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Occupational Therapist

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 £28,407 - £34,581 Per Annum
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 5 Occupational Therapist

Job Purpose: Perform an Occupational Therapist role, with supervision, to provide a comprehensive Occupational Therapy service to patients referred.

To be part of an interdependent multidisciplinary team, ensuring that Occupational Therapy input is an integral part of the patient's overall care and discharge.

To be an active member of the 7-day working rota, including weekends and bank holidays where it is implemented.

We would welcome applicants from students who do not hold their HCPC registration yet, but are nearing complication of their Occupational Therapy degree*

While awaiting your HCPC registration you would be working as a Band 4 Occupational Therapy Assistant Practitioner. On receiving HCPC you will increase to the first point of the Band 5 scale as a newly qualified Occupational Therapist.

Main duties of the job

The Occupational Therapy Team consists of a variety of staff at Bands 7, 6, 5, 3, 2.

Post holder will provide Occupational Therapy assessment, treatment, and education to patients, as part of the MDT, according to the standards of practice or pathway.

Patients will present with a wide range of acute, complex and / or long-term needs and disabilities.

Post holder is professionally and legally accountable for his/her own action and works with and without supervision.

This post is part of the 7-day Occupational Therapy service.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification***

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities



1. Prioritise the day-to-day management of own caseload, delegating activities as appropriate.

2. Ensure the patient is aware of the role and philosophy of Occupational Therapy and components of the Occupational Therapy treatment programme.

3. To be responsible for the comprehensive Occupational Therapy assessment, treatment, and evaluation designated caseload.

4. To use a selection of both standardised and non-standardised assessments to assist and aid diagnosis of cognitive, sensory, perceptual, behavioural, physical, psychosocial, and social functioning, e.g. MoCA and ACE III.

5. To assess, prescribe and authorise aids and make recommendations for minor and major adaptations to increase/enable or compensate for independent function, teaching compensatory techniques as required.

6. To assess seating and positioning needs and treat as appropriate including assessment for and prescription of standard wheelchairs and accessories when accredited referring on to Disablement Services Centre as required for assessment of complex and specialist mobility and seating needs.

7. To identify the need for splinting and positioning to prevent and manage deformity and improve function for the upper limb.

8. Plan and review treatment programmes in close liaison with all members of the multi-disciplinary team, patients carers and family in accordance with consent given.

9. To record and report regularly on patients progress and treatment to the multi-disciplinary team or supervising OT in accordance with the policies and procedures laid down in individual clinical areas.

10. To plan, organise and lead when delegated both formal and informal treatments and health education groups for both patients and carers.

11. Education of patients and carers regarding the impact of cognitive, perceptual, and physical deficits on patient safety and independence in the hospital and home, leisure and workplace. To impart sensitive information and advice to patients and carers and may have life changing consequences.

12. To provide an opportunity for patients and carers to express their feelings whilst encouraging acceptance and adjustment to their new circumstances

13. To attend and participate in case conferences and ward meetings appropriate to the clinical setting.

14. Discharge planning, which involves the co-ordination of needs which can be met in hospital and the co-ordination of services in the community.

15. Demonstrating to and informing community staff re ongoing patient needs in the community i.e. home carers and reablement assistance.

16. To carry out environmental home assessments, pre discharge home assessments and discharge home visits and follow up as required. The assessment involves reviewing ergonomic layout of the property to maximise patient functional ability within the home, assessment of disabled access, equipment needs recommendation for minor and major house adaptations, risk and safety review and referring to other agencies and Social Services as necessary.

17. Liaise with and ensure good communication with statutory and voluntary bodies to establish a comprehensive package to ensure continuation of care in the community, this will also include the transfer of patients from other hospital settings.

18. Refer to follow up services to ensure treatment programmes are in place to progress functional independence based on identified needs at discharge.

19. To provide written communication with outside agencies and charitable bodies to support the need for services and equipment on discharge or when transferred.

21. To be responsible for utilising the goal planning process and outcome measures used in the clinical area to review progress of the patient.

22. To use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication methods with patients, who may have difficulty in understanding or communicating and who may be low in mood or lack insight.

23. To maintain competence in the use of manual handling techniques and equipment including the prescriptions of manual handling equipment for use in the home, demonstrating the use to carers.

24. To ensure use of risk assessment in all areas of your work are undertaken.

25. To demonstrate an understanding of conditions relevant to the diagnostic area and those patients presenting with multi pathology.

Departmental and Administrative:

1. To maintain an up-to-date record of all patient contact, MDT care plans, Occupational Therapy assessments and reports whilst always ensuring confidentiality in line with Professional and Trust policies and procedures.

2. To take an active role in audit, research and interdisciplinary development within the unit as required.

3. To be responsible for collecting and reporting statistical data in line with the Trust policies and procedures.

4. To be responsible for maintaining stock control systems, advising on resources and the responsible management of petty cash.

5. To co-ordinate the day-to-day activities of junior and admin staff where applicable.


1. To apply acquired skills and knowledge of professional practice in order to develop fitness to practice as an Occupational Therapist.

2. To take responsibility for ensuring own personal and professional development and statutory training demonstrating the ability to apply increasingly complex skills/knowledge.

3. To attend and contribute to staff meetings and attend relevant professional meetings and courses as agreed with Occupational Therapy Lead and Supervising Therapist.

4. To review and reflect on own practice through effective use of professional and clinical supervision in line with Trust policies and procedures.

5. To participate in providing instruction, learning opportunities, work experience and training staff and students from other units/disciplines and training schemes as agreed with supervising Therapist and Occupational Therapy Lead.

6. To participate in the planning, evaluation and audit of practice, clinical pathways, and protocols within your area.

7. Always maintain high professional standards as laid down in the College of Occupational Therapy/Health Professional Council Code of conduct

8. To comply with the College of Occupational Therapists, HCPC Standards of Practice for Occupational Therapy, policies, and procedures.

9. To demonstrate leadership skills through the management of designated projects.

10. To contribute to the Trust clinical governance arrangements and quality agenda.

11. To demonstrate understanding and application of professional, local, and national guidelines and legislation relating to health and social care provision.

12. To adhere to the Trust policies and procedures including Health and Safety at work.

13. To respect the individuals values, cultural and religious diversity of patients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to those needs.

14. To exercise good personal time management, punctuality, and consistent reliable attendance.

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy.
  • To be registered with the Health Care Professions Council.


  • To have qualification / attendance in relevant clinical areas.
  • Full driving licence

Knowledge and Experience


  • Demonstrable experience within the NHS or similar medical environment.
  • To have an understanding of Occupational Therapy assessments and treatments for relevant conditions.
  • To have experience of working with other members of the MDT


  • To have experience of managing own caseload.
  • To have knowledge & experience of Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions relevant to these patient groups.
  • To have attended postgraduate training and courses related to this post.

Aptitude and Abilites


  • To have good time management skills
  • To have understanding of confidentiality.
  • To have good verbal and written communication skills.

Dispostion / Attitude / Motivation


  • To be able to work under own initiative.
  • To be able to work with minimal supervision
  • Recognise own limitation.
  • To be committed to continuing professional development
  • Empathetic, calm and reassuring manner



  • Must be able to work on the 7-day working rota where requires.
  • Must be able to travel between sites and to patient's home in Plymouth, Devon, or Cornwall


  • To have an understanding of Health & Safety and Risk Management policies.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


UHP Derriford NHS Trust



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