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Specialist Community Occupational Therapist

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

Role Summary

B6 Specialist Community Occupational Therapist, South Molton and Chulmleigh Health and Social Care Team, North Devon.

Provide specialist assessment, diagnosis, treatment and advice to patients and their carers. The caseload will include a wide range of acute and chronic care cases, many having complex disabilities and needs. Some services will also include terminal care cases.

Be part of a multidisciplinary team working in a community setting including rapid response ensuring that therapy input is integrated into the patients’ overall care plan.

Work as an autonomous practitioner working without direct supervision and at times lone working.

Provide supervision, training and support to junior staff and students.

Work with managers to develop the service in line with patient need and trust wide developments, and to help provide an equitable service across the Trust. 

The post holder will be based within the Health and Social Care teams which are based in the main towns of North Devon. The post holder will be a member of South Molton and Chulmleigh Health and Social Care team working in the community from a base at South Molton Community Hospital.

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

B6 Specialist Community Occupational Therapist, South Molton and Chulmleigh Health and Social Care Team, North Devon.

Are you an experienced, enthusiastic and passionate occupational therapist looking for an opportunity to work with a team of community based occupational therapists, physiotherapists, assistant practitioners and therapy support workers within an integrated multidisciplinary health and social care team?

We have the exciting opportunity to appoint a B6 Specialist Occupational Therapist to join our enthusiastic community-based therapy team in South Molton. The role of Specialist Community Occupational Therapist encompasses clinical, teaching, leadership and research functions.

We work with adults registered under South Molton and Wallingbrook (Chulmleigh and Winkleigh) medical centres. Our work is in towns and villages and rural area close to Exmoor in beautiful North Devon. The community therapy team has eleven members including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, assistant and trainee assistant practitioner and clinical support workers. Our integrated health and social care team includes the community therapy team, community nursing, community matron, rehabilitation nurse and adult social care team. We work closely with social prescribers in the GP practices for links with and inclusion of the people we work with into community activities. Typically, the day starts with members of the team triaging new referrals and a team meeting to prioritise and plan the day. We positively encourage joint working between members of the community therapy and broader health and social care team.

Our patients are referred by Primary and Secondary Care. Our work is consistently varied and stimulating covering admission prevention and supporting discharge, rehabilitation and habilitation in a range of community settings through medical, social and public health approaches. The post offers a flexible and supportive opportunity personal and professional development. The community therapy team work with people with a wide range of disabilities and acute or long-term conditions striving to deliver excellent patient centred care.  As a community occupational therapist, you will be managing a clinical caseload of patients who vary in their level of complexity and who have a range of health conditions. The occupational therapy team includes a B7 advanced practitioner occupational therapist, a B6 integrated health and social care occupational therapist and two B6 community occupational therapy posts including the post advertised. The team work flexibly leading to scope to realise a range of personal and professional development opportunities. The post holder will support the medical/rehabilitation weekend rota at North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple.

We host occupational and physiotherapy students from Plymouth University and the University of the West of England. We have regular peer group meetings, team members support delivering learning in our assistant/trainee assistant practitioner and support worker peer group sessions. The Trust is active in research and quality improvement programs. We hold regular team meetings and often invite external facilitators to support team reflection and learning. All team members are invited to and encouraged to take leadership in support to one another in 1:1, peer and team settings; in audit and service development.

If you would like to work in a post with a remit to ensure delivery of high-quality patient centred care measured by clinical effectiveness, patient safety and patient experience we would love to hear from you.

The role includes driving to deliver services and the successful candidate will need to drive and have access to a car to use for work.

Working Pattern: Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm

Interview Date: Friday 20th January 2023.

For further information please contact Nancy Rollinson Therapy Team Lead, or 07552254679. 

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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