Specialist Occupational Therapist

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
December 01, 2022
Offerd Salary:£33,706 - £40,588
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Specialist Occupational Therapist Band 6

Main area



Band 6




Full time - 37.5 hours per week

Job ref



Southampton General Hospital




£33,706 - £40,588 pa

Salary period



01/12/2022 23:59

Interview date

Job overview

We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic Band 6 Occupational Therapist (OT) to join our vibrant and forward-thinking Trauma and Orthopaedic Therapy team.

This unique post gives you the opportunity to rotate through major trauma, general trauma, elective and our step down unit.

Main duties of the job YOUR MAIN DUTIES

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 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.

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 YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES WHAT YOU'LL DO

As a Major Trauma Centre you will have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of patients with varying clinical conditions including amputees, lower limb reconstruction, head injuries and other life changing injuries. You will work alongside experienced OTs, Physios and MDT professionals, who will provide you with supervision, peer support and teaching.

We are also a complex elective orthopaedic centre and the successful post holder would be involved in the development and management of the elective service both pre and post operatively.

Our orthopaedic step-down beds are used for those patients that often have complex discharge needs and require input from an experienced therapist in order to drive discharge plans forward

We have a dedicated Therapy Room which comprises an ADL assessment area, rehab facilities and space for group work which we run throughout the week to meet the needs of the patients across the unit.

You will have the opportunity to supervise band 5 OT staff and assistants, contribute to in-service training, audits and service development projects. There are also opportunities to develop skills in leading your first team, coaching and other managerial skills alongside your clinical expertise.


You will need to have experience of working in acute Orthopaedics for this post, and be willing to work flexibly to cover weekends and bank holidays on a rota basis.

You will need the ability to complete community visits and indicate this on your application.


Interviews will be held on Monday, 12th December 2022.

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

Person specification Qualifications training required Essential criteria
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Current HPC registration
  • Desirable criteria
  • Student fieldwork educators course
  • Previous or relevant experience necessary Essential criteria
  • Recent work in an acute hospital in last 12 months
  • Before B6 start date has completed minimum of 4 rotations at band five level or equivalent, demonstrating broad range of experience Medicine, Acute Medical Unit, Orthopaedics, Medicine for Older People, Surgery, Cardiothoracics, Neurology, Stroke, Paediatrics
  • Experience of supervising staff/students
  • Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of involvement in research and audit
  • Experience in the specific area of work
  • Aptitudes and skills required Essential criteria
  • Confident to work alone in the clinical area, with guidance from Senior Therapists for complex cases
  • Knowledge of contemporary practice issues and recent research
  • Proven time management and prioritisation skills
  • Ability to recognise own limitations
  • Ability to work as part of a close knit MDT
  • Understanding of clinical governance
  • Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of delegation skills
  • Presentation skills e.g. experience of formal teaching to small groups
  • Experience of committee membership e.g. as a Steward, Health and Safety representative etc.
  • Evidence of involvement in organising courses
  • Special requirements of the post Essential criteria
  • Able to work flexibly over 7 days, including BH/weekends according to the rota
  • Be flexible and adaptable at work in order to meet competing priorities
  • Knowledge of Trust issues
  • Living the Trust values Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

    For more information about our Trust

    Head to our careers portal thinkuhs.co.uk where you'll find information about:

    - Our values and vision - Our services and teams - Benefits we offer our staff - UK professional body registration - Information about our city - Relocating to Southampton - Our fantastic staff and their work

    To find out what our staff think about working here, you may also wish to look at our most recent friends and family test and NHS staff survey results, or our latest CQC report.

    Getting to work - our travel promise

    Getting to work should be as easy as possible and that's why we have introduced the UHS travel promise – a commitment from the Trust that we will provide reasonable travel options for every member of staff. Every member of staff can apply for a permit to use our park & ride facility. Eligibility for on-site parking is dependent on the nature and requirement of the role. All staff can also access a range of discounted benefits relating to travel including reduced price bus tickets, purchase of salary sacrifice bikes and ultra-low emission cars.

    Our commitment to equality

    Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

    UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

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    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
  • Job Description (PDF, 219.0KB)
  • Personal Specification (PDF, 115.7KB)
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    Further details / informal visits contact


    Helen Jowett

    Job title

    Senior Occupational Therapist

    Email address


    Telephone number

    023 81204452

    Additional information

    Sasha Smith

    Senior Occupational Therapist


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