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Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist (Trauma and Orthopaedics)

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

Role Summary

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for an additional skilled, experienced Occupational Therapist with a special interest in Trauma & Orthopaedics to support the Occupational Therapy team working with this complex caseload. The post will be 3 days a week, based on the In-patient Trauma & Orthopaedic Wards and working closely with other Clinical Leads to support outlying medical patients as necessary.

The post holder will provide specialist assessment and intervention for a complex caseload, and will take a lead in multi-disciplinary activities. This role will include supporting complex discharges across the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, ensuring a strengths-based approach is taken with patients and carers to facilitate timely discharges.

The post holder will contribute to leading the training and development of less experienced staff, undergraduates and other professionals as required.

The post holder will work closely with the Clinical lead to support team organisation and prioritisation processes, recruitment and HR management for the team.

About the Role

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

More detail about the role:

The post holder is responsible for the joint operational, clinical leadership and management of the In-patient Therapy services, with a focus on the Occupational Therapists working across the Trauma and Orthopaedics. They will hold a mixed clinical caseload, based on the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Wonford site. The post holder will also provide advice to other teams in the Trust about patients with these specialities including supporting medical outliers in escalation areas and across the surgical wards.

The post holder will provide highly specialist assessment and interventions for a complex caseload demonstrating advanced clinical reasoning skills. The caseload will comprise acute cases across the specialities of Trauma and Orthopaedics. They will take a lead in multi-disciplinary activities. They will have highly developed specialist knowledge and communicate complex condition related information to patients, relative and carers and Site Management, working to ensure the service perform according to Trust and service standards. This role will include supporting complex rehabilitation if required and assisting in facilitating timely discharges to be achieved by the service.

The post holder will work closely with the team leads to support team organisation and prioritisation processes. They will deputise for the Head of Occupational Therapy alongside other clinical leads; provide advice in relation to occupational therapy matters; and facilitate the resolution of workload/staffing issues. They will provide information to the Division on key issues of safety, effectiveness, and the patient and staff experience; and will be responsible for the collation and evaluation of relevant performance data.

The post holder will lead the training and development of less experienced staff, undergraduates and other professionals as required. This includes ensuring that all staff have appropriate knowledge and skills through a process of supervision, objective setting and training. They will participate in Divisional and Speciality based service development activities.

Work Pattern: 22.5 hours per week between 8am-8pm

Interview Date: Monday 25th September 2023

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

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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