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Lead Occupational Therapist in Trauma & Orthopaedics

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Part Time
Lead Occupational Therapist in Trauma & Orthopaedics

Trauma & Orthopaedics Therapy Team

Band 7, �43,742 - �50,056 per annum pro rata

Hours: 30 per week, all MKUH roles will be considered for flexible working

Fixed term / Secondment for 9 months

Our Therapy Department is currently looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Band 7 Lead Occupational Therapist in Trauma & Orthopaedics, to jointly lead the T& O therapy team alongside the Lead Physiotherapist as a maternity leave cover, a secondment or fixed term contract will be considered. The post would be between the 15th January 2024 until the 15th October 2024.

This is a great opportunity for someone wanting their first experience of leading a team or for someone with established leadership skills looking for a new challenge.

You will be part of the Inpatient Therapy leadership team, involved in service and staff development across the department.

Do you have the drive to lead a team that prides itself on providing excellent patient care with a strong commitment to compassionate care then this role is for you. If you are ready for the challenge of leading a team then this opportunity is right for you.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Adam Baddeley, Inpatient Therapy Service Lead, via phone on 01908 995418 or alternatively email

Interviews w/c 11.12.2023

Main duties of the job

Working as part of a dedicated and skilled Therapy Services team you will be providing day to day operational leadership to the T& O therapy team as well as providing the clinical supervision to staff. You will be expected to have your own caseload of highly complex T& O patients and link with the wider T& O MDT for improving patient pathways, service improvement such as Enhanced recovery programme and community partners.

The T& O service is undertaking several service developments that the successful candidate will help lead and embed into practice.

Previous experience as a Band 6 or 7 Occupational Therapist in T& O is essential. An ability to demonstrate a proactive flexible approach and to be able to lead a team when under pressure is essential. Demonstrable skills in service development are desirable, along with a keen interest in educating fellow healthcare colleagues.

About us

You can expect a warm welcome at Milton Keynes University Hospital, our staff are friendly and welcoming. We listen to each other and work together to embed our Trusts values and behaviours. At MKUH we appreciate our staff and reward them with an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Free on-site parking
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Great flexible workingopportunities
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Lease car scheme
  • Generous annual leave and pension scheme
  • On site nursery (chargeable)
  • Extensive staff health and well-being programme

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the University of Buckingham, is a University Teaching Hospital we conduct research and teaching on site to improve the care of our patients. The hospital is undergoing significant investment, and we are proud to be rated good by the CQC. Visit our website to catch up on our latest news.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be responsible for managing a highly specialist clinical caseload of Inpatient Trauma and Orthopaedics patients for the Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH), patients will be assessed and treated in a variety of different settings including outpatients or inpatients and/ or community as required by the area of clinical specialty.
  • Lead Occupational Therapist for the assessment and treatment of patients with complex elective and traumatic orthopaedic injuries, those with spinal cord injuries and poly trauma patients.
  • Responsible for driving the profession and service forward alongside the MDT in the development of treatment pathways e.g. Fractured Neck of Femur and Enhanced Recovery for elective orthopaedic procedures.
  • Representing the Occupational Therapy profession and teaching of role effectiveness as a Centre of Reference for Enhanced Recovery following elective hip and knee replacements.
  • Supporting in teaching, learning and development within the orthopaedic and wider therapies services.
  • To work in collaboration with Lead Therapists and the Therapy Service Leads to jointly provide clinical and managerial leadership to the Inpatient Trauma and Orthopaedics team, employed by MKUH, in the delivery of a high quality service for its patients.
  • The post holder will have knowledge of emerging clinical developments, provide advice to inform service development in the speciality in support of the appropriate Therapy Lead
  • To demonstrate and role model specialist clinical assessment and treatment skills for an agreed caseload of patients.
  • To continually review staffing levels/skill mix in accordance with the changing needs of the service and informing the Therapy Lead of any problems that may arise.
  • To act as a source of expertise in specialist area for patients, carers, medical staff and other health professionals, GPs and colleagues.

Please refer to the attached Job Description for more details.

Person Specification

Qualifications and knowledge


  • Registration in relevant profession with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Evidence of a range of specialist continuing professional development
  • Member of relevant specialist interest group (Relevant to area of specialty)
  • Management or leadership training or qualification
  • Awareness of NHS and Trust systems, policies, procedures, and current changes
  • Sound therapeutic and clinical knowledge
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge and awareness of national guidelines relevant to specialist area
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of evidence based clinical practice for a range of conditions relevant to area of specialty


  • Student Supervisory Skills training
  • Membership of relevant professional association i.e. British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
  • Relevant post graduate clinical qualification



  • Significant experience in applying Therapeutic process to include assessment, interpretation, individual care planning, motivation, monitoring and evaluation of highly specialized treatment in area of specialty
  • Experience of working with patients in relevant specialist area
  • Active member of multi-disciplinary team (MDT) including liaison with clinical specialists, GP, specialist nurses, community teams etc
  • Supervision, appraisal and training of junior members of staff and students
  • Ability to autonomously manage a caseload of highly complex patients
  • Proven leadership experience in relevant clinical specialty or similar clinical field


  • Ability to undertake projects within specialist area e.g. using NICE guidance, benchmarking and clinical audit
  • Ability to lead and participate in departmental audits and review of Trust Policy



  • Proven time management skills
  • Ability to remain flexible when organising and prioritising own clinical and non-clinical caseload.
  • High level of written and verbal communication including report writing skills
  • Advanced skills in the assessment and treatment of patients in relevant clinical area
  • Ability to present and teach information to junior and assistant staff and students as part of an in-service programme
  • Ability to maintain accurate, comprehensive, and up to date documentation, in line with legal and Trust standards
  • Ability to appropriately apply a range of treatment approaches relevant to clinical specialty
  • Ability to problem-solve and to demonstrate clinical reasoning based on experience and knowledge

Personal and people development


  • Experience of managing and developing junior and assistant staff
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written


  • Experience of using HR policy and procedure including sickness absence and performance management
  • Knowledge of change management principles



  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to influence others
  • Competent in the use of IT including proficient in emails
  • Ability to deliver sensitive information in a tactful and empathetic manner

Specific requirements


  • Able to perform the duties of the post with reasonable aids and adaptations
  • Car driver with valid licence and access to car for travelling across Milton Keynes to visit patients or to other bases (as applicable to post)

Employer details

Employer name

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Inpatient Physiotherapy (Dept)

Milton Keynes


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