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Band 6 Occupational Therapist - Cardio-Respiratory/Surgery

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our forward thinking CRS therapy team. The role would involve a diverse caseload working across surgical wards, where we are hoping to develop new pre-habilitation pathways respiratory wards, where we aim to improve our patients' function, wellbeing and outcomes and also support patients requiring more complex palliative care input. We are also in the process of increasing our role within the intensive care setting and pathways towards home.

We work closely with the ward multidisciplinary team, and are an integrated therapies department working closely with our physiotherapy and dietetic colleagues to achieve the best outcomes for our patients.

Main duties of the job

Please see the Job Description for full details of the duties and responsibilities.

As part of the role you will be key in supporting the teams to provide education, not only within the Integrated Therapies Department, but to our wider workforce from HCAs, school staff, qualified/overseas nursing staff, and our medical colleagues. We also play a role in the development of our future workforce through our close links with the University of East Anglia (UEA Medical School and School of Health Sciences), Suffolk College and City College Norwich. We provide teaching to apprentices, undergraduates and postgraduates across many healthcare disciplines whilst on placement, as well as opportunities to be an associate lecturer.

We are lucky enough to have access to a simulation suite where our knowledgeable staff are able to provide high fidelity training to increase knowledge and confidence with a range of respiratory scenarios.

The successful candidate will also:
  • arry their own caseload and provide specialist assessment and intervention to a wide range of patients across the clinical specialities
  • Provide clinical support to other team members

About us

The James Paget University Hospital is a vibrant university hospital providing the best possible care to the people of east Norfolk and north Suffolk. We are situated on the coast with several beautiful beaches and the Broads National Park on the doorstep, and we are within commuting distance of Norwich city centre. Onsite parking is available and several staff travel from Norwich each day, so car shares are possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Therapists at the James Paget University Hospital are a positive and forward thinking multidisciplinary team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists and therapy assistants/practitioners. We are always striving to improve our services, particularly in these current challenging times within the NHS and the COVID pandemic. Using audit, LEAN and quality improvement models for service improvement initiatives, new policies and standard operating procedures, we are keen for you to become an integral part of continuing this journey. We are part of an exciting new model of working, embedding research into our department and supportive of our team engaging in research and innovation.

Personal and professional development is key within the James Paget University Hospital and the Integrated Therapies Department.

We will support you in achieving your career goals, through our well-structured supervision and appraisal system and our own highly specialised staff. The department actively encourages the utilisation of courses and training opportunities provided and signposted through our Operational Development and Wellbeing Service. Training opportunities range from clinical and non-clinical skills, through to leadership and the development of others. The departments links with the Education Department continue to grow with the use of CPD funding as available.

Core working hours are 8.00am to 4.00pm, however, the post-holder will be expected to work flexibly across seven days a week as part of an established roster.

Please watch the following videos for an insight into our amazing Integrated Therapies Department:

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Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Diploma/Degree/MSc in Occupational Therapy
  • Current Health Care Professions Council registration
  • CPD record should include evidence of up-to-date manual handling, relevant clinical courses and reflections of learning
  • Undertaken a student/fieldwork educators course

Experience and Knowledge


  • Experience at Band 5 level within a range of areas, inclusive of specialism areas, i.e. respiratory and surgical care. Must have experience with multifactorial conditions and be able to support effective management of these conditions (i.e. falls, dementia, bariatric care, neurological care)
  • Significant clinical experience within the NHS to include acute hospital setting and complex discharge planning
  • Experience of working with a range of professionals within multidisciplinary teams
  • Evidence of acting in a supervisory manner, providing specialist guidance, training and support to other staff and/or students
  • Evidence of reflective learning
  • Awareness of relevant professional practice, new research and guidelines
  • Understanding of legal issues, Safeguarding and mental capacity
  • Working knowledge of clinical governance and implications for own work
  • Involvement in service improvement/project work/audit

Skills, Abilities and Competencies


  • Communication skills including empathy, assertiveness and negotiation skills
  • Ability to build good rapport with a wide variety of people
  • Ability to rapidly prioritise and organise workload and support others with this
  • Ability to act as an autonomous practitioner with minimum supervision
  • Ability to work proactively under pressure and work flexibly
  • Recognise own limitations and know when to ask for help
  • Forward thinking, able to problem solve with positive approach
  • Ability to travel within the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area. Should hold a full current driving licence or be able to make own travelling arrangements to fulfil the duties of the post, including visits to patients' homes with and without patients
  • Basic IT skills



  • Physically fit and able to comply with Trust Manual Handling Guidelines
  • Evidence of interest/motivation for this Band 6 role
  • Evidence of interest/motivation to work within this geographical area for James Paget University Hospital

Employer details

Employer name

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


James Paget University Hospital

Lowestoft Road


NR31 6LA

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