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Orthopaedic Practitioner

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
1 Aug 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Full Time
Band 5 Orthopaedic Practitioner(Orthotics & Surgical Appliances)Fixed term 18 months.

We have an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified, dynamic and motivated Orthopaedic Practitioner to join the Orthotics & Surgical Appliances team within the Therapies and Rehabilitation Service at University College Hospital (UCH).

Potential applicants will have completed the British casting certification from British Orthopaedic Association and have previous Orthopaedic Practitioner experience within the NHS (please see Personal Specification for further information).

Main duties of the job

The post holder will play a crucial role in supporting the delivery of a high-quality Orthotics Service to patients at UCH, a thriving department in the centre of London. This job role is a combination of administrative and clinical duties running the orthotic clinics, supplying and fitting surgical supplies to outpatients e.g. knee and ankle braces, orthoses, splints as well as supporting inpatient therapists with the provision of spinal braces and Miami Js. Patients are predominantly referred from Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and the Emergency Department but may also receive patients from other referrers. It is unlikely there will be any casting will be required.

If successful, you will join a strong team of Orthotists and Therapists who are experienced and supportive clinicians with close links to the Orthopaedic and Rheumatology teams.

You will also contribute to the administrative support team for the Therapy and Rehabilitation department.You should demonstrate evidence of current policies and guidelines, good interpersonal skills and an ability to work flexibly.

As an Orthopaedic Practitioner you will be required to contribute to the education and training of members of the MDT in regard to the supply and fitting of surgical appliances.

This is a great opportunity to work and develop as an individual and as part of a team, gaining clinical and operational experience in a tertiary care setting.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

We are committed to sustainability and have pledged to become a carbon net zero health service, embedding sustainable practice throughout UCLH. We have set an ambitious target of net zero for our direct emissions by 2031 and indirect emissions by 2040.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the full Person Specification and more information regarding the main responsibilities of this role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Come and be a part of the best NHS trust in England to work for, according to our staff*

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

*In the most recent NHS staff survey UCLH had the highest percentage of staff who said they would recommend us as a place to work, out of all general acute or acute/community NHS trusts in England for the second year in a row.

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Once again, UCLH has received the highest score of all general acute and acute/community NHS trusts in England for staff that would recommend us as a place to work.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Qualifications


  • British casting certification from British Orthopaedic Association
  • Knowledge of the application of surgical supplies/orthotic equipment


  • Professional/clinical knowledge gained to degree or diploma level or equivalent.



  • Relevant post-qualification work experience as an orthopaedic practitioner
  • Minimum 6 months post-registration experience

Skills and Abilities


  • Skilled in the application of splints, orthotics and surgical supplies



  • Communicates effectively verbally, in writing and in electronic formats.
  • Professionally fluent in written and oral English

Personal and People Development


  • Experience of developing/supporting staff including supervision and Appraisal.


  • Active participation in Reflective Practice

Service improvement


  • Demonstrates awareness of research and evidence-based practice



  • Demonstrates understanding of principles of Clinical Governance, e.g., Risk Management, audit & quality

Assessment and Care Planning to Meet Health and Wellbeing Needs


  • Prioritises own workload.
  • Prioritises workload of others dependent on experience

Provision of care to meet health and wellbeing needs


  • Articulates reasons for desire to work in this clinical area.

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


University College London Hospitals

235 Euston Road



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