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Band 6 - Occupational Therapist, Inpatient Therapy

Band 6

Main area
Inpatient Therapy
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Department name
West Herts - General Staffing
Watford General Hospital
£32,933 - £39,681 pa inc HCA
Salary period
15/04/2021 23:59

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.


Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity to progress your Occupational Therapy career by joining our Band 6 Occupational Therapy rotation at West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust. This position allows the post holder to further their experience in a variety of settings. The rotations are 6 months in duration, across the following areas:

  • A&E / Acute Assessment Unit
  • Frailty
  • Care of the Elderly
  • Medical
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation (Potters Bar)
  • Discharge to Assess / Rapid Response (Community Rotation)
  • Stroke


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.



Main duties of the job

The post holder will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills across the above rotations by contributing to service development and supervision of qualified staff. Each rotation is supported by a well-established supervision and in-service training programme.  There are also opportunities for study leave and course funding both internally and externally.

Working for our organisation

Watford General Hospital is within easy walking distance of the Metropolitan line (underground) and Watford Junction Station. Car drivers have easy access via main motorways and access to our staff car park. Our community rotation requires the post holder to be a car owner and hold a fully valid UK driving licence.

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 JD

Essential criteria
  • Please see attached Job Description
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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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Claire Cutting
Job title
Therapy Team Lead
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