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Senior Occupational Therapist - Vascular/Surgical

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want to make a difference to patients using both your physical and psychosocial skills? Do you want to be part of a team with a big ambition? Then the Vascular Team at EKHUFT needs you!

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join our Vascular Team for an experienced Band 5 or current Band 6 to be able to specialise in vascular and amputee work. The team continues to grow after the expansion of vascular services in Kent and Medway and is developing and striving towards providing a first-class service to our vascular patients within Kent.

This Band 6 role will be both challenging and rewarding, providing input to patients through their whole vascular journey. You will be part of a large, dynamic and proactive surgical therapy team. The Occupational Therapists are highly valued and given the opportunity to be creative with their intervention in order to provide a holistic approach and put the needs of the patient first. The role involves some supervisory responsibilities and opportunity to support service improvements, under the guidance of the team's Vascular Clinical Therapy Lead.

This is a full time role, however part time hours will be considered.

We guarantee no two days will be the same, there will be lots of variety, so excellent problem-solving skills are a must! If you have the passion to improve the lives of patients and develop your skills in this specialist area, then this is the job for you!

Main duties of the job

The team see patients admitted to the vascular wards within the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. The post holder will offer comprehensive assessment and treatment for patients referred for Occupational therapy and work as an essential part of the multi-disciplinary team to deliver therapy and support comprehensive discharge planning.

Main duties involve:
  • To manage daily a clinical caseload of patients, and be responsible for the assessment, formulation and treatments and to give specialised therapy advice to members of the MDT.
  • To deputise for Team Leader on clinical and managerial issues within the team
  • To be actively involved with training within the Department in support of new graduate Occupational therapists, student therapists, therapy apprentices and support workers alongside other senior members of the team.

About us

Applications for this role should be written by the applicant. If artificial intelligence (AI) programmes are used then the application may be rejected due to this document being an important part of the assessment process. This does not prevent applicants seeking appropriate support with applications should they need to for the purposes of any declared disability.

We are one of the largest hospital trusts in England, with five hospitals and community clinics serving a local population of around 695,000 people.

Our vision is 'great healthcare from great people'. Everything we do is guided by our values: 'People feel cared for, safe, respected and confident that we are making a difference'.

We have a new way of working at East Kent Hospitals, called 'We care'. It's about empowering frontline staff to lead improvements day-to-day. We're looking for compassionate people to be part of our improvement journey for the patients, families and carers we care for every day.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please scroll down to access the full Job Description and Person Specification located in 'supporting documents'.

Person Specification



  • BSc Occupational Therapist


  • Member of COT
  • Member of relevant clinical interest group



  • Highly developed clinical skills in relevant clinical area
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent time management
  • Effective and strong team player
  • Up to date therapeutic manual handling skills


  • Specific evidence of working with amputee patients
  • Competent presentation skills



  • 18 months post graduate experience in relevant clinical area
  • Proven record of providing high quality intervention for high risk patients


  • Experience managing challenging situations
  • Experience with supervising staff or supporting students
  • Clinical Audit



  • Ability to drive and have own transport


  • To be aware of and adhere to the Trust's Vision, Mission and Values



  • Awareness of professional issues and recent developments in the NHS and Primary Care including Clinical Governance, NICE and CQC
  • Knowledge of up to date clinical / evidenced based practice relevant to clinical area.
  • Strong working knowledge of vascular conditions


  • Experience providing complex assessments and discharge planning
  • Experience using appropriate outcome measures linked to the relevant clinical area

Employer details

Employer name

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust


Kent and Canterbury Hospital

Ethelbert Road



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