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Band 6 Occupational Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 6

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Band 6 Occupational Therapist
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (37.5)
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£32,306 - £39,027 per annum
Salary period
28/10/2021 08:00

Working for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust offers all the benefits of coast and country living with the convenience of big city life.

We have miles of unspoilt coastline on our doorstep, attractive commuter towns, picturesque villages and stunning countryside all within easy reach. Excellent transport links mean the vibrant, historic city of Liverpool is only a short journey away. Shops, bars, restaurants, museums, galleries, a World Heritage listed waterfront and, of course, two Premiership football teams makes this a destination for travellers from across the world.

The University of Liverpool has awarded us the status of University Clinical Education Centre in recognition of the high standard of training provided for students on placement to the Trust.

We pride ourselves in providing safe, clean and friendly care, and recruit to our SCOPE values. We also offer a range of family friendly options to staff.

Please note that all successful applicants to non-medical positions will be subject to a six-month probationary period.


Job overview

Occupational Therapist – Orthopaedic Therapy Service


Occupational Therapy


Full time 

37.5 Hours

£32,305 - £39,026 per annum

Working Pattern: 37.5 hrs which may include flexible (weekend and extended days)  and cross site working.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist with relevant working experience to join a well-established and supportive Orthopaedic Therapy team with a strong emphasis on multi-disciplinary team working which works across 7 days. 

This is a static post within the orthopaedic service,  which will be  primarily based with  the Elective Orthopaedic Team based at Ormskirk District General Hospital but will also involve cross site working to cover the Trauma Orthopaedic Service at SDGH, dependent on workload and service demand.

You must have:

  • Recognised Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent 
  • HCPC Registered
  • Relevant experience in Orthopaedics


Main duties of the job


Job Summary
1. To assess and treat patients within Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust including home visits when required.
2. To assist senior therapist in service development and the provision of a quality service.
3. To take responsibility for members of staff and delegate duties as necessary, providing appropriate level of support at all times.
4. To meet the Occupational Therapy/Rehabilitation Service objectives.
5. To cover for absence when required


Working for our organisation

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust provides healthcare in hospital and the community to 258,000 people across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.

The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport hospital provides specialist care for spinal patients from across the North West, North Wales and the Isle of Man.

We can offer you:

• Excellent opportunities for professional development supported by our own programmes tailored to meet your needs.

• Clinical supervision in line with our supervision guideline

• Appraisal with 6 month review

This post will be subject to an Enhanced DBS (with barred list for vulnerable
adult's disclosure)

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Main duties & responsibilities
1. To assess and identify the individual needs of patients and their carers, planning and implementing appropriate treatment programmes within both hospital and community settings.
2. To record and report findings appropriately following the standard procedures used by the department to maintain high levels of written/verbal communication.
3. To share skills/knowledge with other disciplines and patient/carers.
4. To liaise with hospital/community based staff as appropriate to ensure continuity of treatment and provision of equipment/adaptations to facilitate hospital discharge/prevent re-admission and support resettlement/re-enablement into the community.
5. To ensure treatments offered to patients are based on the best available clinical evidence
 6. To attend ward rounds, case conferences and goal planning meetings.

1. To provide professional practice education of O.T. students on placement and to assist in the education and development of other health professionals.
2. To actively assist in the promotion of Occupational Therapy through professional practice and delegated activities.
3. To ensure continued professional development including attendance at relevant postgraduate training and actively participating in in-service training.
4. To keep an up to date Personal Development Plan and Professional Development Portfolio.
5. To participate in activity around clinical audit and work towards initiatives within department/service/directorate as appropriate.
6. To ensure treatments offered to patients are based on the best available clinical evidence.
7. To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and other persons who may be affected by your acts/omissions.
8. To ensure that any equipment, furniture or building in need of repair is reported in line with Trust procedure.
9. To take advantage of clinical network opportunities and working parties within and outside the organisation.
10. In close liaison with senior staff, to identify and contribute towards service development to address quality issues.
11. To operate systems of supervision/appraisal for junior staff members.
12. To develop own clinical knowledge and leadership skills and to share expertise for the improvement of patient care.
13. To undertake research and ensure compliance with all Trust Research governance procedures.
14. To be aware of and identify changes in service demand and report to senior staff.
15. Contribute to the ordering and maintaining of materials / equipment / resources to facilitate patient care.
16. In the absence of senior staff to take responsibility for the daily running of the department.
17. To attend/participate in O.T. briefing sessions and to feedback and inform others as appropriate.

