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Rotational Occupational Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 5

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NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£25,655 - £31,534 pro rata
Salary period
29/09/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

We are excited to announce we have several opportunities to join our friendly therapy team at University Hospital Southampton as a rotational band 5. 

About the team

Successful candidates will join our large Band 5 rotation which consists of 6 month rotations in a variety of specialist clinical areas at a forward thinking acute trust. Rotations are an exciting opportunity to develop clinical skills and broaden your knowledge in a wide variety of clinical areas:

These areas include;
Medicine for Older People
Cancer Care

Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached. 

Working for our organisation

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. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. 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

You will be working alongside advanced and specialist clinicians in all areas and will have access to regular supervision, training, development and a personal development plan. Our excellent appraisal programme also includes a one year preceptorship programme for new graduates. Our band 5 Occupational Therapists can gain experience in a supervisory role including opportunities to support students. This allows development of their leadership skills and help support career progression.

What we're looking for

The successful candidate will need to be enthusiastic, motivated and resilient. You must be a team player whilst being able to work autonomously and have the ability to champion the needs of your patients. Good communication, prioritisation and organisational skills are essential and we are looking for staff with sound clinical reasoning skills, who thrive on problem solving in partnership with their patients and multiple agencies.

You will need to be a car driver, with full driving licence, or ability to travel independently between hospital sites for necessary patient visits. The post holder would also need to be willing to work flexibly including weekends and bank holidays on a rota basis to support our 7 day service model.

If this exciting opportunity sounds of interest to you…. apply now!

We look forward to hearing from you


Additional information

Interviews will be held on the 12th of October 

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

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • MSc/Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Current or pending HCPC registration


Essential criteria
  • Experience working within the NHS
  • Work with a variety of physical and mental health conditions/multiple pathology during student placements/other B5 posts
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience of working in a constantly changing environment
  • Experience of fitting a range of equipment
  • Experience of working with support staff
Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience at Band 5 or equivalent level

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
  • Professional manner
  • Proven time management and prioritisation skills
  • Good listening skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Ability to handle sensitive information
  • Ability to recognise own limitations
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work autonomously

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Ability to stay calm when under pressure
  • Able to use initiative
  • Car driver, with full driving licence, or ability to travel between hospital sites or for necessary patient visits
  • Be flexible and adaptable at work in order to meet competing priorities
  • Able to work flexibly over 7 days, including weekends according to the rota
  • 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
Desirable criteria
  • Standard equipment training
  • Specialist equipment training
  • Wheelchair training

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
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Applicant requirements

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

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Sally Pepperrell
Job title
Advanced Occupational Therapist
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023 80222777

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