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Specialist Occupational Therapist (Community)

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

Role Summary

Are you dynamic, motivated and have a passion for providing high quality care to your patients?

We are looking for an experienced Specialist Occupational Therapist to join our large, well-established and friendly Community team. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a dynamic and forward-thinking service with high morale and a commitment to supporting people at home. You will be well supported and encouraged to continuously develop your skills related to the role.

About the Role

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

More detail about the role.

The Bideford Community Rehabilitation team provides a service to the residents of a beautiful, rural, coastal region of Devon covering a large area of the North and West part of North Devon. There is easy access to stunning beaches and moorland making this an ideal location to enjoy work-life balance. We cover 4 GP practices and work closely with all members of the Health and Social Care team. We provide patient-centred care in patients’ homes, Nursing and Residential homes. You will require a wide-ranging clinical skills & community experience to be able to work autonomously, as well as part of a team. You will need excellent communication skills, adaptability & resilience to change. There is day to day Clinical support from Clinical leads as well as a structured in-service training programme to help support and guide your development.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for Community Rehabilitation, Multi-disciplinary working and management of patients with a wide variety of presentations including complex Neurological and Orthopaedic conditions as well as dementia and falls prevention for example. The emphasis is on maximising patient independence and quality of life through assessment, rehabilitation, prevention of Hospital admission and supporting Hospital discharge.

Applicants will require confidence in problem solving, prioritisation and excellent communication skills. Our offices are shared with Community Nurses and Social Workers, allowing a high level of integrated working to the benefit of our patients.

We are committed to the continuing professional development of all our team members and offer a supportive environment with regular supervision, CPD groups, training and peer support. The successful candidate will be responsible for the supervision and development of students and support staff assigned to them. Excellent IT skills are required to coordinate the smooth running of the service and utilise the benefits of our online patient record system, MyCare.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact: Shayne Mathieson; Therapy Team Lead on or Eleisha Harrison; Advanced Practitioner Occupational Therapist on 420265.

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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