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Senior Occupational Therapist

Band 6

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Senior Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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County Hospital
£33,706 - £40,588 per annum
Salary period
06/10/2022 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

Due to maternity leave an exciting opportunity has presented itself for a Senior Occupational Therapist specialising in Palliative Care.

Would you like to develop your clinical skills working within the palliative care field alongside your leadership and teaching skills? If so, come and join the Therapies team at the University of North Midlands NHS Trust.

This is a split post working between the local hospice and the acute hospital and therefore offers unique opportunities including:

Main duties of the job

  • Palliative medicine within the hospital –specialist ward as well as general medical wards.
    • Oncology conditions, fast track D/C planning & complex manual handling assessments & equipment provision.
    • Long term life limiting conditions and challenging conversations.
    • Palliative rehabilitation
  • Katherine House hospice – located within the grounds of County Hospital
    • Autonomous working, managing own caseload, prioritising patients , flexible, working within inpatient unit, day services and community team
    • Facilitating interactive wellbeing Sessions with other MDT members with fatigue management being particular focus for OT
    • Exciting opportunity to work on development of new wellbeing services for the local community

The post holder will have the opportunity to support and if appropriate supervise Occupational Therapy students.

You will be part of a large combined therapies team, which can offer a wide range of learning and development opportunities. Supervision will be provided by an Advanced Therapist and continuous development is supported through appraisal, internal training and external learning.

Training opportunities across University Hospital of North Midlands include access to an on-site simulation training lab. Close links with Staffordshire, Coventry, Derbyshire and Keele universities for support with external learning, apprenticeships at level 6 and 7 and research support as well as internal in-service and journal clubs.

Working for our organisation

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is one of the largest and most modern in the country. We serve around three million people and we’re highly regarded for our facilities, teaching and research. The Trust has around 1,450 inpatient beds across two sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. Our 11,000 strong workforce provide emergency treatment, planned operations and medical care from Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital in Stafford.


We are the specialist centre for major trauma for the North Midlands and North Wales. We have put together a wide range of development packages aimed at ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Our goal is to be a world-class centre of achievement, where patients receive the highest standards of care and the best people come to learn, work and research.


Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff is really important to us. We offer a range of options for our staff to help maintain a good work-life balance including full time, part time hours and bank hours. We are also committed to offering flexible working wherever we can and where relevant to the role and the service, agile working. You can select your preferences upon application.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for further details or alternatively contact Clare Johnson on the below contact details. 

Person specification

Education & Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Degree/Dilpoma in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Evidence of CPD
Desirable criteria
  • CPD relevant to speciality area


Essential criteria
  • Minimum of 18 months post-graduate experience as an Occupational Therapist
Desirable criteria
  • Experience gained in an acute setting
  • Experience relevant to specilaity area
  • NHS experience
  • 2-4 years post graduate experience

Skills, Ability & Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Motivated to self develop
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to react well under pressure
  • Good communicator in writing
Desirable criteria
  • Involvement in training staff/delivering presentations
  • Experience of audits
  • Clinical Educator

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
Principal Therapist
Email address
Telephone number
01782 675342
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