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Senior Occupational Therapist

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Tunbridge Wells
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are currently seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist to join the Therapy Assisted Discharge service (TADS) at Maidstone Hospital.

TADS is a team of occupational therapists, physiotherapists and therapy assistants that enable early discharge from hospital by providing access to therapy assessment and rehabilitation at home within 24 hours of discharge from hospital. The team is part of West Kent Home First and works in collaboration with community health, social care and voluntary agencies.

TADS operates from 8am to 6pm seven days a week. The post therefore involves joining a seven day roster with opportunity for flexible working hours and enhanced rates of pay. Relocation expenses may be payable to the successful candidate providing eligibility criteria is met. This will be discussed with short-listed candidates during their interview.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for someone with a commitment to multi-disciplinary working, excellent organisation and communication skills and a proactive approach to personal development. This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced Band 5 or Band 6 wishing to develop clinical skills in intermediate care within an established and supportive team.

Please see the attached job description for a full list of duties.

About us

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 760,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients - the first of its kind in the country.

We employ more than 7,000 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

Following your Corporate Induction you will be expected to attend the Trusts 2-week Induction Programme for RNs, NAs, RMs, ODPs and Paramedics. The programme is full-time (please email if this is problematic)and will involve travel to both Trust sites. The programme includes supernumerary shifts in the clinical area, classroom-based sessions and e-learning.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at Enhanced Level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

This post forms part of the new Kent and Medway Orthopaedic Centre team at Maidstone Hospital. Over 200 new posts will support the new Centre, which is part of a national scheme to deliver more than 50 new surgical hubs across England. The new Centre will open in spring 2024 and treat patients from across the region, increasing the Trusts capacity for planned surgical procedures.

The Centre will contain the latest novel open plan laminar flow theatres open-plan surgical areas where up to three patients are treated in a dedicated space with a specialised air canopy over each station to prevent the spread of infection. The new facility will also include a 14-bed inpatient ward and a 10-bed day case ward, with recovery, x-ray and therapy space, all within a dedicated elective building.

The Centre will expand orthopaedic surgical capacity across Kent and Medway, playing an important part

Person Specification



  • HCPC registered
  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational therapy


  • Member of Professional Body
  • Member of special interest group
  • Post-graduate training in relevant short courses



  • Post qualification experience within a physical setting
  • Evidence of personal and professional development
  • Experience in working as part of an MDT
  • Experience of leading and influencing others, including OT colleagues
  • Experience in leading and contributing to Audit
  • Experience in service improvement
  • An understanding of common medical, and surgical conditions, care of the elderly, neurology, trauma and orthopaedics
  • Application of OT theory in the treatment of medical, surgical, orthopaedics, neurology, care of the elderly conditions in an inpatient setting


  • Experience of acute in-patient treatment
  • Supervision of junior staff and students

Skills and Knowledge


  • Ability to manage own caseload
  • Experience and commitment to multi disciplinary working
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal


  • Computer literate
  • Understanding of quality issues

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Tunbridge Wells

Tonbridge Road

Tunbridge Wells


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