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Specialist Occupational Therapist

The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum/ including HCAA/pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Specialist Occupational Therapist (Frailty)

Band 7

'Suitable for Band 6s Therapists looking to expand and develop their frailty skills and progress into a band 7 role'

Part Time - Permanent (22.5 hrs)

An Exciting opportunity has arisen within the Frailty Team at Hillingdon Hospital.

We are seeking to expand the frailty team in line with the planned redevelopment of the main hospital site. Development of the business case is progressing at pace with active engagement of staff, the public and partner organisations and the therapies team is embracing the opportunity by reviewing models of care including expanding the frailty service from 6 days to 7 days. The frailty team cover ED (emergency department), acute medical unit and the frailty unit as well as rapid access clinics with the aim to reduce hospital admissions. Our staff work as part of an innovative interdisciplinary team embedded in service improvement and dedicated to developing skills including advanced practice.

We are looking for clinicians who have passion for frailty and the provision of therapy within acute medicine and same day emergency care. Successful applicants will have prior experience in either emergency care or acute medicine with a frailty focus.They will also show enthusiasm in working within a broad range of clinical conditions, demonstrate excellent communication skills, flexibility and enjoy both teaching and learning.

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Main duties of the job

Our Frailty team took part in the Acute Frailty Network when our frailty services were first launched within the ED. The work carried out in ED saw an 18% reduction in the number of frail older adults needing an admission and a saving of 10 to 13 bed days a year. A benchmarking event saw Hillingdon Hospitals Frailty service outperform others across North West London with regards to short length of stay, geriatrician support and the number of hours Frailty service is available to patients, with aims to improve in other areas including 7 day working and increasing bed base.

We work in operationally integrated therapy teams, and you would be expected to provide leadership for the frailty team in conjunction with other senior therapists,Therapy Team Leads and Therapy Manager in continuously developing aspects of the therapy service. We are committed to service development and governance to enhance the quality of service we provide.

About us

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides acute and specialist services from two sites to a local population of 350,000. Our services include accident and emergency services, inpatient care, day surgery, outpatient clinics and maternity services. Hillingdon is situated in North West London close to Heathrow airport and is the second largest London borough. Our modern treatment centre at Mount Vernon in Northwood offers routine inpatient services, diagnostics and outpatient clinics.

Our vision is to be the best general hospital in the country. We are clear that our Vision can only be achieved by our staff, our most valuable asset. We are committed to making improvements for both our patients and our staff which we will deliver through living our core values:Communication,Attitude,Responsibility,Equity andSafety -cares.

The Therapy department has a high profile within the trust, and is well respected. It provides an exciting, friendly, and supportive environment where staff are encouraged to develop their full potential, including participation in Trust wide projects.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to attached job description

Job Summary/ Statement

To provide highly specialised Therapy assessment and treatment for patients within Frailty, predominantly within short-stay patient areas including Frailty Assessment Unit, Emergency Department, Clinical Decisions Unit and Acute medical unit.

To take a lead role in the Therapy Service provision within Acute Frailty, and to provide aspecialised resource for other therapy staff and health care professionals.

To provide expert advice, guidance and information to patients, carers, relatives, and other non-professionals.

To undertake delegated responsibilities to support the Therapy Lead in day to day service operation, evaluation and development

Person Specification

Person Spec


  • Diploma, Degree or Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Practice Educators Course
  • Extensive post registration clinical experience within older adults, frailty or acute medical unit
  • Experience of working in acute hospital setting
  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Knowledge and evidence of extensive experience in application of OT / PT process in a range of clinic settings
  • Evidence of extensive experience in equipment provision


  • Additional postgraduate qualification or honours degree.
  • Member of RCOT or CSP.
  • Member of specialist section eg RCOT Specialist Section.
  • Experience of working with the emergency department
  • Experience of working within a frailty team

Employer details

Employer name

The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Hillingdon Hospital

Pield Heath



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