Please wait, loading

Advanced occupational therapist

Band 7

Main area
Band 7
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£37,570 - £43,772 per annum
06/03/2020 23:59
Interview date

University Hospital Southampton (UHS) is one of Europe’s largest teaching hospitals and a Regional Centre for Cancer Care, covering Southern England and the Channel Islands. It includes the Primary Care Treatment Centre for Teenage and Young Adults with Cancer; The Macmillan Acute Oncology Service; The Bone Marrow Transplant Unit as well as one Radiotherapy ward and two chemotherapy wards.

We are passionate about developing best practice within Cancer Care. As a team we have been developing patient pathways for Occupational Therapy in end of life care and improving patient experiences and care.  There are many opportunities for service development, including within the Teenage Young Adult Centre, which is one of only twelve centres in the UK.

We offer regular opportunities for peer support across the wider Therapy team and Therapy Managers to support your personal development with regular supervision and leadership opportunities. We also offer a comprehensive teaching programme and regularly support individuals to undertake projects within the wider organisation.

The post holder will be someone who is confident leading a therapy team alongside other senior members of the Cancer Care team and be comfortable working in a busy, fast paced, acute environment. The post holder will be leading on supervision, service improvement projects, personnel development, operational team organisation and representing Therapies at wider steering groups.  Within this you will be supported by the team to develop your leadership and managerial skills.

The post holder will be required to work as part of a seven day service covering weekends and bank holidays on a rota basis with time back in lieu during the week. As mentioned above, support can be provided for any developmental learning requirements. You will need to be able to drive and have access to a car in order to complete community visits and indicate this on your application.  

This is a new role and we are looking for an experienced, dynamic, enthusiastic and flexible Occupational Therapist who has a specialist interest in working with cancer patients. The successful applicant would review patients undergoing radiotherapy, chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants for haematology malignancies, with a focus on rehabilitation, maintenance of abilities and improving quality of life. The role also involves complex discharge planning for patients nearing the end of life, together with the development of links between hospital, hospice and living at home through holistic and individualised assessment. The applicant would be working closely with the specialist multi-disciplinary teams ensuring patient's receive individualised patient centred care.


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.               

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


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. 

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 24 March 2020.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDisability confident employerCare quality commission - Good

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

Documents to download

To print a document or save it to your computer, please click with your right mouse button on the document title and select "Save Target As...". You can then save the document in a suitable place on your computer ready to print it out. Clicking with the left mouse button will open the document in a new window (if your web browser can do so).

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Rachel Devlin

Therapy Manager

023 80777222

023 81204061

If you have problems applying, contact

If you have problems with the
online application form please contact
Recruitment Support Services
Open Monday to Friday
08:30am to 5:30pm
01629 690826