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Senior Occupational Therapist

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rata per annum
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Previous applicants need not apply.

The Great Western Hospital are looking to recruit Band 6 Occupational Therapists to be part of our Acute Teams. Exciting opportunities are available within our Medical and Surgical team, Front Door Team and our newly extended rotational program which includes Critical Care. We would be open to welcoming applications from current Band 5 OT's wanting to develop into a Band 6 role.

With our newly built and soon to be opened Integrated Front Door it couldn't be a more exciting time to join us! With opportunities to work across our fast paced and dynamic wards, applicants will benefit from opportunities to shape and redesign how we deliver our vital services to our patients.

Our Band 6 Rotational Programme includes gaining valuable experience in the below areas:
  • Orthopaedic Therapy - Trauma and Elective
  • Acute Occupational Therapy - Medicine and Surgery
  • Front Door Therapy - Emergency care and Admission Avoidance

Each rotation will be for 9 months where you will rotate within the above areas to support the demand in the Hospital site. We are very excited to be able to offer time on the Critical Care Unit as part of your rotational experience.

If you would like to find out more information about this opportunity or to arrange a brief department walk around, please get in touch with Louise White on 01793 646141 or

We look forward to hearing from you!

Main duties of the job

  • The role of the Senior Occupational Therapist is to provide, develop and deliver a specialised and skilled level of Occupational Therapy intervention to each service within the rotation.
  • To participate in the Band 6 Rotation Scheme - within Acute Occupational Therapy, Orthopedic Therapy and Front Door Services. Each rotation will be for 9 months. During one of your rotations, you will have the opportunity to spend part of your time working on the Critical Care Unit.
  • To be aware of the total therapy needs of the team, the changing demands and act in consultation with the Team Leaders to fulfil these needs.
  • To be able to be proactive at delivering therapeutic interventions within a timely manner to enable patients to maintain their independence, identifying when patients would benefit from further rehabilitation and support services and to refer on to other services appropriately.
  • To provide clinical leadership and specialist advice, through the supervision, coaching and education, for less experienced occupational therapists, rehabilitation assistants, students, support workers and other members of the interdisciplinary team.

About us

Our STAR values - Service, Teamwork, Ambition and Respect - are a golden thread running through everything we do. These values serve as a guiding principle, driving us towards our vision of delivering great joined up services to our local community. Whether at home, in the community, or within the hospital, our goal is to empower individuals to lead independent and healthier lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To participate in the band 6 rotation Scheme.
  • To assist with the continuous service development of the therapy services to provide high quality care and timely intervention.
  • To hold responsibility for own case load, working without direct supervision.
  • To manage complex diverse cases which may include medical, neurological, traumatic brain injury, surgical, orthopedic, musculo-skeletal and psychiatric conditions.
  • The staff member will be required to work their contracted hours over 7 days a week.
  • To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To chair Team meetings, planning staffing and workloads. Monitor and manage annual leave or sickness ensuring adequate cover as required by the team you are working in.
  • To work within a framework of local, national and Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT) delivered standards and evaluate quality of practice, this may include undertaking evidence-based audit, satisfaction surveys, recording statistics and service change.
  • To actively participate in the Clinical Governance agenda of the team you are working in.
  • To maintain and develop current knowledge of evidence-based practice in each specialist area, developing knowledge of particular conditions and patient types.

  • Please see Job Description for full details of this role.

    Person Specification



    • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy
    • Registered with Health and care Professions Council
    • Evidence of continuing Professional Development and postgraduate learning relevant to clinical area - e.g., Falls, Elderly rehabilitation, Frailty, Admission avoidance, Neurology, use of equipment.


    • Evidence of basic management training
    • Registered field work educator
    • Member of special interest group
    • Member of professional body



    • Experience in complex discharge planning within the NHS
    • Broad clinical experience e.g. surgical, ED, neurology, medical, orthopaedic, community rapid response, admission avoidance, rehabilitation, community
    • Experience of providing a broad range of interventions for a complex caseload.
    • Working as part of an MDT and joint problem solving
    • Application of the Occupational Therapy process and models of practice
    • Experience in and an understanding of clinical governance e.g. audit, risk management, education


    • Experience of Splints, braces and slings
    • Experience of using a wide range of standardised and non-standardised assessments.
    • Involvement in audits
    • Involvement in the recruitment and retention process.
    • Participation in service development and implementation of change.



    • Excellent verbal communication to enable effective MDT working and communicating with relatives, patients etc.
    • Good interpersonal skills
    • Capacity assessments, consent and safeguarding's within the NHS or adult social care.
    • Sound clinical reasoning skills to allow for appropriate treatment selection and discharge planning.
    • Able to treat complex cases independently and assist juniors in their treatment.


    • Awareness of budget management
    • Rehabilitation skills
    • Awareness of Health and Safety
    • Knowledge of NHS National strategy e.g. NHS plan, NSF's
    • Knowledge of CCG local delivery plan
    • Insight into team dynamics and conflict resolution

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


    Great Western Hospital

    Marlborough Road


    SN3 6BB

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