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Advanced Occupational Therapist

Band 7

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Advanced Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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County Hospital
£41,659 - £47,672 per annum (pro-rata)
Salary period
05/10/2022 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

Advanced Occupational Therapist, Palliative Care lead –permanent

We are looking for a dedicated Advanced Occupational Therapist to lead the Occupational Therapy Palliative Care service at County hospital as part of the Medical Therapy Team. We are looking for an enthusiastic therapist ready to step into this advanced role, who is able to embrace the challenges and opportunities of working in an acute trust environment.

 This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Occupational Therapist with a specialist interest in Palliative Care to lead the Palliative Care Occupational Service, as well as taking on an Advanced Therapist / Team Leader role. The post holder will be encouraged to develop innovative ways of working and consolidate their leadership and management skills as well as building further clinical expertise

·       Palliative medicine within the hospital –specialist ward as well as general medical wards.

o   Oncology conditions, fast track D/C planning & complex manual handling assessments & equipment provision.

o   Long term life limiting conditions and challenging conversations.

o   Palliative rehabilitation




Supervision will be provided by Principal Therapists and continuous development is supported through appraisal, supervision, internal training and external learning.  The post holder will be part of a larger combined therapies team, which can offer a wider range of learning opportunities. There will be the opportunity to support and supervise Occupational Therapy students.

The Therapy team work within a 7 day shift system therefore the post holder will be required to work weekends and bank holidays.

Main duties of the job

  • To work as a specialised practitioner managing the clinical delivery of care in palliative care.
  • To lead a clinical team and organise staff and resources to meet service standards and demands.
  • To be responsible for the provision of specialist training to therapy staff and other members of the MDT.
  • Use analytical and problem solving skills to interpret, analyse and evaluate complex information from a variety of sources
  • To provide cover for other teams within the Directorate based on your knowledge, skills and competencies in order to meet changing priorities and service demands.

Working for our organisation

UHNM is one of the largest Trusts in the country, and a teaching hospital in collaboration with nearby Keele University. Extensive transformation and development projects have been completed in recent years making this Trust one of the most exciting and innovative places to work.

The two sites are located close to the M6 motorway - Royal Stoke just minutes from Junction 15 and County Hospital a short distance from Junction 14 or 13; providing excellent transport links north, south and east, together with immediate access to the beautiful countryside of Staffordshire, Shropshire and the Peak District.

This post is full time (37.5 hours) although applications are welcomed for any part time or job share opportunities and the Trust also supports return to practice for suitable posts.

For further information or an informal visit please contact Clare Johnson, Head of Therapy Services, County Hospital on 01785 230802 or email

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 Clare Johnson (see contact details)  

Person specification

Education & Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Evidence of personal and professional development
  • Post holder committed to working at masters level e.g. attended courses accreditied at masters/post graduate level


Essential criteria
  • Post graduate (NHS) experience as an Senior Occupational Therapist
  • Experience of working at a Senior Occupational Therapist within the specialisty area
  • Experience of teaching students, staff and other professional groups
  • Trained Clinical Educator
  • Experience of working out of hours working
Desirable criteria
  • Experience gained wihtin an acute setting
  • Involvement in audit/research
  • Experience of leading and managing a team within a relevant speciality

Skills, ability & knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Experience in supporting/supervising staff
  • Ability to liaise with other professionals/agencies
  • Aticualte able to undertake presentations and tutorials
  • Demonstrate critical apprasial skills
  • Good communicator - in writing
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of project work

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Clare Johnson
Job title
Head of Therapy Services
Email address
Telephone number
01785 230802