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Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist

Barts Health NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum inc pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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We are looking for an experienced Occupational Therapist or physiotherapist to work within our growing Multi-disciplinary Hand Therapy department at Bart's Health NHS Trust. You will be based at the Newham University Hospital, providing clinical expertise for a caseload of hand therapy patients from multiple referral routes. There will be close working with our plastic surgery and orthopaedic colleagues on service development projects within the team. On completing competencies there will be an opportunity to continue with hand therapy provision to patients to support the Day Zero Hand Therapy Pathway.

We are dedicated to being an outstanding place to work and will work with you to get the best experience. We know flexible working is not a one size fits all and will mean something different to everyone. We are inclusive, so if you are interested in flexible working, please speak to the recruiting manager

Main duties of the job

To provide high quality and specialist occupational therapy interventions to a wide variety of outpatients including the advanced assessment and treatment of hand trauma (Orthopaedics and Plastics), Rheumatology and Newham GP referred patients, provision of individual and group education and treatment, provision of assistive devices (splints) and equipment.

To utilise specialist skills to work without direct supervision with patients who vary greatly in age, communication ability, language, functional ability, cultural and social background.

To work in a highly diverse, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and socio-economically varied environment and gain further skills in outpatient hand therapy. Ensure treatment is of the highest standards regardless of cultural or language differences and support the staff you supervise in doing likewise.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification



  • Diploma or Degree in Occupational therapy or Physiotherapy
  • HPC registration
  • Evidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio including attendance at post graduate course/training relevant to clinical specialty


  • CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) or COT (College of Occupational Therapy) Membership
  • BAHT membership
  • Post-graduate study



  • Minimum of 5 years post registration experience, at least 2 years of which must be in hand therapy (plastics and orthopaedic trauma, MSK and rheumatology)
  • Experience in supervision of junior staff, students and assistants


  • Supervision Training
  • Fieldwork educators training
  • Post graduate formal qualification relevant to clinical specialty
  • Leadership training
  • Involvement in relevant COT, CSP or Hand Therapy special interest group
  • Working towards BAHT accreditation
  • Recruitment and selection experience



  • Knowledge of a range of clinical conditions, particularly in relating to Hand Therapy assessment and treatment in an acute hospital


  • Knowledge of current and emerging NHS strategy and policy
  • Understanding and rising to the challenges in service improvement
  • Knowledge of current and emerging NHS strategy and policy
  • Understanding and rising to the challenges in service improvement
  • Understanding of Equal Opportunity policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of local community services and agencies (ie intermediate care, reablement)



  • Ability to offer constructive suggestions for service improvement
  • Effectively carries out tasks related to evaluating services
  • Ability to work within set timeframes working to priorities and deadlines
  • Ability to work autonomously, acting decisively on behalf of self and others, setting own priorities
  • Able to recognise own limits and work within those limits of competence
  • Ability to treat everyone with whom s/he comes into contact with dignity and respect
  • Ability to work autonomously, acting decisively on behalf of self and others, setting own priorities
  • Can show a non-judgemental approach to patient care
  • Ability to record and report back accurately and fully on patient assessments undertaken and risks identified
  • Ability to assess for/review medical devices and other rehabilitative equipment for patients, carers and other. This includes safe handling, fitting and demonstration
  • Ability to evaluate patient progress, reassess and provide modified treatment programmes as required through the monitoring of clients medical and rehabilitation needs
  • Ability to identify patients deteriorating function and take appropriate action
  • Ability to carry out essential and appropriate occupational therapy interventions and procedures
  • Comprehensive splinting experience and skills. Ability to prescribe and fabricate thermoplastic splint
  • Wound management skills
  • Ability to assess, advise and educate clients and carers about safe manual handling techniques (including use of equipment and adaptations)
  • Ability to plan allocate and supervise the work of a team Ability to support staff during the NHS KSF development review process
  • Evidence based clinical reasoning skills


  • Ability to lead the occupational therapy team in service improvement
  • Ability to monitor the quality of own and others work
  • Ability to use and maintain resources efficiently and effectively and encourage others to do so
  • Ability to identify and take action when own or other's undermines equality and diversity
  • Ability to provide formal teaching development to staff/colleagues
  • Ability to evaluate effectiveness of learning activities and identifies how it could be improved
  • Ability to assess the work of the team, provide clear constructive feedback to the team in order to maintain and improve performance



  • Ability to demonstrate enthusiasm towards teaching and sharing knowledge
  • Understanding of own Knowledge and Skills Framework and ability to identify learning needs and interests
  • Ability to prioritise, organise and delegate
  • Ability to self-reflect, carry out tasks of own job and identify what s/he needs to learn to able to do current job better
  • Ability to take an active role in agreed learning activities and keeps a record of them
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team Ability to communicate effectively at all levels across the Department and Directorate
  • The ability to communicate with patients in an empathetic manner regarding their treatment and procedures
  • Can demonstrate an enthusiastic, approachable and friendly manner
  • Ability to communicate and present information, orally and in writing in a clear and logical manner
  • Effective presentation skills Participation in weekend discharge team rota
  • Sufficient to perform the duties of the post with any aids and adaptations


  • Ability to work flexible hours to meet service requirements Involvement in COT special clinical interest group

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Newham Hospital


E13 8SL

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