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Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist Respiratory

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
5 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist - Band 7 37.5 hours
  • Glenfield Hospital
Due to recent investment a new Respiratory Support Unit has opened at Glenfield hospital. We are seeking a Band 7 Occupational Therapist who can lead on developing the OT service on this unit and demonstrate specialised clinical skills. This post will allow an Occupational Therapist to work in an acute hospital setting using all of their psychosocial and mental health skills, alongside using their physical treatment skills. The case load will require someone skilled at anxiety management, de-escalation of panic attacks, and early OT intervention to lesson an acute stress response. You will work alongside the Physiotherapists to carry out assessments and be responsible for assessing cognitive and functional abilities. You will also work to facilitate discharge and optimise patient outcomes. This is a new post therefore Service development will form a large part of the role. You will work alongside an established Physiotherapy team and MDT.

Main duties of the job

You will be directly involved in audit and development of the service to continuously improve patient care.You will demonstrate excellent communication and leadership skills, working within a large multidisciplinary team to support functional assessments and interventions to facilitate safe and effective discharge planning for complex patients.

You will support and manage a team of Occupational Therapists, whilst working closing with Physiotherapists and support workers across the Glenfield teams.

About us

Our new strategy, developed with the support and feedback of colleagues, patients, and partners, is our compass for the next seven years (2023-2030).

We have four primary goals:
  • high-quality care for all,
  • being a great place to work,
  • partnerships for impact, and
  • research and education excellence

And we will embed health equality in all we do - taking active steps to reduce the avoidable differences in healthcare that some people face, working in partnership with communities.

Our strategy is underpinned by new values and we will work to ensure they are an everyday reality for all:
  • we are compassionate,
  • we are proud,
  • we are inclusive, and
  • we are one team

This is an exciting moment as we look to the future with clarity on what we already do well and where we need to focus our energies to make an even bigger difference for the people we serve.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust:

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide clinical and professional leadership to Therapy colleagues in the speciality area.
  • Lead, evaluate and develop clinical practice within a specialty ensuring compliance with national and local guidelines and frameworks.
  • Responsible for clinical standards, evidence-based practice and quality metrics within the speciality.
  • Work as an autonomous practitioner to provide specialist therapy assessments, diagnose and develop individualised treatment programmes based on the patients needs, using advanced clinical reasoning skills
  • To be responsible for a clinical caseload which will include complex cases.
  • Undertake an active role in developing and promoting Therapy within the specialty.
  • Be responsible for the day to day management of the delivery of the Therapy specialist team in an efficient and effective way within a fast and pressurised environment.
  • Participate in the planning, development and evaluation of Therapy within the Specialist Team holding responsibility for defined projects
  • Work alongside the Therapy Speciality Lead / Therapy Clinical Team Leader to develop links between the specialist Therapy team and relevant Divisions within UHL.
  • Ensure the training and development of staff within the Therapy Speciality Team
  • Liaise with colleagues and work across site/cross specialty if appropriate in order to ensure the provision of a seamless equitable service
  • Deputise for the Therapy Speciality Lead as appropriate

Person Specification



  • HCPC registration
  • Previous employment as a Senior Therapist

Planning & Organisational


  • Demonstrates effective coping skills for dealing with pressurised and unexpected situations.


  • Evidence of standard setting and service development



  • Demonstrates knowledge of effective team working
  • Demonstrates Leadership skills



  • Significant post graduate clinical experience within a relevant area
  • Experience of managing and leading a team
  • Evidence of teaching within Therapies and wider MDT
  • Knowledge of discharge processes and services available within LLR


  • Experience in audit, service development and/or research

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


Glenfield Hospital

Groby Road



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