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Senior Occupational Therapist - Fixed Term Contract (10 months)

Barts Health NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum Incusive
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Full Time
Barts Health NHS Trust has a vision to be a high performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect.

Barts Health supports the Pregnancy Loss Pledge and commits to supporting their staff through the distress of miscarriage.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Occupational Therapist to join our team at Newham Hospital to rotate within our inpatient teams and develop your clinical and leadership skills

Main duties of the job

To provide high quality occupational therapy interventions to a wide variety of patients including the advanced assessment and treatment of patients, provision of individual and group education and treatment, provision of assistive devices (orthotics) and equipment, minor structural home adaptations and provision of complex disability management and advocacy services.

To sit within the Band 6 rotational Occupational Therapy scheme working across the Newham Hospital site which will require working in a range of ward settings and departments including Accident and Emergency, Acute Assessment Unit, Cardiac, Respiratory, Amputee/Surgical, Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU), and Health Care of the Elderly.

There is opportunity to experience other services within the Newham collective, which link with our partner services including Adult Social Care, Hand therapy, Acute and Community Mental Health teams, Extended Primary Care Team (EPCT) and Enabled Living.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment

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



  • Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration
  • Fulfils KSF outline for Occupational Therapist (Band 5)
  • DBS clearance
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy



  • Experience gained across core rotations


  • Supervision/Appraisal skills oPractice Educators training



  • Understanding of the legal responsibilities of the profession
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance and its implications for occupational therapy and client care
  • Knowledge of key available treatment options (and their evidence base) in a range of patient populations


  • Understanding of National Service Frameworks, NICE guidelines and national strategy documents and their implementation in practice



  • Ability to detect the deteriorating patient
  • Ability to risk assess patient assessment, treatment and discharge
  • Ability to assess and treat motor and sensory skills as well as physical functioning
  • Ability to assess and treat cognitive and affective impairment, its impact on function, ability of the patient to maintain their health and safety
  • Ability to structure holistic assessment and the OT process within a framework that provides clear clinical reasoning for recommendations made in relation to a patient's needs and care pathway


  • Development of specialist clinical skills in terms of:
  • Sitting and seating
  • Postural management
  • Upper limb assessment and treatment
  • Energy conservation/fatigue management
  • Therapeutic manual handling
  • Cognitive assessment and treatment
  • Capacity assessment



  • Ability to work in a culturally diverse environment
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • The ability to communicate with patients in an empathetic manner regarding their treatment and procedures.
  • Ability to demonstrate enthusiasm towards teaching and sharing knowledge
  • Understanding of own Knowledge and Skills and able to identify learning needs and interests
  • Ability to self-reflect, carry out tasks of own job and identify what s/he needs to learn to able to do current job better
  • Ability to take an active role in agreed learning activities and keeps a record of them
  • Acts in a way that is consistent with legislation, policies and procedures and abide by the Trust Health and Safety policies
  • Ability to support others in maintaining health, safety and security
  • Effectively carries out tasks related to evaluating services
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the demands of the service
  • Proficient IT skills
  • Participate in working over a 7-day roster, fulfilling contractual hours of 37.5 hours a week, should the service require it


  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to identify and assess the potential risks involved in work activities and processes for self and others
  • Ability to identify how to manage risks and help others manage risks
  • Knowledge of current and emerging NHS strategy and policy

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Newham University Hospital


E13 8SL

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