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Assistant Therapy Practitioner (Trauma and Orthopaedics)

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Trauma & Orthopaedic Occupational Therapy team at the Royal Devon University NHS Foundation Trust as band 4 Therapy Assistant Practitioner.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare Trust is a welcoming Trust, focused on valuing a person’s differences and encouraging them to grow and flourish in their role in healthcare. It is set in one of the most beautiful areas of the UK with easy access to the coast and the Dartmoor national park. 

The post holder will responsible for providing Occupational therapy assessment, diagnosis & treatment to a specified caseload within the Trauma & Orthopaedic Ward environment. They will support the Therapy teams to facilitate timely and appropriate discharges from the ward or transfer to other services as appropriate.

The post includes a regular weekend and bank holiday commitments on a rota basis.

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role:

This position is based as part of the OT therapy team at the Therapy Department, located on the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital site. The post holder will support the occupational therapy team to deliver functional assessments and implement treatment and advice to ward based patients. This will include functional task practice and consideration of home circumstances and discharge planning. The post-holder will be responsible for assisting with timely and appropriate discharges from the ward or transfer to other services as appropriate. The post-holder will liaise closely with senior staff across the team.

The post holder is responsible for providing Occupational Therapy assessment & treatment of a specified caseload within the Trauma and Orthopaedic ward environment. Patient management will include the assessment and the delivery of care; including liaison with patients, family, appropriate members of the MDT and external agencies. This post will involve delegation and supervision of appropriate tasks to bands 2 and 3.

This post is static within the clinical speciality area of the Trauma and Orthopaedic Occupational Therapy, a service working flexibly over 7 days including bank holidays.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am and 8pm, weekends and bank holidays on a rota basis.

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact: Hannah Jacks, Head of Acute OT. email: or 01392 402487

This is an internal vacancy for Royal Devon employees, therefore Bank workers are currently not eligible to apply for this vacancy.

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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