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Rotational Occupational Therapist, Band 6

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

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are delighted to be able to offer a new exciting opportunity for Band 6 OT staff to rotate within our acute Inpatient Therapy service. This would be an excellent role for an OT who would like to start to develop their skills at band 6 level, whilst still having the chance to gain experience in a variety of clinical areas

- Stroke

- Care of the Elderly

- Trauma & Orthopaedics

- Medicine

Each rotation will be between 9-12 months duration with the possibility of further specialty rotations being added over time.

You will be supported to identify objectives for the rotation through a robust appraisal process and will be supported to develop both your clinical and leadership skills during each rotation. We also have a dedicated therapy Research and Development team that supports our staff with things such as preceptorship programmes, peer groups and student placement delivery as well as participation in audits and research trials.

Main duties of the job

- 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 notbe 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.

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:

1. 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.

2. Listening

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

3. Excelling

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

Job description

Job responsibilities

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

Professional values

-To deliver therapeutic interventions, acting as a specialist clinician, 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 aco-ordinated multidisciplinary service.

Leadership, management and team working

- To support leadership and work within the Therapy team, providing an effective and evidence-based service through assessing, planning and implementing treatment programmes.

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.


  • Car Driver
  • 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.



  • 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/ Cheltenham General Hospital



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