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Specialist Trauma and Orthopaedics Occupational Therapist

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
St Leonards on Sea
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting and unique opportunity for a Specialist Trauma and Orthopaedic Occupational Therapist to be part of the clinical delivery and leadership for orthopaedic patients within the Conquest Hospital and their transition into the community. Your primary roles will be to:
  • enable clinical continuity to improve clinical standards, care pathways and the patient journey
  • manage complex clinical care in partnership with individuals, patients and carers
  • utilisation of specialist orthopaedic and discharge skills
  • be an integral member of the MDT
  • increase job satisfaction by assisting with supervision and training for the staff and students within the service

The team consists of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Associate Practitioners and Therapy Assistants.

If you would like to explore this opportunity further, we would encourage you to contact us for an informal chat or visit.

We welcome suitable Health and Care Professions Council Registered Occupational Therapists applicants who have the skills and experience for this Band 6 role and from those who may be eligible for a band 5 to 6 developer role in this speciality.

Main duties of the job

To undertake assessments and coordinate and provide Occupational Therapy intervention to facilitate a safe discharge for Trauma and Orthopaedic patients.

To undertake specialist clinical Occupational Therapy, including work requiring particular expertise or ability.

To promote integrated, multidisciplinary working practices that supports a seamless transition of care.

To support the Team Lead Occupational Therapist, Professional Occupational Therapy Lead and Service Manager with service development, helping to implement policy and policy changes and to set and monitor standards of practice.

To support the Trauma and Orthopaedic Occupational Therapy Team in optimising patient flow.

To work flexibly across acute services as needed.

About us

We are proud to provide 'Outstanding' care and be a great place to work

We provide safe, compassionate and high quality care to half a million people living or visiting East Sussex. We are one of the largest organisations in East Sussex, the only integrated provider of acute and community care in Sussex. Our extensive services are provided by 7000 + members of staff working from acute hospitals in Hastings and Eastbourne, three community hospitals in Bexhill, Rye and Uckfield, over 100 community sites and in people's own homes.

In 2020 the Care Quality Commission rated us as 'Good' overall, and 'Outstanding' for being caring and effective. The Conquest Hospital and our Community Services are rated 'Outstanding'. Eastbourne DGH rated 'Good'.

In 2020, the Trust launched its ambitious 'Building for our Future' programme. This once in a lifetime programme aims to repair, redevelop and expand our hospitals, transforming the environment in which we provide care for generations to come.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description, for any further queries please contact the appointed manager.

Person Specification



  • A BSc in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Health and Care Professions Council current registration
  • Postgraduate qualification or evidence of relevant post-qualification professional development
  • Evidence of continued professional development


  • Specialist postgraduate training
  • Practice Student Educator



  • Broad range of Band 5 rotations
  • Experience of multi-professional working.
  • Experience of equipment provision
  • Experience of using client-centred goals
  • Experience of supporting other staff / assistants
  • Experience of training/supervision


  • Experience in Acute setting
  • Experience in community setting
  • Experience within Orthopaedics and General Surgery



  • Knowledge of client centred practice.
  • Awareness of clinical governance and understanding of the NHS and challenges facing service delivery.
  • The ability to verbalise the clinical reasoning process in the management of routine cases.
  • Motivated to work flexibly within an inter-professional framework.
  • Good team working skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and delegate workload.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to implement and respond to change.
  • Good keyboard and IT skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office - Word, Excel and Outlook


  • Specialist client group knowledge.

Employer details

Employer name

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust


Conquest Hospital

St Leonards on Sea

TN37 7RD

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