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Senior Occupational Therapist - Orthopaedics

Job Reference: 177-EMER-1880121

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Occupational Therapy
JPUH, Great Yarmouth

The James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of around 230,000 people in the Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Waveney areas. The Trust provides an integrated hospital and community children’s service.
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Putting patients first
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Trauma and Elective

Part-time - 22.5 hours per week

This post offers the opportunity to work within our progressive, forward-thinking team. We are one of only a few Trusts to have removed post-operation hip precautions and have recently been involved in an exciting NHS-i project looking at further improving our hip fracture pathway.

This post is within the integrated Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Department of James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The department has been fully integrated since 2005, with specialist teams of occupational therapists, physiotherapists and therapy assistant practitioners working alongside each other and being managed together. This enables a more co-ordinated approach to patients’ therapy and rehabilitation.

The integrated Orthopaedic Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Team work closely with the ward MDT including nurses, case managers, ortho-geriatricians and hip fracture keyworkers, to provide excellent holistic assessment and rehabilitation for our trauma patients. We also have excellent working relationships with our consultants and there is opportunity to develop and improve existing services and pathways through collaborative working.

There are clear national guidelines and pathways including hip fractures, spinal cord injury and multi-trauma which highlight the importance of the occupational therapy role in providing quality care and the promotion of independence. There is a key role for occupational therapists within the elective pathways including supporting our therapy assistant practitioners and being involved with developing our Paget Enhanced Recovery Pathway (PERP) to include a frail elderly elective pathway.

You will gain experience working with complex trauma patients including spinal cord injury, multi-pathology, palliative needs, dementia and other cognitive impairments.

There may also be the potential in the future for rotational opportunities and experience as services develop within the Trust and with our Community Partners.

Working in this integrated department also offers the opportunity to:


  • Consolidate and develop specialist clinical skills
  • Develop audit and service development skills
  • Focus on multidisciplinary working and learning including contributing to an in-service training rota
  • Develop supervisory skills with junior staff, therapy assistant practitioners and students

For further details / informal visits contact:

For further information/informal discussion contact Rene Gray, Orthopaedic Therapy Team Lead, via email: or telephone: 01493 453849

Alternatively, contact Penny Graham, Service Operational Manager for Integrated Therapies, via email:

The James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust recognises the requirement to promote health and reduce ill-health. The Trust is committed to the principles of improving working lives through a number of initiatives such as job share, flexible working and the development of a culture of openness and transparency. The Trust is committed to ensuring that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of their gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation or identity, and religion or belief.

Tier 2 Sponsorship : We are pleased to consider applicants who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK but it is unlikely that we would be able to appoint if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available. Applying for entry clearance into the UK, must provide 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) will also be subject to this requirement.

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification before making your application.

By applying for this post you are agreeing to "name of trust" transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system. Please note all communication regarding your application will be made via email. You authorise the Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process. In accordance with and to the extent permitted by Data Protection Legislation in order for the Trust to perform its obligations under this application. Personal data relating to you may be kept electronically or in hard copy format.

Should we experience a high level of interest in this post, the vacancy may be closed prior to the stated closing date.

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.

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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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