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Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Occupational Therapist

Job Type



Social Work



£28,407 - £34,581

Posted Date

30 January 2024


Closing Date

7 February 2024

Main duties of the job
To assess and treat patients referred to the team, with both direct/indirect supervision and guidance from Senior Therapists.

To participate in the Staff rotational scheme which involves, in a range of Ward settings and Outpatient departments across three sites. Rotations currently include the following: Rheumatology, Upper Limb, Elective Orthopaedics, Stroke Rehab, Reablement, Complex Rehab, Gerontology acute and sub acute inpatients, Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, Palliative care, Major Trauma, Orthopaedics, Accident and Emergency, Vascular, ICB, Acute Stroke and Early Support Discharge for Stroke in the community.

To assist Senior staff in the organisation of work within a clinical area and supervising Occupational Therapy Assistants, Work Experience Students and Healthcare Cadets.

Working for our organisation
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities
To undertake Occupational Therapy assessment, clinically diagnose, implement treatment plans and evaluate care delivery according to health care needs for routine patients.

To undertake Occupational Therapy assessment, clinically diagnose, implement treatment plans and evaluate care delivery according to health care needs for complex patients with the support of the Senior Therapists within the team.

To participate in Clinical Specialist led clinics as required per rotation.

To participate in Occupational Therapy rotations as part of the Staff grade rotation programme.

To liaise regularly with senior colleagues regarding management of caseload, treatment progression and on-going care.

To take part in acute intervention weekend working (optional).

To participate in multi-disciplinary working and take an active part in MDT meetings.

To participate in teaching and advice giving sessions with patients, carers and other Health Care Professionals to ensure best provision of patient care.

To ensure effective communication with patients, carers and all Health Care Professionals
about all aspects of patient care. This will include patients who will have difficulties in understanding and communication.

To carry out home assessments within the patients usual place of residence. Liaising with family, carers, multidisciplinary team and support teams within the community.

To make recommendations based on Occupational Therapy clinical reasoning, problem solving and risk assessment in order to maintain the patients functional abilities and quality of life within the community.

To liaise with statutory and voluntary agencies regarding social Care and housing, to provide equipment, recommend and arrange home adaptations to support independent living skills. To complete necessary documentation required by statutory and voluntary agencies.

To plan, manage and evaluate aspects of own work as agreed with Senior staff and Managers.

To maintain accurate and timely records of patients treated by self, in order that relevant workload information is available to Therapy Managers at all times.

To identify changes in own workload, which may affect the running of the service, and inform Senior Therapist prior to any action taken.

* The post holder shall as necessary provide cover for and undertake duties of absent colleagues.

* The post holder shall follow all the policies and procedures of the organisation.

To comply with the Health & Safety Policies of the Trust including attendance at mandatory training sessions as specified by the Trust.

To comply with departmental and organisational policies and procedures.

Ensure all accidents, incidents and hazards are reported and dealt with according to Trust requirements.

To comply with the College of Occupational Therapy standards and rules of professional conduct.

To be responsible for maintaining accurate and comprehensive patient treatment records in line with Trust and Departmental Standards of Practice.

To ensure treatments offered to patients are based on best available clinical evidence.

To comply with the Data Protection Act and Caldicott recommendations.

To participate in Clinical Audit as appropriate in each speciality area under the supervision of a Senior Therapist.

To gain valid informed consent in line with Trust and departmental policy.

To identify clinical risk within own patient case-load and liaise with Senior Therapist for appropriate support.

To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through CPD activities and maintain a portfolio which reflects personal development.

Assist with the induction and training of new staff and students assigned to the team.

To actively participate in the In-Service training programmes.

To attend relevant training courses as identified and agreed with Senior staff and Managers during staff appraisal sessions.

To disseminate information from training sessions as required.

To undertake regular training and mentoring sessions with Senior staff to monitor and develop clinical and professional skills.

See Job Description for further details.

Person specification
Essential criteria

Degree in Occupational Therapy
HCPC Registration
Essential criteria

NHS Experience (undergraduate or postgraduate) in a wide range of specialities including rehabilitation, acute medicine and musculoskeletal
Experience of functional assessment techniques and activity analysis
Documented evidence of CPD
Desirable criteria

Member of a Special Interest Group
Essential criteria

Awareness of relevant legislation
Knowledge and application of current best practice in Occupational Therapy
Understanding of professional ethics and application in practice
Essential criteria

Good clinical, planning and evaluation skills
Ability to manage own caseload
Good Time management skills
Effective communication skills
Desirable criteria

I.T. Skills
Essential criteria

Ability to build effective working relationships
Motivation and proactive approach to CPD
Willingness to work flexibly
Ability to seek and use supervision appropriately
Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
Please ensure you check the email account (including junk/spam boxes) from which you apply regularly as we will use this to contact you regarding your application.

Only those applicants who demonstrate clearly how they meet our person specification will be shortlisted for interview.

We reserve the right to close any vacancies from further applications when we have received a minimum number of applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

Candidates applying for the role of Healthcare Assistant on the staff bank should note that due to the nature of the role, workers must be aged 18 or above when commencing in post. Applicants are therefore welcome from those aged over 18 or within 3 months’ of their 18th birthday.

The Trust is committed to promoting a healthy work-life balance and achieve fair, equitable and consistent practice. We welcome flexible working requests and will consider a variety of flexible working arrangements from day one of your employment. Not all roles are suitable for every flexible working opportunity all of the time. Flexible working options may include reduced hours, compressed hours, fixed shifts, time back in lieu and home working.

The Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity; we value the contribution of individual talent, skills, knowledge and experience and aim for a workforce demography representative of the local community. We encourage applicants from the following groups that are currently under-represented in our workforce black, Asian and minority ethnic, lesbian, gay, bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ+), disabled, male and age 16-24.

Trust policy requires that the cost of submitting & processing the successful applicant/s DBS application be recovered via salary deduction following start in post. The amount of £18+£5 (standard disclosure) or £38+£5 (enhanced disclosure) will be deducted from salary, in manageable monthly instalments for up to 3 months following commencement of employment. Bank posts require upfront payment.

From April 2017, Skilled visa applicants and their adult dependant(s) will be required to provide a criminal record certificate from each country they have lived in consecutively for 12 months or more in the past ten years.

Applicants requiring sponsorship may wish to determine the likelihood of obtaining sponsorship for this position by assessing themselves against the criteria on the website -

This organisation has a zero-tolerance approach to the abuse of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All staff must ensure they adhere to the organisations safeguarding children and adults’ policy and comply with the Local Safeguarding Children and Adult Board procedures.

Staff should be mindful of their responsibility to safeguard children and adults in any activity performed on behalf of the organisation in line with the requirements of statutory guidance and legislation.

All employees (and volunteers)are expected maintain their safeguarding knowledge and skills by completing mandatory safeguarding training which includes understanding and recognising the signs of abuse and neglect and taking appropriate action.

As an organisation, we have adopted the Merseyside Domestic abuse workplace scheme which supports our staff who are experiencing Domestic Abuse /any forms of sexual violence.

If you have any personal requirements that will enable you to participate in our recruitment process please contact a member of the Recruitment Services by phone on 0151 706 4666 at the earliest opportunity to ensure that measures can be put in place to enable your application for this post.

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