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Band 6 - Occupational Therapist, Medical team

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 a year inc HCA
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated occupational therapist candidate to join a well established therapy team in the Inpatient therapy department at West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as part of #TeamWestHerts at Watford Hospital.

This is a full time post focusing on excellent care in a fast paced environment, and we would welcome existing Band 6 Occupational therapists who are looking to specialise in Medical care and those experienced Band 5's who are looking for the next step in their career. This post is based on acute hospital wards and NHS experience is essential.

Main duties of the job

As part of the Medical therapy team you will clinically manage a caseload, completing detailed assessment & treatments in medical specialities, with patients who have complex needs including neurology & falls management. You should have a caring, committed and quality focused approach to the provision of patient care.

The medical team is a collaborative working team with integrated working with the Physiotherapists, with a chance to advance your skills through upskilling. Discharge planning skills are key to this post, and you will need to be able to make timely decisions regarding transfer to community services and managing referrals to specialist units.

About us

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust!

Major redevelopment works are planned as part of the New Hospital Programme. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

The trust has recently gained 'teaching hospital' status which reflects the dedicated work of many teams and individuals who have set the standard for delivering high quality training, learning and education at all levels of the workforce.

We are a flexible working employer

At West Herts we recognise the importance of a good work life balance and the ability to work flexibly. We are delighted to offer a variety of flexible working options for all staff. Please check out our web page for more information.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities. If you need help, please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you do not hear back within 3 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The team is 7 day working and this post would be included in that rota (frequency of 1:6 weekends) with rest days in the following week.

In this post your development will be supported by Band 7 therapists. You will need to be a dynamic team player with excellent communication skills and the opportunity to teach, supervise and appraise more junior staff, assistants and students.

For any further information, please contact Katherine Bagaoisan, Therapy Team Lead on 01923 217 271.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • Occupational Therapy degree qualification or equivalent & NHS experience.
  • Registration with the Health Care Professions Council.
  • Evidence of Continued Professional Development and reflective practice.


  • Membership of BAOT/COT.
  • Membership of special interest group.
  • Experience on a broad band 5 or band 6 rotational scheme.
  • Attendance at post-graduate course(s) in relevant field
  • Attendance at Student supervisors course.



  • Understanding of Occupational Therapy structure in NHS.
  • Understanding of Occupational Therapy models of practice
  • Standards - HCPC/COT/Local Legislation and litigation related to Occupational Therapy.
  • Professional ethics and their application in practice.
  • Policies and procedures (local e.g. Health and Safety).
  • Ability to search and review the evidence base.
  • Understanding of clinical governance and the implications for the service.
  • Application of specific assessment techniques.


  • Evidence of written projects/audits.
  • Relevant Standardised assessments
  • Relevant outcome measures



  • Clinical problem-solving ability
  • Highly developed physical skills, dexterity, co-ordination and sensory skills for assessment and treatment of patients.
  • Ability to assess patient conditions, establish a diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan, from a range of OT modalities.
  • Physical fitness to move and handle patients and equipment


  • Previous experience of working in the acute hospital setting (qualified or as a student).

Skills and ability


  • Ability to teach patients, relatives and carers individually/in groups
  • Ability to teach and present to qualified / non-qualified staff and other disciplines, in groups or individually, using a variety of media.
  • Ability to communicate complex and or sensitive information requiring empathy and reassurance - knowledge of barriers to understanding
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, other disciplines, patients, relatives, and carers.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and confidently in case conferences, discharge planning meetings, and MDT meetings.
  • Able to keep legible and accurate patient records in English. Good written/spoken English
  • Administration - statistical data collection, department tasks, patient records.
  • Ability to take responsibility for own caseload, organising, delegating and prioritizing.
  • Health, safety and risk awareness


  • Ability to supervise others, e.g. non-qualified staff, students on a day-to-day basis.
  • Audit of own and others practice.
  • Delegated management responsibilities within service area.
  • IT skills (email, internet, word)
  • Leadership and team building qualities.

Personal qualities


  • Presentation skills.
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Able to react in a flexible way to changing demands in service
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team.

Employer details

Employer name

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Watford General Hospital


WD18 0HB

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