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Senior Occupational Therapist - Complex Medicine

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you like to work in a dynamic Occupational Therapy service with exciting career development opportunities and the added benefit of being in the vibrant and diverse town of Luton and surrounding areas?

A Fantastic opportunity has arisen for a dedicated and self-motivated Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our friendly and innovative complex medicine team within the Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The role will be permanent and is a full-time position (37.5 hours per week). You will have the chance to work across our four major ward areas which are comprised of Cardiology, Haematology, General medicine and Elderly care.

Occupationaltherapy is playing an instrumental role in the exciting developments in the Trust and our team is growing. Our patients rate us highly on quality of care and having friendly, approachable staff. You will be responsible for providing a high standard of assessment, advice, treatment and evaluation of patients referred to the acute inpatient service. This includes patients with diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions.

Our trust highly respects and values the importance of occupational therapists in the healthcare industry. As a result, we invest time in your training and development which includes our 'OT Aspiring to Excellence' sessions to share best practice.

Please note: this vacancy will close when we receive sufficient applications.

Main duties of the job

  • To perform advanced occupational therapeutic assessment of patients with diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions, to determine a diagnosis, formulate and deliver an appropriate, individualised treatment programme.
  • To hold responsibility for own caseload and be responsible for a defined area of the service/particular patient group, working without direct supervision. Access to advice and support from a more senior therapist is available if required. Clinical work is evaluated through regular clinical supervision with a specialist occupational therapist but day-to-day clinical work is not routinely reviewed.
  • To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To plan, supervise, educate and assess the performance of occupational therapy students on placement within the complex medicine wards. To work closely with the university and comply with all the standards required for the degree level qualification.
  • Supported by the specialist occupational therapist, to design and undertake evidence-based audit and research projects to further own and team's clinical practice and improve service delivery with the specialist therapist. Make recommendations and occasionally implement changes to practice or service protocols, as agreed with the specialist occupational therapist.
  • To deputise for the specialist occupational therapist in their absence, taking the lead role in the day-to-day operational management of the team.

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A& E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarize yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see job description and person specification provided. If further information is required, please speak to our contact on advert.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Dip COT or BSc (Hons) in OT
  • HCPC registration
  • Evidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio including attendances at recent post graduate courses/ in-service trainings relevant to the speciality


  • Membership of BAOT/RCOT or similar
  • Practice educators certificate



  • Experience of working in an acute hospital environment
  • Experience within the NHS
  • Evidence of broad based postgraduate experience to include experience in medicine or elderly care
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Work experience, student or therapy assistant supervision


  • Experience of supervising junior staff or non-qualified
  • Experience of contributing to the development of treatment guidelines
  • Knowledge of working in liaison with community therapy services and intermediate care services
  • Experience of supervision of staff or students including staff appraisal



  • Understand the legal responsibilites of the profession
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and delegate appropriately
  • Ability to comprehend and work within the Trust's policies of data protection, equal opportunities and health and safety and meet the differing needs of the patients


  • Awareness of wider local and national agendas and impact on OT



  • Excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate where there may be barriers to understanding

Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Luton and Dunstable Hospital

Lewsey Road



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