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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge Bio Medical Campus
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you feel that your profession can offer so much more within an acute hospital setting? Maybe you wish that you had more time and resources during the day to offer a range of occupational therapy interventions? If so, we have the position for you!

We welcome applications from current band 6 or experienced band 5 occupational therapists who are motivated to learn and feel confident in utilising their dual-training in physical and mental health, in order to facilitate patient recovery. You will help us drive forward our ambitious vision for the department to set a precedent for other cardiothoracic hospitals by bringing tomorrow's treatments to today's patients.

Main duties of the job

Become part of our supportive and innovative team covering inpatient services, including bank holiday and Saturday working.

Rotations are in the following areas:

-Transplant and cardiac surgery

-Thoracic and pulmonary endarterectomy surgery

-Respiratory support and sleep centre (RSSC), respiratory medicine and cystic fibrosis.

-Cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation

There will also be an opportunity to work on critical care as part of a new teaching programme.

We will provide you with:

-Support and teaching across all rotational areas, including regular in-service training sessions.

-Regular one to ones, appraisals and competency support.

-In-house courses and access to external courses and conferences.

-Involvement with expert multi-disciplinary teams.

-Opportunity to participate and lead service development projects and audits.

-Participation in research.

-Support and guidance for you to mentor students and junior staff.

Come and join our ambitious and growing occupational therapy department in our world-renowned hospital, where you will feel like part of a family!

About us

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the UK's leading heart and lung hospital, delivering care to more than 50,000 patients a year in its new state-of-the-art hospital in Cambridge. We perform the most heart and/or lung transplants in the UK and carried out the UK's first successful heart transplant in 1979. It also offers emergency heart attack treatment, sleep centre care and is one of just five centres nationally for those in severe respiratory failure.

Based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus the largest centre of medical research and health science in Europe the Trust is at the heart of treatments of the future. Royal Papworth became the first hospital trust in the country to be rated outstanding in all five areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission - a rating it still holds today. The Trust holds its values of compassion, excellence & collaboration at its core, and all colleagues joining the team are expected to uphold these in their day-to-day roles & interactions. Royal Papworth is proud of its diverse workforce and encourages people to embrace their individuality.

The Trust values difference and welcomes all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion & belief, sex and sexual orientation. Providing they meet the minimum post criteria, applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

On this page you will find a Role Profile which provides information about the hospital and full details about the role. We recommend that you review this and refer to it as you complete your application. Please include how you will meet the Trust Values Compassion, Excellence and Collaboration. If you would like more information about the role or working at Royal Papworth Hospital, please get in touch with the contact for this role.

Person Specification



  • BSc/MSc/Grad. Dip. Occupational Therapy


  • Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)
  • Member of a specialist section of RCOT
  • Member of Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS)



  • Experience of audit, service improvement projects and / or research projects
  • Evidence of on-going professional development demonstrated by a profile
  • Experience of rehabilitation of complex patients
  • Able to manage a caseload of patients, which could include more complex cases, independently
  • Knowledge of common cardiac and respiratory conditions
  • Working knowledge of current NHS priorities and initiatives
  • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written form
  • Ability to work independently, and as part of a team
  • Ability to prioritise own workload and delegate effectively to others
  • Good teaching and presentation skills
  • Good IT skills


  • Demonstrable experience at Band 6 of managing cardio-respiratory patients independently
  • Experience of weekend working
  • Experience of working in critical care
  • Experience of working with patients with neurological dysfunction
  • Practical & theoretical student training experience
  • Experience of staff supervision
  • Awareness of the current evidence base research relevant to specific areas

Additional Criteria


  • Please provide evidence of your commitment to uphold the Trust's values: Compassion, Excellence, Collaboration
  • Ability to work to meet needs of service
  • Ability to undertake manual handling tasks

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Papworth Hospital

Papworth Road

Cambridge Bio Medical Campus



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