1. To be responsible for a designated area of work, as agreed with the occupational therapy team Leader to plan and organise efficiently and effectively with regard to patient management and use of time. 
2. To decide priorities for own work area, balancing other patient related and professional demands, and ensure that these remain in accordance with those of the department as a whole.
3. To maintain accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date documentation, in line with legal and Trust requirements, and communicate assessment and treatment results to the appropriate multi professional groups in the form of reports and letters.
4. To be actively involved in the collecting of appropriate data and statistics for the use of the Trust.
5. To be aware of Health and Safety aspects of your work and implement any policies, which may be required to improve the safety of your work area, including the prompt recording and reporting of incidents via the Datix system, informing the occupational therapy team leader
6. To comply with the organisational policies and procedures, with involvement in reviewing and updating these as appropriate.
7. To undertake any other duties that may be considered appropriate by the occupational therapy team leader.
8. Develop and improve information sheets and booklets for patients, in line with trust policy as directed by occupational therapy team leader.

1. To abide by the relevant Codes of Professional Practice if applicable and NHS Codes of Conduct. 
2. It is a requirement of employment within Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust that all staff must comply with the obligation of confidentiality to person identifiable information. The Data 
Protection Act 1998 safeguards the handling of information held in both electronic and manual filing systems and it is the duty of all staff employed by the trust to uphold the principles of the Act. 
Any employee disclosing confidential/patient records or information to any unauthorised person or persons will render the employee subject to disciplinary action.
3. The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires all public organisations to provide any member of the public, upon receipt of a written request, with the information they require, subject to certain exemptions. Every member of staff employed by the Trust must take responsibility for any request for information that they receive and respond in line with Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust’s Freedom of Information Policy and guidance.
4. All employees are required by Section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) to take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions.
5. All staff employed by Trust must adhere to the standards of record keeping outlined in the Records Management Policy and guidance documents.
6. To ensure compliance with all Trust Risk Management, Research Governance and Infection Control Policies and Procedures and abide by the Essential Standards of quality and safety.
7. Undertake appropriate Induction and Mandatory training, including infection control and comply with all Trust Infection Control policies relevant to the post, particularly with regard to the hand hygiene policy. To remind and challenge colleagues of their Infection Prevention and Control 
responsibilities if there is a potential or actual breach of policy.
8. It is incumbent on the post holder to continually update his/her professional awareness and carry out other duties deemed appropriate to the grade of the post.
9. The post holder is required to take all reasonable measures in relation to their health and wellbeing.
10. The post holder is required to adhere to Trust procedures in relation to Equality and Diversity, including the Staff Charter and NHS Constitution.
11. The post holder is required to adhere to the values of the Trust. SCOPE: Supportive, Caring, Open and Honest, Professional, Efficient
12. Staff must be aware of and comply with Safeguarding Policies and Procedures for both adults and children in order to promote safeguarding and prevent abuse to vulnerable people who may be working, visiting or receiving treatment within the organisation. All staff have a 
responsibility to report any suspicion of abuse to their Line Manager or Safeguarding Leads.
13. This job description is not intended to be exhaustive but to indicate the main responsibilities of the post and may be amended from time to time after consultation with the post holder.
14. The duties listed above may change over time and additional duties may be required appropriate to the pay band of the post.

Advert Date: 13th October 2021

Closing Date: 28th October 2021

Shortlisting Date: 1st November 2021

Interview Date: week commencing: 15th November 2021


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registered
Desirable criteria
  • fieldwork/practice educator qualification

Knowledge and experience

Essential criteria
  • demonstrates substantial experience since qualifying, several rotations
  • experience in a specialist field as a band 5

Skills and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • ability to work autonomously/independently and with MDT
  • excellent time management, prioritisation skills and self management skills
  • ability to delegate appropriately and supervise Junior staff
Desirable criteria
  • effective teaching and presentation skills

Working conditions

Essential criteria
  • Ability to fullfil the travel requirements of the post
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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Heather Duff
Job title
Clinical Therapy Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01704 705115
Additional information

For an informal discussion or visit contact Heather Duff, Clinical Therapy Manager on 01704 705115