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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
You need to have specialist assessment and treatment skills, be able to manage a complex caseload autonomously and be able to work within a multidisciplinary team completing joint assessments, treatment and goal setting as required. You need to have experience working in frailty and acute medicine.

You will undertake specialist occupational therapy assessment of patients and provide treatments specific to the patients needs and goals. You will work within a multidisciplinary team, completing liaison, joint working and collaborative decision making. You will demonstrate a high level of manual handling skills.

You will assess and manage clinical risk and safeguarding, following trust policies and procedures. You will work in support of and deputise for the Senior Practitioner in the day to day running of the team. You will contribute to service development.

You will be encouraged to develop within your role though the appraisal process with funding available for accredited training.

You will supervise, monitor and delegate to staff including band 5 Occupational Therapists, students and support staff. You will continue to support, train and educate others both through informal and formal in-service training sessions.

You will maintain own continuing professional development and develop current knowledge of evidenced based practice, and attend monthly Occupational Therapy meetings and In-service training.

Main duties of the job

To perform advanced occupational therapy assessment of patients with diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions, to develop and deliver a robust assessment and treatment programme. This will involve close liaison with community therapy services, day services, the voluntary sector and other providers.

To be responsible for your own caseload, working without direct supervision.

To be able to carry out comprehensive generic therapy assessments and interventions in line with best practice such as the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment framework, identifying required interventions including support in the assessment and discharge planning of complex medical patients, directing clients towards the most appropriate pathways of care.

To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.

To supervise, educate and assess the performance of occupational therapy students (this would be to a graduate standard and involve working with universities to ensure the level of clinical practice and teaching meets the standards set by the degree level qualification). This role is supported through access to a clinical educator's course if required.

To support the therapy team lead in the ongoing development of the OPAL House therapy service. To undertake evidence-based audit and research projects to further own and team's clinical practice. To make recommendations to the Therapy team lead for changes to practice.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • Graduate diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • BSc/MSc Occupational Therapy degree
  • Health and Care Professions Council Registration
  • CPD Portfolio


  • Relevant post-graduate course
  • membership of relevant specialist interest groups
  • RCOT membership
  • Clinical supervisor's course

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Wythenshawe Hospital

Southmoor Road


M23 9LT

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