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Occupational Therapist Advanced (XR07)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
27 Feb 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Due to re-profiling of posts an exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Neonate and neurodevelopmental OT team at the Leeds Childrens Hospital.

The post sits within both inpatient and outpatient services, providing assessment and treatment for children aged 0-2 years with a range of developmental needs. This includes specialist input as part of an MDT for extremely premature infants who require ongoing monitoring whilst on our neonatal units (level 3 and level 2). Therapy follow up is offered for these vulnerable infants is provided up to 2 years of age.

You will be joining an established MDT that has recently received extra funding across the MDT for additional posts. This mix of existing and newer staff will provide exciting opportunities for service development. There is excellent local and national peer support and the OT team are committed to supporting continued professional development through appraisal, training, research and audit.

Main duties of the job

Be responsible for the management of your own caseload which will cover both outpatient therapy clinics and inpatient babies.

Attend and contribute to MDT meetings, including ward rounds, discharge planning, family integrated care meetings and liaise with regional units as required

Work closely with MDT colleagues (Physio/Psychology/SLT/dieticians) to jointly assess where appropriate and deliver patient/family centred interventions.

Be jointly responsible with the existing Band 7 for the operational leadership of the service

provide support, training and supervision to junior staff, undergraduate students and MDT

Providing training and education to parents/familes/carers

Assess for and provide specialist equipment

Attend and contribute to local and national peer support meetings/groups

Attend and contribute to OT service meetings/service developments

Deputize for the Clinical Service Manager as appropriate.

About us

Leeds Childrens Hospital provides services to the region and city of Leeds. This is an exciting and dynamic place to work.


Our values are part of what make us different from other trusts, we see this as a strength, as well as a responsibility. They have been developed by our staff and set out what they see as important to how we work. Our five values are: Patient-centered, Collaborative, Fair, Accountable and Empowered.

The Childrens OT team work across Leeds Childrens Hospital (Monday - Friday) covering both inpatient wards and outpatients. Services include Neurosciences, Oncology, Orthopaedics, General medicine, Cardiac, Neuromuscular, Neonates, Neurodevelopmental, Rheumatology, Chronic Pain, Musculoskeletal & Long Covid.

We are a friendly and supportive team, Our aim is to always strive to provide the highest quality of care to our patients, & we are highly committed to supporting CPD and wellbeing of staff

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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To work within the Occupational Therapy Service, leading coordinating and developing effective intervention in a specialist area, in conjunction with the Head Occupational Therapist Clinical Area and colleagues.

To manage autonomously a clinical workload at a highly specialist level: assessing and treating patients and maintaining associated records.

To apply evidence based knowledge of the specialist clinical area, acquired through in depth experience and/or academic study to specialist post graduate level or equivalent

To provide Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention to patients with diverse, complex and multiple pathological presentations.

To adopt a key role in clinical risk assessment and discharge planning

To take responsibility for organising and carrying out home assessments. Leading and co-ordinating discussions with patients and carers, health and social care professionals and community agencies to plan and implement effective and safe hospital discharges.

To provide an evidence based service to the specialist clinical area.

To provide a patient-focused service following the Occupational Therapy process (screen referrals, assess and plan treatment programmes, implement and evaluate treatment programmes, monitor and plan discharge) using Occupational Therapy core skills.

To represent the Occupational Therapy Service and act as a patient advocate in multi-disciplinary meetings, with external agencies such as Social Services, Housing, Intermediate Care Services.

To manage, supervise and delegate to Occupational Therapists within the team.

To manage, supervise and delegate to Occupational Therapy Support Staff.

To supervise and educate Occupational Therapy Students.

To act as a professional role model for other team members.

To assist with the general caseload of the team as service needs dictate.

To act as a highly specialist Occupational Therapy Resource for colleagues, carers and patients.

To lead and participate in team and service developments including audit and research.

To be involved in multi-disciplinary coordination and development of services.

The trust acknowledges and supports the statements laid down by the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (College of Occupational Therapy). The post holder will be professionally accountable to Health Professions Council, and accountable contractually to their employer and to the law for their actions.

2. Job Dimensions

Clinical Responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for the management of patients with highly complex health and social care needs. The post holder as a highly specialised, autonomous practitioner will address occupational therapy performance skills, social context and activity demands in collaboration with patients, carers and colleagues.

Clinical intervention may take place in a variety of settings including wards, therapy departments, clinics, peoples homes, work places community facilities, child care and educational establishments.

The work involves close liaison with the multi-disciplinary team and community based health and social care providers.

Refer to Section 9 for specific details of responsibilities.

Team Responsibilities

1. To manage, supervise and support Occupational Therapists, Support Staff and Students

2. To deputise for the Head Occupational Therapist

3. To represent Occupational Therapy on working parties and multi-agency meetings

4. To act as a resource of clinical expertise and advice within the clinical specialty

for colleagues, patients and carers

5. To be responsible for routine organisation and maintenance of the department/section

6. To initiate, lead and contribute to service development

7. To support the team in meeting local and government targets

8. To lead and participate in projects

9. To lead and participate in in-service training

10. To initiate, promote and implement changes to policies, procedures and practices within the clinical area as identified in team plan

11. To be responsible for financial and physical resources, for example, the use of equipment store systems such as Leeds Equipment Service, petty cash

12. To be responsible for checking and cleaning equipment in line with Trust and service Health and Safety Policies

Professional Responsibilities

1. To support Trust objectives and business plan

2. To lead and promote Service objectives and business plan

3. Specialist knowledge of Modernisation Agenda/Government Initiatives

4. To ensure clinical governance, quality assurance and professional standards are adhered to.

5. Membership of COT specialist section relevant to post

6. Awareness of COT initiatives

7. To initiate, promote and lead changes to policies, procedures and practice within the clinical speciality which may impact on other disciplines.

Person Specification



  • HCPC Registration
  • Degree in Occupational Therapy/or equivalent



  • Extensive post graduate experience at a senior level
  • Experience in the clinical speciality and in a range of clinical areas


  • Change management
  • Involvement in establishing a new service

Skills & behaviours


  • Able to take responsibility for self and others
  • Able to take responsibility for local service delivery
  • Mature and adaptable
  • Team worker
  • Advanced understanding of functional implications of illness and disability related to the specialist clinical area
  • Understanding and application of standardised assessments and treatment techniques associated with the specialist clinical area
  • Advanced problem solving skills/clinical reasoning
  • Complex negotiation skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Able to teach and motivate others
  • Able to work effectively in a stressful environment
  • Moving and handling of patients and equipment is a requirement of this post

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


Leeds General Infirmary

Great George Street



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