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Band 6 Occupational Therapist - ED, Short Stay & OPAL

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum plus 5% high cost area supplement
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Occupational Therapy department has an opportunity available for an enthusiastic and experienced Occupational Therapist to join our integrated Acute Inpatient Therapy team at PAH.

This is a specialist post within our Emergency Department (ED), Short Stay assessment wards and Frailty service. We pride ourselves on delivering a high-quality service in a fast-paced, challenging environment. We provide comprehensive assessments and treatment plans with the aim of preventing deconditioning, unnecessary admissions and facilitating timely discharge.

You will work collaboratively with key stakeholders to further develop innovative ways of working that align with the NHS 5 year plan, this includes participation in workstreams including virtual frailty clinic, involvement in the implementation of discharge home to assess model within the OT service and development of meaningful activities programme within the Frailty Assessment Unit.

You will work closely alongside other therapists within the integrated therapy model, developing further skills and knowledge. You will have the opportunity to support junior team members within formal and informal supervision. You will be expected to support students on clinical placement.

We are looking for a skilled, passionate, confident OT to join us to become part of an innovative and friendly team, to share in our trust values of patient at heart in everything we do and to promote Everyday Excellence and creative collaboration.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for providing a high standard of assessment, advice, treatment and evaluation of patients in the Emergency Department, Frailty Assessment Unit and Short Stay Assessment Units. This may include patients with diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions.

You will work as part of an MDT to support patient flow, working across ED and Frailty assessment unit using clinical reasoning to identify appropriate frailty patients and facilitating patient transfers where possible, this will be dependent on their individual presentation and needs. You will be responsible for a clinical caseload involving complex case management and the facilitation od challenging discharges.

You will also have the opportunity to build on your previous experience to further develop your clinical and managerial competencies to be part of a dynamic team to drive forward future developments.

It is required that you work as an autonomous professional according to the Royal College of Occupational Therapy Professional Conduct and Standards, and the Health Care Professions Council's regulations.

About us

We are proud to say that we have a sustainable service that covers same day emergency care 8am to 8pm 7 days a week, this is achieved with a variety of working patterns. We recognise that flexible working is important and take this seriously as a department. We encourage all flexible working applications and will consider these individually on balance with the needs of the service.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust is a District General Hospital providing acute services to the people of West Essex and East Hertfordshire and has a positive and successful approach to developing and delivering health care.

The Hospital is conveniently located in Harlow, Essex just 25 minute's drive to London Stansted Airport and 25 minutes train ride to London Liverpool Street. Harlow also has excellent road connections across England, with the M11, M25, A10, M1 and A1 all on its doorstep.

The salary for this role is only one part of the excellent package of benefits we offer you:
  • Between 27-33 days of annual leave (dependent on years of service) plus bank holidays
  • NHS pension scheme membership
  • Salary sacrifice schemes for lease cars, home electronics and more, to make your salary go further
  • NHS Staff discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Vita health Benefits
  • Vivup Benefits

This is an exciting time for the Trust. Over the next 5 years we are on a digital transformation journey, leading us to our brand new hospital. It's never been a better time to join us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a team we share in the vision home first, this approach acknowledges that often patients needs are best managed in their own environments, this is often also the wishes of the patient. We are key to identifying risks and barriers to this and finding solutions with the collaborative support of the multidisciplinary team. We have established links and regularly network with our primary care services, social services and external agencies within the ICS to make this process from hospital to home as streamline as possible.

You will be supported by our Occupational Therapy team leader with yearly appraisal and regular formal and informal supervision. In addition to attending and contributing to targeted IST within the ED and Frailty therapy team you will be invited to the established therapy department weekly in-service training.

For further details, please refer to the attached job description and personal specification which is available to download at any time.

Person Specification



  • Degree in OT
  • HCPC Registration


  • Member of RCOT
  • Member of special interest group



  • Wide range of clinical experience, including rotations in core areas of OT


  • Experience of working in an ED
  • Experience of supervising staff / students



  • Portfolio documenting continuing professional development
  • Clear, concise English written communication
  • Ability to organise and prioritise work
  • Detailed understanding of a wide range of medical conditions

Employer details

Employer name

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust


Princess Alexandra Hospital

Hamstel Road


CM20 1QX

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