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Specialist Occupational Therapist Spinal Rehabilitation Unit

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
£35,922 to £43,257 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Specialist Occupational Therapist, Spinal Rehabilitation

A rare opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and suitably skilled Occupational Therapist to join our spinal rehabilitation team based at the Llandough Centre for Specialist Spinal and Neurorehabilitation. This is an exciting period as we currently progressing development of the Occupational Therapy offer across the full spinal pathway.

This post is based in the Spinal Rehabilitation Centre - a regional tertiary centre and the only dedicated spinal unit in Wales.

We wish to appointan ambitious and motivated individual with excellent communication skills,effective team working and a passion for rehabilitation and service improvement. Experience of rehabilitation, neurology or complex disability management would support this role.

Main duties of the job

You will work with patients with a range of complex needs following spinal cord injury, developing knowledge and rehabilitation skills within this specialist service.

Patients transferred for specialist rehabilitation present with complex/highly complex rehabilitation needs. Occupational Therapy offer focuses on what matters and includes occupation focused interventions, postural management/seating to optimise engagement in environment and rehabilitation, upper limb rehabilitation plus promotion of self management. Complex discharge planning/repatriation includes timely management of regional interagency referrals/communications supporting discharge and ensuring environmental/equipment/support needs are optimised.

Through coproduction you will develop individualised rehabilitation plans working with the full multi-professional team including the newly embedded rehabilitation coaches who offer additional rehabilitation opportunity. You will hold the role of keyworker, organise and facilitate regular goal planning meetings for one/two patients, promoting communication and engagement throughout the rehabilitation process.

Opportunities to engage in service improvement are encouraged and promoted.

Continuous professional development is promoted and encouraged. Induction and training including opportunities to shadow across the pathway will be provided.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this role Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Boardis one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission isCaring for People, Keeping People Well,and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

Person Specification



  • Recognised qualification degree / equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • Holds professional registration as awarded by the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC).
  • Specialist training/courses to Postgraduate Diploma level



  • Significant post registration experience in rehabilitation relevant to the post
  • Experience as working as part of an MDT
  • Active involvement in service development and quality initiatives


  • Experience working with neurological conditions.



  • Demonstrate specialist skills within neuro, rehabilitation or disability management
  • Highly developed physical skills relevant to the clinical area e.g. manual techniques and therapeutic handling
  • Proven ability to manage a clinical caseload
  • Proven ability to motivate others, promote coproduction and empower others
  • Adaptive/ flexible team player

Special knowledge


  • Evidence of relevant post graduate training courses
  • Awareness of Health and Safety/ clinical risk management

Personal and Additional Requirements


  • Ability to demonstrate empathy
  • Ability to cope under pressure. demonstrating resilience
  • Willingness to work flexible hours

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


University Hospital LLandough

Penlan Road


CF64 2XX

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