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Advanced Practice Hand Therapist

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated individual to join our musculoskeletal hand therapy team. We are looking for a Band 8a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist to provide advanced therapy assessment and management of patients with a wide range of conditions including acquired conditions and trauma/orthopaedic. You will lead a busy friendly outpatient hand therapy department alongside another Advanced Practitioner and a Consultant Hand Therapist (who is currently the Chair of the British Association of Hand Therapy).

Main duties of the job

You will have the opportunity to develop and run Advanced Practice Hand Clinics both alongside and independent of an Orthopaedic or Hand Therapy Consultant in both Orthopaedic and trauma settings. The opportunity to learn and carry out injections, ultrasound scans and other diagnostics are available amongst other CPD opportunities. An excellent competency framework is in place to ensure adequate support and supervision.

Working for your organisation

Our Therapy service is a dynamic and exciting team that works across our three main site at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate and Kent and Canterbury Hospital in Canterbury, as well as supporting patients across our satellite sites.

We form part of close MDT working on all the wards and the therapy team are key team members in the rehabilitation of patients and discharge planning. We firmly believe that developing our staff is key to success; we have a dynamic and progressive training and development ethos, providing excellent opportunities to enhance your knowledge and competencies, nurturing your personal and professional development by encouraging and supporting you to reach your full potential, we currently have therapy staff studying to be Advanced Practitioners, and as the organisation is moving towards a skills based workforce the future opportunities are endless.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The Hand Therapy service receives both G.P and Consultant referrals with easy access to all other outpatient and inpatient departments. You will join an integrated team, which includes Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists, offering an excellent opportunity to develop your skills within a supportive, friendly and learning environment. The Hand Therapy Outpatients Department is situated within physiotherapy outpatients at the three main hospital sites: Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital, Margate and William Harvey Hospital, Ashford.

With proven skills in the management of musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and rheumatologic hand conditions, you must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and be able to teach and develop more junior staff and students. You will be clinically leading and managing the day to day running of the hand therapy staff. The department offers within it a wide range of experience, you will be encouraged and supported to develop your clinical, teaching, managerial and research skills and become involved in service development with the opportunity to attend external training to progress learning. There is a well-structured in-service training program and weekly meetings with the team and excellent links with the orthopaedic consultants.

You must have a degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy or physiotherapy and evidence of postgraduate study as well as being HCPC and BAHT registered. A minimum of 6 years’ experience in the field of hand therapy and proof of postgraduate study and teaching is required and working towards British Association of Hand Therapy Accreditation is desired. The Trust has an excellent appraisal scheme and offers regular CPD training in the form of internal courses, journal clubs, joint working and access to funding for external training/postgraduate study

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name:  Hayley Smith

Job title:  Consultant Hand Therapist

Email address:  hayleysmith11@nhs.net

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