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Vocational Occupational Therapist (Voc OT)

Ministry of Defence (Defence Medical Services), Stanford Hall, Loughborough
Salary: £32,306 to £39,027 a year (pay award pending)

Closing Date: August 1, 2022

Permanent, Full Time

At the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Stanford Hall, we are an inclusive and dedicated organisation working to provide excellent care to our entitled personnel. We provide consultant-led, interdisciplinary rehabilitation for patients with multiple and complex physical and psychosocial needs.

DMRC is an exciting and fast paced organisation. We seek to sustain and improve the operational efficiency of injured service personnel through the provision of high-quality, bespoke and evidence informed rehabilitation

We are seeking a dynamic, organised and enthusiastic Band 6 Vocational Occupational Therapist to join the team. The successful candidate shall join the Force Generation (FGen) Department within DMRC that comprises three teams: Spines and Upper Quadrant, Lower Limbs and Specialist Rehabilitation and this vacancy shall offer support to all these teams.


This FT post offers the chosen candidate 37.5 working hours a week.


  • Free Parking
  • Free Gym and 25m Pool
  • Forest Walk
  • 9 Hole Golf Course
  • On Site Canteen
  • Inclusive Working Environment
  • NHS Pension

Main duties of the job

The chosen candidate’s main priority will be to provide specialist Occupational Therapy rehabilitation to service personnel with complex clinical needs within the Gen Vocational Service. The post holder will work autonomously and be accountable for own professional actions and for those they line manage. The successful candidate will provide full support to the Band 7 OTs, Team Manager and Occupational Therapy Professional Lead Advisor in providing comprehensive, evidence based and professional OT service within clinical area.


About us

Our success depends on our people our Whole Force regular and reservist military, civil servants and contractors, all working as one, working together seamlessly to deliver for us.

Our civil servants are a central part of this Whole Force, developing strategy, making policy, supporting ministerial decision-making and Parliamentary processes. In fact, with over 2,000 different roles working across 650 sites around the world, now really is an excellent time to join one of the largest, most exciting departments in government.

The Ministry of Defence is committed to attracting and retaining people from across the full range of backgrounds and enabling flexible ways of working as the norm. We offer maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.

In return, you can expect a department that helps you learn and develop that recognises your expertise and contribution, both as an individual and part of a team.

If you’ve ever wanted to do more, see more, go further or be better, we have roles in more professions and vocations than ever before. Let’s see where your future will take you, together.


Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities of the role include but are not limited to:

General OT Responsibilities:

  • Assessing complex patients with a range of diagnoses, identifying, developing and implementing appropriate specialist rehabilitation programmes based on clear clinical reasoning, based on highly specialist knowledge and experience of a range of procedures and conditions underpinned by sound theory and evidence-based practice.
  • Maintaining up to date, accurate patient records in line with professional practice guidelines and produce specialist reports where appropriate.
  • Supporting the IDT (interdisciplinary team) in the interpretation of assessment results and recommendations based on clinical need as part of the larger rehabilitation process.
  • Assessing and interpreting a range of complex factors relating to the patient’s condition which will impact on their ability to carry out their activities of daily living including their ability to return to work.
  • Being responsible for assessing and advising on the provision of equipment to support patients.
  • Being a highly effective communicator whilst demonstrating skills in empathy, reassurance and the ability to motivate others.

Specialist Vocational OT responsibilities:

  • Providing group and one to one assessment and education for patients.
  • Providing an effective, aspiration-focused and sustainable pre-vocational / vocational OT service for FGen patients who require assistance with a return to military work, parallel career planning, and/or transition planning.
  • Discussing and define potential limitations and possible adaptations to an aspirational vocation, thus optimising their placement in the job market.
  • Re-framing unhelpful perceptions about the market or their abilities and assist patients adjust plans to suit their physical and mental abilities.
  • Teaching effective and contemporary job-hunting skills.
  • Instilling hope and confidence at a time of uncertainty.
  • Vocational and employment-focussed goal setting and action planning.
  • Liaising with other agencies, including Regional Occupational Health Teams (ROHT), to enhance Return to Work (RTW) programmes.


Please pay particular attention to the Job Description and Person Specification, which outlines the role requirements in further detail.

The interview will be based on the following framework:

  • NHS Core – NHSC1 – Communication
  • NHS Core –NHSC2 – Personal & People Development
  • NHS Core –NHSC5 – Quality
  • NHS Health & Wellbeing – HWB6 – Assessment & Treatment Planning
  • NHS Health & Wellbeing – HWB7 – Interventions & Treatment

Please ensure the required skills, qualifications and memberships are demonstrated in your application.

To be eligible to be considered for this role, the essential criteria detailed must be held in full, prior to submitting your application. Travel to interview costs will not be reimbursed.

There is no requirement to deploy as this is met by our uniformed personnel, but you will form the continuity of care required by our patients when based at home.

If found successful for this position, you will be required to provide evidence of your immunity to Hepatitis B. Failure to do so may result in the offer of employment being withdrawn.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

All employees joining Ministry of Defence who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a 6-month probation period (unless otherwise advised) effective from the employment start date.

The role currently being advertised has not been assessed as business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points-based system. Should you apply and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected, and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn.

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The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Person Specification



  • Degree or Graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Health and Care Professions Council Registered (HCPC)
  • Registration with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists



  • Relevant experience within clinical area


  • Post graduate training in relevant field.
  • Evidence of recent training as a commitment to personal and professional development.
  • Experience with, or knowledge of, Return-to-work assessment.
  • Experience with, or Knowledge of, facilitating Activity Pacing with regards to work activities.
  • Knowledge of, or interest in, assessing patients’ military and/or civilian career-related aspirations.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Ministry of Defence (Defence Medical Services)

Defence Medical Rehabilitation

Stanford Hall

Stanford on Soar


LE12 5QW

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