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Occupational Therapy
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Employer type
Watford General Hospital
£33,922 - £40,872 pa including 5% High Cost Allowance
Salary period
07/07/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Band 6 - Occupational Therapist (COE), Inpatient Therapy

Band 6

Job overview

We have an opportunity for a static Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our friendly Care of Elderly Occupational Therapy Team based at Watford General Hospital. This post is suitable for an experienced band 5 looking to further develop their skills or an established band 6 Occupational Therapist who wishes to specialise or gain experience in a care of elderly team.

The team provides occupational therapy across the care of elderly wards as well as being involved in our delirium recovery program. You will clinically manage a caseload, completing detailed assessment, treatment and discharge planning. You will offer clinical supervision and support to B5 therapists and therapy assistants.  You will be supported by a Band 7 Occupational Therapist and a B8a Therapy Team Lead

Good time management, a flexible approach, ability to problem solve and complex discharge planning are essential skills to this post, along with effective interpersonal and leadership skills.

Main duties of the job

West Hertfordshire NHS Trust is a busy acute district general hospital which is always aiming to improve its services to better meet patients’ needs. As a therapy department we are keen to support and develop our staff and will always look to explore new opportunities that develop the individual but also the service we can provide.

The department is a 7 day working service and this post would be included in that rota (frequency of  1:4-1:6 weekends) with rest days in the following week.  This is underpinned by a competency framework.

Working for our organisation

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust! Major redevelopment works are due for completion by 2025 or soon after. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

There are also plans for a digital transformation, new models of care and a multi-storey car park. As well as this, the trust – which won the UK Best Employer Award (Nursing Times 2019) – is applying for teaching hospital status in recognition of its wide and well-renowned role in educating doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities if you need help please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you do not hear back within 3 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To provide specialised assessment and treatment for patients with complex needs, and to provide expert advice, guidance and information to health and social care professionals, carers and relatives and other non-professionals.

  • To perform advanced occupational therapy assessments of patients with diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions; to develop and deliver an individualised treatment programme which will contribute to safe discharges and prevention of hospital admissions.
  • To hold responsibility for own case load and be responsible for a defined area of the service or a particular patient type, working without direct supervision. Supervision takes the form of regular one to one sessions with the line manager, formal training and clinical reasoning sessions, peer review, case conferences and reflective practice. Access to advice and support from a senior occupational therapist is available if required, clinical work is not routinely evaluated
  • To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To be responsible for supervision, education and assessment of junior occupational therapists and support staff.
  • To supervise, educate and assess the performance of occupational therapy students; this would be to a graduate standard and involve working with universities to ensure the standard practice and teaching meets the standards set by the degree level qualification.
  • To undertake evidence-based audit and research projects to develop and enhance personal and team’s clinical practice within each rotation; to make suggestions to team Lead/ clinical Lead/ head of service for changes to practice by the team; to assist in the implementation of specific changes to practice; to contribute to the preparation of service protocols.
  • To actively participate in working over a 7-day roster, fulfilling contractual hours of 37.5 hours a week.

Person specification

Your application will be scored against the Job Description

Essential criteria
  • Score 0 = does not meet the person specification, 1 = reserved meets some person specification requirements - 2 = Meets all person specification requirements.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have regular contact with vulnerable people and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Emma Bates
Job title
Therapy Team Lead
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01923 436309
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