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Hand Therapy Clinical Specialist

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Band 7 Hand Therapy Clinical Specialist ( Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist )

Part time hours up to 25 hours per week

Are you an exceptional therapist ready for a new challenge?

Do you have a passion for hand therapy and helping patients regain function after injury or surgery? We want you on our team!

Due to a valued team member's retirement after many years of outstanding service, we have an opening for an excellent Clinical Specialist Hand Therapist at our busy hospital.

This is your chance to join our fast-paced, collaborative outpatient clinic and work side-by-side with the best plastic surgeons and orthopaedic consultants.

In this role, you'll treat a number of fascinating cases, interact with patients at every stage of recovery, and help implement innovative new therapies.

We'll look to you to mentor staff, train students, and elevate our exceptional patient care. Your expertise, compassion, and clinical skills will directly impact patients and their recovery.

Our clinic is located in Northampton General Hospital with access to a variety of support and resources. You'll receive excellent opportunities for career development. We want an exceptional therapist ready to make their mark! Come join our team and take your career to the next stage.

Main duties of the job

To Clinically Support staff in the Hand Therapy management of patients, and to supervise, appraise and be involved in the development of team members alongside the clinical specialist Hand Therapist.

To perform a highly specialist role within Hand Therapy, using evidence based/patient centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions for patients many with complex needs.

To triage and assess referrals from Virtual Fracture Clinic, fracture clinic, plastic clinic and plastics trauma clinic.

To participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of the clinical Hand Therapy service provision, holding responsibility for defined projects and activities, providing regular feedback to the Head / Deputy Head of Therapies and Limb Centre.

To be an active member of the Therapies service senior management team.

To regularly educate and supervise Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy students on practice placement within the Therapies Directorate and be involved in the teaching and training of the multi-disciplinary team on aspects of clinical care relating to Hand Therapy.

Provide effective input into the work of the Trust, to support the achievement of our vision and values:

Act as a resource for other members of the multi-disciplinary team working within Hand Therapy and have active involvement in multi-professional teaching and training.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Corporate Responsibilities

Build safe working knowledge of all equipment used to provide safe patient care and participate in maintenance and training

Supporting Clinical and Patient Excellence

To work autonomously within departmental clinical teams to provide excellent Hand Therapy care to a diverse client group.

To increase and expand knowledge base and experience, clinically and non-clinically.

To undertake a comprehensive assessment of patients including those with diverse or complex presentation/multiple pathologies use advanced clinical reasoning skills and manual assessment techniques to provide an accurate diagnosis of their condition.

Formulate and deliver a complete specialised Therapy programme based on sound knowledge of evidence based practise and treatment options.

To represent the Hand therapy service and/or individual patients at multidisciplinary team meetings. This will include discussion of patient care, progress and involvement in discharge planning.

To provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to colleagues, relatives and carers when appropriate to promote understanding of the aims of therapy.

Comply with departmental guidelines for the safe use, care and maintenance of equipment and stock.

Monitor hand therapy spending on splinting material and other consumables.

Provide support to patients and carers, sharing information to enable them to make informed decisions regarding Hand Therapy recommendations.

Supervision and development of junior staff.

People / Management Excellence

Supporting Financial Excellence

To make best use of NHS resources

Professional Responsibilities, Quality Assurance and Monitoring

To work within Trust Core Competencies and objectives (Knowledge and Skills Framework based), Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Royal College of Occupational Therapist guidelines, HCPC standards and code of conduct and to have good working knowledge of national and local standards and policies

Complete all work necessary to maintain registration and encourage others to do so

Monitor own and others quality and standard of practice by appraisal and review

Maintain and monitor standards on health and safety, consent, note keeping, clinical governance, continuous professional development on both a personal, professional and departmental level.

To supervise and teach students on placement.

Policy and Service Development, Research and Development Responsibilities

To use information such as Clinical governance, NICE, and other clinical specific guidelines and evidence of best practice to assist in producing working guidelines, competencies and objectives to develop the service.

Person Specification

Education, Training and Qualifications


  • BSc Honours (or equivalent) in Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy
  • Health and Care Professions Council Registration.
  • BAHT level 2 Training
  • UK work permit


  • Membership of British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT)
  • Leadership / Management Qualification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Knowledge and experience of complex assessments of the hand and wrist and the ability to differentially diagnose.
  • Experience of managing a complex clinical caseload and prioritising work
  • Experience in contributing towards the learning and development of other Hand Therapy and support staff
  • Experience of supervising junior and support staff
  • Knowledge of upper limb anatomy, conditions and surgery relating to hand therapy
  • Knowledge and experience of implementing a wide range of treatment techniques and modalities relating to hand therapy


  • Experience leading a team

Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • flexible and confident manner with a positive approach and high levels of motivation
  • Enthusiasm for contributing towards development of the Hand Therapy and Therapies service
  • Ability to manage work pressures to enable management of a caseload alongside involvement in non-clinical and professional activities
  • Ability to work under own initiative



  • Skills to communicate effectively with patients, carers, team members, managers, Therapy colleagues, and other agencies
  • Ability to manage work pressures within a fast-paced environment and conflicting priorities
  • Ability to respond positively and adapt to change
  • Personal resources to cope when dealing with patients with complex conditions, acute or terminal illnesses, traumatic injuries, mental impairment and challenging behaviours on a daily basis
  • IT skills (MS office, clinical systems etc)
  • Skills to produce clear and concise verbal and written clinical reports

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust




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