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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a band 5 or 6 looking to gain further rotational experience in the acute setting? We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 5/6 Occupational Therapist to join our friendly, innovative and dynamic Therapies team at Kettering General Hospital.

The Therapy team holds a high profile within the wider trust and is at the forefront of many service development strategies, continually developing and introducing new, pioneering prospects for the service.

Our Therapy Service provides high-quality assessment and treatment, beginning in A& E, MAU and Urgent Care areas, following patients through to the wards (Specialties include Acute Medicine, Endocrinology, Gerontology, Cardio-respiratory, Surgery and Orthopaedics).

If you are ready to take on your first leadership role and specialise within acute care then this post is ideally suited to you.

Main duties of the job

Please apply for the following post if you are:
  • Arecently qualified Band 5, who will be interested in an accelerated Band 5 to 6 Development Programme - this is a supported programme focusing on developing your leadership skills and, practice development training while consolidating your clinical experience. You will have regular supervision to facilitate your personal and professional development from band 5 to band 6.
  • Anexisting Band 6looking for the next step in your career or to gain some more experience to consolidate and develop your existing clinical and leadership skills further.
  • An Occupational Therapistlooking to Return to Practice with an exciting structured 6 month initiative to provide a Band 6 opportunity for Occupational Therapists with previous appropriate experience in the acute setting. We support with exposure to wide clinical settings, online learning, competencies and University modules. Initially you will be paid as a Band 4 until you regain your HCPC registration, where after you will be re-graded as a Band 6.

We have an established Band 6 development programme focusing on both clinical and leadership development as well as the opportunity to attend Trust leadership programmes. All posts are supported with regular supervision, in-service training and appraisals.

This post is 37.5 hours and all posts will be expected to work across seven days

About us

  • Great learning and development opportunities to enable all staff to fulfil their potential
  • Bespoke Therapies Leadership programme
  • Weekly speciality teaching

We remain committed to your professional development to ensure we maintain high quality standards keeping our patients at the forefront of our service delivery.

As part of our Trust's commitment to Improving Working Lives, we offer staff a range of facilities and family friendly policies. We are an equal opportunities employer.If you are successful in your application for this position your commencement date will coincide with the Trust's Induction programme held on a monthly basis. Attendance on the full induction programme is a mandatory requirement prior to starting in the work area. Therefore, if parts of this induction fall outside of the normal contracted hours of duty for this position, you will be requested to make arrangements to enable you to fully attend the Induction.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide skilled Occupational Therapy assessment of patients with diversepresentations and complex physical and psychological conditions. Hold responsibility for own caseload, working without direct supervision. Indirect supervision takes the form of regular formal training and clinical reasoning sessions and peer review. Regular formal supervision and support is provided by an Advanced Specialist Occupational Therapist. Undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner and be responsible for the assessment and prescription of equipment for patients. To provide necessary training in the safe use of bed rails/hoists etc to patients carers and other relevant staff following appropriate training. Share responsibility along with other qualified staff for the education of new graduates and support staff and act as a practice educator for Occupational Therapy students. Undertake evidence-based audit and research projects to further own and teams clinical practice making recommendations to clinical lead / manager for changes in practice by the team. May lead the implementation of specific changes to practice or contribute to serviceprotocols. To provide high quality, evidence-based care across the seven day service.

Person Specification



  • DipCot or BscOT
  • HPC registered
  • Evidence of Continuing professional development


  • Member of BAOT
  • Fieldwork Educator
  • Member of special interest group

Knowledge and Experience


  • Diverse experience as a band 5 across the health economy
  • Broad base of clinical skills within a physical Health setting.
  • NHS experience
  • Proven experience of student or working experience within Orthopaedics/Surgery
  • Clear understanding of role of O.T. within the acute setting
  • Knowledge of national strategies and their impact on service provision
  • O.T. models of practice and frames of reference.
  • Knowledge of conditions commonly seen
  • Ability to work across 7 day service


  • Acute orthopaedics/surgical experience
  • Detailed knowledge of national strategies and impact on service provision



  • Evidence of post graduate training - CPD.
  • Recognition of own future continuing Professional Development needs.
  • Advanced communication and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to carry out in depth O.T. assessment of clients with a diverse range of pathologies.
  • Ability to plan, implement and evaluate treatment.
  • Ability to delegate work to junior and support staff.
  • Able to undertake moderate to intense physical effort throughout the day.
  • Experience of Orthopaedic and surgical pathologies
  • Orthopaedic rehabilitation skills and use of relevant assessment tools
  • Ability to cope in stressful situations including emotional/aggressive patients/carers.
  • Ability to maintain accurate patient records
  • Able to deal with regular interruptions and demands
  • Ability to respond to complex demands
  • Able to use own initiative
  • Team player
  • Punctual/Good timekeeper
  • Flexible/adaptable
  • Ability to travel between venues
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Ability to present a professional image
  • Is guided by standard operating procedures
  • Responsible for data entry, text processing or storage of data, utilising paper or computer based data entry systems.


  • Show initiative within parameters to look at future planning of OT service delivery
  • Basic computer skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Splinting skills

Employer details

Employer name

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Kettering General Hospital

Rothwell road


NN16 8UZ

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