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Occupational Therapist (Specialist Respiratory)

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a Specialist Respiratory Occupational Therapist to join our friendly and dynamic therapy team at North Devon District Hospital.

The team sits in the wider Therapy team that covers Intensive care, Surgical, Trauma and Orthopaedics including the Orthopaedic Supported discharge team, Gastrology and Medical Rehabilitation.

You would be part of a well-established integrated Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy team that has a forward-thinking approach to Healthcare. The team includes Assistant Practitioners, Therapy Clinical Support Workers, and Apprentices.

Are you:
  • Passionate about providing patient centred care to promote independence and improve the lives of local people
  • An experienced and enthusiastic junior Occupational Therapist that has worked in an acute inpatient setting including Respiratory.
  • Intuitive and capable of delivering high quality and safe Occupational Therapy interventions from a well-developed knowledge and skill base using evidence-based practice.
  • Able to managing own caseload of patients with complex needs and also provide clinical and therapeutic guidance to junior OTs, support workers, apprentices and students.
  • A strong team player who is keen to further develop their own specialist skills and is committed to supporting team members to reach their full potential.
  • An excellent communicator who can remain calm under pressure

    Main duties of the job

    For more detail about the main duties of this role, please see the job description section below. As a key member of the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, you will be joining an exceptional team working together to help our patients to stay healthy, when they need it most.

    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 peoples 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.

    Its never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as youll help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

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

    More detail about the role

    As a Specialist Respiratory Occupational Therapist based at North Devon Hospital you will have the opportunity to
    • Formulate and deliver specialist therapy programmes including discharge planning, functional assessments and treatment, fatigue management techniques energy conservation, planning, pacing and anxiety management.
    • Enhance and extend your assessment, intervention and Clinical decision-making skills
    • Complete Mental Capacity assessments and cognitive assessments to contribute to safe and patient centred discharge planning.
    • Work in an environment that facilities striving for excellence through staff learning and development. Support Junior staff with their development and progression through in-service training, supervision and appraisal.
    • Work as a part of a Multidisciplinary team.

    Patients are referred to the Therapy team through a Consultant led board round. The caseload will include patients with complex needs, including patients that are at the end of life. The team works closely with Discharge Coordinators and our community colleagues to ensure safe and timely patient discharges, with home being the optimal discharge destination. The Therapy team are key at reviewing the most suitable place for a patients ongoing rehabilitation needs.

    The team has a daily patient huddle to prioritise caseloads across the teams to ensure patient flow and support staff well being.

    Career development and progression:

    The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is keen to support staff to develop Clinical skills through regular supervision and internal and external professional development opportunities. There will be opportunities to develop your skills as a Clinical Supervisor with Students, Junior Therapists and Therapy Clinical Support Workers. We'll support you in finding the best way to grow.

    Please see the attached AHP brochure.

    Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday 8:00 - 16:00 and occasional additional weekend working.

    Interview Date: Monday 11th December 2023.

    For further information please contact: Sue Hinchliffe, Occupational Therapist on or 01271 322 577 Bleep 054

    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.


    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.

    Person Specification

    General Requirements


    • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description


    • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


    North Devon District Hospital

    Raleigh Park



    EX31 4JB

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