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Critical Care Specialist Occupational Therapist

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an Occupational Therapist seeking a new and stimulating challenge?

If yes, this is an exciting opportunity to work in Critical Care and lead the planning, development and integration of Occupational Therapy into the MDT at Yeovil District Hospital and Somerset Foundation Trust.

We are looking for a dynamic, innovative and highly motivated Occupational Therapist with substantial post registration experience working as a HCPC registered OT with experience and clinical knowledge and skills within Critical Care, or equivalent acute rehabilitation experience encompassing functional and cognitive rehabilitation. They will deliver high quality therapy care within Critical Care and outreach to ward based patients in partnership with ward based therapy teams, and support a continuity of care as they are discharged into the community.

You will need to demonstrate experience of clinical leadership, be an excellent team worker and collaborate with therapy leadership to transform the occupational therapy service in Critical Care as well as service development, changes to clinical practice and actively involved in audit and research. We strive to provide a friendly and supportive working environment with opportunities for learning and development both within Somerset Foundation Trust and externally. You will be encouraged to undertake regular clinical supervision, IST, with time for CPD and opportunities for working within the wider MDT are supported and strongly encouraged.

Main duties of the job

As a Specialist Occupational Therapist, you'll lead the Critical Care Occupational Therapy service, focussing on staff and service development whilst providing a high standard of OT assessment, intervention and goal setting to patients through evidence based practice.

You will be involved in early functional and cognitive rehabilitation with patients admitted into critical care alongside the MDT including Physiotherapists, Dieticians, Speech and Language Therapists as well as Critical Care Nurses and Medical teams. There will be a strong focus on early planning to facilitate safe, effective and timely hospital discharge identification and provision of equipment, as well as liaising with relevant agencies including social services, community and follow up services.

You should possess excellent communication, team management and interpersonal skills. Well-developed prioritisation and organisational skills are essential as well as being able to undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner and maintaining associated records. Furthermore you will be involved in proactively identifying learning needs, participate and lead teaching education sessions for staff including critical care health care professionals, Band 5 and 6 OT's, RA's and students.

You will have a flexible approach to working and are required to contribute to therapy 7 day service and weekend working.

About us

As an organisation, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust offers employees a wide range of benefits including flexible working, NHS pension scheme, generous annual leave allowance and a commitment to career development.You will be eligible for our Blue Light Card and a wide range of NHS exclusive shopping & leisure discounts.We are proud of our skilled, diverse workforce and as an inclusive employer we welcome applications from all backgrounds.Working in Somerset enables you to enjoy the idyllic countryside, areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.Somerset offers the countryside and the cosmopolitan -- there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached Job Description and Persons Specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC Registration



  • Specialist knowledge in supporting patients admitted to Critical Care.
  • Enhanced knowledge, decision making and clinical reasoning skills in Acute Occupational Therapy practice.
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team


  • Experience of Service development, project management and evaluation
  • Experience of working across organisation boundaries in a health care setting
  • Teaching and education experience as part of a clinical role at a regional level

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Yeovil District Hospital

Higher Kingston



BA21 4AT

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