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Medical & Care of Elderly Medical Principal OT (2 years fixed term)

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
£52,963 to £59,360 Per annum, including HCAS
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Other allied health
Band 8A
Full Time
Here at Frimley Trust we have a vision of where OT in the acute setting can thrive and develop and become a place of choice to work for OTs. To support, a big service with high demands and explore career pathway opportunities for experienced OT's, we have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Occupational Therapists (8a) to lead the Medical and Elderly care team in this change and development.

This posts will explore and develop the unique opportunities for rotational staff to develop crucial professional competencies, knowledge and speciality skills. This post will ensure the team works within or start the process towards national guidelines based on evidence based practice. Beside this they are focused on improving the overall service provision and patient outcomes and satisfactions within this unique speciality. This team has one of the highest demands in the acute setting which often leads to the incorrect reputation of it being about discharge planning. This role will have the opportunity to change this and make this team imbed, and share with the service, the value of holistic OT provision in a rapid environment.

While this post is based in Wexham Park Hospital, during the initial fixed 2 year period, a close working relationship with the Frimley OT site and team means occasional site visits are required. The aim is to establish this role within the service to potentially explore a long term APP role which would be a part of the role to explore and evidence.

Main duties of the job

This is a really exciting time for the Therapies services across Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. You will be a senior member of the Therapies team and be expected to influence and develop service for those patients being referred to the Care of Elderly and Medicine OT speciality, ensuring that services are aligned and managed in a collaborative manner. Your role in the team will include clinical, operational and strategic components.

All therapy 8a Advanced Practitioner roles are expected to work closely with peers to provide high quality patient care and will include a high proportion of clinical work. As the Medical/COE Principal OT you will support and closely work with the Principal OT & Physiotherapy on site to develop, change, introduce and manage strategic requirements. Building strong relationships with specialty Team Leads as well as the Directorate Leadership will be key in delivering on our aspirations.

Clinical duties will for example include liaison with multi professional, multi-agency colleagues to ensure patients receive the right level of care at the right time in the right setting support and education of all OT staff in delivering Occupational Therapy embedding quality standards in day-to-day practice. You should also expect to provide assessments, interventions or reassessment of patients with complex requirements to support clear discharge planning.

About us

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust provides NHS hospital services for around 900,000 people across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and south Buckinghamshire.

As well as delivering excellent general hospital services to local people, we provide specialist heart attack, vascular, stroke, spinal, cystic fibrosis and plastic surgery services across a much wider area.

We have three main hospitals - Frimley Park in Frimley near Camberley, Heatherwood in Ascot and Wexham Park near Slough.

Our threecore values, and the behaviours that support them, guide everything we do and set out what we expect of our staff in the way they treat patients, visitors, service users and each other,Committed to Excellence,WorkingTogether and Facing the Future.

We are also proud to host the Defence Medical Group South East at Frimley Park with military surgical, medical and nursing personnel working alongside the hospital's NHS staff providing care to patients in all specialties.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Be the Professional OT Principal Lead for our acute Medical and Care of Elderly services. Develop a robust identity of OT within the speciality with clear learning and development competencies for all staff in this team including those rotating in and out of this speciality. Develop evidence based guidelines to optimise use of capacity and ensure a high level of therapy provided to those requiring OT in the acute setting of this medical and care of elderly speciality. Work towards developing a new career pathway for senior acute OTs specialised in medical and or care of elderly services.

Person Specification



  • HCPC Registration
  • Post Graduate CPD in specialist clinical field
  • MSc in related area or equivalent experience
  • Management courses e.g. supervisory skills, appraisal skills, team skills
  • Member of relevant clinic interest groups


  • Evidence of relevant non-clinical management training e.g. financial training



  • Significant clinical experience working at a senior level in own professional area (5 years
  • Team leadership including HR functions as well as teaching, mentoring and developing others
  • Experience of investigations and root cause analysis
  • Experience of contributing to the development of business plans and service development initiatives
  • Developing and implementation of policies and procedures, care pathways and protocols


  • Able to demonstrate knowledge of budget management, cost improvement and efficiency measures
  • Experience of leading complaint and untoward incident investigations
  • Experience of managing employee relations issues e.g. disciplinary/grievance etc.

Skills & Knowledge


  • Highly developed therapeutic physical skills e.g. auditory perception/manual dexterity.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to organize (collect, process and interpret) complex information to reach sound conclusions
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively
  • Able to negotiate and influence and gain commitment from others
  • Strong IT user skills including Office applications
  • Able to lead and facilitate meetings
  • Understanding of National NHS Agenda
  • Able to prioritize workload for self and others
  • Positive and motivational attitude to service and to change


  • Formal coaching/mentoring training
  • Able to lead teams through service review, re-design and deliver change

Employer details

Employer name

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust


Wexham Park Hospital

Wexham Street



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