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B5-6 Occupational Therapist Development Post

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 5 to band 6 Developmental Posts are designed to attract Occupational Therapy graduates, with experience as a band 5, who are interested in progressing through competencies that support them becoming a band 6 at UHBW. You will manage an increasingly complex caseload independently, assessing occupational performance and delivering specialist occupational interventions, demonstrating adherence to the Trust Values at all times and operating as a leader in the team, service and organisation.

Benefits to you include access to comprehensive training and education and progression to band 6 Occupational Therapist within 12 months if competencies are achieved. This role offers a structured period of time to consolidate knowledge and continue to learn band 6 OT skills whilst furthering experience of working in different teams and specialities.

You will have access to wellbeing support, via our departmental wellbeing advocates and UHBW wellbeing initiatives.

You will be expected to work a regular weekend pattern in each rotation (typically 1:4) and be part of the bank holiday rota working 2 bank holidays per year.

We will assess suitability against the role requirements upon shortlisting. Further criteria on the job description will be evaluated at interview.

Main duties of the job

As a rotational band 5 you will have the opportunity to work in a range of different speciality teams including Trauma and Orthopaedics, Older Persons Therapy, Medical Rehabilitation, Cardiac, Surgery, Stroke Rehabilitation and Front Door services. These 6-month rotations will be across both Weston General Hospital and Bristol Royal Infirmary, there is also an off-site rotation at Southmead Hospital on the Acute Stroke Unit.

As a band 6, the rotationsare 9 months long andspeciality teams include all the above rotations as well as Critical Care, Oncology and an additional offsite rotation with Sirona in the Integrated Community Stroke Service.

You will have dedicated time for clinical supervision, appraisal and professional support, all Band 5 OTs have 1:1 time with our newly appointed OT Development Leads and also support from our OT Clinical Specialists where appropriate. As a teaching Trust we actively promote and encourage lifelong learning, with access to a wide range of in-house training opportunities and access to external courses. We are proud to have an Occupational Therapist as the Therapy Lead for our Integrated Adult Therapy Service as well as an Occupational Therapist as the Trust AHP lead.

We are looking for creative individuals who have the ability to think outside of the box and can bring a passion for evidence based, holistic and patient centred care to our thriving department.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to both the Band 5 and Band 6 job descriptions for more detailed information regarding the roles and responsibilities of these roles.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development


  • Membership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience in a variety of clinical specialities (undergraduate/post graduate) including hospital based settings
  • Experience of working as part of an Occupational Therapy team and/or multidisciplinary team
  • Evidence of contributing to clinical education/supervision/mentoring of others
  • Experience of discharge planning
  • Clinical experience as a graduate (Band 5) Occupational Therapist


  • Previous NHS experience

Skills and Abilities


  • Recognises limits of own knowledge, seeks help when needed
  • Evidence of ability to recognise own learning needs & responds positively to suggestions for development
  • Competent IT skills
  • Evidence of ability to prioritise and delegate
  • Evidence of planning and organisational skills
  • Effective communication skills both verbal & written


  • Hold a full driving license
  • Evidence of leadership skills/behaviours



  • Demonstrates a commitment to own professional development
  • Proactive attitude
  • Desire to work for UHBW

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary

Upper Maudlin Street



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