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Specialist Occupational Therapist in Frailty

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Specialist Occupational Therapist in Frailty

Department: Therapies

Band 6 �35,392 - �42,618 per annum

Hours: 37.5 per week as part of a 7-day working pattern.

All MKUH roles will be considered for flexible working

The Acute Assessment and Frailty Team (AAFT) is currently seeking to recruit a skilled Band 6 Occupational Therapist. This team is welcoming and dedicated to delivering comprehensive assessments and care for the frail population within the hospital.

We are in search of dynamic individuals with experience in the medical field, elderly care, or frailty to contribute their expertise in specialist frailty assessments and treatments as integral members of a multidisciplinary team. The role involves assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating interventions based on evidence-based/best practices.

Successful candidates should be highly motivated, flexible, and innovative therapists with excellent communication, time management, and organisational skills. The ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team is crucial. Additionally, candidates will be responsible for supervising and training junior therapy staff and assistants.

As a bonus, successful applicants will have the opportunity to attend our newly developed MSc Frailty module in collaboration with Northampton University. Support from our dedicated Therapy Practice Development team will also be provided.

Interview: w/c 03.06.2024

Main duties of the job

To provide comprehensive assessment and treatment of patients

To support, develop and manage junior staff

To support service developments/audits

Applicants must possess current HCPC registration and recognised qualifications as an Occupational Therapist.

We welcome your inquiries or the opportunity to have an informal discussion. Feel free to contact Gemma Sanderson, the Lead Occupational Therapist in Frailty, via email at for further details or to arrange a relaxed conversation.

About us

You can expect a warm welcome at Milton Keynes University Hospital, our staff are friendly and welcoming. We listen to each other and work together to embed our Trusts values and behaviours. At MKUH we appreciate our staff and reward them with an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Free on-site parking
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Great flexible workingopportunities
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Lease car scheme
  • Generous annual leave and pension scheme
  • On site nursery (chargeable)
  • Extensive staff health and well-being programme

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the University of Buckingham, is a University Teaching Hospital we conduct research and teaching on site to improve the care of our patients. The hospital is undergoing significant investment, and we are proud to be rated good by the CQC. Visit our website to catch up on our latest news.

MKUH is committed to equal opportunities and improving the working lives of our staff and as such we offer a range of flexible working practices. We promote an inclusive workforce and encourage applications from applicants from all backgrounds.

We reserve the right to expire vacancies prior to the advertised closing date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

MKUH uses identification scanning technology to confirm the authenticity of documents all prospective employees of MKUH will have their original documents verified using this technology.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide advanced Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment of patients with diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions
  • To be responsible for own case load within a predominately Acute assessment areas, working without direct supervision but with daily senior support as required
  • To work collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team and integrate working practices with community partners in order to facilitate timely discharge and admission avoidance
  • To train and develop junior staff and students.
  • To undertake evidence based audit to further own and teams clinical practice. Make recommendations to Manager / Team Leader regarding changes to practice and/or service policies and protocols.
  • To represent therapies as a visible, knowledgeable, confident, supportive and high performing professional group.

Please refer to the attached Job Description for more details on the role and responsibilities.

By applying for this role, you accept if successful, that information from your application will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) system. Your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which aims at saving you time and improving efficiencies within the NHS when your employment transfers.

Upon commencing employment with the Trust, all employees (except Medical & Dental Staff on national terms and conditions) are subject to a probationary period lasting a period of six months with an option to extend for a further six months to a total of 12 months.

Person Specification

Qualifications and knowledge


  • Occupational Therapy Degree
  • Registered with UK Health Care Professions Council
  • Evidence of post registration CPD
  • Sound therapeutic and clinical knowledge
  • Knowledge of Occupational Therapy best practise for a range of conditions


  • Membership of RCOT
  • Membership of Specialist Interest Groups
  • Awareness of NHS and Trust systems, policies, procedures and current changes



  • Relevant experience in a hospital setting
  • Completed core rotations in Outpatients/Orthopaedics/Neurology/ Respiratory/Medicine & Surgery
  • Active member of multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of working with Older People
  • Experience in a community setting and or Acute Assessment Unit
  • Supervision and training of assistants, junior members of staff and students
  • Able to independently manage caseload to include complex patients


  • Undertaken project within area e.g. best practice project, guidelines, benchmarking, audit



  • Proven time management skills
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own caseload
  • Practice evidence-based therapy
  • High level of IST including presentation of IST, with the ability to teach other staff including juniors, assistants and students
  • Ability to do 1:1 sessions and appraisals with juniors, assistants and students
  • Ability to keep accurate and legible patient notes
  • Able to appropriately apply a range of treatment approaches

Personal and people development


  • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development


  • Experience of managing and developing colleagues



  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to influence others
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Demonstrate a high level of confidence in interactions with senior medical and nursing staff, delivering respectful professional challenge when necessary

Specific requirements


  • Able to perform the duties of the post with reasonable aids and adaptations

Employer details

Employer name

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Inpatient Physiotherapy (Dept)

Milton Keynes


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