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Clinical and Operational Lead Occupational Therapist- Acute service

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are delighted to have received investment into our Acute Occupational Therapy service based at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.

Following investment into our inpatient service, we are seeking to appoint an inspiring and confident Occupational Therapist to provide Operational and Clinical leadership for the Acute OT service based at Musgrove Park Hospital.

This post holder will be responsible for the day to day delivery of the service but also will lead a portfolio of service innovation recognising there is much untapped potential for OT in this setting.

This role is advertised on a permanent basis as a job share. We are ideally seeking a working pattern of Monday-Wednesday however are open to flexible working patterns to support the needs of the service.

The service is well established and valued within the organisation; you will be supported by Head of OT and also be a member of our Somerset System OT leads group.

As an Occupational Therapy service across Somerset Foundation Trust we can offer roles in: community rehabilitation, acute wards, adult & children's mental health, learning disability, paediatrics and community neurology plus others.

This organisation can give you the opportunity to work in any of these areas with rotational roles and development opportunities.

The Occupational Therapy leaders across the county have developed a strategy which will inform and influence the delivery of services to the population of Somerset.

Main duties of the job

Please read the JD& PS for full details:

As the responsible management lead for the specialty area within inpatient services, actively promote a culture of care which reflects Somerset Foundation Trust's values and leadership behaviours.

Responsible for the delivery and management of the specialty, including clinical and non-clinical performance, governance, quality, financial accountability, and human and physical resources.

Ensure that the operational and strategic demands on services within the specialty are met. Within this framework the post holder is jointly accountable and responsible for the delivery of clinical services within the service, working in partnership with the relevant internal and external stakeholders.

The post holder may provide direct line management to staff across a range of professional backgrounds but predominantly Occupational Therapy.

The post holder will be expected to support in the Trusts operational escalation calls when appropriate to support service continuity and articulate Therapy position.

To be responsible and proactive for service development and the maintenance of an integrated approach to care in partnership with key partners (primary and secondary care and social services).

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks 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. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

Please read the JD& PS for full details:


Evidence of Qualifications required

Graduate Diploma/ Degree/ Ma Occupational Therapy

Registration with HCPC

Recognised Post Graduate qualification in health service Management/ demonstrable equivalent experience

Leadership training


Innovative, able to problem solve and make decisions from a broad range of complex options

Working knowledge of healthcare service delivery issues in an acute or community setting

Ability to interpret and implement complex policy including the agenda for health and social care services arising from government policies

Ability to influence and negotiate across a broad range of professions and / or organisations as appropriate

Ability to analyse / interpret a range of highly complex data in order to identify solutions to service delivery

Knowledge of performance management frameworks and methodologies

Advanced IT keyboard skills including word, excel, PowerPoint, databases and email

Proven skills of operational & budgetary management within the NHS

Ability to manage own time and to meet deadlines

Documentary evidence of CPD

Thorough knowledge and understanding of clinical governance and implications at Trust and Department level

Membership of clinical specialist interest groups and management forums, internal and external


Post qualification experience at a band 7 management level & clinical specialism

Proven experience of working in primary or secondary care within the NHS at operational management level across a range of clinical services

Experience of working with senior clinical professionals in management roles

Proven experience of change management / project management

Experience in demand and capacity planning

Experience of financial management

Experience in Audit and use of Evidence based Practice

Experience of team management in a relevant setting


Ability to build highly effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders

Ability to collaborate constructively with internal and external partners to create conditions for successful partnership working

Ability to analyse complex problems and to develop practical and workable solutions to address them

Ability to be intellectually flexible and to look beyond existing structures, ways of working, boundaries and organisations to produce more effective and innovative service delivery and partnerships

Ability to think and plan strategically, tactically and creatively, and to prioritise work programs in the face of competing demands remains calm even under pressure

Ability to manage and deliver to deadlines and within resources, including budgets

Highly developed leadership and influencing skills with the ability to enthuse, motivate and involve individuals and teams and have them understand the Trusts and your performance expectations

Excellent inter-personal and written/ verbal communications skills, including presentations and with a track record in writing complex business cases and policies

Demonstrable experience of managing change

Committed to personal and Team development

Knowledge and Experience of selection and recruitment processes

Ability to manage own time and the competing demands of the service involving well developed prioritisation skills and strategies

Ability to maintain judgement under pressure

Ability to respond to complaints, incidents and feedback, within the Trusts policies and procedures and using this to inform improvements and learning within the service.


Evidence of a good standard of Literacy / English language skills

Excellent inter-personal and written/ verbal communications skills, including presentations, training

A track record in writing complex business cases and policies

Highly effective interpersonal communication and people managerial skills when dealing with highly complex, sensitive or contentious information


Experience of managing the yearly business planning process


Must be a car driver with a valid driving licence or have access to transport with appropriate business insurance in order to travel throughout the Trust, to meet the needs of the service.


Willingness to use technology to improve standards of care and support to our patients

Willingness to use technology to improve standards of care and support to our patients

Remain calm in stressful situations

Committed to own leadership development

Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team

High level of self-awareness and openness to self-improvement

Awareness of diversity and equality issues within the NHS

Flexible to the requirements of the role

Able to undertake on call commitments & weekend working

Ability to travel to external meetings on occasion

Full time or 50/50 Job share to cover the entirety of the role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BSC Hons Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • HCPC Registration
  • Leadership qualification
Experience Essential
  • Experience at Band 7 of management and leadership in relevant role
  • Experience of service development and improvement
  • Experience of Budget Managment
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of Acute OT service and aware of relevant national policy
  • Demonstrable evidence of performance management & learning
  • Member of Specialist interest group

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