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Hand Therapist MSK Outpatients Band 6

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy MSK Outpatients department are seeking a Band Six Hand Therapist, of either Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy background, to join their excellent team of therapists.

You would join a well-established and highly skilled team of Hand Therapists who work across three satellite clinics with an excellent Technical Instructor and Administrative support. It is essential to have previous Hand Therapy experience in a specialised setting and have adequate splinting skills.

A good level of anatomy and physiology of the upper limb are an essential pre-requisite for this post along with knowledge of evidence based practice within the specialism of hand therapy.

The service sits within the dynamic and evolving Therapy Group which brings all Therapy services together to work in collaboration to ensure strong governance and leadership. Within the Group there are opportunities for multi-professional learning and service development.

Hour per week: 37.5 hours per week ( part time will be considered)

Shift pattern: 5 days per week Mon - Fri

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital is an acute hospital in Luton, Bedfordshire, England, run by Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust provides medical and surgical services for over 350,000 people in southern Bedfordshire, the north of Hertfordshire and parts of Buckinghamshire.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide advanced comprehensive assessment and treatment for a range of acute and long term hand / upper limb conditions for both children and adults.

The post holder will plan, deliver and evaluate appropriate treatment programmes and where required to do so in partnership with Consultants, GP's and other therapists.

The post holder will use a wide range of advanced treatment skills including the fabrication of an array of custom made splints and appropriately prescribe and fit off the shelf splints as required for the clinical condition.

We are a dynamic team actively involved in multidisciplinary clinics within Rheumatology, Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic Departments.

We offer patients face to face appointments and are a paper light service using SystmOne record keeping and electronic exercise prescription.

The successful applicant will demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills and a natural enthusiasm to deliver high quality, patient centred care.

The post holder will be required to maintain accurate, comprehensive and up to date problem orientated records.

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A& E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarize yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To undertake the advanced assessment and treatment of patients within the speciality who may have a complex and/or chronic presentation. To determine a clinical diagnosis, to treat as indicated and to maintain records as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To plan, deliver and evaluate appropriate treatment programmes and where required do so in partnership with GPs, Consultants and other Therapies.
  • To contribute to the planning, delivery and evaluation of the Hand Therapy service.
  • To manage your own clinical and personal professional development, using your acquired knowledge to assist team education and development for an optimum provision of future patient care.
  • Students
  • B5
  • Service dev

Please see job description and person specification provided. If further information is required, please speak to our contact on advert.

Person Specification



  • Occupational Therapy / Physiotherapy qualification
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Relevant CPD


  • Member of RCOT/ CSP or equivalent
  • Research background within Clinical area.
  • Masters in Hand Therapy



  • Wide range of post graduate experience
  • Experience of MDT working and autonomous practice
  • Experience in Hand Therapy setting including splinting


  • Use of electronic note records
  • Involved in service improvement or project
  • NHS experience



  • Knowledge of a broad range of illnesses, injuries and conditions relevant to hand therapy
  • Knowledge of legislation, policies and procedures in the context of Clinical Governance and its impact on the service
  • Competent in fabricating custom made splints and prescribing off the shelf splints within hand therapy


  • Up to date with professional practice and new research
  • Understanding of resource management



  • Ability to organise, prioritise and delegate
  • Excellent Verbal and Non-Verbal communication including IT skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to cope working in a stressful and unpredictable environment


  • Established presentation skills
  • Ability to deputise for Hand Therapy Team Leader

Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Chaul End Community Centre, Dunstable Rd, Luton, LU4 8QN



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