Skip to main content

Senior Occupational Therapist

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year PA
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

View more

Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic, proactive and skilled Occupational Therapist to join us in the Integrated Acute Medicine Therapy Team working on the Acute Medicine wards. Specialities include respiratory, oncology, endocrinology, gastroenterology and haematology. The team provides a 7-day service and bank holiday cover on a rota basis.

This is a really exciting opportunity to join a friendly, dynamic team that is keen to develop and move services forward for the benefit of our patients. You will be part of a large supportive team, and provide quality assessment and intervention working closely with other members of the Multidisciplinary Team including Physiotherapy, nursing teams, medics and the discharge team.

If you have less than 18 months qualified experience we are willing to consider a band 5 development post for the suitable candidate. Please make this clear on your application.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is an autonomous practitioner, responsible for provision of highly specialised assessment, treatment, intervention and discharge planning of clients referred to the service.

Has responsibility for managing a caseload of inpatients with a variety of complex conditions including chronic, disabling and life limiting illnesses.

Carry out assessment and prescription of equipment and adaptations.

Assist the Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist in the planning, co-ordinating, delivering and evaluating of the Occupational Therapy Service provided.

The post holder will act as a source of expertise and demonstrate advanced knowledge, skill and experience in their role.

Educate other health care professionals, multi-agency professionals and occupational therapy students in acute medicine.

About us

We are based at BVH in a department with other acute OT and PT teams. We have robust processes for support and supervision, in addition to an individualised job plan.

You will receive regular supervision with the clinical lead and be provided opportunities to support your clinical and leadership development.

