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Band 6 Occupational Therapist

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Sutton Coldfield
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about older people's healthcare? Do you want to be part of a dynamic and exciting time for the delivery of healthcare to older people across the acute and primary care system?

If so, here is an exciting opportunity to progress your OT career.

We are the Older Person's Assessment and Liaison Team (OPAL). We provide timely, multidisciplinary, patient centred assessment to those with an acute need.

You will be part of the OPAL team at Good Hope Hospital, providing effective and efficient comprehensive geriatric assessments (CGA) within the Emergency Department and medical assessment areas.

The aim of the service is to reduce avoidable hospital admissions by proactively assessing patients and addressing issues relating to function, mobility and social needs referring on to community services as required.

The holistic service means patients receive a highly skilled assessment at the front door, followed by support and treatment they need. Ongoing care will take place in the best place for the person, which will often be their own home supported by community teams.

Our well established team is made up of Senior Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, OPAL Consultants/Nurse Consultant, medics, Therapy Support workers, ACPs, who all strive to achieve patient-focused admission avoidance.

The post is based within AMU and ED and work will be carried out in these areas. Day to day line management and professional support is provided by the OPAL Band 7 Team Lead.

Main duties of the job

To perform specialist assessment of patients with diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions. To hold responsibility for assessing patients quickly when referred, working without direct supervision.


1.To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of own work, including the management of patients in your care. Organising and planning caseloads to meet service and patient priorities. Readjusting plans as situations change / arise

2.To undertake a comprehensive geriatric assessment of patients including those with diverse or complex presentations: use advanced clinical reasoning skills and manual assessment techniques to provide an accurate diagnosis of their condition / problems.

3.Formulate and deliver an individual therapy treatment programme within the realms of elderly care, based on sound knowledge of evidence based practice using clinical assessment and reasoning skills

4.To take the shift lead role to direct the team and delegate case loads

5.To use a wide range of verbal and non -- verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients & carer's

6.Work within trust guidelines and professional guidelines and have a good working knowledge of national and local standards and monitor own and others quality of practice as appropriate

7.To participate in 7 day working

8.To be responsible for accurate record keeping in line with professional standards of practice and trust policy

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note*: For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • * BSc Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • * HCPC registration



  • * Specialist knowledge in the field of frailty syndromes & interventions for older people
  • * Experience of working at band 5 level or above within the NHS
  • * Good understanding of working in an acute trust
  • * Experience in the supervision and management of junior staff
  • * Evidence of and desire to supervise students
  • * Understanding of current legislation and application to occupational therapy

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Good Hope Hospital

Rectory Rd

Sutton Coldfield

West Midlands

B75 7RR

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