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Occupational Therapist - Band 7

North Bristol NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata for part time roles.
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Owing to service expansion, an exciting and rare opportunity has arisen for a band 7 occupational therapist to join our team in neuropsychiatry, predominantly working with individuals experiencing Functional Neurological Disorders (FND).

The Rosa Burden Centre is a regional specialist unit for FND and currently runs a 3 week elective inpatient rehabilitation program for patients with a diagnosis of FND. We are now in a position to significantly expand our team, which will enable us to develop an outpatient service to complement the inpatient program and reach patients without them having a hospital stay. The service is about to undergo a huge period of growth, in which the appointee will have ample opportunity to be part of developing various parts of the service, alongside an experienced Band 7 OT and other members of the MDT.

Much is being done in research and health care settings currently to promote awareness of FND to health care professionals and beyond. Here at the Rosa Burden Centre we are passionate about taking this forwards and delivering well evidenced, person centred care to our patients.

There are options available for those wishing to work flexibly, either full or part time and we are happy to discuss the opportunities we can offer.

Main duties of the job

You will be sharing the role of team lead, alongside an established Band 7 in this challenging and rewarding setting.

Responsibilities will include running the functional neurological disorders inpatient program, offering personalised rehabilitation plans, supervising junior staff and assisting in the development of an occupational therapy outpatient service. Therapy will be delivered through groupwork and 1:1, via face to face and remote platforms, requiring specialist therapeutic skills.

The multi-disciplinary team work closely to ensure the best possible patient experience. You will be liaising with healthcare professionals both locally and nationally to offer advice and education.

About us

Bristol is regarded as the capital of the South West of England. Lively yet laid-back, Bristol blends its rich maritime heritage with an innovative, dynamic culture, making it one of the most cosmopolitan centres outside London. It is a leader on the green scene and was proud to be European Green capital 2015 - the only UK city ever to hold the title. It also has an enviable cycling culture. Bristol is a fantastic choice if you are looking to relocate.

North Bristol NHS Trust is a great place to work. The organisation employs over 12,000 staff providing healthcare to the residents of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, and is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in a range of services and major specialities.

There is peer and senior support available for this post, which is part of the wider occupational therapy service at North Bristol, a large teaching trust that provides a number of specialist regional services. Regular placements are provided for undergraduate students and the role will also include supervision of Band 6 staff.

Additional benefits include award schemes for excellence, staff restaurants, green spaces and an extensive well-being programme.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The postholder will be required to:
  • Undertake the role of an advanced practitioner to plan, co-ordinate, deliver and evaluate the occupational therapy service for patients attending the Rosa Burden unit, high numbers being patients with functional neurological disorder.
  • Work as an autonomous highly skilled practitioner to provide highly specialised occupational therapy assessment, treatment, advice and education for complex patients, carers/families and staff in Rosa Burden unit both inpatient and outpatient.
  • Within the multi-disciplinary team to provide accurate, up to date and evidenced clinical information to Nursing and Consultant Medical staff, and other AHPs including complex clinical assessments and discharge planning.
  • To be a clinical lead in complex discharge planning for this patient group within NBT and in liaison with community services to ensure appropriate discharge.
  • To ensure staff in the team are supervised and developed, and deal with staffing issues as they arise.
  • To be an advocate and specialist health care professional for this patient group both within NBT and for national services, advising on patient management and pathway.
  • To lead service development and QI projects relevant to this post and contribute to research as relevant.
  • To contribute to the maintenance and development of the Trust wide Occupational Therapy service, leading initiatives related to service development such as audit, research, and training

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Post Graduate Training relevant to specialty
  • Practice Educator Qualification or equivalent


  • Basic management/leadership training

Work Experience


  • Post registration specialty experience
  • Experience in using range of assessments relevant to specialty


  • Experience of research or audit



  • Knowledge of OT process within specialty evidenced by CPD record
  • Written communication skills
  • Ability to develop others through training and supervision


  • Splinting skills

Personal Qualities


  • HCPC registration


  • Membership of RCOT
  • Membership of Specialist section/interest group

Employer details

Employer name

North Bristol NHS Trust


Southmead Hospital


BS10 5NB

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