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Professional Head of Occupational Therapy

Powys Teaching Health Board
£51,706 to £58,210 per annum
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for an Occupational Therapist to join the Therapies and Healthcare Scientists leadership team. You will be responsible for professional governance of all Occupational Therapists across Powys Teaching Health Board ensuring the service is safe, effective, efficient, patient centered and delivered to a high quality.

The role will require you to respond to an ever changing and demanding working environment as we strive to deliver an occupation focussed, outcomes driven service that meets the needs of the population and supports the development of a skilled staff group.

You will also ensure the service is responsive and developing in line with local and national strategies and policies with a range of responsibilities including professional standards and personal development of staff.

As a key member of the Therapies and Healthcare Scientists Leadership Team you will expected to provide professional support to Community Service Group, Mental Health and Women and Children's Services. You will lead and support collaborative and partnership working in areas of quality improvement and change management in line with the strategic direction of the Occupational Therapy service.

Main duties of the job

The Professional Head of Occupational Therapy (OT) is a professional leader and operational manager within the Therapies and Health Science services.

Currently this role operational manages the Adult Occupational Therapy Learning Disability service.

Provide professional leadership and advice to all OT services within the organisation.

Responsibility for the OT Service meeting identified key performance indicators and targets.

Development, provision, and evaluation of a comprehensive clinical OT service.

Providing advice on a wide range of OT matters to patients, service users, carers, and clinicians.

Lead on specific clinical audits, research and quality improvement projects.

Provide clinical and professional supervision to Occupational Therapists.

About us

Being the smallest Heath Board in Wales means that you won't get lost in the crowd. Everybody at Powys Teaching Health Board is valued for the contribution they make to our varied and diverse portfolio of community-based services. Together, we can continue to make a real difference to our patients and build on our unrivalled reputation.

As a supportive and progressive employer, we actively encourage you to carve out a career with us, through a range of development pathways. We're also lucky enough to be situated in one of the most beautiful rural counties in Britain, let alone Wales! Achieving a healthy 'life work' balance is essential, and something we recognise by prioritising your well-being.

To start your journey with us, and to learn more about what we can offer you please visit: There you will find information about our benefits and values, read staff experiences and more about what our beautiful county has to offer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Person Specification

Qualifications and/or Knowldge


  • Diploma/Degree - Occupational Therapy
  • Leadership or Management qualification/ training
  • Risk Management training
  • Documented evidence of CPD
  • Registered with HCPC


  • Membership of special interest group
  • Completion of MSc
  • Working towards Masters level education or equivalent experience



  • Varied post graduate clinical experience
  • Experience of a specialist clinical area
  • Leadership experience and supervision of senior staff and teams
  • Experience of operationally managing a team or service
  • Experience of managing budgets and financial planning
  • Experience of managing a range of HR issues
  • Business and workforce planning experience
  • Experience of managing and delivering change
  • Experience of Service Development and successful budgeting management
  • Proven track record of delivering against set objectives and achieving key targets and analyse complex information on a range of clinical and professional information


  • Experience of cross boundary/ agency working
  • Research experience
  • Experience of working in a complex organisation

Aptitudes and Abilities


  • Effectively negotiate, persuade and influence at all levels and provide convincing, well supported arguments
  • Effectively manage and resolve conflict and complex problems
  • Lead, motivate and inspire staff
  • Manage staff and achieve optimum performance
  • Detailed knowledge of research / audit processes and application
  • Detailed knowledge of current professional policy and practice and its implications / professional priorities and issues
  • Detailed knowledge of clinical governance issues and implementing good practice
  • High level analytical skills and capability to compile high level reports
  • Comprehensive IT skills to support clinical and management practice
  • Excellent verbal and written presentation skills


  • Ability to speak Welsh
  • Project Management skills



  • Demonstrate PTHB Values
  • Maintain credibility amongst all levels of staff
  • Demonstrates initiative
  • Self-motivated
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Trustworthy and reliable
  • Commitment to own personal development
  • Able to provide professional emotional support



  • Ability to travel within geographical area
  • Able to work hours flexibly

Employer details

Employer name

Powys Teaching Health Board


To be communicated - Location across


SY16 2DW

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