Hand Therapist

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Northamptonshire (SITE TBC)
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata (Band 5 to 6 development post would be considered)
Closing date
4 Dec 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The post is suitable for either an OT or Physio with experience within hand therapy, or an experienced band 5 who wants to gain more clinical experience and development in the Hand Therapy field. We would consider a band 5 development post during the first 12-18 months of your employment in this position, you will be supported by the team to complete a series of competencies. At this point and once achieved, you will transition to a band 6 position.

You will develop your skills within a supportive learning environment through competency-based learning, including shadowing, 1:1 tutorials, joint appointments, external courses, and in-service training. You will provide skilled assessment of patients with diverse and complex presentations using advanced clinical reasoning skills to provide appropriate treatment and advice to patients, based on sound knowledge and evidence-based practice.

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust operates many different services across the county opening exposure to development and progression opportunities across the Trust and it is a Trust that is committed to clinical excellence in everything it does. The post includes a detailed supervision and appraisal framework with regular protected learning time. The Trust is also committed to clinical leadership and therefore is focusing on developing front-line staff leadership skills bringing more exciting and innovative opportunities to come.

Main duties of the job

We see hand/wrist dysfunction or injury, including rheumatology, plastics, neurology, and non-specific diagnoses. Referrals are received from GPs, other NHFT AHPs, and Consultants. We have good links with the local hospitals and we also run a joint clinic with an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner.

We work with patients to set goals and achieve the best possible outcome for returning to the activities that are important. This takes the form of advice, education, exercises, task adaptation or splinting. You will participate in running a Rheumatology group. Our therapists enable the patient to take control of their treatment plan and progress. Appointments are a mixture of face-to-face, telephone, and video. Notes and exercise programmes are created digitally.

You will have responsibility for your own caseload, as well as delegating, escalating, and advising colleagues as appropriate. You will have knowledge and skills that allow you to effectively treat a wide array of conditions, and to issue and fabricate splints as needed. You will be required to support the technical instructor and be responsible for caseloads, tasks, or projects delegated to you by the team lead.

We are a small team of 1x band 7 lead, 4x band 6 Hand Therapists, x1 Band 4 Technical instructor and x2 administrators. The team covers four clinics across the county, providing the highest quality of care and placing an emphasis on empowering and enabling patients to enhance their treatment plan.

About us

NHFT is an integrated primary care and mental health Trust, providing physical, mental health and specialty services in both hospital settings and out in the community. Because we put the person at the centre of all we do, we focus on delivering care that is as easy to access as possible. This means many of our services can be provided at home, work or in schools.We also provide health services to various prisons and detention centres in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on the advertised role, please refer to the job description located under the Supporting Documents heading. The full person specification can be accessed under the About You Section of the document.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Degree, BSc Hons in Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy
  • HCPC Registered
  • Evidence of CPD and recent, relevant, training courses
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and CQC and its implication for services


  • Good knowledge based skills of Rheumatology
  • Good knowledge based skills of anatomy
  • BAHT membership
  • NHS experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of the importance of the audit process

Skills and Abilities


  • Good written and verbal communication skills for providing and receiving complex information and ability to liaise effectively with other professionals and patients
  • Computer literate on Office 365
  • Initiative and problem solving skills
  • Experience of engaging and communicating effectively with patients, colleagues and MDT
  • Integrate theory and practice and challenge current practice constructively (Use of models).


  • Splinting Skills
  • Knowledge of SystmOne (Desirable)

Behaviours and Values


  • Flexible and reliable team worker
  • Maintaining an up to date CPD folder
  • Undertake self-study, make use of learning opportunities and peer supervision
  • Identifying own strengths and weaknesses

Employer details

Employer name

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Northamptonshire (SITE TBC)

Northamptonshire (SITE TBC)

NN15 7PW

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