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Head of Acute Therapy Services

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum pro rata for part time staff
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Acute Therapy Services provides occupational therapy and physiotherapy to support the recovery and rehabilitation of patients across our core set of medical and surgical wards, specialist units and outpatients. This is a large and diverse clinical department operating across the acute hospitals of the Trust and working closely with therapists in MSK and our community services.

We are looking for a new Head of Acute Therapy Services to replace the current post-holder who is retiring. This is a prominent clinical leadership role and to succeed you will need to have substantial clinical and leadership experience in the acute NHS sector, a deep understanding of the role of occupational therapy and physiotherapy across acute pathways, and the ability to articulate a collective ambition for the service that empowers staff and drives development and innovation.

Main duties of the job

The main duties and responsibilities of the role are:
  • Clinical Leadership and Governance
  • Strategic Planning and Operational Management
  • Clinical Practice
  • Audit, Service Evaluation and Research
  • Education and Training
  • Staff and Resource Management
  • Communication, Information and IT

About us

As one of the largest NHS Trusts we offer some fantastic staff benefits including:o Friendly teamso A pension that we also pay into for youo Flexible workingo Generous holiday entitlemento Loads of discounts at national and local shops/serviceso Career development and training opportunitieso On-site childcareo Free health and wellbeing support

An overview of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals can be found through this link.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification document for the full details of this post.

When completing your application please ensure that youclearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria.

Person Specification



  • MSc in Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy, or, BSc in Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy plus evidence of Master's level study or currently be working towards, or be able to demonstrate the equivalent level of advanced study, learning or training or the equivalent level of practice
  • Current HCPC registration as an OT or PT


  • Master's level degree in a specialist OT or PT field.
  • Management qualification.



  • Substantial and significant experience of clinical practice in the NHS
  • Management of patients in a range of specialist clinical areas, and in group and individual settings
  • Responsibility for professional leadership and operational manage!ment of an OT/PT team
  • Planning and delivering successful organisational change and service improvement
  • Working across multiple professional and organisational boundaries
  • Involvement in research, audit and service evaluation
  • Teaching, training and clinical supervision of clinical staff and students
  • Managing a devolved budget
  • Development of policies, procedures and strategies


  • Experience of writing service plans, business cases and proposals
  • Contributing to procurement process and commissioning plans
  • Professional activity at regional or national level
  • Oral presentations at conferences
  • Publications in peer reviewed journals or books

Further Training


  • Evidence of post-graduate level continued professional development
  • Postgraduate training or development in clinical skills in a specialist field
  • Postgraduate training or development in management and leadership skills


  • Completion of a recognised Leadership Training Programme
  • Training in Service or Quality Improvement Methods relevant to healthcare
  • Postgraduate qualification in management and leadership

Special Skills/Aptitudes


  • Demonstrable leadership skills to drive change, motivate others and foster an effective professional community based on empowerment and collaboration
  • Capability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgments, and take personal responsibility and initiative
  • Resilience and adaptability to complex, unpredictable and challenging operating conditions
  • Strategic and critical thinking the ability to clearly articulate vision, challenge the status quo and inspire others to change
  • Workload prioritisation and time management
  • Fluent and effective communicator in speech and writing effective influencing and negotiating skills and responsiveness to different contexts.
  • Self-assured, friendly and professional approach to working with colleagues the capability to work independently and collaboratively and the capacity for effective net!working
  • Ability to perform daily tasks using Microsoft Word, Outlook and MS Teams

Other Factors


  • Unwavering commitment to the Trust's PROUD values and behaviours.

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Sheffield Teaching Hospitals


S10 2JF

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