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Specialist Community Occupational Therapist

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

Role Summary

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. All ensuring that therapy input is integrated into the patients’ overall care plan.

Work as an Autonomous Practitioner working with out 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.

About the Role

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

More detail about the role:

We have an exciting substantive, full time opportunity for a Band 6 Specialist Occupational Therapist, with a potential development opportunity for a Band 5, in the Torridge Community Rehabilitation Service based from Bideford, in North Devon.

There are three community teams in Torridge, based in Bideford, Torrington and Holsworthy, with this post being primarily based from Bideford. The community teams consist of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Assistant Practitioners and Clinical Support Workers, and provide a therapy rehabilitation service to the community of the Bideford and district locality as part of an integrated, dynamic, award winning Health and Social Care Team.

This post will be primarily based from Bideford Hospital and the successful applicant will be responsible for undertaking all aspects of clinical duties in a variety of community settings, to provide care for both acute and chronic patients. The case load will be extremely variable, including urgent care work, avoidance of hospital admission/discharge to assess work, neurological, orthopaedic, falls work and long-term condition management. Additionally, there will be a supervisory role for other staff grades, the opportunity to be involved with student education and the opportunity to help shape how the service is developed to gain the best for the patients.

This post could offer an exciting opportunity for an experienced Band 5, still needing to gain some additional experience, to come into a developmental role.

Ability to travel to meet the requirements of the role is essential. Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust ensures all staff are supported with personal development through supervision and appraisal.

Working Pattern: It is a full-time post with the hours being completed Monday to Friday, with participation in some weekend working.

Interview Date: Friday 22nd September 2023

For further information or to arrange a visit please contact: Shayne Mathieson (Therapy Team Lead) or Eleisha Harrison (Advanced Practitioner Occupational Therapist)  on 01237 420265.

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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