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Occupational Therapist

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

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you have a passion or desire to work with people in the community? Bury Town Integrated Neighbourhood Team (INT) are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist into the team.

This is a rare opportunity to hold a permanent post within an established therapy team based in the community. Working with colleagues from across health and social care you will be based at West Suffolk House and take an active part in the development and provision of therapy services as part of your role.

The successful candidate will work as part of the therapy team, being supported to develop to cover a variety of roles performed by colleagues in the team.

Using Occupational Therapy skills to assess and implement treatment plans for patients holding a variety of needs, the role provides the opportunity to have a direct impact on the people you will work with. Increasing participation in meaningful activities in creative and dynamic ways with people in their own environments.

You will also have the opportunity to develop and grow within your Occupational Therapy role, learning new skills and developing knowledge relevant to your role within the community.

If strong multidisciplinary working with colleagues across health and social care, ongoing opportunities for learning and development and being at the forefront of impactful and progressive ways of working with people in their own homes sounds like something you're ready for then we look forward to hearing from you.

Main duties of the job

As an Occupational therapist within the community Integrated Team you will have the opportunity to develop as an autonomous practitioner. Utilising your skills as an Occupational therapist daily in peoples home to support patients working towards what matters to them. You will promote and support people working towards independence in their homes and creatively problem solve with people to enable them to achieve their goals.

You will see patients daily with a variety of needs. These will range from urgent visits to support patients with an acute need, work with patients who are in a period of reablement and work with those patients who have identified an increasing difficulty and would like to work towards preventing deterioration of performance of meaningful activities.

As a registered professional you will be required to manage your own diary and caseload ensuring patients have SMART goals and have appropriate therapy interventions.

You will be required to undertake regular continuous professional development appropriate to your role and scope of practice.

The community integrated team is a dynamic place to work this will require you to actively contribute to the development of the INT therapy service acute and wider alliance initiatives.

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

Key Tasks & Responsibilities:

To be an active member of a multi-disciplinary, integrated community team.

To manage a defined caseload, using evidence based/person centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate therapy interventions.

To supervise band 3 and 4 staff.

1. Communication:

To demonstrate effective communication skills with patients, carers, team members and people from other agencies.

2. Planning and organisational Skills:

To work in collaboration with other members of the individuals support network in a complex multi-disciplinary, multi-agency environment.

To contribute and activity seek out opportunities to develop the service putting forward the therapy perspective.

To participate in the planning, development and review of the service.

To have an awareness of finite resources and act responsibly within these limits.

To exercise good personal time management, punctuality and consistent, reliable attendance.

To respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity of patient and contribute to the provision of the service sensitive to these needs.

To promote the role and champion the contribution of the therapy profession

To review and reflect on own practice and performance through effective use of clinical and professional supervision and appraisal.

To demonstrate ongoing personal development through participation in internal and external development opportunities, recording learning outcomes in a portfolio.

To produce, in conjunction with supervisor, an annual personal development plan.

To act as a role model and demonstrate positive behaviours as outlined in the behaviours framework

3. Clinical Duties:

To effectively triage and schedule all therapy referrals to the service in accordance with Trusts policies and procedures.

To hold a caseload of patients with a range of multiple and complex health needs.

To utilise knowledge to carry out assessments, setting objectives and implementing appropriate treatment, as part of the holistic care plan for individuals and/or groups.

To formulate an individual management/treatment plan for each patient using wide range of assessment, clinical reasoning and treatment skills, including health coaching and promotion of self-management skills.

To ensure interventions are evaluated and plans modified to ensure effectiveness and timely discharge.

To provide training and advice to patients and carers to facilitate their care plan.

To adhere to agreed national, professional and Trust standards.

4. Governance:

To comply with the College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, and the Standards for Registration according to the Healthand Care Professions Council and Trust policies and procedures.

To comply with all relevant Trust policies, procedures and guidelines relating to Equal Opportunities and promote with junior staff.


West Suffolk Foundation Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Rigorous recruitment checks are carried out and where applicable to the role successful applicants will be required to undertake a criminal records check via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Infection Control

West Suffolk Foundation Trust staff are responsible for protecting themselves and others against infection risks. All staff regardless of whether clinical or not are expected to comply with current infection control policies and procedures and to report any problems with regard to this to their managers. All staff undertaking patient care activities must attend infection control training and updates as required by West Suffolk Foundation Trust.

Health and Safety

Employees must be aware of the responsibilities placed upon them under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), to ensure the agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment for employees and visitors.

To ensure that the Trusts Health and Safety Policies are understood and observed and that procedures are followed.

To ensure the appropriate use of equipment and facilities and the environment is maintained in good order.

To take the necessary precautions to safeguard the welfare and safety of themselves, patients, staff and visitors, in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act.

To undertake appropriate Health and Safety training to support safe working practice including, where appropriate, its management.

5. Leadership and management:

To contribute to the placement education of students.

To contribute to the induction of staff and the training of work based learners.

6. Information Resources:

To ensure that up to date electronic and written records are maintained in accordance with professional and Trust standards, and provide specialist therapy reports relevant to practice setting.

7. Research & Development:

May be required to undertake surveys or audits, as necessary to own work may occasionally participate in R& D, clinical trials or equipment testing.

To demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate current research and apply it to practice.

To broaden research and development skills through participation in local audit and research projects.

To participate in the planning evaluation and audit of practice, clinical pathways and protocols within the post-holders area.


Staff Car Parking on the West Suffolk Hospital Site is eligible for individuals working outside of the core hours, 07:00 18:30.

For individuals working within the core hours, the Trust offers parking off site at the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, which is serviced by a regular shuttle bus to and from the Hospital. Details of the bus timetable can be found in the on-line starter pack on the West Suffolk Hospital website.

This parking restriction does not apply if an individual is required to work on a weekend or if they are required to complete on call duties within their role.

The closing date for this vacancy may change if we receive a strong response. Please ensure that you apply for any post you are interested in as soon as possible.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • oCurrent HCPC registration
  • oDegree in Occupational Therapy.
  • oUp to date manual handling training for the lifting and manoeuvring of clients and equipment during treatment sessions

Experience and knowledge


  • oCompleted clinical placements as a student
  • oDocumented evidence of continuing professional development


  • oClinical placement in a community setting
  • oPost registration experience in a clinical setting
  • oAdvice and support to students and support staff.

Skills and abilities


  • oDemonstrate good IT and standard keyboard skills.
  • oAble to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service
  • oPractice good interpersonal skills
  • oGood observational and reporting skills
  • oAble to plan and provide appropriate levels of clinical intervention Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues.
  • oAbility to work within a team setting.
  • oAbility to manage own workload and determine priorities.
  • oAbility to reflect on own performance
  • oKnowledge of manual handling legislation and risk assessment.
  • oBasic knowledge of specialist equipment.
  • Effective communication
  • oDemonstrate empathy and sensitivity
  • oMust hold full and valid driving license and have access to a vehicle or a viable alternative


  • oTraining and facilitation skills.
  • oSupervisory skills.
  • oAble to support other staff to review and reflect on their practice and develop a PDP
  • oAble to support other staff to review and reflect on their practice and develop a PDP
  • oKnowledge of working within the NHS

Personal qualities


  • oCommitment to person-centered, non-discriminatory practice.
  • oPositive approach to change.
  • oAbility to work in domestic environments with low levels of hygiene and potential exposure to fleas, lice and body fluids.
  • oAn understanding of hazards associated with lone working in the community.
  • oOccupational Health Clearance to carry out the duties of this role

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk House

Western Way

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 3YU

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