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Macmillan Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Following investment by Macmillan Cancer Support, an exciting opportunity has arisen to join the innovative and supportive Occupational Therapy team at West Suffolk Foundation Trust. We are looking to recruit a passionate and highly motivated Band 7 Occupational Therapist with an interest in oncology and palliative care into this newly created post.

The post holder will need to have experience in oncology and palliative care. The role provides the opportunity to develop the occupational therapy service within oncology and palliative care, both within the acute and community settings in the West of Suffolk.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant needs to be able to organise time effectively, adapt to changing demands and conditions, remain calm under pressure, and communicate effectively with all stakeholders. They need to demonstrate specialist clinical and leadership skills and will be expected to provide education, supervision and training to occupational therapists, students and the wider MDT. They will provide specialist occupational therapy to support patients through the pathway, through Prehabilitation, rehabilitation and living beyond cancer. The post holder will maintain a clinical caseload of patients, and act as an autonomous practitioner and source of expertise.

We would welcome those interested in full or part time working.

If you have the necessary skills, experience and qualities to help us put patients first, please contact Lisa Enright, Professional Lead, Occupational Therapy on 01284 713639 or

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the job description and person specification attached for further information on the role.

Person Specification

Education & Qualification


  • Degree level qualification in occupational therapy
  • Specialist training and/or experience relevant to Cancer and Palliative care
  • HCPC registration


  • Evidence of leadership training
  • Practice educator training

Experience & Knowledge


  • Post-graduate experience at a senior level, including experience including palliative care.
  • Broad post graduate experience across a range of conditions
  • Supervisory skills
  • Leadership/management experience


  • Experience of formal and informal teaching
  • Experience of research, audits and service developments
  • Experience of setting up delivering a service

Skills & Abilities


  • Competent IT and presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently and self-direct learning to benefit service users
  • Ability to communicate at a high level and pass on knowledge to others
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to deal with challenging situations
  • Able to provide clinical expertise and leadership to other team members


  • High level of understanding about how a team function and how to facilitate effective working relationships
  • Confident public speaker with presentation skills
  • Knowledge of audit

Personal Qualities


  • Committed to personal and team development
  • Self-motivated and passionate
  • Empathy
  • Flexible working approach to hours and duties
  • Evidence of good time keeping and attendance
  • Able to maintain objective judgement under pressure
  • Evidence of self-directed learning
  • Always have a professional manner

Other Requirements


  • Ability to travel to all rural locations to carry out post

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Hardwick Lane

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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