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Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa/pro rata for part time staff
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for an experienced, dynamic and forward-thinking Occupational Therapist to join our Surgery Division therapy team based at the Northern General Hospital. This post will focus on where Occupational Therapy clinical leadership can add maximum benefit to a range of complex and diverse inpatient pathways currently including postoperative pathways, post critical care illness, amputees and out of hospital cardiac arrests.

We are a specialist regional centre for a range of specialities including cardiology, cardiothoracic, upper gastrointestinal, vascular (including amputees) and colorectal, as well as the Major Trauma Centre for South Yorkshire.

We are continually striving to ensure high quality therapy is delivered to maximise patient-centred outcomes and timely discharges and seek a visionary clinician who can actively contribute to the ongoing development of Occupational Therapy provision and help us deliver a service that fits the future needs for our services and the profession.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for someone who has:
  • Comprehensive post-registration experience including experience at specialist/senior level within an acute inpatient environment
  • Knowledge of any acute medical and/or surgical specialities and experience of managing patients with complex rehabilitation needs
  • Sound knowledge, skills and experience in the education, training and development of pre-registration and post-registration learners
  • Excellent communication and team-working skills and a resilience to facilitate change management
  • A commitment to quality improvement, evidence-based healthcare and collective leadership


The role offers the opportunity for an Occupational Therapist to grow their personal and professional development with both breadth and depth across a framework of clinical practice, education, leadership, and quality improvement & research.

There will be opportunities for:
  • Selected line management responsibilities and supervision and mentorship of therapy staff
  • A variety of teaching/training commitments within the Division, Acute Therapy Services and the MDT
  • Working with other senior colleagues and the professional leads to develop strategies for our future service delivery
  • Participation in a range of clinical governance/assurance/management forums

About us

You will be working for an organisation which values and respects all of its staff and the community it serves. The Trust is a leader in the NHS and research sectors and provides excellent benefits for its staff. This includes commitments to professional development but also many policies to support employees in balancing their personal and professional lives.

Therapy Services provides a number of services over 7 days (including Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays). Successful candidates may be expected to contribute to these rosters as part of their contracted hours.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

When completing your application please ensure that you clearly demonstrate how you meet the role criteria.

Person Specification



  • BSc in Occupational Therapy
  • Current HCPC Registration
  • Postgraduate Masters level module in relevant subject to this post or equivalent knowledge and skills accumulated through formal training and experiential learning


  • Masters degree in relevant Speciality



  • Extensive experience as a qualified therapist.
  • Significant experience at Specialist level in relevant specialty
  • Clinical Educator
  • Participation in Clinical Audit & Practice Development
  • Supervision and line management of Therapy staff including appraisal.
  • Professional Presentations
  • Experience in emergency respiratory on call including weekend work (PT only).


  • Member of Special Interest Group
  • Governance
  • Teaching

Further Training


  • Evidence of continuous personal & professional development
  • Advanced clinical knowledge and skill in specialty
  • Knowledge of evidence-base for specialty
  • Good basic knowledge of therapy practice for medicine, orthopaedics, neurology


  • NVQ Assessor
  • Clinical Governance
  • Research, Clinical Audit or Practice
  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Risk Assessment.

Specialist skills/Apptitudes


  • Excellent team working skills and the ability top work collaboratively
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, team working and leadership skills
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to act on own initiative, to prioritise work and manage multiple tasks for self and other.
  • Ability to analyse complex problems, formulate solutions and implement sustainable change.
  • Confident in working with a wide range of senior professionals
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • IT literate
  • Understanding of stress and ability to help others to cope under pressure.

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Northern General Hospital

Herries Road


S5 7AU

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