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Senior Specialist Occupational Therapist

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Gorton Manchester
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an experienced and dynamic band 7 Occupational Therapist who is passionate about community working to join our Hospital and Community Team, based at the Gorton Hub. The Gorton Hub opened in November 2022 and was purpose built for local people that brings together a range of different health and social care services under one roof.

The Hospital and Community Team is well-established team, consisting of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and rehabilitation assistants. You will work with a wide variety of patient presentations, including those with multiple pathologies and complex needs. This is an exciting opportunity to work collaboratively alongside other community teams within Central Manchester, particularly the Discharge to Assess Team to support patient flow and hospital discharges.

Main duties of the job

You will provide ongoing support and short- term community rehabilitation to patients, following their hospital discharge aiming to assist them to reach their desired potential in their home environment. You will also work closely with acute therapy colleagues at Manchester Royal Infirmary to facilitate hospital discharge for patients with more complex manual handling and seating needs. You will continue to support and follow up these patients into the community.

You will benefit from working in a friendly team with experienced staff who are committed to high quality patient care and undergraduate education. You will supervise/support more junior staff including students and provide clinical and managerial support to MDT colleagues. You will also be responsible for leading and developing aspects of the service in agreement with senior staff and you will be supported with learning objectives as part of an established appraisal process.

We welcome applicants who are enthusiastic and suitably skilled. Our core hours are currently Monday to Friday, 8am-4pm. The post is full time, however, part-time may be considered.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Registration with the HCPC
  • Degree in Occupational Therapy



  • Relevant post graduate experience in variety of specialities at band 6/7 level
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience in providing clinical leadership and problem solving skills
  • Line management of staff, including formal and informal supervision
  • Experience of MDT working
  • Experience with undergraduate education


  • Community experience
  • Experience and interest in manual handling risk assessments to support patient pathways.
  • Good understanding of current guidelines.frameworks and prioritises in the NHS

skills, abilities and knowledge


  • Ability to manage a highly complex caseload
  • Ability to demonstrate a sound understanding of clinical governance and risk
  • Awareness of benefits and challenges of partnership and multiagency working
  • Ability to manage crisis and reorganise workload at short notice


  • Change management
  • Service development



  • Self motivated
  • Ability to work on own initiative and within a team
  • Access to a car for business purposes to enable travel between sites and to patients' homes

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


The Gorton Hub, Hospital and Community Team

27 Garratt Way

Gorton Manchester

M18 8HE

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