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Occupational Therapy Divisional Service Lead

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an Occupational Therapy Divisional Service Lead for Hand therapy including MSK and plastic outpatients, rheumatology and pain outpatients and inpatients services Orthopaedics, Surgery and cancer and critical care. You should be working at MSc level and you will need to have highly developed clinical skills, be experienced at working with patients with highly complex needs applying evidence based therapy.

With skills in staff development and leadership, recruitment and retention, service evaluation and improvement, as well as being committed to progressing patient services, you will be responsible for the delivery of excellent care by the Occupational Therapy department.

This post requires some weekend / Bank Holiday working.

Main duties of the job

You will be an experienced Occupational Therapist with highly developed clinical skills.

You will work closely with all Occupational Therapy staff within the Occupational Therapy department at Addenbrooke's Hospital to ensure the delivery of high quality patient care that meets patient's needs and expectations.

You will, in liaison with the Professional Lead coordinate the day to day running of the service, including recruitment and retention, staff management and development and service delivery and development.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 12000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This post requires relevant weekend working. Full Time, Part Time or flexible hours would be considered.

The advert will close at midnight on 30 May 2024.

Interviews are due to be held on 10 June 2024.

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Occupational Therapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Degree or diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Working to a level of expertise, knowledge and judgement commensurate with MSc
  • Evidence of continuing professional development in line with HCPC guidelines
  • Fieldwork educator's certificate or equivalent
  • Evidence of management / leadership training


  • Postgraduate degree
  • Member of College of Occupational Therapy
  • Evidence of further study / research



  • Considerable experience as an Advanced / Specialist Occupational Therapist
  • Broad range of clinical experience within physical rehabilitation
  • Moving and handling patients and daily living equipment
  • Experience of working in an acute hospital setting
  • Experience of supervising and appraising students and staff
  • Experience of team leadership
  • Experience of service evaluation and development
  • Experience in standard setting, audit and measuring outcomes
  • Experience of workforce planning, recruitment and selection of staff
  • Willingness to work in a variety of clinical areas
  • Experience of dealing with people who display inappropriate behaviour (e.g. physical or verbal)


  • Experience of working in both hospital and Community settings
  • Management experience
  • Research experience
  • Cross agency project management
  • Business planning
  • Can demonstrate realistic expectations for service delivery
  • Developing and implementing policies, guidelines and projects from initiation to completion
  • Experience of budget management
  • Experience of planning, organising and delivering training programmes to staff
  • Experience of undertaking risk assessment and risk management



  • Awareness of current research and treatment applications
  • In-depth knowledge of national policies, procedures, guidelines and legislation
  • In-depth knowledge of the principles of clinical governance and its application within therapy
  • Understanding of legal responsibilities of the profession, e.g. COT and HCPC guidelines and codes of ethics and professional conduction
  • Utilisation and translation into practice of evidence base


  • Knowledge of centres of excellence



  • Expert in all stages of the OT process
  • Good interpersonal skills including collaborative team working
  • Leadership skills and ability to manage change with a commitment to improving patient services and developing staff
  • Able to develop a service in a systematic, thorough and decisive manner, utilising problem-solving skills
  • Literature searching and critical appraisal skills
  • Expert presentation and teaching skills
  • Proactive, innovative / creative / enthusiastic, flexible
  • Self-motivated and able to motivate others
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Close working with multidisciplinary team and multi-agencies
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Proficient IT skills

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.
  • Ability to travel independently to or with patients throughout the district
  • Flexible working to include some weekend working / on call at weekends and Bank Holidays

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

Hills Road



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