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Senior Occupational Therapist - Medicine Band 6

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Occupational Therapist to work in the integrated Medicine therapy team at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, made up of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Therapy Support workers. The Therapy Team play a fundamental role in person-centered care as well as safe and effective discharge planning.

This post will give you the opportunity to lead on acute assessment, rehabilitation, end of life care, and complex discharge planning for patients across the medical wards including renal, endocrine & cardiology specialties. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, motivated to develop their own skills and that of the service, providing high quality and evidence-based therapy. We are looking for a dedicated, proactive, dynamic Occupational Therapist to provide specialist knowledge and leadership experience in this setting. You will be a motivated team player who will advocate for patients needs whilst supporting flow in a fast-paced environment.

As a Therapy Department we pride ourselves on developing staff with a dedicated Research and Development team providing CPD support to staff in all roles including to Masters levels and beyond. We have a well-established preceptorship program for new graduated as well as dedicated Peer Support groups in all disciplines. Staff are actively encouraged to participate in research and development, service development and Quality improvement initiatives.

Main duties of the job

In line with the Trust Vision to provide the Best Care for Everyone...

Professional values
  • To deliver therapeutic interventions, acting as a specialist clinician in medicine using the principles of Occupational Therapy in an integrated and client-centred way supported by the Therapy Competency Framework.
  • To assume responsibility for personal development and supporting the development and supervision of others by CPD (continuing professional development), linked to appraisal.
  • To support evaluation and service development in the clinical area in line with national and local drivers

Communication and interpersonal skills
  • To communicate effectively with patients and carers potentially complex, sensitive or distressing information in order to provide patient centred care, to encourage self-management, maximise rehabilitation potential and to ensure understanding of the condition. Patients may have communication, perceptual or cognitive/understanding difficulties.
  • To communicate effectively and work collaboratively with medical, nursing, other allied health professions and other colleagues to ensure delivery of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary service.

Leadership, management and team working
  • To support leadership and work within the Therapy team (enter clinical area) , providing an effective and evidence-based service through assessing, planning and implementing treatment programmes.

About us

It is expected that all employees uphold the values of the organisation as our values underpin everything we do and describe the way we expect our staff to behave towards our patients, families and carers and between each other. We have the following three values:
  • Caring

  • Patients said: Show me that you care about me as an individual. Talk to me, not about me. Look at me when you talk to me.
  • Listening

  • Patients said: Please acknowledge me, even if you can't help me right now. Show me that you know that I'm here.
  • Excelling

  • Patients said: Don't just do what you have to, take the next step and go the extra mile.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    • The post holder assumes responsibility for the day-to-day management of the clinical area, in the absence of the team leader.
    • The post holder is supervised by a named therapist, who may not be present at all times. Clinical and professional supervision is in the form of regular clinical reasoning sessions, observed practice, peer review and formal training.
    • The post holder will link with the Band 7 clinical lead therapist to support the use of resources within budget. The level of managerial responsibility involves the supervision and appraisal of junior therapists, support workers and undergraduates, with the support of the Band 7.

    Person Specification



    • Degree/diploma in Occupational Therapy
    • Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council



    • Experience of working in the NHS in the UK
    • Experience of supervising, appraising, and providing education/training to others

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities


    • Deliver a high level of skill in assessment and management of complex patients.
    • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, verbal, non-verbal and written when interacting with patients/carers, other team members and the MDT.
    • Knowledge of and ability to apply and utilise evidence based practice, including National guidelines to deliver, evaluate and audit the service.
    • Demonstrate the ability to network with other professionals and set up close working relations.
    • Work flexibly in response to the changing demands of the service and manage changes in service delivery in self and others.


    • Have an understanding of the principles of physiotherapy as well as occupational therapy in order to contribute to the development of an integrated therapy service.
    • Experience in providing education and training/supervision for under- and post-graduate students and other healthcare professionals in this clinical area.



    • Work effectively as a team member within the multidisciplinary team.
    • Work and maintain judgement under pressure whilst effectively managing own and others' time.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


    Gloucester Royal Hospital

    Great Western Road


    GL31 3NN

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