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Return to Practice Band 4 Occupational Therapist

Band 4

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Senior Therapy Technical Instructor
Band 4
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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County Hospital
£22,549 - £24,882 Per Annum
Salary period
14/10/2022 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

Occupational Therapist Return to Practice

Are you looking at Return to Practice? We think we can help.

The Therapies team at University hospital of North Midlands (UHNM) have the opportunity to support Occupational Therapists who want to Return to Practice following a break in their career.

The post offers the opportunity to be supervised by Therapists whilst updating your clinical practice in one of the busiest acute hospital services in the UK. This experience can be used to count towards your practice hours and submitted to the HCPC as evidence for registration which can support your re-registration.

When returning to practice, the HCPC & Health Education England (HEE) requires you to update your knowledge and skills as follows:

- 0 to 2 years out of practice – no requirements* 
- 2 to 5 years out of practice – 210 hours of updating 
- 5 or more years out of practice – 420 hours of updating 

*If you have been out of practice for less than 2 years please consider applying directly for one of UHNMs Occupational Therapy positions.

To be eligible for this post you will be required to have a Degree/Diploma in 
Occupational Therapy and be eligible for the HEE return to practice programme. You will be expected to:

- Register with the HEE return to practice programme
- Complete contracted hours
- Take responsibility for and identifying and seeking out own learning opportunities


Main duties of the job

You will have the opportunity to be involved in providing early rehabilitation and complex discharge planning for a range of different conditions and injuries that are treated within a Major Trauma Centre.

Therapy Services at UHNM work within a 7 day shift system therefore the post holder will be required to work weekends, late shifts and bank holidays.

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

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
  • GCSE English Grade C/4 and above or equivalent or evidence of good literacy
  • GCSE Maths Grade C/4 and above or equivalent or evidence of good numeracy
  • Meets competency framework for Technical Instructor Band 3 specific to work area
Desirable criteria
  • GCSE Science's Grade C/4 and above
  • A Level/NVQ Qualification


Essential criteria
  • High level of background working in Therapies as a Therapies Technical Instructor
Desirable criteria
  • Acute hospital experiece

Skills, Ability & Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Ability to support own development
  • Good communicator in writing
  • Ability to organise own work load effectively
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Basic counselling skills

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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 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, County Hospital
Email address
Telephone number
01782 675342
Additional information