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Band 7: Clinical Specialist – Hand Therapy and Rheumatology (Permanent)

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Trust wide - Across All Four Sites (Based to be agreed) 

Department of Clinical Support Services

Band 7: Clinical Specialist – Hand Therapy and Rheumatology (Permanent)

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: £37,570 - £43,772

We are always keen to welcome highly skilled, committed and compassionate individuals who put patients at the heart of everything

they do and are ready to help us achieve our vision:

“Excellence in rural healthcare”, delivered by people who put patients at the heart of everything they do

One Trust,

Endless opportunities

About Us

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest trusts in the country providing services from 3 acute hospitals in Lincolnshire - Lincoln County Hospital, Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, and Grantham and District Hospital.  The Trust also provides a wide variety of outpatient, day case and inpatient services from a range of other community hospitals operated by Lincolnshire Community Health Services or local GP clusters. These include: Louth County Hospital, John Coupland Hospital (Gainsborough), Johnson Community Hospital (Spalding) and Skegness and District General Hospital.

We provide a wide range of healthcare services delivered by over 7,500 highly trained staff to over 757,000 residents of Lincolnshire, which is one of the fastest growing populations in England. Our services cost more than £390 million each year to provide. In an average year, we treat more than 180,000 accident and emergency patients, over 600,000 outpatients and almost 100,000 inpatients, and deliver over 5,000 babies,

In addition, the Trust provides a broad range of other clinical services including community services, population screening services, a comprehensive range of planned and unscheduled secondary care services together with research and development.

Each year we receive £399 million to provide patient services, most of which is delivered to patients in Lincolnshire. We invest around £12 million each year in improving our clinical services by replacing and upgrading our medical equipment, modernising our estate and facilities and improving our information and technology infrastructure.

The Role:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical Specialist in Hand Therapy and Rheumatology to lead a friendly, driven, experienced and diverse team across our four sites within Lincolnshire, i.e. Lincoln, Boston, Grantham and Louth.

We are looking for someone with the ability to challenge the status quo through driving innovation and change. This role offers a unique opportunity for you to use best practice and research to shape and influence improvements to our current services. In order to support these changes you will network with the Centre of Excellence in Derby and have access to wide range of training and development including in-house and external leadership, support with masters’ level study and BAHT.

Whilst developing your clinical expertise in hand therapy and rheumatology, you will be managing a team across the county and will therefore require excellent communication skills to enable you to manage staff remotely. Within this role you will enjoy working with a high level of autonomy and have experience of outpatients. In return we offer an integrated service design working across the different allied health professions and the opportunity to teach students through our close links with Lincoln University. You will be able to gain clinical governance experience and be supported in your continued professional development.

This role is open to both occupational therapists and physiotherapists with right clinical expertise in this area and if offered for the role, you could qualify for a relocation package including expenses of up to 25% of your starting salary.  

The Location:

People move to Lincolnshire, primarily, for the quality of life on offer: a real mix of bustling historic market towns, idyllic villages, miles of un-spoilt coastline, areas of outstanding natural beauty and one of the greatest cathedral cities in Britain.

Property prices are typically 60% of the average of those in the south east – first time buyers can take their first step on the property ladder for as little as £60,000.

The average price for property in Lincolnshire stood at £210,546 in April 2019. This is a rise of 0.15% in the last three months (since January 2019) and rise of 1.82% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Lincolnshire sold for an average of £125,761 and terraced houses for £147,278.

If you require a larger family home or just like lots of space, then £250,000 will buy you something very special indeed.

Lincolnshire also has a diverse and fast growing economy, low unemployment, a healthy environment, low crime rates, health and education facilities well above the national average and affordable housing.

Lincolnshire is a county with plenty on offer to enhance any type of lifestyle by day or by night, in towns, villages and in Lincoln itself. That’s why there’s something for everyone in Lincolnshire.

Famed for its cathedral, castle and history, Lincoln has transformed itself in the past 20 years and is now a lively university city with 12,000-plus students and major industries supporting the city and county’s thriving retail, entertainment and nightlife scenes

Towns and villages sit in stunning countryside, including Boston under expansive skies in the heart of the fens, Grantham in the rolling countryside of South Lincolnshire and Louth, on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds – officially recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty

Opportunity for both water and land based outdoor activities is exceptional, and offers an excellent work life balance

Lincolnshire is a great place to live because of:-

  •        Affordable housing
  •        Easy access to London by rail (travel time to King’s Cross would be 1 hour and 20mins approx.)
  •        Excellent schools across the Lincolnshire region
  •        Picturesque rural setting
  •        Coastal living (in some area’s)
  •        Historic market towns and quaint villages, lots of independent shops


Why should you apply?

  • Opportunities for on-the-job training
  • Learning & Development
  • Rewards & Recognition
  • Great Staff Trust Benefits
  • NHS Pension
  • Flexible working and career breaks
  • Relocation packages
  • Family & Childcare
  • Discounts & Salary Sacrifice
  • Health & Wellbeing

We are always keen to welcome highly skilled, committed and compassionate

individuals to our hospitals – people who put patients at the heart of everything

they do and are ready to help us achieve our vision: excellence in rural


Our values guide everything we do.

They are:

  •        Patient-centred care
  •        Safety
  •        Excellence
  •        Compassion
  •        Respect

If you believe in them too, then you are ready to join the ULHT team. Over 7,500

people work for the Trust and many have been here a long time, as they find that

they don’t need to go anywhere else to find a fulfilling career in healthcare.

For further details/informal visits contact:

Emma Wheatley (Site Lead Occupational Therapist)

Lincoln County Hospital, Greetwell Road,

Lincoln LN2 5QY

01522 572378


Catherine Rees (Site Lead Occupational Therapist)

Louth Hospital, High Holme Road, Louth LN11 0EU

01507 631309

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