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Specialist Occupational Therapist (Rotational)

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Occupational Therapy
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Furness General Hospital
Barrow in Furness
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum pro rata
Salary period
01/08/2021 23:59

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has been nationally recognised as the UK’s most inclusive NHS organisation. As such we have a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

We are able to offer an exciting opportunity to join our Occupational Therapy Team based at Furness General Hospital as a Specialist Occupational Therapist. The post is a rotational Band 6 role within the acute setting; rotations including acute medical,  emergency department/surgery and short term rehabilitation (abbey view). The post holder will hold a specialist caseload, using a range of knowledge and skills to provide Occupational therapy interventions to patients within our organisation.




Main duties of the job

The role includes a specialist caseload across our  acute medical and surgical wards, emergency department and short term rehabilitation ward (Abbey view); with opportunities to work alongside our Supported Discharge and Discharge to Assess service.  As part of the role the post holder will contribute to Occupational therapy intervention to the cardiac rehabilitation programme. 

You will require good clinical knowledge within acute inpatient care and physical rehabilitation; working to facilitate safe and effective care and hospital discharge.

You will work with a dedicated and motivated team of Occupational Therapists and work closely with colleagues across the MDT and complex discharge team. You will be supported by the Occupational Therapy Team Managers and the role will include supervision and support to Occupational Therapy team members  and students and engagement in service development.

Working for our organisation

We operate from three main hospitals-Furness General Hospital (FGH) in Barrow, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), and Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) in Kendal, as well as a number of community healthcare premises including Millom Hospital and GP Practice, Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe, and Ulverston Community Health Centre.

FGH and the RLI have a range of General Hospital services, with full Emergency Departments, Critical/Coronary Care units and various Consultant-led services.

WGH provides a range of General Hospital services, together with an Urgent Treatment Centre, that can help with a range of non-life threatening conditions such as broken bones and minor illnesses.

All three main hospitals provide a range of planned care including outpatients, diagnostics, therapies, day case and inpatient surgery. In addition, a range of local outreach services and diagnostics are provided from community facilities across Morecambe Bay.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading.

You can also read more information about University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay visiting our website https://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/

Person specification

Education and Qualification

Essential criteria
  • Health and Care Professions Council registered Occupational Therapist.
  • Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy approved by the Royal College of OT, UK
  • Post graduate training or experience to post graduate diploma level or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • Computer qualification e.g. European Computer Driving License (ECDL)
  • Accredited training in risk assessment and risk management
  • Practice placement educator accreditation
  • Membership of the British Association of Occupational Therapists.


Essential criteria
  • Relevant post registration experience as an OT to achieve knowledge and skills applicable to this post.
  • Post registration experience in a relevant clinical area.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of research or audit
  • Experience as a supervisor of OT (Band 5) and/or OT support staff and/or OT students.

Skills, ability and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Transferable knowledge and skills at basic practitioner level with aptitude to develop to specialist OT practitioner level.
  • Assessment, observation, evaluation and reporting skills.
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships / team working.
  • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues
  • Ability to work under pressure and recognise when support is required
  • Effective personal organisational skills to manage own workload and to determine priorities to support delivery of the site OT service
Desirable criteria
  • Training and facilitation skills
  • Clinical work experience at OT Band 5 grade in a variety of clinical areas in an acute hospital setting and community

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to meet the physical requirements of the post
  • Ability to participate in manual handling tasks and therapeutic handling
  • Ability to travel to provide assessment and treatment to patients in the community and to attend meetings
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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

Lisa McKnight
Job title
Occupational Therapy Team Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01229 403651
Additional information

For further information or to discuss the post please contact Lisa McKnight or Moyra Buttery on tel:01229 403651