotherapy team and have scope to explore and implement any innovative ideas that can lead to increased patient flow, service delivery and alternate ways of working with a now deconditioned patient group.

The case load is a combination of patients who have had joint replacement surgery, upper and lower limb surgery, spinal surgery, and some Trauma cases. The team provides a service to two wards, a pre-assessment clinic and day-case patients. Alongside this, the team also cover in-patient post surgery care on the Urology and Gynecology wards, which this post would include leading on.

About us

Our new strategy, developed with the support and feedback of colleagues, patients, and partners, is our compass for the next seven years (2023-2030).

We have four primary goals:
  • high-quality care for all,
  • being a great place to work,
  • partnerships for impact, and
  • research and education excellence

And we will embed health equality in all we do - taking active steps to reduce the avoidable differences in healthcare that some people face, working in partnership with communities.

Our strategy is underpinned by new values and we will work to ensure they are an everyday reality for all:
  • we are compassionate,
  • we are proud,
  • we are inclusive, and
  • we are one team

This is an exciting moment as we look to the future with clarity on what we already do well and where we need to focus our energies to make an even bigger difference for the people we serve.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust:

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be working with patients with complex orthoapedics needs and you will be required to manage a varied caseload and undertake functional assessments, whilst also managing non-clinical duties to enable the day to day running of the team. You will need to work with patients, families and the multidisciplinary team in a sensitive and professional manner for the benefit of the patient. Excellent prioritisation, time management and organisational skills are essential in this acute hospital environment.

You will have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills, by supporting and supervising other staff members within the team. You will be expected to provide practice placements for Occupational Therapy students and have a strong teaching role within the team to develop new starter in the area. There is also structured in-service training in place within the team, which you will be required to led and participate in.

You will be actively involved in service development, audit and research and promote this within team and you will receive a comprehensive Trust and departmental induction, regular supervision and appraisal.

You will be based at the Leicester General Hospital and will be required to work on the weekend roster, including bank holidays and if required participate in 8-8 working.

Person Specification



  • BSc OT
  • HCPC


  • Post graduate course or masters level



  • Experience of working in clinical area/MSK area
  • Experience of teaching/supervising staff


  • Experience of audit/clinical evaluation
  • Evidence of service development/leading on projects

Team working


  • Experience of team working
  • Experience of leading/managing a team

Enthusiasm for post


  • Enthusiasm for post and working in orthoapaedics

Trust values


  • Evidence of working to trust values



  • Demonstrates using effective communication skills

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


Leicester General Hospital

Gwendolen Road



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