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Occupational Therapist - Rotational

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for B5 Occupational Therapists to work in our large Therapy services department, working in acute care, on a variety of wards as part of our rotational B5 OT workforce.

This post is part of the wider Therapy services department. You will have many opportunities to develop new skills and knowledge through our in-service training. You will be part of a large department of over 260 wte Therapy staff including Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Therapy support staff.

We run a 7-day therapy service working on weekends and Bank Holidays, on a roster basis, will be expected as part of your working hours.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This post is be suitable for either an experienced Band 5, wanting to experience a wider variety of acute rotations than most hospitals offer, or a newly qualified Occupational Therapist looking to transition from student to qualified OT.

Our B5 rotations are for 6 months each and initially you will slot into vacancies, being able to request rotations when these are due to change. We currently provide rotations in many different clinical specialities including: cancer care, cardiac, surgery, AMU/ED, orthopaedics, neurology, paediatrics, medicine, and medicine for older people. This means you will so develop a broad knowledge base on, which to plan the rest of your career, and help you decide what area of OT you may want to specialise in for the future, or you can continue rotating as part of our B6 workforce as another future option.

We are looking for staff with an ability to treat patients with care, compassion, and dignity.

Experience of working in the acute setting and recent NHS, as a student experience or current B5 , is desirable. UHS is one of the largest acute hospitals in the UK and is fast paced and busy so if you are a dynamic and enthusiastic OT looking for a challenge, we would love to hear from you.

If you are still training and due to finish your course in late 2023 or early 2024, please feel free to contact us.

Please contact us to ask any questions you may have about joining our department and the opportunities this post offers.

Summer graduates 2024, please do not apply yet, however please feel free to express an interest: email

Person Specification

Qualifications, knowledge and experience


  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Current or pending HCPC registration
  • Work with a variety of physical and mental health conditions/multiple pathology during student placements
  • Experience of fitting a range of equipment
  • Experience of working with support staff
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Evidence of continuing professional development



  • Communication
  • Time management
  • Prioritisation
  • Diplomacy
  • Working autonomously
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Taking the initiative

Trust Values


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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