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Occupational Therapist (Orthopaedics)

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 Per Annum Incl HCAS
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Occupational Therapist (Orthopaedics)

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist to join our trauma and orthopaedic therapy team at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. We are seeking an experienced therapist who is keen to develop both leadership and clinical skills.

We are a well performing and busy trauma unit supporting a diverse caseload of patients across many specialities. You will provide specialist assessment and intervention to a wide range of orthopaedic, general surgical and medical patients. You require broad acute clinical experience, strong caseload management and complex discharge planning skills and the ability to lead and motivate others. You will lead the orthopaedic service alongside the band 7 physiotherapist, providing development and support to more junior staff. The team is seeking a clinician with a passion for orthopaedics who has strong communication skills to advocate both within therapies and across the multi-disciplinary team. You will be involved in overseeing the day to day operational management of the team and will be responsible for the professional development of junior staff. You will be well supported by a clinical lead therapist who works cross site.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for the day to day running of the occupational therapy service in trauma and orthopaedics, ensuring that all patients are given appropriate and effective occupational therapy intervention in accordance with national guidelines

To work as an autonomous practitioner providing highly specialised occupational therapy assessment and treatment to a caseload of complex patients and maintain up to date occupational therapy records.

To be a role model for expert clinical care and lead on specific projects / service developments and management functions as delegated by the Clinical Lead Therapist.

To use evidence based principles/current best practice and specialist skills to assess, plan, implement and evaluate intervention

To work with relevant multi-disciplinary team colleagues along integrated care pathways, to deliver best practice and propose changes in practice in light of new evidence and maintain high service profile.

To be responsible for the supervision, teaching and day to day line management of more junior staff and students on placement.

To have the opportunity to participate in or lead a departmental research and audit project and service development

The Therapy Department operates a 5 in 7 rota to provide seven day therapy across the service. You will be expected to contribute to weekend working. This may include working in other areas including working the emergency department.

About us

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is proud to be one of the top performing and safest trusts in England. We have two main acute hospital sites--Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, plus our award-winning clinics across North West London and beyond.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see job description and person specification for wider details of job role - the role includes both clinical and operational management responsibilities

Person Specification



  • BSc or diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration
  • Evidence of ongoing CPD since qualification
  • Evidence of relevant post graduate courses


  • member special interest group

Previous Experience


  • Experience at Band 6 or 7 level
  • Broad clinical experience including acute in hospital setting, ortho, surgery, medical, neuro and rehab
  • Evidence of MDT working
  • Evidence of providing teaching to therapy colleagues
  • Evidence of appraisal and supervision of junior staff
  • Evidence of involvement in service development and audit


  • Evidence of wider MDT teaching
  • Co-ordination of in-service training programmes
  • Previous leadership experience



  • Awareness of challenges of working in hospital setting
  • Ability to lead a team and oversee the workload
  • Effective self management including time management & prioritisation
  • Knowledge of orthopaedic conditions elective and trauma
  • Advanced assessment skills and clinical reasoning
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Evidence of professional development and reflection
  • Awareness of legal and professional responsiblities
  • Awareness of clinical governance and risk management


  • Evidence of specific responsibilities eg committee
  • Experience with TBI/head injury patients

Aptitudes, Personal Characteri


  • Effective team member
  • Basic computer skills
  • Shows initiative and is proactive


  • Evidence of outside interests/committments

Employer details

Employer name

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

369 Fulham Rd


SW10 9NH

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