Occupational Therapists

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides acute and community services and hosts the major trauma centre for Durham, East Cleveland, Tees Valley and North Yorkshire.

The Trust also proudly hosts The Golden Jubilee Regional Spinal Cord Injuries Centre, which has some of the best outcomes in the country. In addition, therapists manage patients in the sub-regional vascular centre, oncology centre and the specialist neuro-rehabilitation unit.

Community services include primary care hospitals, reablement, community rehab, rapid response and an early supported discharge service for patients who have suffered a stroke.

All of these provide excellent opportunities for our occupational therapists to gain invaluable experience in an environment which is among the best in the region.

The integrated occupational therapy service is a partnership across health and social care which is hosted by the trust, so as well as the many health services based in the acute and community environment, we also have staff integrated into both Redcar and Cleveland Council and Middlesbrough Council services.

As an occupational therapist employed by South Tees, you will have the opportunity to gain experience in managing patients in various clinical specialties including:

  • Cardiology
  • Care of the elderly – acute & rehabilitation
  • Community rehabilitation and reablement
  • Falls
  • General surgery
  • Medicine
  • Neurosciences – acute and rehabilitation
  • Oncology and palliative care
  • Paediatrics – acute and community
  • Pain management
  • Prevention of admission – A&E, Rapid Access Frailty Assessment Unit (RAFA) and rapid response
  • Rheumatology
  • Spinal injuries – regional unit
  • Stroke – acute, rehabilitation and ESD
  • Trauma – orthopaedics, hand injuries, burns/plastics
  • Vascular surgery and amputee rehab
  • Wheelchair services
  • Intermediate care
  • Social care adults and children
  • Housing

There are 20 rotations for Band 5 staff across health and social care providing a unique opportunity to experience both types of service provision – South Tees is one of the only trusts in the country to provide this opportunity.

Those with a special interest in specific areas are supported by senior specialist staff to further develop their expertise and interest in an area.

We also have several services providing seven day extended hour working including shift patterns covering 8am to 8pm services such as A&E therapies and acute elderly care which offers great opportunities for different patterns of work-life balance for staff.

Continuous workforce development is encouraged and fully supported by the occupational therapy department. This is delivered through formal and informal training opportunities that the department actively pursues for all its staff members.

We have a proactive courses committee who income generate to supplement training for all levels of staff to ensure best practice is followed in all clinical specialties.

There are excellent opportunities to develop your occupational therapy career from band 5 through to advanced practitioner. There is support for newly qualified occupational therapists through preceptorship, specialist equipment training and support for competencies.

Participation in in-service training and service development promotes leadership skills and personal development and this is encouraged for all staff groups.

The variety of rotations and opportunities mean that there are opportunities for staff to shape and provide excellent patient care, improve clinical practice whilst actively pursuing their personal career development in a very supported environment.