Band 6 Senior Occupational Therapist: Visa Sponsorship available

University Hospitals Birmingham

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Job summary

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated, innovative Occupational Therapist who is interested in working in the field of trauma and orthopaedic therapy for 12 months to cover maternity leave. You will need good clinical skills and experience, a flexible approach, including excellent team working, organisational and time management skills.

You will work alongside physiotherapists and occupational therapists, within in-patients and the ambulatory trauma unit in one of the largest #NOF centres in Britain, providing therapy to patients whilst working closely with other members of the multi-professional team. You will join our large dynamic team of therapists who provide T&O therapy across this teaching Trust. We are committed to continued professional and career development of all staff.

Applicants must be prepared to participate in the departmental 7 day working rota within the T&O therapy teams and evening ambulatory trauma service.

The post holder could already be a Band 6 wishing for a change or are you currently an experienced Band 5 who would like to practice Trauma and Orthopaedics at a more senior level.

Main duties, tasks & skills required

To hold responsibility for own case load and be responsible for a defined area of the service, working without direct supervision. Supervision takes the form of regular formal training and clinical reasoning sessions, peer review, case conferences. Access to advice and support from senior Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists is available, clinical work is not routinely evaluated.

To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner and maintain associated records.

To assist with supervision, education and assessment of the performance of students; this would be to a graduate standard and involve working with universities to ensure the standard of practice and teaching meets the standards set by the degree level qualification. To assist with supervision, education and co-ordination of generic therapy assistants, and junior therapy staff.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can;
Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity; removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their ‘whole self’ to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person specification



  • Diploma / degree in occupational therapy.
  • Current registration with Health Professions Council.
  • A levels or equivalent qualification
  • Good standard of general education including GCSE maths and english grade C and above.
  • Evidence of CPD including recent post graduate training relevant to clinical speciality.
  • Evidence of leadership training


  • Evidence of leadership training.
  • Attendance at Clinical Educators Course.



  • Demonstrates comprehensive clinical experience enabling the post holder to manage a caseload of patients with complex needs in this speciality.
  • Significant experience of working in an acute hospital with elderly and frail elderly, neurological and musculo-skeletal conditions and will include experience in discharge planning.
  • Experience of team/service development.
  • Experience of supporting and supervision of junior therapists, student physiotherapists and assistants.
  • A specialist knowledge across a range of therapy practices, routine and non-routine, requiring expertise within the field of therapy.
  • Good understanding of working in an acute trust.
  • Understanding of current legislation and application to Occupational Therapy.


  • Experience of supporting students and more junior therapy staff
  • An understanding of discharge routes into the community

Additional Criteria


  • Highly developed physical skills including dexterity, co-ordination & sensory skills for assessment and manual treatment of patients.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including an ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive and contentious information.
  • An ability to prioritise and organise own workload.
  • An ability to cope with a range of complex options, finds solutions, analyse, compare and decide on appropriate course of action. .
  • An ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • IT skills – computer literate
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for the specialist area.
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude.
  • An ability to cope with moving/manoeuvring patients/equipment on a daily basis.
  • An ability to frequently concentrate on patient assessments and treatments.
  • An ability to cope with occasional exposure to distressing/emotional situations.
  • Able to contribute to weekend and evening service.
  • Demonstrate an interest in developing expertise within the clinical area.


  • Able to drive with maximum 3 points on driving licence

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants.

UK Professional Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website.

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