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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Role Summary

As a specialist Occupational Therapist, you’ll be providing high quality, individualised and compassionate care to our community patients, supporting their rehabilitation. We meet a variety of patients who are referred to us for Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy input.

About the Role

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

More detail about the role

Barnstaple Community Health and Social Care Team are looking for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist with community experience to join them.

You’ll be joining a team of like-minded professionals to provide personalised care, making a huge difference to the patients we see.

We provide therapy for patients on discharge from hospital, we work with patients who are at risk of being admitted to hospital with the aim to prevent the admission where appropriate. We see our patients in their own homes, in group sessions, in day care or care home environments.

There is opportunity to supervise junior team members and be involved in student education.

“Community Rehabilitation is fast paced, highly rewarding and the sky is truly the limit in the role that we will play in providing health care services, therefore why not be a part of it?”

Why join the Royal Devon therapies team?

Training and development opportunities are in high supply here, whether you are interested in clinical or leadership development, courses, secondments, or placements. We’ll support you in finding the best way to grow. We actively encourage CPD and you will have an opportunity to spend time with our range of specialists as part of your CPD.

Innovation is central to therapies at the Royal Devon, demonstrated by the implementation of several new initiatives and the development of non-traditional roles in recent years including a Research and Innovation Lead. We are not afraid of adopting new techniques, as shown by the introduction of our ultrasound-guided injection therapy in Orthopaedic and Neurology pathways.

You’ll be valued, respected, and empowered whatever your background and whichever route into therapies you choose.

“North Devon is a great place to flourish, if you’re considering joining the team I’d say don’t hesitate to apply. Not all places have the developmental infrastructure that the Royal Devon has created, they really give you the wings to fly.” Gethin Lynch, MSK Consultant Physiotherapist

Working Pattern: This community therapy role is for 37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday with additional on-call and weekend working responsibilities. We have a flexible working policy that we are happy to discuss suitable options for you and the department.

Interview date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact Jo Wayborn (Therapy Team Lead) or Bev Hill (Advanced Practitioner) on 01271 341554 or or

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 the 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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