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Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist - Orthopaedics

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 Per annum inclusive
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Occupational Therapy service at Great Ormond Street Hospital have an exciting opportunity available for an experienced orthopaedic occupational therapist who would like to work in a world-renowned paediatric hospital. We are looking for someone to work within our acute orthopaedic and spinal team, providing assessment and intervention for children and young people with complex conditions and neurological difficulties who are undergoing orthopaedic or spinal surgery. The successful candidate will have experience working in an acute setting and the ability to communicate the potential impact of these types of surgeries on occupational engagement. Whilst previous experience working in paediatrics would be beneficial, it is not essential and support to transition into a paediatric role would be provided if required.

You will join our large, extremely well supported Occupational Therapy department, which has 35 Occupational Therapists and support staff. You will be supervised and managed by one of the Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapists. We have a flexible and robust supervision process and regular in-service training opportunities that support professional development. Training from other specialists is available within the hospital and externally.

Main duties of the job

You will participate in pre-op assessment, post-op intervention and seating assessments for children undergoing complex orthopaedic surgery in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. Surgery is predominately lower limb and spinal, but there are also a small number of upper limb orthopaedic procedures undertaken. Liaison with children's local services is paramount to ensure continuity of care and safe discharge and expert communication skills are therefore a necessity. The role also involves input to the Pan Hospital Wheelchair Service and previous experience of assessing for and providing a wide range of wheelchairs and seating systems is required. The team are looking for an individual who can promote a functional approach that both enables engagement in meaningful occupations and promotes participation within an acute setting.

You will be one of five Occupational Therapists working in the orthopaedic team and the post is line managed by the Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist in Orthopaedics and Spines. As a senior member of this team, the post-holder will be responsible for prioritisation and delegation of duties to others on a day-to-day basis, and for providing clinical supervision to a Band 6 Occupational Therapist as well as students. They will also benefit from working within an extremely supportive Occupational Therapy Team which comprises 35 permanent staff.

About us

GOSH is committed to recruiting the best person for the job, based solely on their ability and individual merit as measured against the criteria for the role through a process that is fair, open, consistent and free from bias and discrimination.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture where all staff are valued, respected and acknowledged. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability status or length of time spent unemployed.We particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions and LGBT+ community members.

We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated fairly and consistently. We are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, a member of Business Disability Forum and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

We have active and Executive supported BAME, LGBT+ and Allies, Disability and Long-Term Health Conditions and Women's staff networks.

Staff networks are employee-led groups formed around interests, issues and a common bond or background. Staff network members create a positive and inclusive work environment at Great Ormond Street Hospital by actively contributing to the Trust's mission, values and efforts specific to inclusion. All of our staff networks are open to any employee

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. For both documents please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification

GOSH Culture and Values


  • Our Always values

Academic/Professional qualification/Training


  • Degree or equivalent qualification in Occupational Therapy
  • Health & Care Professions Council registration
  • Evidence of relevant CPD


  • Post-graduate training in equipment prescription.
  • MSc in a relevant field to OT



  • Previous experience working as an Occupational Therapist with individuals with physical disabilities and providing occupational therapy to address occupational performance difficulties that result from disability or trauma.
  • Excellent understanding of orthopaedic paediatric conditions & the therapeutic interventions indicated to support occupational engagement
  • Post-graduate experience working in orthopaedics with children and young people
  • Experience implementing the principals of 24 hour postural management, including the use of equipment to achieve this.
  • Experience of assessing for and providing equipment for daily living including: specialist seating, wheelchairs, and manual handling equipment and bathing / showering equipment.
  • Previous experience of supervision and line management
  • Previous experience of service development and quality improvement
  • Understanding of Diversity and Inclusion challenges in the workplace.


  • Involvement in clinical support networks relevant to paediatric occupational therapy.
  • Awareness of national initiatives and legislation pertaining to Health and Social Care and the relevance to Occupational Therapy provision within a tertiary setting.



  • Able to work cooperatively and constructively within OT and multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to work autonomously, under the supervision of a senior therapist, setting own priorities and working to deadlines.
  • Able to make decisions relating to the moving and handling of orthopaedic paediatric patients.
  • Ability to clearly articulate and communicate the role of the OT within Orthopaedics and the value it offers children and their families for their well-being, safety and independence skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent organisation, computer and time management skills

Employer details

Employer name

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust


Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Great Ormond Street



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