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Occupational Therapist

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata if part-time
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Join us at the forefront of orthopaedic excellence, The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham is looking for an enthusiastic Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join our small, friendly team.

Whether you're a newly qualified therapist or an established band 5 seeking a fresh challenge, this role offers an exciting opportunity to work with a diverse caseload of orthopaedic conditions including specialist spinal surgery and orthopaedic oncology. You will gain experience in pre-operative assessment, post operative rehabilitation and discharge planning, with opportunities to contribute to service development within orthopaedic rehabilitation.

Our comprehensive 12-month preceptorship programme will ensure you receive the support you need to thrive in your role. You'll benefit from formal and informal clinical supervision from Senior Occupational Therapists, and you'll be encouraged to take advantage of the many inhouse learning opportunities available.

If you have good communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills and you're keen to develop your knowledge of orthopaedic rehabilitation at this national and internationally renowned centre, then we'd like to hear from you.

If you would like more information or would like to arrange an informal visit contact Chris Aspland, Orthopaedic Team Leader ( or Tracey Gilbert, Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist (, 0121 7289442 option 2

Main duties of the job

Provide Occupational Therapy assessments and treatments for a wide variety of patients following orthopaedic, spinal and orthopaedic oncology surgeries.

Assess patients in Pre-Operative Assessment Clinics including the educational Joint School, for patients awaiting hip replacements.

Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to ensure efficient, effective and appropriate delivery of the service.

Work as an autonomous practitioner and be responsible for managing a caseload, with indirect clinical supervision from Senior Occupational Therapists.

About us

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest specialist orthopaedic units in Europe. We offer planned orthopaedic surgery to people locally, nationally and internationally.

Our Trust is a very special hospital big enough to deliver world class services and small enough to offer exceptional patient and staff experience. We offer a working experience unique in the West Midlands and we're always on the lookout for passionate people to join our award-winning team.

The ROH is an equal opportunities employer. We employ people of difference and are committed to growing an inclusive culture, where difference is celebrated, and people feel able to bring their whole and authentic self to work.

We are a Disability Confident Leader and offer a range of inclusive, family friendly and flexible working arrangements and policies, to support our people in the workplace. Flexible working requests will be considered.

The Trust is committed to the Disability Confident Interview Scheme and will offer an interview to disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy and consider them on their abilities.

If you have a disability and need any support with your application or require any reasonable adjustments to be implemented please do get in touch with the Recruiting Manager for this position so that the team can support you.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To be professionally and legally accountable and responsible for all aspects of your own work, including the management of a caseload of patients, with indirect supervision. Access to advice and support from specialist/senior occupational therapists is available if required.

To provide OT input to Pre- Operative Assessment taking an active role in the provision of OT assessment and education of patients, and the delegation of duties to generic therapy technicians/assistants.

To undertake a comprehensive assessment of patients including those with diverse or complex physical and psychological conditions, to provide a clinical diagnosis and develop and deliver an individualised treatment programme in preparation for discharge. To carry out home visits as appropriate.

To formulate and deliver individual occupational therapy treatment programmes based on evidence-based practice, using clinical reasoning skills. To evaluate and modify treatment plans according to assessment and patient needs, discharging them when appropriate.

Assess patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid informed consent and have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.

To communicate effectively and gain informed consent from patients, carers and other professionals to maximise rehabilitation potential and ensure understanding of condition and/or surgery. This will, on occasions, include complex and sensitive information requiring skills of explanation, motivation and persuasion to overcome physical, emotional, mental and cultural barriers.

To take delegated responsibility from the Team Leader within area of work, including clinical and managerial duties. To delegate appropriately to Students and therapy support staff.

To maintain accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date documentation in line with departmental and COT standards, including communication of assessment and treatment results to appropriate disciplines in the form of reports and letters.

To represent the Occupational Therapy service and/or individual patients at ward rounds and case conferences where appropriate. Liaise with members of the multidisciplinary team regarding patient care and progress to ensure co-ordinated service delivery.

To act as professional advisor to other hospital staff where appropriate, providing specialist advice, teaching and instruction regarding Occupational Therapy.

To provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to relatives, carers and other professionals to promote understanding of the aims of Occupational Therapy and to ensure a consistent approach to patient care.

Under supervision of a senior OT, to take on a limited caseload of complex patients, to further own knowledge, for professional development and to ensure skill base is constant during periods of leave.

To work off site and at weekends as required.


To maintain own clinical professional development and portfolio by keeping abreast of any new trends and developments, incorporating them into current clinical practice as necessary.

To be an active member of the in-service training programme, through attendance and presentation at tutorials, training and peer review sessions within the Therapy department.

To assist in provision of clinical experience and supervision for undergraduate Occupational Therapy students as appropriate.

To contribute to the supervision and training of therapy support staff as appropriate.

To undertake the measurement and evaluation of work and current practices using evidence-based practice, audit, and outcome measures, with more senior therapists.

To demonstrate a sound understanding of Clinical Governance and Risk Management and apply to work situation, following department and Trust Policies.

To work in accordance with COT, Trust and departmental standards of practice.

Organisational and Managerial

To maintain high professional standards with respect to patients, colleagues, the service, and the environment. Encourage staff under your supervision to follow your example.

Liaise with senior staff as appropriate, with all issues relevant to service delivery and development.

To be responsible for the safe and competent use of equipment within your current area of practice by patients, colleagues and student Occupational Therapists through teaching and supervision.

To follow departmental procedure for ordering equipment, delegating to therapy support staff as appropriate.

To maintain security and ensure correct handling of money for OT equipment loan or sale.

To comply with all Health and Safety standards of the Department and the Trust, including prompt reporting of accidents and incidents and ensuring that equipment usage is safe.

To remain up-to-date and attend all mandatory training provided, in line with Trust policies.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • BSC in Occupational Therapy or equivilant
  • HCPC Registration


  • Recognised orthopaedic courses



  • Undergraduate and/or postgraduate experience in acute hospital care


  • Orthopaedic experience either undergraduate/postgraduate



  • Evidence of working autonomously and as part of team
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and delegate
  • Evidence of good assessment skills


  • Ability to support occupational therapy students

Other job requirements


  • Good communicator
  • Shows initiative
  • Willing to develop with service

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS FT

Bristol Road South


B31 2AP

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