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Senior Occupational Therapist - Aldeburgh

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Aldeburgh Community Hospital has an exciting opportunity for a fulltime permanent Band 6 or Band 5 developmental role (for the right candidate) Occupational Therapist for 37.5 hours per week. Aldeburgh Community Hospital is one of three East Suffolk Community Hospitals alongside Bluebird Lodge and Felixstowe Community Hospital working in close partnership with Ipswich Hospital and as part of the wider ESNEFT NHS Trust. The role is based at Aldeburgh Community Hospital with the opportunity to experience working at all three community hospital sites.

You will work as part of the therapy team consisting of a therapy team lead, physiotherapist, therapy assistant practitioners and generic workers, to promote the discharge to assess pathways for in-patients. You will also work alongside the multidisciplinary team of Modern matron, doctors, ward nurses, social care workers and Ipswich Hospital transfer of care hub

We are looking for an Occupational Therapist with commitment and enthusiasm, who has a passion to work as part of a team to progress patients rehabilitation goals and use a range of therapy interventions to facilitate timely and appropriate discharges.

Main duties of the job

  • To be responsible alongside the multi-disciplinary team for daily caseload management of therapy interventions ensuring all patients receive timely, appropriate, effective treatment and discharge planning.
  • In collaboration with the patient, planning and implementing single or a programme of interventions using treatment techniques to meet the patient's needs. These will be achieved using professional and theoretical knowledge, broad clinical knowledge, and clinical reasoning.
  • To apply understanding of effects and impact of illness and disability on patient's abilities and provide advice and education regarding lifestyle changes / adaptations to their physical and social environment
  • To participate in own and others continuous professional development, appraisal processes and other developmental activities according to professional registration and trust policies.
  • To supervise and assist in the development of junior clinicians, non-qualified staff, and students on placement.
  • To undertake audit of both clinical practice and processes to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are one of the largest NHS organisations in England, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • oBSc / MSc Occupational therapy
  • oHCPC Registered / Occupational therapy


  • opost registration courses
  • oNon-clinical courses
  • oLEO / leadership
  • oStudent educator course
  • oRCOT membership



  • oExperience of multi-disciplinary working
  • oComprehensive range of junior rotations with experience of complex caseload management.
  • oExperience of facilitating discharges from the acute setting and/or managing a caseload of patients within the community.
  • oAbility to work as an autonomous practitioner
  • oExperience of rehabilitation of patients, falls assessment and discharge planning


  • oSupervision of students in any environment
  • oClinical Audit
  • oMember of specialist interest group



  • oExtended knowledge of OT process
  • oCurrent evidence based practice
  • oDetailed anatomy and physiology relevant to the speciality
  • oEquipment to support patient independence


  • oFalls re-education
  • oBenefits of exercise and education
  • oSupervisory / appraisal skills
  • oKnowledge of local community agencies, services and resources.



  • oWillingness to be flexible to meet service needs over a 7 day service with extended working hours


  • oTeaching skills
  • oDriving licence

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Aldeburgh Community Hosptial


IP15 5ES

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