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Senior Occupational Therapist- Frailty and Palliative Care

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Full Time

Job Details

This is an exciting opportunity for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join the existing Frailty and Palliative Care team. The post will be based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. The Team comprises of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and a Therapy Assistant. This post would be split across the Frailty team which work within an integrated model and the Palliative care team.

The teams works closely with the multidisciplinary team members as well as building strong working relationships with our community colleagues. The multidisciplinary approach works to achieve patient goals in rehabilitation, effective discharge planning and improved patient flow from the hospital setting.

We can offer:
  • A supportive working environment with regular supervision
  • Band 6 peer support
  • Opportunity to work across a number of Frailty and Palliative care wards where patients present with a wide range of clinical conditions and complex discharge planning needs
  • Working within a well-established MDT that is always striving to improve our practice and is open to feedback and fresh ideas
  • Support to develop your own non clinical skills
  • Opportunity to contribute to service development

Main duties of the job

The Band 6 Occupational Therapist is responsible for providing OT support within the existing Frailty and Palliative care Therapy Teams, whilst working within an integrated therapy model with the Physiotherapists in Frailty.

They will be working independently as an autonomous practitioner by providing specialist assessment and intervention to individuals presenting with a range of physical, cognitive, social or perceptual deficits which impact on functional ability and safety within their home environment, using an evidence based and person-centred approach.

To work closely with Physiotherapy colleagues, as well as the wider multi-disciplinary team. This will involve providing both formal and informal clinical support where necessary.

To provide supervision and leadership for relevant junior and senior members of staff and students on practice placement.

Additionally, the role includes participating in the planning, development and evaluation of Occupational Therapy Services within the wider Occupational Therapy team, as well as within the Frailty and Palliative Therapy specialist team.

The role is expected to participate in a 7-day rota including bank holiday and weekend cover as required.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Attached you will find the job description and person specification which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role.

We highly recommend you view this document and use it when completing the application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

Person Specification



  • Professional Qualification in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registered


  • Practice educators' course

Knowledge and Experience


  • Knowledge of the role of an acute OT in the acute frailty team and the use of assessment, treatment and rehab interventions for these patients
  • Varied post-graduate experience in a range of settings including medical, surgical, older person's rehabilitation or a closely related field
  • Knowledge of an integrated therapy model
  • Experience in the assessment and formulating treatment plans for patients who have complex physical, psychological, emotional, sensory and social needs using standardised and non-standardised assessment forms
  • Experience of using appropriate 'listening/counselling' skills when working with patient/family/carers to ensure the effective communication of complex and sensitive information about conditions and treatment plans


  • Experience of working in acute frailty



  • Ability to prioritise caseloads daily, demonstrate effective time management and delegate appropriately
  • To be able to work autonomously as well as part of the wider multi-disciplinary team
  • To be able to clinically reason and prescribe a range of equipment to assist ADL's and adaptations within the home setting.
  • To be able to manage under pressure and respond to the rapidly changing demand of the hospital environment, whilst supporting other team members to do the same
  • To be able to coordinate complex discharges and follow up care and support junior staff with this.
  • Excellent communication skills to manage clinical or team issues
  • Competent and confident with therapeutic handling of patients with or without aids.


  • Presentation and training skills
  • Experience of clinical audit and outcome measures

People Management and Development


  • To be able to provide leadership when the team in under pressure or in the absence of the team lead.
  • Ability to reflect on and critically appraise own performance
  • Experience in providing clinical supervision formally and informally for students and staff
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with clients, carers and colleagues


  • Evidence of being a practice educator for students

Equality, Diversity & inclusion


  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues
  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Royal Sussex County Hospital

Eastern Road



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