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Advanced Paediatric Occupational Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
Clinical Support
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£40,057 - £45,839 pa
Salary period
10/07/2022 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

Are you an experienced band 6 looking to progress to a band 7 role or a band 7 wanting to learn new skills in a unique specialist area?  Then look no further!  We have a rare opportunity for a band 7 paediatric Occupational Therapist to join our established and highly skilled team.

We are looking for a passionate and dynamic Occupational Therapist to be the OT clinical lead for the Orthopaedic and Neuro-orthopaedic service.  The post holder will also work in collaboration with other band 7s to provide consistent OT provision to the acute neurology and neuro-muscular service.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities’ section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation

What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Your Responsibilities

What you’ll do

The Children’s Hospital is one of the 10 largest children’s hospitals within the UK and located within University Hospital Southampton which is a regional teaching hospital with links to the University and Welcome Trust research facility. We have a vast range of Paediatric specialities including major trauma, neurosurgery, neuro-rehabilitation, neonates, and cardiology - plus a level 3 PICU.

Southampton is a major trauma centre and a regional specialist centre for neuro-orthopaedics, performing complex orthopaedic surgery on children with cerebral palsy and neuromuscular conditions.

The post holder would join a friendly and close-knit Occupational Therapy team with a range of clinical experience. The team prides itself in providing support, progression and development. As an Occupational Therapy Team we have expertise to look at all aspects of a child/young person’s health; including a person’s mental health

The successful post holder will work alongside existing band 7 PT and OT roles to provide a high level of assessment and management for the orthopaedic and neuro-orthopaedic cohort. They will also support the wider inpatient and outpatient occupational therapy team. They will become an integral part of our 40 strong combined Paediatric Occupational and Physiotherapy Therapy team and wider Therapy services department of over 240 WTE staff.

The post is varied and involves:

  • Leadership of the Paediatric Occupational Therapy Orthopaedic and Neuro-orthopaedic service.
  • Providing specialist neuro-orthopaedic assessment and therapeutic intervention for inpatients, outpatients and in clinic.
  • To over-sea the children’s orthopaedic ward and to provide specialist orthopaedic advice to the band 5 and 6’s on the ward.
  • Close interdisciplinary working with the neuro-orthopaedic physiotherapist to provide specialist care for the neuro-orthopaedic cohort pre, post and during orthopaedic admission.
  • To provide specialist advise on equipment and aids to support the neuro-orthopaedic cohort in their occupational needs post orthopaedic surgery and their ongoing occupational needs within clinic.
  • To provide specialist postural management advice to help manage post-surgery and to try to prevent the need for orthopaedic surgery.
  • Being part of weekend rota and bank holiday rota for Paediatric Occupational Therapy Team.
  • Supporting the Team via clinical supervision of band 6s, 5s, therapy technicians and students.
  • Supporting development of others via facilitating teaching and CPD opportunities both within and out with the trust.
  • To work closely with the acute neurology and neuromuscular OTs and wider MDT. To offer cross cover to these services, when needed.
  • To participate in research, audit and management of clinical databases.

What we’re looking for

The successful applicant will be expected to work within our team philosophy:

 “We strongly believe in team working in a happy working environment. Workloads are shared and communication/ support is strongly encouraged. We are mutually responsible for the service and its development and expect everyone to carry a certain level of responsibility for this.”


The successful post holder should have comprehensive B6 and preferably band 7 experience including specific experience with children with neuromuscular conditions and children with cerebral palsy. They should have a good knowledge of orthopaedic surgery and of aids and equipment.

The applicant must be dynamic, enthusiastic and have a definite desire to work within the speciality, to drive forward service improvements. They should be able to work in a fast-paced environment and to be able to creatively problem solve. They should have excellent communication skills to work closely within the MDT but also with community services and with the child and their family.

The UHS Therapy services department runs a 7day service, using a rota system so weekend working will be expected.

Due the unique nature of this post we welcome informal enquires or visits – please contact Shelley Geary or Bethan Evans on 02381204560.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 19th July 2022

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.



Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Diploma/BSc in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Student Fieldwork Educators Course
Desirable criteria
  • Membership of an appropriate clinical specialist interest group
  • Masters level study


Essential criteria
  • Recent work in either An acute paediatric health care setting within the UK in the last 12 months with a proven caseload including children with Cerebral Palsy and orthopaedics OR Paediatric community setting within the UK in the last 12 months with proven previous experience of acute paediatrics and orthopaedics OR An Adult acute orthopaedics health care setting within the UK in the last 12 months with previous proven experience of paediatrics
  • A minimum of 6 paediatric rotations at Band 6 level or equivalent, e.g. static post in paediatrics/ orthopaedics however specifically must include a comprehensive paediatric caseload including neuromuscular/ cerebral palsy/orthopaedic conditions
  • Proven knowledge of appropriate assessments and treatment options within an inpatient health setting
  • Experience of supervising staff/students on placement
  • Up-to-date CPD portfolio
  • Broad experience at band 5 level demonstrating a broad range of experience.
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of involvement in research and audit.
  • Previous Band 7 experience
  • Specific experience within nerve and muscle service.
  • Attendance at relevant nerve/muscle/neuromuscular courses.
  • Relevant courses in postural management/seating
  • Completed core rotations in acute care, orthopaedics, and neurology.
  • Responsibility for leading a team


Essential criteria
  • Able to present information, written and orally, in a clear and logical manner
  • Knowledge of contemporary practice issues and recent research
  • Presentation skills e.g. experience of formal teaching to small groups
  • Proven time management and prioritisation skills
  • Good interpersonal skills – listening/speaking
  • Competent IT skills
  • Ability to handle sensitive information
  • Self motivated
  • Ability to work as part of a close knit MDT
Desirable criteria
  • Advance IT skills
  • Evidence of delegation skills
  • Experience of committee membership e.g. Health and Safety representative
  • Evidence of attendance at related specialist training courses
  • Evidence of involvement in organising courses.

Special requirements

Essential criteria
  • Able to work flexibly over 7 days, including weekends according to the rota
  • Car driver, with full driving licence and business insurance or ability to travel independently between hospital sites or for necessary patient visits
  • Knowledge and understanding of - manual handling - financial pressures within the NHS and the impact on service delivery - confidentiality and data protection - health and safety - infection control - resuscitation procedures


Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Patients First
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Always Improving
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Working Together

Outside interests

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrate ability to maintain personal / professional boundaries and relax off duty.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Michelle Geary
Job title
Therapy Manager Paediatrics
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Telephone number
023 81204560

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