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Senior Occupational Therapist / Physiotherapist in Hand Therapy

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum, inc HCA
Closing date
29 Jun 2024

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Physiotherapist, Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
King's College Hospital has a large Therapy department with over 200 therapists from Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy. Each service is organised under a Head of Profession with a Chief of Therapies heading up the service and representing Therapies across the Trust. The department has a well-established tradition of supervision and appraisal which ensures all staff are given the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge and to reach their full potential.

The Hand Therapy Outpatients department is based across King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust sites. You will join an enthusiastic and dedicated team, which includes Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists, offering an excellent opportunity to develop your skills within a supportive and friendly learning environment.

Main duties of the job

Due to the continued development of this department, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist/ Physiotherapist to work in the Hand Therapy department. The role may require some cross site working at Denmark Hill and Beckenham Beacon to help meet the demands of the service.

Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential to facilitate the management of plastic surgery, orthopaedic and rheumatologic hand conditions. You will be encouraged and supported to develop your clinical, teaching, managerial and research skills. You will also play an important role in the department's service development programme. There is a well-structured in-service program, an established journal club and weekly meetings with the Orthopaedic Consultants. There are also regular opportunities to apply for funding if you wish to attend any courses.

You must have a degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy and be HCPC registered.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c�1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reach is our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To identify, prioritise and manage patients presenting with upper limb impairments for therapy intervention.
  • To assess and treat patients with complex needs who would benefit from a co-ordinated multidisciplinary assessment and rehabilitation.
  • To be competent in the administration of specific therapy assessments of upper limb injuries and impairments.
  • To be competent in the development and implementation of remedial and preventative treatment programmes addressing motor, sensory, cognitive, perceptual, psychosocial and functional areas, both individually and in group settings.
  • To work closely with patients and carers to incorporate service users views in the setting of goals, implementation and evaluation of treatment programmes.
  • To conduct risk assessments and implement risk management strategies including the use of Therapeutic Manual Handling techniques and the Lone Working Policy.
  • To assess and demonstrate to clients the safe use of equipment and adaptations and recommend provision thereof. To advise carers on the safe use of equipment.
  • To write therapy reports for referring hospitals, Social Services and other agencies detailing functional status, discharge recommendations, and recommendations regarding ongoing therapy intervention.
  • To liaise and work with referring hospitals and appropriate agencies to ensure continuity of care.
  • To assist with planning and prioritisation of patient workload in the event of staff absence to ensure therapy service is maintained.
  • To ensure that up to date written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with professional and Trust standards.
  • To communicate complex information to patients and carers with appropriate understanding and reassurance.

  • Management:
  • To participate in the planning, evaluation and audit of practice, clinical pathways and protocols within the Hand Therapy Service with a view to measuring efficiency and ensuring high quality standards.
  • To participate in the delivery of the Hand Therapy Service development plan.
  • To supervise and provide support for Band 5 therapists, therapy Students, therapy Assistants and Technicians as instructed by the clinical lead.
  • To carry out administrative duties as required e.g. assist in ordering, receiving and maintaining stock and managing petty cash.
  • To be aware of and implement the Health and Safety Act, therapy Departmental policy and Trust policies.
  • To comply with the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, local and national procedures.
  • To respect the individuality, values, and cultural and religious diversity of patients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs.

  • Education:
  • To review and reflect on own practice and performance through effective use of professional and operational supervision and appraisal.
  • To instruct and supervise Band 5 therapists, therapy Students and therapy Assistants and Technicians according to their training and development needs, as identified through regular supervision and performance appraisal.
  • To demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate current research, apply them to practice and disseminate findings at a local level.
  • To broaden research and development skills through participation in local audit and research projects.
  • To demonstrate ongoing personal and professional development through participation in internal and external development opportunities, recording outcomes in a portfolio.
  • To keep in touch with new developments and changing trends in hand therapy and participate in wider issues of providing a therapy service i.e. quality assurance, public relations including liaison with the community planning and policy making.
  • To demonstrate leadership skills through the management of designated projects.
  • To participate in and present on the in-service training programmes, multi-disciplinary trainings and external conferences.
  • To undertake any other duties commensurate within the grade.
  • The post holder will carry out their duties as an employee and service provider with due regard for the Authoritys Equal Opportunities Policy.

  • Person Specification



    • Dip or Degree in Occupational Therapy / Physiotherapy
    • HCPC Registration
    • Experience of working as a Band 5/6 therapist in Hand Therapy


    • Member of relevant special interest groups (e.g. BAHT)
    • Experience supervising qualified staff/students
    • BAHT Level 1

    Analytical skills


    • Demonstrate clinical reasoning
    • Problem-solving skills


    • Knowledge and experience of the Audit Process

    Communication and relationship skills


    • Able to present information to small and large groups
    • Demonstrate understanding on the role of supervisor and supervisee
    • Demonstrate a good understanding of the nature of illness and models of treatment and how these impact on a patient


    • Ability to develop staff

    Employer details

    Employer name

    King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


    King's College Hospital NHs Foundation Trust

    Denmark Hill


    SE5 9RS

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