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Band 6 Occupational Therapist

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa/pro rata
Closing date
26 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting and appealing opportunity has arisen for a Senior Occupational Therapist to join our Older Persons' Therapy Service.

This position will rotate between the Older Person's Acute Wards and Continuing Care Wards. This is a fantastic opportunity where you will be encouraged and supported to enhance your clinical practice and develop extended skills in frailty, whilst working alongside our highly regarded and innovative Older Person's Team in the hospital. This role will encompass the use of your excellent clinical and leadership skills, encouraging you to work holistically developing yourself and your colleagues including the supervision of staff.

We offer you the opportunity to contribute towards the development of excellent services for our patients, to be involved in the training of others, and to expand your own knowledge. So come and join our team!

This post is available to Occupational Therapists with:

A minimum of two years' experience working at Band 5 level

NHS or relevant health experience

Willing to participate in 7 day working on a rota basis

Ability to drive, hold a clean drivers licence and have access to a car for work purposes

Part time or full time hours will be considered.

Additional contact information

Ruth Martin -

Base Location: Poole Hospital

Interview Date: TBC

Main duties of the job

You will have the opportunity to develop specialised skills including high-level assessments moving and handling cognitive assessments and interventions capacity assessments admission avoidance, and complex discharge planning.

You will have responsibility for a caseload of patients with wide ranging injuries and complexity. Alongside your own caseload you will support other less experienced team members with their caseload. University Hospital Dorset works in partnership with health and community providers within the county to enable the Discharge to Assess and Home First principles.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to support patients within the acute hospital and within their own homes to ensure they receive the right service in the best place for them.

About us

To be successful in this post, you will have previous NHS experience including hospital work excellent organisational, communication and motivational skills.

Participation in extended hours and weekend working is an integral aspect of this post. This post is based from Poole Hospital however we have therapy teams also based from our Bournemouth and Christchurch sites, and cross-site working may become a requirement.

We offer you the opportunity to contribute towards the development of excellent services for our patients, to be involved in the training of others, and to expand your own knowledge. So come and join our team!

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued team mates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents which are attached to this advert

Person Specification



  • Diploma/ degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration with HCPC


  • Membership of the RCOT



  • Minimum of 18 months experience as a Band 5 in the NHS.
  • Experience of a range of rotations including medicine, orthopaedic, older people & rehabilitation.


  • Involvement in audit, research & understanding of quality issues.

Technical skills


  • Contribution to the clinical education of less experienced staff, students or assistants
  • Up- to-date with professional practice and new research
  • Able to present information, written and verbal, in a clear & logical manner
  • Ability to organise, prioritise & delegate
  • Understanding of clinical governance & its implications
  • Able to carry out moderate to intense physical effort throughout the day and carry out concurrent activities
  • Able to cope in a stressful environment and with emotional or aggressive patients & carers
  • Able to work well across teams to meet patient and service priorities


  • Supervision & appraisals of juniors, assistants or students
  • IT skills

Other requirements


  • Possession of a clean UK driving licence
  • Ability to speak English as necessary to undertake the role
  • Able to work as a team member
  • Problem-solving

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


Poole Hospital

Longfleet Road


BH15 2JB

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