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Senior Specialist Occupational Therapist - Older Persons Unit

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year p.a. inc. HCA
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Senior Specialist Occupational Therapist - Older Persons Unit

An exciting B7 opportunity has arisen to join our well established Older Persons Occupational Therapy service inpatient team.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic, forward thinking and committed Occupational Therapist with strong clinical and people management skills to deliver high quality intervention to our older population.

This post sits within a supportive occupational therapy management structure which welcomes innovation and quality improvement whilst prioritising staff well being. It provides the opportunity to develop complex assessment and intervention skills for frail, older people within a unit which advocates implementation of comprehensive geriatric assessment through close multidisciplinary team working.

The team comprises of both OPU and general medicine occupational therapists allowing for joint in-service provision and education programmes for staff. Within this there is an expectation that informal support is provided across both services with potential to cross cover depending on service demands. The team is key to supporting patient flow through the acute medicine directorate and offers opportunities to be pro-actively identifying challenges and solutions in relation to the discharge pathway.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will have responsibility for overseeing an inpatient caseload, as well as providing supervision and leadership to the junior team.

This post will allow you to develop and utilise your specialist clinical skills in the management of people with complex health, acute rehabilitation and social care needs. Whilst providing you with an excellent opportunity to develop your leadership skills, expand your professional development and participate in the wider local and national agendas for older people.

Please see attached job description for full details

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust has embarked upon a comprehensive cancer strategy that will shape the future of services for the next generation of patients. We strive to be a world class cancer service, delivering internationally distinctive services that are patient centred, research driven and clinically led.

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

We are among the UK's busiest, most successful foundation trusts. We provide specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services for people in Lambeth and Southwark.

We have around 25,000 staff, making us one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country and one of the biggest employers locally. We aim to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and continue to develop new and existing partnerships with local people, patients, neighbouring NHS organisations, local authorities and charitable bodies and GPs.

We strive to recruit and retain the best staff as the dedication and skills of our employees lie at the heart of our organisation and ensure that our services are of the highest quality, safe and focused on our patients.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification documentation for further information on the role and its requirements.

Person Specification



  • Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Masters level or equivalent training in specialist area or evidence of significant practical experience, research or publication in specialist area.



  • Varied range of clinical experiences with a focus in an acute hospital setting and with older people/frailty
  • Experience of audit/quality improvement projects
  • Ability to supervise junior staff and students.


  • Experience with falls, palliative care, dementia, frailty

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities


  • Specialist knowledge, understanding and application of Occupational Therapy process relating to client centred practice.
  • Specialist knowledge, application and analysis of standardised and non standardised assessment tools.
  • Ability to work autonomously, acting decisively on behalf of self and others, setting own priorities in both a hospital and patients home environment.
  • Ability to manage and recognise differences of opinion in both patient related and inter-professional settings, coping positively with inter-professional tensions/ barriers.
  • Ability to prescribe adaptive equipment, assistive devices, wheelchairs, pressure cushions for patients with a variety of complex conditions
  • Demonstrate sound techniques in applying a range of complex assessments and treatments including cognition.

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


St Thomas' Hospital

Westminster Bridge Road



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