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Senior Occupational Therapist - Older Peoples Therapy Team

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa/pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about working with older people?

An opportunity has arisen for a senior Occupational Therapist to join our Older Persons Services Therapy team.

This is a rotational post with opportunities in the following areas across Poole, Bournemouth & Christchurch hospitals:
  • Emergency Department (ED) & Same Day Emergency Care Unit (SDEC)
  • Older Persons Assessment Unit (OPAU)(inpatients)
  • Older Persons wards(inpatients)
  • Older Persons outliers(inpatients)
  • Christchurch Day Hospital - offering specialist clinics and community outreach(outpatients)

As well as currently undergoing huge transformations structurally as we merge Bournemouth and Poole hospitals together, University Hospitals Dorset bring exciting opportunities across acute and community sites. This is a fantastic opportunity where you will be encouraged and supported to develop extended skills and enhanced practice in frailty with our highly regarded, innovative and motivated older person's team in the hospital. The post will allow you to experience and build skills, including working holistically across professional boundaries, service development, supporting and supervising junior staff and opportunities to work alongside a range of experienced professionals.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an Occupational Therapist who is comfortable completing generic core therapy assessments but whom can also provide specialist Occupational Therapy interventions. You will need to complete rapid and thorough assessments, be confident in clinically reasoned decision making, have excellent communication skills and work with various disciplines and departments to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and support early discharge. We pride ourselves on our close links with the multi-disciplinary team and feel integrated working is an essential aspect for the post holder.

This post is available to clinicians with:
  • A minimum of two years' experience working at Band 5 level
  • NHS experience
  • Willing to participate in 7 day working on a rota basis
  • Ability to drive, hold a clean drivers licence and have access to a car for work purposes

Previous applicants need not apply.

Part time, or full time hours will be considered.

This role requires HCPC Registration

Base Location: Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Interview Date: TBC

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued team mates and colleagues

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have at interview

Job description

Job responsibilities

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents which are attached to this advert

Person Specification



  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy Degree
  • HCPC Registration


  • Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapists



  • 2+ years experience within the NHS
  • Band 5 Occupational Therapy experience covering the following core areas: ? Older adults ? Neurology ? Hand/Orthopaedics ? Acute
  • NHS Experience in an acute physical setting


  • Involvement in audit

Technical skills


  • Ability to teach patients, relatives, carers & staff.
  • How to critique research articles
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and nonverbal communication with an ability to establish a good rapport with a range of people.
  • To be able to delegate appropriately.
  • Ability to teach & supervise Junior staff & assistants .
  • Good time management.
  • IT Skills within word processing.
  • Ability to prioritise clinical workload.

Other requirements


  • Ability to drive, hold a clean drivers licence
  • Ability to speak English as necessary to undertake the role

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Bournemouth Hospital



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