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Rotational Occupational therapist

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum pro rata
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Occupational Therapist - Band 5 Rotational

37.5hours per week or Part time opportunities


Following internal promotions, we have the fantastic opportunity to recruit occupational therapists to join our acclaimed band 5 rotation scheme at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

These posts include those wanting to return to practice in occupational therapy.

You will benefit from gaining a variety of clinical experiences across different organisations including Suffolk County Council with the Homefirst rotation and various WSFT settings including neurology, orthopaedics, surgery/critical care, community inpatient rehabilitation and home-based provision, and the Early Intervention Team (EIT). We pride ourselves on being able to offer an extensive rotational experience with experienced occupational therapists and teams across alliance organisations.

Main duties of the job

We implement a career development framework to support your progression and actively encourage opportunities for service development and innovation where occupational therapy is at the forefront. Our excellent appraisal programme includes a one-year preceptorship programme which demonstrates our commitment to staff alongside regular supervision and training.

The occupational therapy service is part of the Community and Integrated division which is committed to delivering a service of high standards for the local West Suffolk population. If you are looking for a full-time or part-time occupational therapy position then please do apply. This post is also open to you if you are in your final year of occupational therapy studies.

If you have any queries regarding these posts please contact Lisa Enright - Professional Lead Occupational Therapist on 01284 713 639 or email If you are considering returning to practice then please email Tracey Thynne, AHP Workforce Development Lead

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 full job description for more information.

Job responsibilities:
1 Clinical and Professional
1.1 To undertake all professional duties as an Occupational Therapist maintaining high professional standards, complying at all times with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards of conduct and the College of Occupational Therapists code of ethics and professional conduct.

1.2 To undertake a variety of placements within the band 5 rotation scheme. Current rotations include acute, community, social services and mental health settings. We pride ourselves on being able to offer an extensive rotational experience including: medicine, neurology, orthopaedics, surgery, mental health, community physical and social services with the Homefirst and neighbourhood teams.

Community and social services posts are located at various sites across West Suffolk.

Rotations involve managing a caseload of patients with complex needs who need to be assessed in a timely manner. The therapist will be actively developing their knowledge and skills to enable effective intervention with a range of conditions.
  • To undertake appropriate assessment programmes to determine patient needs and prioritise patients treated according to need.
  • To consider all the elements and select the appropriate course of action, to achieve the best possible outcome by processing a range of information with each individual patient, who will have complex physical and/or mental health needs

1.5 To use clinical reasoning to plan and undertake clinically effective treatment programmes. This should be done in partnership with the patient if at all possible or with a relative orcarer

1.6 To provide treatment to facilitate maximum independence by processing and interpreting a range of information and using the techniques that are appropriate to Occupational Therapy

1.7 To review daily treatment programmes to ensure they continue to meet patient needs.

1.8 To utilise a problem-solving approach with treatment programmes to ensure all possible solutions to problems are considered referring to their supervisor / manager whennecessary

1.9 To establish a rapport with the patient and use the skills of empathy and persuasion to ensure compliance with the treatment programme. This may then result in the necessity to alter the place of residence e.g. They may not be capable of returning to their own home or may have a permanent change in their physical abilities which may be distressing for the patient, carers and family.

1.10 To assess, order, supply, use and adapt equipment for patients, to enhance independence/mobility. This may include manual and electric wheelchairs, hoists, standing aids and profiling electric beds. To ensure that at all times equipment used and /or adjusted is handled in a safe manner for staff and patients. To ensure the equipment order is completed in a timely manner and to liaise with the relevant equipment provider if there are any problems.

1.11 To comply with the manual handling policies and procedures whilst transferring patients between bed/chair/hoist/bath also whilst transferring patients with hoists or stand aids and carrying equipment.

1.12 To assess for and order on daily basis appropriate equipment required by patients prior to discharge. Ensure the order is completed efficiently and timely liaison is made with the relevant provider if there are any problems.

