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Occupational Therapist / Physiotherapist

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
24 Nov 2023

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Physiotherapist, Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an opportunity for experienced and forward-thinking Occupational Therapists / Physiotherapists to join our award winning Reactive Emergency Assessment Community Team (REACT) .

The dynamic team is based in the community and in-reaches into the Accident and Emergency Department (A& E) at Ipswich Hospital, and the Frailty Assessment Base (FAB), also based at Ipswich Hospital. You will be working with patients in A& E, FAB clinics or in their own homes, focusing on admission avoidance and preventing the conveyance of ambulances to hospital. You will use a reablement approach to help them maximise the individual's independence and make informed choices about their current and longer-term care needs. You will work with a wide variety of internal and external services. We are looking for talented individuals who will be confident, flexible and professional, with the clinical skills required to manage a diverse, complex caseload within a dynamic environment.

You must hold a valid UK driving licence and be able to travel to patients' homes using either their own car or one of the team's pool cars. Both teams work across Ipswich and East Suffolk, with a central base in Ipswich, with proposed plans for further bases in Woodbridge and Stowmarket.

Main duties of the job

To plan and organise a designated caseload of complex patients within the designated service and own professional activities under the management of Team Leader.

To work with the patient and carers to identify and meet therapy goals, using standardised and therapy assessment tools. Using professional and theoretical knowledge, and specialist clinical reasoning skills to monitor, evaluate and modify treatment interventions to measure progress and ensure effectiveness, involving patient, carer and MDT as appropriate.

To apply an enhanced understanding of effects and impact of illness, frailty and disability on patient's abilities and provide advice and education regarding lifestyle changes / adaptations to their physical and social environment.

To use specialist technical, physical and mental skills in the provision of patient interventions.

About us

One of the largest Trust's in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients' own homes. You will be joining a team of over 11,000 amazing colleagues providing care to 800,000 residents.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health & Wellbeing programme offer a range of services including mental health support. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities.

Our philosophy is thatTime Mattersto everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients.

To support our employees to achieve their career aspirations you may be eligible to obtain a qualification via an apprenticeship. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a skills review to facilitate this. For full details please see the attached Apprenticeship Handbook

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

You will need to demonstrate both supervisory and leadership skills to support junior members of staff and students and will be required to work a shift pattern across 7 days and extended days until 8pm.

The REACT Service has a high profile within the Trust. We thrive on innovation and challenge and have taken a lead role in many developments which are helping to shape the future of patient pathways within the local area.

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • oHCPC Registered Physiotherapist / Occupational Therapist
  • oBSc / MSc in Physiotherapy / Occupational Therapy


  • oValidated post registration courses
  • oNon-clinical courses
  • oInformation technology
  • oLEO / leadership
  • oStudent educator course



  • oExperience of facilitating discharges from the acute setting and/or managing a caseload of patients within the community.
  • oIn-service training and reflective learning
  • oExperience of multi-disciplinary working
  • oComprehensive range of junior rotations with experience of complex caseload management.


  • oSupervision of students in any environment
  • oClinical Audit
  • oRespiratory on-call (physiotherapists)



  • oBroad knowledge of respiratory, neurology, elderly and trauma and orthopaedic conditions and their management.
  • oPrinciples and practices of rehabilitation / reablement


  • oFalls prevention education
  • oKnowledge of local community agencies, services and resources.



  • oAbility to travel across ESNEFT where needed. Hold a clean and valid UK driving licence.
  • oWillingness to be flexible to meet service needs over a 7 day service with extended working hours

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Ipswich Hospital

Heath Road



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