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Clinical Lead - Acute Paediatric Occupational Therapy

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Within Royal Manchester Children's Hospital an exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced peadiatric occupational therapist to provide leadership and operationally manage the acute paediatric occupational therapy inpatient and outpatient teams. There is a growing enthusiastic and dedicated team of 20 acute paediatric occupational therapists working across RMCH specialties including neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, rheumatology, chronic pain, burns and plastics, hands, critical care, metabolic bone disease including neonates at St Mary's MCS.

Depending on your experience there is an opportunity to participate in the Major Trauma / Orthopeadic out of hour's service.

Please note hours are negotiable.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will have strong and broad ranging paediatric skills and substantial previous leadership/management experience . You will operationally manage the team as well as providing clinical expertise. A vision for research and service improvement is required to ensure continuing excellent patient and staff experience whilst ensuring local and national service priorities are met. The promotion of MFT excellence, is expected locally and nationally.

The department puts a strong emphasis on supporting our teams to develop specialist skills to achieve their full potential within a supported learning environment. As the clinical lead you will have a responsibility for ensuring continuing staff and team development and you will be supported to further develop your clinical, teaching and managerial skills.

You will have excellent communication and engagement skills to develop the service demonstrating flexibility and an innovative outlook.

You will work collaboratively and positively with other AHP managers and professional leads. There is direct access to ongoing support and guidance from the peadiatric occupational therapy professional lead as well as the opportunity to work alongside experienced therapy team leads.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Person Specification

Knowledge skills experience


  • Graduate Diploma/Degree
  • HCPC registration
  • Extensive post grad work in acute or community paed
  • Advanced paed course
  • Significant experience at senior level in paed
  • Active participation in research / audit / quality improvement
  • Excellent and proven leadership skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Advanced clinical reasoning/analytical skills
  • Ability to influence change in practice
  • Excellent ability to disseminate information to staff/patients across the organisation
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Flexible to meet service delivery needs
  • Excellent clinical knowledge of acute and /or long term paed OT
  • Understanding of clinical governance and implications to practice
  • Excellent insight in to national picture, ability to adopt national guidelines/policies in to practice


  • Masters degree
  • Clinical Educators course
  • Experience at clinical team leader level
  • Active member of relevant specialist interest groups
  • Experience of delivering a paed OT service
  • Experience of cross boundary working

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

Oxford Road


M13 9WL

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