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Band 5 Rotational Occupational Therapist

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
£32,720 to £39,769 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic occupational therapist to join our dynamic Therapy Services Team across the Barnet and Chase Farm Hospital sites, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. The post includes six-month rotations across the following areas:
  • Trauma & Orthopaedics
  • Respiratory, including ITU and surgery
  • Health Services for Elderly People, including medical specialities
  • Emergency department, and same day emergency units
  • Acute neurology, including neuro outliers

The rotations give you the opportunity to work across a wide range of clinical specialties, to develop core occupational therapy skills in order to carry out complex occupational therapy assessments of functional ability, cognition, home situation and psychosocial issues. You will be a key member of a large multi-disciplinary team, working together in the best interests of the patients. You will be supported by a highly structured programme of learning and induction by experienced senior occupational therapists.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Due to previous high numbers of applications, this post may close early.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be expected to manage their own clinical caseload, supported by highly skilled Band 6 and Band 7 staff as well as supervising therapy support workers as appropriate. You will be joining a well-established interdisciplinary Therapy team, who work closely with the larger multidisciplinary team.

Each of the speciality therapies teams have with a strong emphasis on supportive supervision, and providing an active learning environment. There is a focus on staff welfare and teamwork using the What matters to you? framework. We have a varied and comprehensive programme of therapy in-service training and our Therapies Education Team have recently expanded to further support access to on-going education, courses, CPD.

We would welcome applications from newly qualified and experienced occupational therapists. If you are already working as a Band 5 you will be encouraged to enhance your leadership and management skills so that this may be a development pathway to become a Band 6. Excellent communication skills, a solution-focused approach, and a commitment to continuing professional development are essential to this position. It is a requirement for this post to participate in the 7 day working roster and bank holiday cover.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities and we are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them. Enthusiasm for advancing equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities is essential.

About us

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's biggest and most innovative trusts. Across three main hospitals, our dedicated army of staff care for over 1.6million patients, treat more than 200,000 in A& E, deliver over 8,000 babies and carry out more than 17million tests.

Our size, scale and influence offer you unrivalled career opportunities and a forward-thinking approach to working that works around your lifestyle. From flexible hours and generous benefits, to next level training, we make it easier to take your career to the top

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Person Specification

Royal Free World Class Values


  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values

Education & Qualifications


  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • HPC registration (or applied for if new graduate)


  • Membership of the British Association of OT (BAOT)



  • Student placements in an acute setting


  • Relevant other work experience
  • Previous experience working in a Healthcare setting

Skills & Aptitudes


  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of current OT skills, practice and theory
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Understanding of legal responsibilities of the profession such as confidentiality, consent and documentation
  • Ability to work effectively within different teams both multi and uni-disciplinary
  • Demonstrate effective clinical reasoning skills
  • Effective written and oral communication skills including ability to document information accurately
  • Good personal organisation skills including the ability to prioritise and delegate tasks
  • Awareness of evidence based practice
  • Knowledge of current NHS issues and impact on the OT role
  • Knowledge of research and audit process and the need to maintain clinical standards
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance and use supervision constructively
  • Ability to manage time/caseload effectively
  • Demonstrates lateral thinking and problem solving
  • Ability to work flexibly and in an unpredictable working pattern
  • Evidence of computer skills
  • Health, safety and risk awareness
  • Ability to work flexibly as part of a team


  • Evidence of presentation of own research/project work

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


Barnet Hospital

Wellhouse Lane



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