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Advanced Specialist Occupational Therapist

Band 7

Main area
Clinical Support Services
Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£40,057 - £45,839 pa
Salary period
06/07/2022 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

This post offers an exciting opportunity for a highly skilled, experienced and motivated Occupational Therapist to work as an integral member of our large Trauma and Orthopaedic Therapy team, within the major trauma centre at University Hospitals Southampton. The successful applicant will possess all the attributes akin to working within a dynamic multi-disciplinary team ethos. This position will challenge your skills in the comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation of patients undergoing both elective orthopaedic surgeries, and management of traumatic injuries, including complex multi-trauma presentations.


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

You will be able to demonstrate specific involvement in service improvement, development, and audit. Advanced therapeutic handling and treatment skills will be second nature to you and the ability to teach and share your knowledge and skills base throughout the trauma and orthopaedic MDT and wider therapy teams should be an equally important aspect of this role.  

A robust framework of clinical support will be provided through a network of Specialist Therapy team members up to and including Consultant level Therapists, Specialist nurses, and Medical/Surgical Team colleagues. Along with the exposure to the management of a vast array of trauma and orthopaedic presentations, this post will undoubtedly offer ample opportunities for the right candidate to develop their career in this exciting and dynamic field.

What we’re looking for

If you are driven, motivated, have a solid background of working within a Trauma and Orthopaedic environment, including an understanding of patient rehabilitation pathways, then we would like to hear from you. If you would like to discuss this role in more detail, then please feel free to contact us.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Monday, 25 July 2022

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


Person specification

Qualifications / training required

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

Previous or relevant experience necessary

Essential criteria
  • Recent work in an acute hospital setting
  • A minimum of 5 rotations at Band 6 level, or equivalent experience, e.g. static post in relevant area, demonstrating a broad knowledge. Rotations could include Orthopaedics, Medicine, Acute Medical Unit, Surgery, Neurology, Stroke, and Medicine for Older People.
  • In particular must have had adequate experience within the specific clinical speciality
  • Evidence of involvement in research and audit
  • Experience of supervising staff/students on placement
Desirable criteria
  • Broad experience at band 5 level including rotations in Medicine, Acute Medical Unit, Orthopaedics, Medicine for Older People, Surgery, CardioThoracics, Neurology, Stroke, Paediatrics

Aptitudes and skills required

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 recognise own limitations
  • Professional manner
  • Ability to work as part of a close knit MDT
  • Ability to stay calm when under pressure
  • Able to use initiative
  • Be flexible and adaptable at work in order to meet competing priorities
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 of the post

Essential criteria
  • Advanced DBS check
  • 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 confidentiality and data protection
  • Knowledge and understanding of health and safety and infection control
  • Knowledge and understanding of resuscitation procedures
  • Knowledge and understanding of manual handling
  • Knowledge and understanding of infection control

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

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

Warren Corbett
Job title
Therapy Manager
Email address
Telephone number
023 81 204061

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