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Occupational Therapist

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

Role Summary

Band 5 Occupational Therapist fixed term contract working within the Community Hospital bed-based Rehabilitation 

  • Manage a caseload of patients with a range of needs, using evidence based, patient centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
  • Supervise assistants and students
  • Participate in the planning, development and evaluation of the therapy service.
  • Form part of an interdependent multi-disciplinary team helping to ensure that the input is integrated in to the patients overall care and  treatment plans
  • The post holder receives professional support and guidance from their line manager and professional lead.

About the Role

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'll help you get there.

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're 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'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll 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'd love to hear from you.

About Us

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

More detail about the role

We have an exciting opportunity for 12 months fixed term contract for an enthusiastic and motivated Band 5 Occupational Therapists to join our integrated rehabilitation pathway across community services. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a dynamic and forward-thinking service with high morale and a commitment to supporting people to return home and remain at home for as long as possible.

The Community Hospital supports the intermediate care model and integrated care pathway. You will be working closely with other members of the MDT and will be well supported and encouraged to continuously develop to meet the needs of yourself and the service. We offer an in-house CPD training program as well external opportunities to support your career development. Caseload is varied and comprise of patients with neurological conditions, Falls and Frailty and cognitive impairment. The emphasis is on maximising independence and quality of life through assessment, rehabilitation and supporting timely and collaborative discharge planning from hospital.

The Seaton, Axminster and Sidmouth Cluster has an attractive mix of rural villages and coastal towns whilst being only 30mins drive from Exeter. The Cluster is set in a landscape of outstanding natural beauty, and part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The largest landslip in the UK provides the landscape for coastal walks, fishing harbours and beautiful beaches. Inland, the market town of Axminster provides excellent rail links to London and Exeter.

This is a fixed term contract for 12 months.  For current NHS employees this post could be a secondment opportunity.

Working Pattern: Monday-Friday 8am until 4pm with some weekend working on a rota basis. 

Interview Date: 4th January 2023

For further information please contact:

Helen Ruse (Therapy Manager) 07821813897

Martina MacDonald (Physiotherapy Clinical Lead) 07821813925

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.


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.

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

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