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Occupational Therapist

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum pro rata
Closing date
9 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Dear Prospective Candidate,

Thank you for taking the time to consider your application for this role of Senior Occupational Therapist within Frailty and Emergency Medicine at the Horton Hospital, Banbury. The frailty population is one of the biggest cohort of patients seen in the acute trust and the Therapy Frailty team at the Horton provide a key role in the assessment, intervention and discharge planning for this cohort of patients.

As part of the multi-disciplinary team you will screen individuals attending the Emergency Department, commence holistic assessments using a frailty assessment tool and clinically reason a safe discharge or admittance plan with a focus on early intervention and a Home First pathway.

You will join an already well respected team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Therapy Assistants with a focus on staff support and well-being, learning and development and positive team dynamics.

The trust is part of the Acute Frailty Network which provides the opportunity to network nationally and to undertake evidence-based research and learning in order to provide a gold standard to service within Emergency Medicine.

If you are interested in applying for this post and feel you meet the criteria, please do not hesitate to contact myself to discuss this role further.

Best wishes,

Louise Digweed, Horton Therapy Clinical lead

Main duties of the job

Job summary
Alongside support from other therapists and wider members of the Emergency and Short Stay team, the successful candidate will provide high quality, safe and effective Occupational Therapy to patients attending the Emergency Department, Emergency Assessment Unit and Short stay wards. Within this fast-paced area, there will be the expectation to assess the needs of individuals attending the department with a promotion of early intervention, Frailty specific assessments and discharge planning.

You will be expected to work collaboratively with the wider multi-disciplinary team including the undertaking of joint assessments, liaising with families and places of residence and providing follow-up treatment and handover plans to inpatient or community teams.

Support from senior members of the team will be provided and education, training and development will be promoted. Active participation in quality improvement, clinical audit and research projects will be encouraged to enable relevant and best practice to be delivered.

Support of a seven-day service for Frailty and Emergency care will be expected and flexibility to support colleagues on other wards will be encouraged.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustis one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community.We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence.These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and responsibilities
  • To be able to communicate your recommendations and clinical reasoning in a timely and concise manner.
  • To consistently deploy excellent communication and engagement skills enabling effective working relationships with all members of the multi-professional team.
  • To effectively communicate with patients and their carers/family members, including the sensitive management of complex issues.
  • To overcome barriers to effective communication, such as those caused by pathological impairment or language differences, by deploying effective mitigating strategies.
  • To engage and build relationships with external agencies and providers to enhance patient care, continuity and outcomes.
  • To be able to motivate and positively influence others through effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Be able to write complex reports accurately describing patients clinical status and management.

Clinical Responsibilities
  • To enact the professional and legal responsibilities for all aspects of the post-holders own clinical practice.
  • To carry out comprehensive assessments for individuals attending the Emergency Department and on inpatient wards. This will include using frailty and risk assessment tools.
  • To formulate and deliver comprehensive treatment, rehabilitation and discharge plans, based on clinical skills and evidence-based practice.
  • To evaluate patient progress on inpatient wards against agreed treatment goals and be able to modify plans accordingly.
  • To determine a patients mental capacity to understand and to gain informed consent for treatment. To work within a legal framework with patients who lack the capacity to consent and are deprived of their liberty.
  • To maintain accurate written records using an electronic patient record system and maintain fidelity to professional standards.
  • To determine and mitigate for risk of patient and staff harm using the agreed risk assessment frameworks and the Trusts manual handling policy.
  • To demonstrate physical ability to carry out Occupational Therapy assessment and interventions including manual therapy techniques and therapeutic handling.
  • To represent Occupational Therapy and/or individual patients at multi disciplinary team meetings, to ensure delivery of co-ordinated care.
  • To contribute to the provision of a seven-day service.
Leadership and management
  • To be responsible for the competent use and maintenance of rehabilitation equipment and support others in the effective and safe use of this equipment.
  • To assist in the supervision, teaching and appraisal of junior staff and assistants.
  • To undertake delegated tasks and roles from the team lead and be able to deputise for them on occasions.
  • To effectively plan and organise own time, patient caseload, meetings, training and be able to adjust plans as required according to staffing levels and unpredictable factors.
  • To assist in the planning of junior staff, students and assistant timetables and deputise for senior staff in organisational duties.

Education and training
  • To organise and contribute to the teams training and education programme.
  • To contribute to the education of multidisciplinary groups, patients, families and carers as appropriate.
  • To be responsible for individual undergraduate student supervision and practice-based learning.
  • To adopt a proactive approach in learning from others within, and outside of the physiotherapy profession.
  • To be responsible for continuing professional development and maintain a portfolio record to evidence this.
  • To maintain contemporary knowledge to apply and maintain best practice in acute and general medicine and rehabilitation.
  • To actively participate in the departments quality improvement and clinical audit programme through the completion of authorised projects
  • To implement and maintain evidenced-based practice through continuing professional development.
  • To ensure good working knowledge and application of national and local clinical standards

Person Specification



  • oDiploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • oHCPC registration.



  • oExperience in frailty and/or Emergency Medicine.
  • oExperience in complex risk management.
  • oExperience of MDT working.
  • oExperience of discharge planning including liaison with a wide variety of health and social care providers.
  • oEvidence of participation in training, audits or quality improvement projects

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Horton Hospital

Oxford Road


OX16 9AL

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