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Advanced Practice Occupational Therapist-Hyper Acute/Inpatient Service

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
£44,398 to £50,807 per Annum
Closing date
26 Mar 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting new post set up to support complex, hyper acute patients aligned to sub-speciality pathways at the Grange University Hospital, including brain injury, major trauma and patients who step down from critical care. As this is a new role within Occupational Therapy service, there will be need to be emphasis on developing the role linked to service requirements and demands, establishing professional and clinical networks to ensure alignment to core pathways such as the Major Trauma Network, non-stroke neurological and critical care provision. Therefore, experience in service development, including setting up new clinical pathways and leading others through change will be key.

We are looking for a flexible, innovative and highly motivated advanced practitioner, with a key interest in developing the evidence base through research, service improvement and evaluation to support the delivery of Occupational Therapy. We are looking for a practitioner who will work to the top of their license to innovate and lead clinical developments within the assigned field of practice.

Main duties of the job

  • To demonstrate an advanced knowledge base in the assessment and intervention for people admitted to a specialist acute hospital, supporting a range of sub speciality pathways inclusive of major trauma, critical care step down and non-stroke neurology.
  • Utilise advanced knowledge and skills from a varied clinical background, including in a neurological setting, to assess, treat and manage a varied caseload on multiple wards.
  • Identify and prioritise the people who will be most likely to benefit from occupational therapy intervention.
  • Independent, confident decision making and clinical reasoning with a complex and varied caseload.
  • Support seamless transition of occupational therapy care on step-down from the critical care unit.
  • Plan discharges home directly from the Grange University Hospital
  • Work jointly with the multi-disciplinary team on the unit to optimise the impact of occupational therapy.
  • Identify and implement changes to support the development of this emerging role and service.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is a multi-award winning NHS organisation with a passion for caring. The Health Board provides an exceptional workplace where you can feel trusted and valued. Whatever your specialty or stage in your career, we have opportunities for everyone to start, grow and build your career. The health board provides integrated acute, primary and community care serving a population of 650,000 and employing over 16,000 staff.

We offer a fantastic benefits package and extensive training and development opportunities with paid mandatory training, excellent in-house programmes, opportunities to complete recognised qualifications and professional career pathways including a range of management development programmes. We offer flexible working and promote a healthy work life balance, provide occupational health support and an ambitious plan for a Wellbeing Centre of Excellence to support you at work.

Our Clinical Futures strategy continues to enhance and promote care closer to home as well as high quality hospital care when needed. This includes the Grange University Hospital which provides specialist and critical care and is the newest addition to the clinical futures strategy opening in November 2020. Join us on our journey to pioneer new ways of working and deliver a world-class healthcare service fit for the future.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

Developing occupational therapy management pathways of non-stroke neurological step down patients will be a priority as part of the establishment of this role following the reconfiguration of ABUHB Stroke rehabilitation pathway, therefore an interest and skill set the within the field of neurology is desirable. We also have the aspiration of developing an all age pathway response in relation to major trauma provision, with occupations being at the core of our interventions, which makes the scope, depth and breadth of this role is both exciting and innovative in nature.

Extensive clinical experience of rehabilitation, inpatient services, neurology and major trauma is essential along with advanced communication and engagement skills. You will be expected to work as an integral member of the MDT and as part of the wider Occupational Therapy team across ABUHB, to deliver high quality, evidence based occupational therapy intervention with individuals would have experienced a significant event requiring a specialist acute admission into hospital.

Person Specification



  • Occupational Therapy degree or diploma
  • HCPC registration
  • Master's level study (CQFW level 7) - (@20/30credits each): module or equivalent from oLeadership oChange management. oOccupational Therapy practice oPractice modules linked to clinical area.
  • Accredited practice placement educator


  • Member of relevant RCOT Specialist Section.
  • Certificate in Leadership and/or Management.



  • Extensive experience of working in physical health settings, inclusive of critical care, major trauma, neurology, in-patient settings
  • Significant experience working at senior Occupational Therapy level
  • Significant experience of supervising less experienced Occupational Therapists
  • Experience of leading a change in Occupational Therapy clinical practice.
  • Involvement in planning local service delivery.


  • Training in providing clinical supervision.
  • Experience of research and/or audit.

Skills and Attributes


  • Ability to assess, plan and implement highly specialised interventions in related clincial field
  • Able to analyse and reflect on clinical practice and use this to shape future practice
  • Ability to use highly specialist clinical skills to interpret complex assessments for second opinion
  • The capacity to apply a broad range of occupational therapy interventions using a whole-person, person centred approach to practice.
  • Negotiation and problem-solving skills utilised within area of practice and wider MDT teams.
  • oSpecialist knowledge of assessment and intervention for area of clinical responsibility.


  • Application of national initiatives within an Occupational Therapy service
  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1) or willingness to work towards



  • Ability to travel around geographical areas to meet the requirement of the post.
  • Committed to person centred, non-discriminatory practice
  • Documented evidence of CPD

Employer details

Employer name

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board


The Grange University Hospital

Caerleon Road, Llanfrechfa


NP44 8YN

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