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Occupational Therapy Advanced Practitioner(Critical Care and Surgical)

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an opportunity for an experienced Acute Occupational Therapist to work on:
  • General Surgery (Emergency) including patients with Chest Wall Injuries and Head Injuries.
  • Elective Surgery (Urology, Colorectal, Upper GI, Abdominal wall).
  • Intensive Care Unit.

You are required to be able to assess and treat patients with a variety of conditions and support the ongoing development of the Occupational Therapy Staff.

Main duties of the job:
  • To provide Clinical and Operational leadership.
  • Manual Handling, Rehabilitation and Cognitive assessment skills to bring out the best outcomes for this patient group.
  • To work with the Service lead, other Advanced Practitioners and the Multidisciplinary team.
  • To ensure quality, clinical effectiveness and patient safety.
  • To be actively involved in Service developments in line with local and national drivers and evidence based practice.
  • To be involved in an active training programme.
  • Participate in the Critical Care Network.
  • Participate in national audit and research projects.

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:

We are looking for a dynamic Occupational Therapy Advanced Practitioner. The post holder will work across an integrated team of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and the wider Multidisciplinary team.

The Acute Inpatient Therapy team on Critical Care and Surgical sit alongside other sub teams of Respiratory, Gastroenterology, Medical rehabilitation, Orthopaedics and Trauma.

You will be required to ensure delivery of high quality patient centred care measured by clinical effectiveness, patient safety and patient experience in line with national guidance.

You will be expected to work as an autonomous practitioner, be up to date with evidence-based practice and be able to offer advanced assessment and treatment skills of patients.

The post holder will be required to work with the other Advanced Practitioners to provide an education programme for Occupational Therapists to enable staff to maintain competencies and to develop depth of knowledge.

You will be responsible for ensuring excellence with in the team by initiating and participating in evidence-based projects and audit, to improve both immediate and future quality of care.

About You

You will be required to have experience at working in an Acute Hospital. As part of the role there will be a need to provide Advanced Occupational Therapy advice to the team and other disciplines / agencies. You will need to be able to cope with demands on your time with frequent interruptions.

Are you:
  • A strong team player that can lead with care.
  • Able to act as a positive role model.
  • Able to hold principles and values when under pressure.
  • Able to communicate honestly and appropriately.
  • Able to manage complex and challenging patients, have advanced communication skills and a flexible approach.
  • Able to create conditions in which others take responsibility for their development and learn from each other.
  • Able to think outside of the box, with problem-solving and organisational skills.
  • Demonstrate sound clinical knowledge.
  • Evidence of recent post graduate training for Critical Care.
  • The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is keen to support staff to develop strong leadership and clinical skills through clinical supervision, internal and external continuing professional developments.

    Innovation is central to therapies at the Royal Devon, demonstrated by the implementation of several new initiatives and the development of non-traditional roles in recent years. The ICU Therapy team have been actively involved in recruiting participants for the I rehab study.

Working Pattern: 8:00 - 16.00 Monday to Friday and occasional additional weekend working.

Interview Date: Tuesday 16th July 2024

For further information please contact: Rachel Nuth, Acute Inpatient Therapy Service Lead OT / PT, on or 01272 322 577 Bleep 460

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

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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