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Occupational Therapist

Band 5

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Occupational Therapy
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Royal Stoke Site
Stoke On Trent
£27,055 - £32,934 per annum
Salary period
02/10/2022 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

Basic Grade Occupational Therapy Vacancy (Full time 37.5hrs, Band 5)

Job Summary

Are you due to qualify for your Occupational Therapy Degree in 2022? Or are you currently practicing as a Basic Grade but are interested in the experience that an acute hospital rotation will provide? If so, we have the job for you!

We are looking for dynamic and enthusiastic Junior Occupational Therapist to undertake a post within the Therapy Teams at the University Hospital of North Midlands.  This rotational post offers a wide range of opportunities to work in an exciting Major Trauma Centre across the medical, surgical and specialised divisions across both sites.

There are a wide range of rotational experiences available; hand therapy, acute rehab trauma unit, emergency portals, cardiology and medicine, dementia and delirium, amputee rehab, critical care, oncology and renal. For more detail of the type of skills and experience you will gain, please see ‘Main duties of the job’ below.

Main duties of the job

Below outlines details of the clinical opportunities available on this rotation:

Hand therapy-Treat patients in an out-patient setting who have hand injuries including splint design and fabrication.

Acute Rehab Trauma Unit-Early rehab of neuro surgical and poly trauma patients including cognitive and functional assessments.

Emergency Portals-Rapid decision making for patients in A&E to support discharge planning, equipment provision and admission avoidance.

Cardiology and General Medicine-Treat patients with medical conditions such as MND, Cardiology and post Critical Care Step down.

Dementia and Delirium (Frail Elderly)- Develop skills in frailty and falls management and supporting patients with dementia and delirium.

Amputee Rehabilitation (Surgery)-Treat patients following lower limb amputations including wheelchair and  environmental assessments.

Oncology and Renal Treat patients with oncology/renal conditions, including fast track discharge planning, manual handling assessments and equipment provision.

Critical care- Develop skills in anxiety management, cognitive assessments and early functional rehabilitation in a high dependency environment.

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

Job responsibilities

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 a Senior 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.

The University Hospital of North Midlands is located on 2 hospital sites, Royal stoke and County providing learning and development opportunities across a large therapies team. The Therapies team offers an excellent 7 day provision with staff working weekends and bank holidays.

Person specification

Education & Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy or nearing completion
  • Registered with HCPC on commencement of post
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of relevant CPD


Essential criteria
  • Broad range of clinical placements as a student
  • Demonstrate relevant work experience in general areas within the NHS
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in an acute setting

Skills, Ability & Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Motivated to self-develop
  • Good communicator - in writing
  • Ability to liaise with other professionals/agencies
  • Mental Health/Acute/Community Experience

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.

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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