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Specialist Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
5 Jul 2024

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Physiotherapist, Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist with the passion for working in Trauma and Orthopaedics? Do you want to develop clinical leadership skills and be involved in service development? If so, then we are looking for you to join our team! We are a large, vibrant and friendly team, who work together to manage the caseload.

The position will involve working on our Acute Trauma Wards and in Elective Orthopaedics, a wide and varied caseload, including complex multi trauma patients. The position will include working Orthopaedic weekends.

The applicant should already have significant experience within Orthopaedic and have a keen interest in the management of acute conditions. Applicants need to have a broad range of experience in addition to their Orthopaedics skills and would benefit from experience in frailty and acute medicine. They will also need excellent communication and discharge planning skills, with experience of making complex discharge decisions autonomously.

As a band 6 the successful applicant will be expected to regularly support students on clinical placement and experience of this would be beneficial. As a band 6 you will also be expected to mentor and support rotational band 5 colleagues and assistants.

As part of a group of band 6 staff in Orthopaedics , you along with your peers will supported to develop more advanced skills to promote your personal development and be involved in service improvement projects.

Main duties of the job

To provide a high standard Occupational therapy / physiotherapy service.

To participate in Orthopaedic weekend rota.

To perform advanced therapeutic assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients who may have diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions.

To hold responsibility for own case load and be responsible for a defined area of the service or a particular patient type, working without direct supervision. Supervision takes the form of regular formal training, clinical reasoning sessions, peer review and case conferences. Access to advice and support from a more senior therapist is available if required, clinical work is not routinely evaluated.

About us

At the RUH we put people at the heart of what we do, working together as one team to make a difference for our patients, each other, and our community. No matter what your role is, we value everyone's contribution in supporting the exceptional, person-centred care we pride ourselves on.

We are proud to be in the top 20 best hospitals to work for in the country.

We are committed to creating a compassionate and inclusive environment. This can be seen in our growing community of staff networks - celebrating successes and creating opportunities to listen and learn. We value our differences, champion kindness and civility, and truly believe that diversity makes us stronger.

A culture of learning, developing and innovating is the thread that runs throughout our whole organisation. We want to support you to thrive, taking your career to its full potential.

We value staff well-being, with a well-established programme of support. We believe in a holistic approach spanning all aspects of living a healthy life, including physical, emotional, spiritual and financial well-being. We've even got a pool!

We are committed to supporting you and hope you want to join our team. In the meantime, find out more about living and working the beautiful historic city of Bath, learn about our extensive package of staff benefits, and read about how we're providing healthcare fit for the future with the landmark Dyson Cancer Centre and our passion for research.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please find attached detailed person specification and job description for further information about the role.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Must be able to provide evidence (through appraisals, competencies and reflection from post graduate study) to demonstrate development of specialist Orthopaedicknowledge
  • Strong understanding of the occupational therapy/ physiotherapy process and the ability to apply it when working with older people
  • Experience of student and junior staff supervision
  • Specialist knowledge of a broad range of Orthopaedic conditions (elective and trauma)
  • Knowledge and understanding of Major Trauma
  • Strong understanding of, and positive view of risk enablement
  • Experience of working with Hip Fractures
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of working in the NHS in the acute setting


  • Experience and knowledge of working in a community services and intermediate care settings
  • Experience of being involved in service development activities
  • Experience in audit or measuring clinical effectiveness.



  • Values and respects others, treats everyone as an individual, is non-judgemental
  • Motivated to be genuinely kind and caring
  • Helps and co-operates with colleagues
  • Pro-active and takes responsibility
  • Willing to learn, open to change
  • Motivated to make a difference in whatever way they can
  • Takes pride in themselves, their appearance, their role and where they work.

Specific Skills


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good team player-- able to support others in making their contribution
  • To be competent in performing complex assessments and treatments with patients with a variety of conditions
  • Remain updated with professional and evidence based practice and new research
  • Competent IT skills
  • Understanding of the legal responsibilities of the profession
  • Able to present information written and orally, in a clear and logical manner and to keep accurate and legible patient notes
  • Demonstrates effective leadership skills
  • Understanding of clinical governance and its implications for service delivery
  • Flexibility in response to service demand
  • Understanding of clinical governance and its implications for services, including experience of quality issues and audit data protection, equal opportunities and health and safety
  • Effective time management and organisational skills and ability to work under pressure


  • Effective teaching skills
  • Effective presentation skills

Physical Skills & Emotional Effort


  • Regularly undertakes moderate physical effort for multiple periods on a daily basis, whilst carrying out concurrent activities
  • Work often includes intense physical effort for several periods in the day
  • Ability to work in a stressful environment and with emotional or aggressive patients and carers.
  • Able to handle conflict effectively and differences in opinion tactfully.
  • Able to use negotiation skills in conflict management across a range of situations
  • The ability to maintain high levels of concentration when under pressure from competing sources
  • To deal sensitively with patients who have high levels of anxiety and aggression causes by pain, dementia or limited mobility
  • To be able to frequently care for critically/ terminally/ chronically ill patients and deal with distressing and difficult circumstances often giving unwelcome news regarding limited expectations from rehabilitation

Requirements due to Working Environment


  • To be able to work in a stressful environment and have ability to diffuse conflict

Employer details

Employer name

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust


Royal United Hospitals Bath

Combe Park



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