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Rotational Occupational Therapist

Northampton General Hospital
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum / Pro Rata
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a newly qualified Band 5 Occupational Therapist or about to graduate?

Or are you wanting Band 5 experience in a busy acute hospital in a joint therapy team?

We have the job for you .

We are looking for an enthusiastic, well-motivated Occupational Therapist to join us in the Therapy department at Northampton General Hospital, part of the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire group.

As a Band 5 clinician within the service you will be required to take part in delivering a quality Occupational Therapy Service working closely with other members of the Multidisciplinary Team including Physiotherapy, Technical Instructors, Nurses, Medics and the Hospital Complex case discharge Team.

Peer group meetings for band 5s are held monthly. These meetings provide peer support and CPD opportunities giving you a chanceto drive your own training and development.

We welcome pre application visits, for further details / informal visits contact:

Jakki Gilson - Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist, Medicine

01604 545657

Main duties of the job

To provide a professional Occupational Therapy service to patients on own caseload, under the supervision of senior colleagues.

To actively contribute to the discharge planning process by selecting and implementing appropriate assessments and interventions to address the needs of patients including those with an acute illness, following injury or surgery and those with chronic disease, terminal illness or undergoing a period of acute re enablement.

Provide effective input into the work of the Trust, to support the achievement of our vision and values.

The post holder will be required to maintain constructive relationships with a broad range of stakeholders, including but not extensive to: Therapy Department and Enablement Centre clinical and non-clinical staff, Therapy Management Team and the broader trust staff group as required.

The post holder will participate in relevant working groups/projects, services and initiatives to provide information and analytical advice and expertise.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Under the regular supervision of senior Therapy colleagues, select, plan and implement assessments and treatment interventions either in the hospital or in their own home or community setting.

Use clinical reasoning to balance risk, safety, patient choice and eligibility for services

Manage a caseload on designated ward/s, seeking guidance from Therapy colleagues as required

Assess and make recommendation for equipment, adaptations, ongoing rehabilitation and care provision as appropriate and necessary for a safe discharge from the service .

Carry out assessments within patients homes as appropriate within departmental guidelines

Communicate effectively with patients, carers, members of the multi-disciplinary team, Therapy colleagues and other agencies

Provide support to patients and carers, sharing information to enable them to make informed decisions regarding Occupational Therapy recommendations and discharge arrangements

Advise patients and carers, through demonstrating the safe use of equipment or other techniques to optimise the patients functional ability, safety and independence Liaise with health and social care professionals and other related statutory, private and voluntary organisations, providing verbal and written reports and referrals where appropriate, in accordance with data protection principles

Respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity of patients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs

Contribute to the Therapy Service governance arrangements and to the work of selected departmental groups (eg Risk Management, Health & Safety)

Contribute towards service development activities through participation in team meetings and service development sessions

Propose changes to processes and procedures carried out within the Therapy Service to improve effectiveness and efficiency

Exercise good personal time management, punctuality and consistent reliable attendance, submitting accurate daily records of attendance on electronic timesheets In the absence of Therapy colleagues through planned or unplanned leave, work flexibly to meet the prioritised needs of the Therapy service both within the specific clinical areas and across all service areas

Comply with departmental guidelines for the safe use, care and maintenance of equipment and stock

Work to identified guidelines and eligibility criteria relating to the provision of home adaptations, equipment and wheelchairs to ensure equity of service to all patients

Delegate work tasks appropriately to Therapy technical Instructors and AdministrativeSupport staff

Give guidance and training to Therapy technical instructors and

Administrative Support staff where required

Assist Therapy colleagues in the induction, training and education of other staff and students within the Therapy services

Maintain accurate and up to date records of clinical interventions, consistent with legal and organisational requirements

Provide formal clinical reports for the multi-disciplinary team as requiredCollect, record and submit accurate clinical and personal statistical data in line with departmental requirements and guidelines

Maintain and develop professional knowledge and skills to ensure fitness to practice as an Occupational Therapist, in line with competencies detailed in the Knowledge & Skills

Framework Outline for this post

Participate in the Therapy in-service training programme, taking the lead in designated sessions as appropriate

Regularly attend and participate in Therapy service staff meetings

Identify own learning and development needs with support from senior Therapy colleagues, contributing to the production of a Personal Development Plan

Build an ongoing Continuing Professional Development portfolio, reflecting on and recording learning outcomes of development opportunities

Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate current Occupational Therapy research and apply this to practice in conjunction with the Therapy team

Contribute to audit and research activity within the Therapy Service as appropriate

Comply with the College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and Professional

Conduct, and the Health Professional Council Standards of Conduct, Performance & Ethics, national and Trust policy, protocols and guidelinesReview and reflect on own practice and actively participates in regular supervision and annual appraisal

Person Specification

Education, Training & Qualifications


  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration or registration pending.

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of assessment, goal setting, planning, implementation and review of Occupational Therapy interventions with patients in an physical setting.
  • Experience of managing a clinical caseload and prioritising work.
  • Awareness of the role of an Occupational Therapist within an acute inpatient NHS hospital.
  • Team working experience.
  • Evidence of recent continuing professional development activity.


  • Experience of assessing patients in their own home.
  • Experience of multi disciplinary team working.
  • Knowledge of the discharge planning process.
  • Experience of delegating tasks to support staff.
  • Experience of involvement in discharge planning from acute wards.
  • Experience of assessment and provision of equipment, wheelchairs and minor adaptations.
  • Experience working in the NHS.



  • Skills to communicate effectively with patients, carers, team members, Occupational Therapy colleagues and other agencies.
  • Skills to produce clear and concise verbal and written clinical reports.
  • Effective team working skills.
  • Self management skills.
  • Ability to review and reflect on own practice.
  • Interest in contributing towards staff and service development.


  • Ability to drive Trust vehicles for assessments in patient's homes.

Key Competencies Personal Qualities & Attributes


  • Ability to manage work pressures to enable management of a caseload.
  • Flexible and confident manner with a positive approach and high levels of motivation.
  • Awareness of own competency levels and when to seek help.
  • Appreciation of the dynamics of working within a team.
  • Ability to work under own initiative.
  • Personal mobility to move across the hospital site between wards, office, assessment areas and to patients home.
  • Physical ability to undertake manual handling of patients and equipment on a daily basis in a variety of environments.
  • Non-judgemental and able to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Interest in own personal and professional development.
  • Ability to manage work pressures within a fast-paced environment and conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to respond positively and adapt to change.
  • Personal resources to cope when dealing with patients with complex conditions, acute or terminal illnesses, traumatic injuries, mental impairment and challenging behaviours on a daily basis.

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General hospital




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