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We are recruiting Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists!

Are you currently studying as an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist? Check out why Dorset is a fantastic choice for you when you qualify…

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About

Dorset is at the forefront of new models of care and we need Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy professionals like you to be part of it.

Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists are shaping how therapists work in the future by leading the way with collaborative working across the Dorset wide system, integration of therapy services and introducing innovative ways of working.

Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy professionals have the opportunity to provide first class care and services to patients in an area with a wealth of varied roles across sectors in our Dorset system.

Why join us?

Why work with us when you graduate?

What’s in it for you?

There are so many reasons why Dorset is a great place to live and work.

  • Working in a county that combines urban and rural communities with numerous sporting and social opportunities, whilst never being far from the sea

  • Opportunity to work in friendly, dedicated, supportive teams providing high quality therapy interventions in caring environments

  • Collaborative Multidisciplinary Team working providing patient centred care

  • Training and development support and opportunities with teams who believe in progression and improvement.

This is a great opportunity to gain new skills and work in exciting and dynamic therapy teams with all Trusts placing a strong emphasis on CPD, clinical supervision, preceptorship and values based appraisal. There are also established mentoring programs in place.

Your career

Your career

Why start your career as a Newly Qualified Therapist with us?

  • Preceptorship and Junior rotations

  • Training programmes 

  • Support through supervision, mentor and peer support

  • Competency based development plans and objectives

  • Regular reviews and appraisals

  • Close links with Bournemouth University Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy undergraduate programmes.

Locations for Physiotherapists
Locations for Occupational Therapists
Who we want

What we’re looking for

The right people for the right job

Dorset welcomes Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy professionals who are caring and compassionate whilst being dynamic and enthusiastic about the future of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy in Dorset. 

Because Dorset is an Integrated Care System, you’ll have lots of career opportunities here with added advantage of stunning beaches, unspoilt countryside and the benefit of a fun and active lifestyle on your doorstep.

The successful applicants will have excellent communication skills, a professional and flexible approach and a strong skill base. Experience in an acute NHS setting is desirable. A full driving license and access to a car is essential. 

Rotations vary between 4 and 6 months, working patterns will vary dependent on rotation. Some may include 7 day working and shift patterns.

Locations for Physiotherapists
Locations for Occupational Therapists

Physiotherapist

Work location for Band 5 Physiotherapists

Each employing organisation is currently offering the following rotational posts…

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

  • Acute Care Services including Critical Care and Respiratory, Medical, Oncology and Surgery Wards
  • Older People’s Services including Front of House: ED, Assessment Units and ward based teams
  • Neuro Services including Stroke Unit and Neuro
  • Trauma and Elective Orthopaedics
  • MSK Outpatients
  • Paediatrics
  • Day Hospital

Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust

These posts are based in Dorchester.

  • Older Persons wards
  • Acute Stroke
  • Stroke Rehab
  • Orthopaedics
  • Front of house (ED & older people’s assessment unit)
  • Respiratory Medicine/ Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal Outpatients

Rotation areas with Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust:

  • Intermediate Care Teams – community based
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation (based at Alderney Hospital)
  • Community Rehabilitation Team

If you are employed by Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust or University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust into a rotational Band 5 role, you will likely have access to all the areas listed above during your Band 5 career.

Please note that all rotation areas are subject to change.

My name is Molly and I joined the Trust as a Band 5 Physiotherapist in 2018. I have completed 5 rotations in a wide range of areas, which has expanded my knowledge of the different skills in each area. It has also given me the opportunity to get to know various therapy teams and work alongside colleagues of different disciplines. I began in the Acute Therapy team on the surgical wards, and have since rotated to MSK Outpatients, Inpatient rehabilitation, Older Person’s Medicine and Stroke, as well as spending time working on Intensive Care during the first peak of the COVID pandemic. I am currently working at Christchurch Day Hospital completing home falls assessments and seeing patients who have been recently discharged from Bournemouth and Poole hospitals.

I have recently taken on the role as lead of Band 5 peer support and aim to meet with the other Band 5s on a regular basis to allow time to discuss work related queries or concerns in a trusting environment. These meetings also provide a good opportunity to meet other Band 5s and arrange social events. As a local to the area, I was keen to return after training at Cardiff and I was pleased to feel so welcomed into the Trust. I was happy to discover that Bournemouth placed so much importance on staff wellbeing, showing appreciation for and supporting their staff and I would thoroughly recommend working for the University Hospitals Dorset Trust to all Band 5 Physiotherapists.

Molly Marshall, Band 5 PT, UHD

Occupational Therapist

Work locations for Band 5 Occupational Therapists

Each employing organisation for Occupational Therpists is currently offering the following rotational posts…

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust rotation areas:

  • Medicine and Cardiology
  • Respiratory
  • Vascular/surgery
  • Older Peoples Wards
  • Front of House – ED and Assessment Units
  • Stroke
  • Children’s Therapy
  • Elective Orthopaedics
  • Trauma Orthopaedics
  • Day Hospital
  • Interim Services (community)
  • Social Services (with BCP)

Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust

These posts are based in Dorchester.

  • Older Persons wards
  • Acute Stroke
  • Stroke Rehab
  • Orthopaedics
  • Hand Therapy
  • Integrated Community Rehab Team (based with Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust) – covering West or North Dorset locality.

Rotation areas with Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust:

  • Intermediate Care Teams – community based
  • Community Therapy Team
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation (based at Alderney Hospital)

If you are employed by Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust or University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust into a rotational Band 5 role, you will likely have access to all the areas listed above during your Band 5 career.

Please note all rotation areas are subject to change.

My name is Ella and I joined the trust in 2018 as a band 5 Occupational Therapist. Since joining the trust I have experienced a variety of different rotations which have helped expand my knowledge of the wider occupational therapy role within different areas of the trust. The band 5 rotational post has offered me experiences so far in acute surgery, orthopaedics, general medicine/respiratory, older persons medicine and Christchurch Day Hospital as well as working on a variety of wards during the COVID pandemic. Throughout my time at the trust so far, there have been many band 5 peer support meetings allowing for a safe space to discuss your work along with providing an environment for me to meet other band 5s and make friends. The trust offers staff wellbeing events such as the #thankyou day which I was able to be a part of within the first month of starting my job. There is a unique focus on staff wellbeing with many teams offering wellbeing and detox sessions regularly. I chose to join the trust as my family are based in the Dorset area and I wanted to stay close to home. Having trained up at Oxford Brookes, moving to UHD meant learning all the new processes and teams that I was unfamiliar with. The trust and teams that I have worked with have made this process smooth and have support me throughout my journey.

Ella Sismey, Band 5 OT, UHD
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Applications are now open

Be a part of our Therapy team in Dorset

Dorset County Hospital Vacancies

Rotational Physiotherapist Vacancy
Rotational Occupational Therapist Vacancy

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust & Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust Vacancies.

Rotational Physiotherapist Vacancy
Rotational Occupational Therapist Vacancy

Please see below the timeline of proposed recruitment, which is subject to change:

  • 17 November 2021Dorset Rotational Therapist recruitment webinar, 18:00 – 19:00

  • 06 December 2021 – Applications will be open

  • 02 January 2022 – Applications close

  • 06 January 2022 – Shortlisting

  • Week commencing 10 January 2022 – Invitations to interview

  • Week commencing 07 February 2022 – Interviews

  • Week commencing 14 February 2022 – Offers made

  • September 2022 – Successful candidates start in role no later than the beginning of September