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Occupational Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 5

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Occupational Therapy
NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time: 37.5 hours per week (37.5 hours per week)
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Royal Stoke University Hospital
Royal Stoke University Hospital
£24,907 - £30,615 per annum
Salary period
26/01/2021 23:59

If there is a high volume of applications the advert may be closed early. Please apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role. (This does not apply to any medical staffing posts)

Important Information: University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust does not pay travel expenses for candidates attending interviews.


Job overview

We are looking for dynamic and enthusiastic Occupational Therapists to undertake posts within the Therapy Teams at Royal Stoke and County Hospitals. The post offers a wide range of opportunities to work in an exciting University Hospital Major Trauma Centre; has close links with the local University and offers connections to be involved in current research. The post holder will be part of a large integrated therapy team, within multiple varied clinical areas, across two hospital sites – Royal Stoke and County hospital and offers inpatient and outpatient experience.

Rotations include Hand therapy; Acute Rehab Trauma Unit, Emergency Portals; Medicine, including NIV; Frail Elderly; General Surgery, including amputees; Oncology and Trauma and Orthopaedics including a Fractured Neck of Femur Ward.

We have advanced and expanded our Therapy teams offering a 7 day  service, therefore the post holder will be involved in weekends, late shifts and bank holidays once competencies are achieved.


Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be involved in acute rehabilitation and early supported discharge planning within a range of different conditions, linking in with community support services to facilitate safe and timely transfer from hospital.

Supervision and clinical support will be provided by Band 6/7 Occupational Therapists, in addition to senior and peer Physiotherapy support. Continuous professional development is supported through annual appraisals and internal and external training, as well as a structured band 5 in service training programme. Our band 5 Occupational Therapists can gain experience in a supervisory role with students and our therapy technicians, who work generically over Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. This allows development of their leadership skills and help support career progression.


Working for our organisation

The UHNM NHS Trust covers Royal Stoke Hospital in Stoke on Trent and County Hospital in Stafford. Royal Stoke a large acute teaching hospital, with a Turnover of £360 million. Located in Stoke on Trent and Stafford, UHNM is close to the M6, within commuting distance of culturally diverse major conurbations, such as Manchester and Birmingham and surrounded by rural pleasures, including the Peak District National Park.

Each year Royal Stoke cares for over 600,000 people providing emergency treatment, planned operations and medical care. It is a leading teaching hospital in partnership with Keele University and has a patient-centred clinical research facility providing state-of-the-art facilities.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For more information on working for the Trust, please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

For more details on the post, please contact Jane Teasdale (details below)

Person specification

Education & Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy or completed within the next 6 months
  • Registered with HCPC or within the next 6 months
  • Evidence of CPD
Desirable criteria
  • Computer literate


Essential criteria
  • Broad range of clinical placements as a student
  • Good communication skills
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in an acute setting
  • NHS experience
  • Benefits from involvement with other activities

Skills, Ability & Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Evidence to support a situation where initiative was used
  • Motivated to self-develop
  • Ability to react well under pressure
  • Knowledge of interdisciplinary working
  • Ability to prioritise
  • Good communicator - verbally and in writing
Desirable criteria
  • Worked in a role where they can apply the knowledge of care, compassion, courage, commitment, communication & competence

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to be flexible & adaptable
  • Excellent attendance record/reliable
  • Smart appearance, adherence to the Trusts Uniform Policy
  • Ability to be flexible & adaptable
Desirable criteria
  • Car driver/owner
Positive about disabled peopleAge positiveArmed Forces Covenant Gold Award

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jane Teasdale
Job title
Therapy Manager for Medical & Surgical Division
Email address
Telephone number
01782 675341