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Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist in Elective Orthopaedics

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist - Band 7 Elective Orthopaedics and Urology and Gynaecology Post-Surgical Post - Leicester General Hospital Permanent position 37.5 hours (Part-time/Flexible/Bank/Secondment)

Are you an experienced Band 6 or current Band 7 interested in developing your leadership skills? If so, this exciting opportunity could be for you. This post is part of a dynamic, motivated team - assessing and treating patients who have undergone Elective Orthopaedic surgery and Post-Surgical Urology/Gynaecology patients, working closely with the MDT to develop and evolve the services whilst aiming to reduce waiting times and length of stay.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting time for this specialty. In the last 12 months, the MDT has collaborated to develop the Leicester Enhanced Arthroplasty Pathway (LEAP) which has reviewed and streamlined the entire patient journey, explored changes to therapy ways of working and has facilitated multiple discharges of patients on day 0 following primary joint replacement. To further progress the speciality, you will be required to have a keen interest in leading service development ideas, leading in a creative and compassionate manner.

In this role, you will be leading and supporting the Occupational Therapy team on a daily basis and will have scope to explore any innovative ideas that can lead to increased patient flow, service delivery and alternate ways of working. You will also be required to build links across the Elective Orthopaedic Unit, working closely with all members of the MDT. You will also be required to network with Trauma Orthopaedic colleagues in UHL as well as other external Orthopaedic services.

The case load is a combination of patients who have had primary and revision joint replacement surgery, upper and lower limb surgery, spinal surgery and some Trauma cases. The team provides a service to inpatient two wards and day-case ward. Alongside this, you would support the day to day running of a small Post-Surgery Urology team, a service that also requires further development and leadership.

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

You will be working with patients with complex clinical needs. You will be required to manage a varied and complex caseload whilst supporting the Occupational Therapy team, ensuring that the team are well supported and are exposed to varied learning opportunities and teaching. You will need to work with patients, families and the MDT in a sensitive and professional manner for the benefit of the patient. Sound prioritisation, time management and organisational skills are essential in this acute hospital environment whilst managing the demands of this role.

You will require sound supervisory and leadership skills. You will be expected to ensure that the Occupational Therapy team are providing practice placements for students and will complete new starter inductions. There is also structured in-service training in place within the team, which you will be required to drive forward and participate in.

You will be required to work closely with the Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist and Therapy Clinical Team Leader to lead service development, audit and research within the team and manage the operational running of the team.

You will be based at the Leicester General Hospital and will be required to work on the weekend roster, including bank holidays.

Person Specification



  • BSc OT
  • HCPC


  • Post graduate course or masters level



  • Experience of working in clinical area/MSK area
  • Experience of teaching/supervising staff


  • Experience of audit/clinical evaluation
  • Evidence of service development/leading on projects

Team working


  • Experience of team working
  • Experience of leading/managing a team

Enthusiasm for post


  • Enthusiasm for post and working in orthoapaedics

Trust values


  • Evidence of working to trust values



  • Demonstrates using effective communication skills

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


Leicester General Hospital

Gwendolen Road



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