Rotational Paediatric Occupational Therapist

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for Band 6 Occupational Therapist to develop their skills in acute paediatrics in our team based at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. We are looking for an experienced and motivated Occupational Therapist to join our Band 6 Rotation at UHBW NHS Foundation Trust (CQC rated Good). This is a fixed term post and during your time you will have the opportunity to work across the key specialities of Burns, Neurosciences & Trauma Orthopaedics (including complex major trauma). There may also be opportunities for you to spend time with other specialities led by specialist OT's, including paediatric rheumatology, neonatal care and rare bone disease.

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children is a specialised tertiary centre, taking the most complex referrals from both local and national centres. We are the paediatric major trauma centre for the South West of England and host a range of specialised services. You will work within a therapy team with a vast amount of experience with access to regular clinical supervision and a range of training opportunities. You must be an effective team player with excellent communication and organisational skills.

Main duties of the job

Band 6 Occupational Therapist are experienced clinicians having completed core rotations as a Band 5. This Band 6 Occupational therapy post allows an experienced OT with existing broad postgraduate knowledge and skills to further develop their expertise and develop specialised clinical skills in the area of acute and long-term paediatric conditions.
  • The post-holder will act as an autonomous practitioner to provide a comprehensive inpatient and out-patient Occupational Therapy service consisting of assessment, intervention and discharge planning for a caseload of paediatric patients relevant to the rotational speciality.
  • To provide specialist Occupational Therapy input to children admitted to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, thereby ensuring that they achieve maximum rehabilitation potential and are discharged in a safe and timely fashion
  • To run/ assist in running the regional paediatric speciality clinics, including scar management.
  • To co-ordinate with local and out of area community and social services occupational therapy teams in order to: facilitate safe discharge, obtain equipment and to ensure appropriate follow-up is in place after discharge.
  • To provide specialist advice to other members of the multi-disciplinary team and to provide clinical education and training to others, deputising for senior team members as required.
  • To provide supervision and training to Band 5 Occupational Therapists, Therapy assistants and Students as required.

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

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree or Equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Evidence of relevant post graduate continual professional development


  • Membership of RCOT



  • Good communication skills
  • Good team player
  • Leadership
  • Honest
  • Trustworthy
  • Hardworking

Knowledge and Experience


  • Post graduate experience across a range of specialities eg Orthopaedics, neurology, community rehabilitation, developmental care or burns
  • Evidence of working within a multidisciplinary team with clear understanding of roles
  • Evidence of hospital discharge planning and caseload prioritising
  • Experience in prescribing specialist equipment to support safe discharge


  • Experience of working with children and young people at junior level or above
  • Splinting experience
  • Experience of supervising junior staff/students
  • Experience of service development, audit or research
  • Knowledge of postural management and assessment of specialised seating

Skills and Aptitudes


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable
  • Sound IT skills
  • Proven desire to work in a paediatric environment
  • Excellent motivation skills

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Upper Maudlin Street



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