There is a band 6 competency schedule and a peer-support forum.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Professional knowledge/skills acquired through degree or diploma and extended through experience and continuing professional development.
  • Provide specialist advice, teaching and training to Occupational Therapy colleagues, other members of the multi disciplinary team and multi-agency team (education, social services, voluntary sector), regarding the management of patients with complex Occupational Therapy needs and specialist equipment/adaptation requirements.
  • Keep up to date with current evidence based practice underpinning area of work and be able to utilise a wide range of treatment skills and options to formulate specialised programmes for clients/carers and other professionals involved.
  • Undertake post registration training at an advanced level in relation to specific duties
  • Involvement with in-service training by attending and delivering presentations, training sessions at staff meetings and tutorials.
  • Attend mandatory training, including Moving and Handling, Basic Life Support, Consent, Fire, Equality & Diversity, Child Protection Awareness etc.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of relevant legislation, eligibility criteria, policies & procedures relating to provision of Occupational Therapy Service.
  • Undertake evaluation of work and current practices through use of audit, reflective practice and outcome measures and make and implement recommendations for change.
  • Actively involved in research activities including literature searching.
  • Facilitate/participate in working parties developing policy changes which will impact on all service users.
  • Manage a varied and complex caseload effectively and efficiently with regard to clinical priorities and use of time.
  • Use clinical reasoning to prioritise, allocate and delegate cases to other occupational therapy staff on a daily basis.
  • Use analytical skills and specialist assessment tools to undertake comprehensive assessment of patients with complex needs.
  • Formulate individualised treatment plans using advanced clinical reasoning and a wide range of treatment mediums.
  • Implement treatment plans, moving, handling and positioning of patients to enable them to participate in treatment episodes and carry out activities of daily living.
  • Develop and demonstrate specialist skills related to acute medicine which are underpinned by theory and practical experience.
  • Interpret and analyse clinical and non-clinical facts and be able to administer standardised assessments in order to assist the multidisciplinary team with diagnosis and prognosis in a wide range of highly complex conditions and recommend appropriate intervention.
  • Provide guidance and support on highly complex and complex cases to same grade staff, junior Occupational Therapy staff, support staff and other professionals (Health, Education, Social Services).
  • Provide planned advice, teaching and instructions to relatives and carers to enable understanding of the aims of the prescribed Occupational Therapy treatment, ensuring that there is a consistent approach to patient care.
  • Assess and prescribe standard and specialist equipment for use in a variety of hospital and community settings. To advise, instruct and educate carers and other professionals on the use of specialist equipment and moving and handling techniques.
  • Has responsibility for the delivery of the occupational therapy service within acute medicine at Blackpool Victoria Hospital ensuring its effectiveness.
  • Responsible for autonomous assessment, clinical decision making, treatment selection, evaluation of treatment and outcomes and arranging reviews as required. Guided by agreed protocols/procedures, with the ability to vary treatment without gaining consent from the Clinical Lead OT.
  • Maximise therapy potential and intervention, through effective communication to patients, carers and other professionals.
  • Work as a lone practitioner in a variety of community settings where there is a requirement to make decisions spontaneously, within Primary Care Trust policies and guidelines.
  • Use technical and creative skills to assist in the provision of therapeutic activities for individual and groups of patient.
  • Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with medical, nursing, therapy, education and social services staff in order to ensure delivery of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary and multi-agency service, to facilitate and maintain good working relationships.
  • As a senior member of the team will establish and maintain effective communication networks with the wider multidisciplinary and multi-agency teams.
  • Work across multi-agency boundaries and has a working knowledge and understanding of their systemsg. Care and Repair Agency, Social Services.
  • Liaise/co-ordinate and facilitate multidisciplinary and multi-agency referrals for patients with complex conditions and their families/carers.
  • Communicate highly complex and/or sensitive information, in an empathetic and reassuring manner, to patients, families/carers, and other multi agency professionals in a language understandable to them.
  • Facilitate the communication of sensitive and/or distressing information to patients/families/carers, regarding the patients complex condition, diagnosis/prognosis and the intervention required.
  • Communicate effectively with patients with complex communication difficulties and/or cognitive problems by utilising a variety of communication mediums.
  • Maintain two way communication with the Head Occupational Therapist to ensure appropriate development of Service wide policies, procedures and standards.
  • Responsible for documenting and maintaining records for episodes of care within the designated caseload.
  • Write complex Occupational Therapy reports which involve clinical reasoning/calculating risk and safety issues.
  • Produce and present detailed Occupational Therapy reports which are vital to other agencies to assist in decision making e.g. Adaptation Priority Panel, Hospital Discharge Team, Education Statements.
  • Responsible for collecting clinical statistics.
  • Have basic IT skills, including internet and e-mail.
  • Undertake service reviews and audit in accordance with clinical governance.
  • Maintain the ability to communicate effectively when faced with situations of conflict or high emotion from patients/carers/family and other staff members.
  • Responsible for the supervision and support of Occupational Therapy staff as outlined in the Occupational Therapy supervision policy and assist with the day-to-day caseload management of junior and support staff.
  • Participate in the departmental appraisal system as both appraiser and appraisee.
  • Utilise supervision sessions offered by Clinical Lead OT.
  • Oversee and implement induction of new staff members.
  • Support the Clinical Lead OT in the recruitment and selection of less senior staff.
  • Responsible for the education of junior occupational therapy staff in developing competencies and occupational therapy students in gaining professional qualification.
  • Offer opportunities for learning to other disciplines through tutorials, presentations, shadowing e.g. student nurses, work experience students.
  • Provide fieldwork education on placements for Occupational Therapy students, taking responsibility for their teaching, supervision and written assessment.

Person Specification

Qualifications/ Attainments


  • Diploma / Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • HCPC Registered
  • Minimum 18 months postgraduate experience
  • Relevant acute experience


  • Member of the College of Occupational Therapy

Experience and Skills


  • Excellent Interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Willing to supervise Occupational Therapy Technical Instructors / Assistants


  • Computer literate
  • Experience working within the acute medical setting.



  • Approachable.
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Adhere to OT code of conduct
  • Able to work well as part of a team

Other Factors


  • Able to work contracted hours but be flexible to meet the needs of the service.


  • Hold an up to date UK driving licence.

Employer details

Employer name

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

Whinney Heys Road



Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert