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Rotational Occupational Therapist

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience per annum
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an occupational therapist looking to develop foundational competences ahead of a fascinating career? If so, you are warmly invited to join the friendly, cohesive and supportive occupational therapy team at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester.

Occupational therapists at St Richard's are well-respected within the MDT, and enjoy a wide range of development opportunities, gaining a deep understanding of patient care across a broad range of specialisms. These include acute neurology, neuro rehabilitation, cardiac, respiratory, gastric, amputee, frailty, trauma, surgery, orthopaedic, and palliative care.

St Richards Hospital sits at the foot of South Downs National Park, in the heart of Chichester which is a lively and historic university city. The hospital is a well-established institutional member of University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, meaning that band-5 occupational therapists also have access to rotational opportunities at nearby Worthing and Southlands hospitals (there is a free shuttle bus between sites).

Beyond your clinical competences, you will be well-supported to develop core skills such as leadership, communication, MDT working, education, research and leadership within our AHP Preceptorship Programme, which facilitates and supports your career progression.

We also welcome and support candidates returning to practice.

Main duties of the job

  • Complete occupational therapy assessments, plan and implement interventions, and evaluate patient outcomes. You will take an evidence-based, person-centred approach to enable patients' engagement in self-care, productivity and leisure.
  • Promote productive inter-professional relationships and represent occupational therapy within your multi-disciplinary team.
  • Develop an enhanced understanding of our varied specialisms as you rotate amongst our expert occupational therapy teams.
  • Proactively pursue and engage in training and development opportunities in line with your continued professional development.
  • Empower and develop junior colleagues and students, with guidance and support from seniors.
  • Contribute to the planning, development and evaluation of occupational therapy services.

About us

Join us atUHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops AtUHSussexwe're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of theUK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that haveembodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives:We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put ourPatientFirst. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role atUHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives ofpatients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above andbeyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in ourwellbeing programmefor staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look afterothers we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us:As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment youstart with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosingUHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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

Person Specification



  • Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Evidence of recent and relevant CPD (CPD Portfolio)
  • Registration with the HPC


  • Membership with the BAOT

Knowledge & Experience


  • Basic awareness of current legislation, government initiatives and current practice affecting OT
  • Clinical experience (incl. student placements) in area relating to speciality/post or able to demonstrate acceptable equivalent
  • Knowledge of the OT role, relevant OT assessments and intervention


  • Knowledge of OT models of practice



  • Ability to establish and maintain communication on complex, potentially stressful topics in a range of situations, with individuals or groups
  • Ability to analyse assessment outcomes, identify problems and offer solutions
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own and other's performance
  • Ability to organise and respond effectively to complex information

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


St. Richard's Hospital

Spitalfield lane


PO19 6SE

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