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Advanced Occupational Therapist - Team Leader for Surgery

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an Advanced Occupational Therapist to join our vibrant Occupational Therapy department in our Surgery speciality.

We are looking for a motivated Band 7 Occupational Therapist with creative ideas to team lead and continue to develop the Occupational Therapy working in the area of Surgery. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a multidisciplinary team, working closely to best manage complex patients, and expedite discharges from hospital.

If you are experienced at working in Acute Care with complex patients, knowledgeable about Community Services, committed to improving patient care, skilled in staff development, practice evidence based therapy and working at MSc level then this is the job for you.

You will be responsible for the delivery of excellent care by the Occupational Therapy team as well as carrying your own caseload. You will also be actively involved within a large Occupational Therapy department, including active participation in teaching, service and staff development and management.

This post requires some weekend / Bank Holiday working and out of hours working when required.

Main duties of the job

You will be an experienced Occupational Therapist with highly developed clinical skills, with knowledge of Surgeries and how they may impact a patient's occupational performance.

You will undertake a Team Leader role within this field of practice and thus take a lead role in initiating, planning, implementing and leading the service developments in an Occupational Therapy team on a day-to-day basis.

You will provide occupational therapy to patients working autonomously and without direct supervision.

You will ensure safe and effective delivery of occupational therapy and work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary and agency teams and the Professional Lead and Operational Manager in Occupational Therapy.

You will also work closely with the Divisions to reduce length of stay and readmission rates.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 12000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This vacancy will close at midnight on 30 June 2024.

Interviews are due to be held on 11 July 2024.

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases, alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Occupational Therapist registered with Health Professions Council
  • Degree or Diploma of Occupational Therapy
  • Fieldwork educators certificate or equivalent
  • Evidence of relevant C.P.D. in line with HCPC guidelines
  • Working to a level of expertise, knowledge and judgement commensurate with MSc


  • Member of R.C.O.T.
  • Evidence of further study / research in clinical specialty
  • Member of relevant Special Interest Group / Specialist section
  • Evidence of management / leadership training
  • Post graduate formal qualification relevant to clinical speciality (e.g. MSc)



  • Significant experience in relevant field of practice
  • Close working with Multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of supervising Occupational Therapy staff / students
  • Experience of working in an acute hospital setting
  • Moving and handling patients and daily living equipment


  • Business planning
  • Team leadership
  • Experience in Community setting
  • Experience in adult rehabilitation
  • Experience of conducting recruitment and selection procedure
  • Experience of dealing with people who display inappropriate behaviour (e.g. physical or verbal)
  • Experience of research and evidence based practice



  • Awareness of current research and treatment applications
  • Knowledge of relevant governmental guidelines
  • Understanding of legal responsibilities of the profession, e.g. RCOT and HCPC guidelines and codes of ethic and professional conduct


  • IPR appraisal process and implementation
  • Service evaluation and development
  • Research and Audit participation
  • Can demonstrate realistic expectations for service delivery



  • Effective presentation skills
  • Teaching skills
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Self-management skills
  • IT skills including e-mails
  • Proactive, innovative / creative / enthusiastic pro-active / flexible
  • Self-motivated and able to motivate others
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Close working with multidisciplinary team in hospital and Community


  • Committed to improving patient services
  • Able to prioritise workload and delegate effectively
  • Change management and service improvement

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

Hills Road



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