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Specialist Occupational Therapist - Moving & Handling

Wye Valley NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 pro rata per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a dynamic and forward thinking Occupational Therapist with an interest in moving & handling to join our community therapy team in Herefordshire. The post is an opportunity to have a positive impact on staff well-being and service user care.

To lead in the development of moving & handling in the community, working collaboratively and inter-professionally with therapists and nursing across multiple specialties. To act as the moving & handling skills clinical expert alongside our existing moving & handling advisor ensuring and promoting safe, best evidence based practice and facilitating excellent care.

Working day to day with staff across teams in the community. Holding responsibility for a clinical caseload providing specialist therapy assessment, being part of the 7 day community therapy rota . Working as part of the countywide service in Herefordshire.

Main duties of the job

Co-ordination, delivery and ongoing development of moving & handling skills training programme to professional groups across the community teams to ensure staff to operate safe moving & handling principles. Ensuring all training meets national standards, Health and Safety requirements and Trust objectives.

Provide practical hands on advice to staff, patients and carers using clinical experience and expertise. Supporting clinical staff with problem solving in complex cases using a variety of techniques to enable continuity, sustainability and clinical safety.

Provide specialist therapeutic assessment and interventions in complex situations to enable people to remain safe in their home environments. Participating in the community therapy 7 day rota.

Undertaking risk assessments and problem solving in a range of environments in relation to safe moving & handling practice.

To actively participate in specialist forums and wider external networks to maintain and develop specialist skills to promote service and practice innovation and enable safe, high quality care.

About us

Wye Valley NHS Trust is a member of an NHS Foundation Group with South Warwickshire NHS FT , the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Located on the border with Wales in the shadow of the Black Mountains, we provide acute and community services across Herefordshire and into parts of Powys and run Hereford County Hospital and the community hospitals in Bromyard, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye.

Worcestershire is our neighbouring county. The post holder will be required to travel between sites.

We are a progressive and forward looking trust with ambitious plans to improve quality and integrate patient pathways through close collaborative working with our partners to deliver the quality of care we'd want for our family and friends.

More than 3,500 people work for the Trust - they tell us it's a great place to work, blending the busyness of a DGH with the benefits of working in a beautiful rural and unspoilt county like Herefordshire.

We can offer a great work-life balance and have a fine tradition of working with staff to help them achieve their full potential.

Russell Hardy, Trust Chairman: The strength of the Trust is its amazing staff a great place to work, a great place to develop your career and a great place to reach your potential.

Our values -Care, Accountability, Respect and Excellence - are at the heart of all we do. We believe in providing the right care in the right place at the right time...all the time.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To view role requirements and role responsibilities in full, please view supporting documents linked to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • Professional Qualification to degree level or equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC Registration
  • Evidence of Post Grade specialist qualification and willingness to undertake further training at Masters level


  • Leadership/Management qualification

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities


  • Broad, developed and advanced knowledge of relevant patient conditions and therapy interventions
  • Demonstration of knowledge of core and highly specialist Therapy skills
  • Extensive evidence of ongoing CPD in relevant area
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary communication, assessments and record keeping
  • Computer Skills including word processing and e-mail
  • Able to make independent, sound, advanced clinical decisions and problem solve
  • Able to manage and facilitate others in dealing with busy case load and prioritise
  • Ability to work autonomously using highly specialist knowledge, skills and initiative in sometimes complex situations acknowledging role boundaries



  • Extensive NHS or equivalent experience in specialist area e.g. in inpatient areas, acute or community or community services
  • Experience of team leadership, management and positive role modelling
  • Student practice placement educator and experience of having students
  • Experience of using/fitting adaptive equipment
  • Supervisory experience

Personal Attributes


  • Able to maintain confidentiality and professionalism within the environment that they are working
  • Able to demonstrate awareness of own limitations and need to ask for help
  • Evidence of ability to communicate effectively including difficult conversations
  • Committed to personal and team development
  • Ability to adapt and demonstrate flexibility in changing service needs
  • Is dynamic and proactive
  • Shows evidence of compassion, accountability, respect and excellence
  • Reliable

Other Factors


  • Ability to fulfil the travel requirements of post
  • Able to meet physical & moving and handling requirements of post. i.e. re-positioning of a patient, use of moving & handling equipment, approved manual physical movement practices of patient
  • Able to deal sensitively and safely with blood and bodily fluids

Employer details

Employer name

Wye Valley NHS Trust


Belmont office - Hereford City



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