1.13 To undertake as appropriate the assessment, measuring, pattern making, fabrication and fitting of splints for hands and upper limbs, following surgery or injury.

1.14 To undertake Health Promotion activities such as Hip and Knee Joint Replacement programmes, outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation sessions and the critical care presentations as part of a rolling programme. These sessions involves 1:1, group sessions and formal presentations.

1.15 To plan and undertake assessments in patients residential address ensuring all relevant policies and procedures are followed. This will involve transferring the patient in and out of a car , maneuvering patients in a wheelchair over uneven surfaces and carrying equipment between the car and the patients home.

1.16 To ensure the effective use of appropriate assessment and treatment resources, both in the department and the patients home. This will involve the use of standardised and non-standardised assessments.

1.17 To initiate, undertake and participate in regular formal and informal clinicalsupervision with a Senior Occupational Therapist in order to reflect on their professional practice identify their training needs and develop their professional practice.

1.18 To initially participate in the Trusts Preceptorship programme to develop confidence as an autonomous professional, refine skills, values and behaviours and to continue the journey of life-long learning for own development objectives. After the Preceptorship period to participate in the Trusts appraisal system agreeing objectives with the supervisor, following KSF guidelines.

1.19 To maintain own Clinical Professional Development throughout the duration of employment and in accordance with the standards recommended by the professional body.

1.20 To complete an initial Professional development Plan upon commencement of employment and then reviewed at the start of each new rotation. Formal appraisals are to be completed on a yearly basis as part of the trust policy. Professional development includes reflective practice, audits, peer review, literature searches and internal and external courses.
  • To ensure all Trust policies and procedures are adhered to at all times. The individual must take responsibility to update their knowledge of updated policies and procedures that may affect their working practice.

1.22 To minimise the risk associated with working in a Mental Health situation by undertaking necessary Risk assessments, following Trust Policies and Procedures and using own professional judgment and clinical reasoning
  • To participate in rotations within the community if required, 7 day working, extended weekday working hours and weekend working rotas depending upon the allocated rotation.

2 Communication and Team Working

2.1 To establish a rapport with the patient and use the skills of empathy and persuasion to ensure compliance with the treatment programmes, especially those patients with physical and mental health problems. This could be at a difficult and distressing time for patients, relatives, and carers.

2.2 To communicate with patients with multiple physical/mental health problems ensuring a sensitive approach to engage them in treatment programmes. This will involve motivating patients and agreeing treatment goals.

2.3 To ensure good communication with the ward staff by attending board meetings/handovers, MDT meetings, and Case Conferences as appropriate to allow on-going two-way communication between members of the MDT and Occupational Therapy with regard to patient progress and treatment plans. At all times the individual needs to respect the need for confidentiality whilst giving andreceiving complex clinical and personal information.

2.4 To liaise with other agencies (both internal and external) to ensure good communication, is imparted (both verbal and written).

2.5 To ensure constant communication is maintained with the patient, relatives and carers as appropriate.

2.6 To communicate to a good level, internally or externally, verbally or with electronic records/reports, any necessary information about patients progress, treatment, recommendations etc.

Person Specification

Education & Qualification


  • oDegree in Occupational Therapy (BSc/Msc/Diploma)


  • oMembership of the RCOT
  • oHCPC registration

Experience & Knowledge


  • oDocumented Evidence of Clinical Professional Development (CPD), demonstrating transferrable skills


  • oAppropriate/relevant clinical experience during training

Skills & Abilities


  • Proven team player
  • oDemonstrable interpersonal skills
  • oEvidence of excellent written and verbal skills
  • oAbility to undertake Manual Handling tasks
  • oOrganisational skills
  • oFlexible approach to working hours/duties
  • oAbility to travel to all rural locations to carry out post
  • oIT skills

Personal Qualities


  • oKnowledge and use of coping skills to deal with stressful situations

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Hospital

Hardwick Lane

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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