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Specialist Occupational Therapist - Acute Medicine

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
When you walk into our acute medical therapy office it always feels welcoming and exciting. There's a buzz in the air and an obvious passion that can't be missed. Our fast paced, dynamic team can't wait for you to join us to play your part in the safe assessment, treatment and discharge planning of our diverse patients.

You'll be proud of your motivated and hardworking approach, joining and complementing our established therapy team delivering a service to acute medicine.

Working closely with the wider multidisciplinary team, you will learn lots of new skills and experiences as you meet new colleagues from all different backgrounds. This approach not only means tons of variety, but also you'll learn from the best and will be able to take all this learning with you to enhance your future career.

Main duties of the job

A day in your life here will include morning board rounds with the MDT to identify patients appropriate for therapy, the assessment, treatment and discharge planning of a variety of patients with complex needs and liaison with the discharge facilitators, discharge assessment nurses and social workers to ensure the least restrictive discharge options are chosen that maintain our patients safety.

We regularly provide both standard and specialist equipment including wheelchairs to increase our patients independence and are often involved in fast track discharges when the patients preferred place of care is home.

There is also a band 6 Occupational Therapy forum that meets each month that provides a safe space for discussion with your peers as well as presentations and training from a range of speakers. We work in a fast paced environment and can promise that you'll never be bored or short of things to do!

About us

We have 10,000 fantastic people working hard to deliver quality services to our patients. Whatever your role, you help look after 370,000 people in our local area & give specialist care to 1.5 million people across Lancashire & Cumbria.

Working with us gives you the knowledge and sense of pride that every activity you do genuinely does make a difference to support our patients & staff, ensuring we keep thriving & delivering outstanding healthcare right across our local towns.

You'll have access to varied development opportunities, learn new skills, meet fab people & do things you'd never have done. You'll learn about working in a hospital, interacting with people from all different roles to build skills & enhance your career path.

You'll make an impact, be challenged to think differently, be bold & help innovate to keep improving things. Everything we do centres around patient care which means your role is pivotal and something really to be proud of.

Please see attached details of our relocation package offered to successful International applicants

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will have excellent communication skills to enhance your working relationships and interactions with patients as well as a strong rehabilitation focus. When youre not treating patient youll have the opportunity to attend in service training both within our team and as part of Core Therapies such as the cognitive and perceptual training led by our Occupational Therapy team. This training covers areas such as attention, memory, insight, capacity and challenging behaviour and will provide you with the skills required to manage cognitively impaired patients on your ward. We are always looking to develop our service and this is something wed love you to be involved in with our team meetings being a great place for us all to share and expand our ideas. Alongside this youll have the opportunity to provide supervision and appraisal to our therapy assistants and student. There is also a band 6 Occupational Therapy forum that meets each month that provides a safe space for discussion with your peers as well as presentations and training from a range of speakers. We work in a fast paced environment and can promise that youll never be bored or short of things to do!

We know we are biased, but we really want to convey this is a fabulousopportunity, in which you will be fully supported by the existing therapy team and the Professional Leads.

Duties to include, but not be limited to:
  • To communicate and collaborate with all Integrated Therapies Service (ITS) stakeholders
  • To support personal and people development
  • To help to ensure the health, safety and security of users of the ITS, self and colleagues
  • To support service development and planning
  • To support the Clinical Governance and Quality agenda within the ITS
  • To support financial and other resource management within the ITS
  • To directly support the delivery of therapy to patient

We cannot possibly cram it all into one advert and we would love you to see the team behind the words on the page so please follow us on Twitter @RPHacutemedica1

We were proud to take part in a video series 24 hours and feature Core Therapies. Take a look to get to know us a whole lot better:

Our Acute Medicine Therapy Service Lead Christine would love to chat with you and can be contacted by emailing or by phone on 07752562898.

Our organisation, clinical management structure and culture provide a supportive and innovative work environment where you can continue to develop your skills and knowledge and play a key role in the delivery of high quality, compassionate care. Come and join us we know you wont regret taking the leap.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Education


  • HCPC registered or working towards
  • Occupational Therapy degree/diploma


  • Practice placement educator
  • Member of professional body

Knowledge and xperience


  • Evidence of service development
  • Specialist knowledge in the management of complex cases in acute inpatient setting in areas such as medicine, surgery and trauma orthopaedicsedicine, surgery and trauma orthopaedics
  • Current knowledge of evidence based practice in this speciality


  • Experience of supervising Band 5 and/or therapy assistance staff
  • Experience in assessment and provision of specialist equipment
  • Experience presenting to both OT staff and a wider audience of MDT members
  • Experience of completing standardised cognitive assessments.

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Preston Hospital

Sharoe Green Lane



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