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Acute Services Occupational Therapist

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an Occupational Therapist who is passionate about providing high quality patient care?

Are you newly qualified or looking to extend your experience?

If the answer is yes then you are the person we are looking for to come & join the over 70 members of staff currently working within the Occupational Therapy Service at NNUH who share your passion.

Due to career progression we are looking for enthusiastic & motivated Occupational Therapists to join our established Band 5 Rotation scheme and help us ensure that we meet the Trust's vision to provide the best care for every patient.

We are able to offer a broad range of experience across many clinical areas including :
  • Neurosciences
  • Respiratory
  • Cardiology
  • Oncology
  • Trauma & Orthopaedics
  • AMU/ Short Stay Medicine
  • Hand Therapy
  • Rheumatology
  • Paediatrics
  • Home First
  • Acute Response Team

We will support you to develop current/ new skills with access to in-service training and professional development. You will receive supervision and annual appraisal have access to peer support and encouragement to take an active role within your own continuing professional development. If you are newly qualified our OT preceptorship team will work with you as an individual across rotations to help you to consolidate your career progression.

Main duties of the job

We can offer:
  • Exposure to and the opportunity to learn to manage a diverse caseload across various specialisms, with support and training to develop and prepare for moving into more specialist senior roles
  • Access to regular and culturally embedded supervision with more experienced members of the therapy team, as well as very close working and learning links with the MDT and other professionals within and without the Trust.
  • The opportunity to work across both inpatient and outpatient areas and outreaching into the community as part of a wide and varied rotation.

As post holder, you will:
  • be responsible for assessing and treating your own designated caseload of patients and maintaining their records as an autonomous practitioner
  • carry out day to day informal supervision of unqualified staff
  • assess risks relating to the discharge process to ensure a safe and timely discharge of patients to the most appropriate setting
  • provide advice and information to patients/ carers including instruction and training regarding use of equipment issued

About us

Join us at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and be part of a workforce of over 10,000 staff!

The NNUH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing first-class acute care for around one million people, living in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We are a teaching and research hospital, at the forefront of innovation, home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Quadram Institute. We are pleased to work closely with the University of East Anglia, providing teaching opportunities for our staff and placement opportunities for their students. We attract some of the best and leading professionals from across the country and are proud that our workforce represents 94 countries from across the world.

We are a friendly, collaborative hospital, working with local services and home to N& N Hospitals Charity

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:
  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream - access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To maintain a high standard of professional practice, working within the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
  • To be professionally and legally responsible for all aspects of your own work, including accountability for the management of patients in your care as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To be aware of evidence as a base for practice, participate in service/multidisciplinary audit and research within the clinical area and use knowledge gained to achieve optimum outcomes for Occupational Therapy.
  • To prioritise own designated caseload.
  • To independently carry out assessment and appropriate intervention for patients, incorporating personal, psychological and spiritual needs in relation to self-care, leisure and productivity.
  • With support from senior staff, contribute to differential diagnosis of complex patients through cognitive and functional assessments and determine treatment intervention based on this.
  • To assess risks relating to the discharge process in order to ensure a safe and timely discharge of patients to the most appropriate setting.
  • To be aware of challenging situations, including verbal and physical conflicts, and managing these whilst also seeking support when required.
  • To overcome barriers and communicate sensitive information effectively with patients and carers/family. This requires the use of appropriate specialist communication skills of negotiation, motivation, explanation and the gaining of informed/implied consent.
  • To communicate with multidisciplinary/outside agencies and arrange appropriate follow up to provide a flexible, seamless service.
  • To provide advice and information to patients/carers including instruction and training regarding use of equipment.
  • To communicate assessment and treatment results to the appropriate disciplines e.g. participate in case conference.
  • To independently plan and undertake pro and post discharge home visits where indicated, and arrange for the implementation of recommendations arising from assessment.

Please see the attached job description for full details.

Person Specification



  • BSc OT or equivalent
  • Health and Care Professions Council registration



  • A wide variety of clinical experience gained on student placements
  • Experience of multidisciplinary team working



  • IT skills - word processing and data recording
  • Manual handling experience and awareness of current legislation

Attitude, aptitude


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH's PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence
  • Demonstrates understanding and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital


Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

Colney Lane



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