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Occupational Therapist - Interim Beds

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£35,392 to £42,618 Pro rata per annum
Closing date
19 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
B6 Occupational Therapist - Interim Beds

The opportunity has arisen to grow our Occupational Therapy service at the West Suffolk Foundation Trust with band 6 post with the Community Assessment Beds (CAB) team.

The Interim care home beds provide ongoing assessment for patients following an inpatient admission at the acute hospital. You would work within the multidisciplinary team across different sites to help those that are transitioning from an acute environment who require additional assessment prior to being discharged.This role may also include working across West Suffolk in the various Community Assessment Beds settings providing reablement and discharge planning support.

We will offer the successful candidates the opportunity to broaden their clinical practice, knowledge and skills with using evidence-based practice to help ensure the quality of service delivery meets the requirements of the patients and service. The post holder will support occupational therapy apprentice and other students as part of our wider programme. Promoting the role of occupational therapy within the Trust, and more widely is an essential part of the role.

The occupational therapy department is part of Integrated Therapy Services, and forms part of the wider West Suffolk Alliance. We are committed to professional development and evidence-based practice.

Main duties of the job

Frequent travel is essential to this role. You must either hold a full, current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means.

This post would be suitable for someone seeking to develop their occupational therapy clinical and leadership skills at band 6 level, or as a developmental role for an existing Band 5. We would also consider experienced staff who are returning to practice.

The post holder will enjoy working as part of a team player, and would suit someone who is forward thinking, conscientious, and motivated to work autonomously and holistically. You will benefit from working in a very supportive CAB team, department and NHS Trust that advocates continuous improvement and training opportunities to help develop our staff. You will be provided with regular supervision from an experienced clinical specialist occupational therapist.

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

Clinical and Professional
  • To be professionally accountable for all aspects of your own work including the management of patients in your care, always complying with HCPC standards of conduct, the RCOT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and the Professional Standards for Occupational Therapy Practice.
  • To ensure a high standard of clinical care for the patients under your management and support staff to do likewise.
  • To employ professional judgement to establish a level of consent and to work within the Trust and departmental policy to treat patients lacking the capacity to provide consent.
  • To undertake complex, comprehensive assessments of patients using investigative, observational, analytical, and problem-solving skills. To formulate individualised treatment and management plans using advanced clinical reasoning.
  • To communicate effectively with patients and carers, ensuring understanding of the conditions, aim of therapy treatment and progression. A high level of skill and empathy is required to communicate effectively with patients who have complex emotional, physical and psychological problems and carers/family members who may be emotionally impacted.
  • To be responsible for accessing confidential information via IT systems and recording patient contact data for statistical analysis and audit purposes
  • To provide expert intervention with patients using therapy techniques, specialist equipment and therapeutic handling. To provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to patients, carers, other team members including students to enable progression, discharges, or onward referrals.
  • To communicate effectively and work collaboratively in a positive manner with all other members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure the safe delivery of co-ordinated and seamless care. This will include sharing assessment findings, goals and plans, outcomes of treatment, personal and clinical details. Referral on to other agencies is an essential part of this role.
  • To communicate closely with external agencies and teams to enable supportive discharges including the responsive team and the community team with discharge to assess.

Person Specification

Education & Qualification


  • oDegree in Occupational Therapy (BSc/MSc)
  • oHCPC registration


  • oRelevant clinical courses
  • oMembership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Experience & Knowledge


  • oExtensive experience as a qualified therapist within a range of settings
  • oDocumented evidence of Clinical Professional Development (CPD) demonstrating transferable skills.
  • oPrevious experience working in an NHS organisation.


  • oExperience of supervising students or staff
  • oPractice Educators Course

Skills & Abilities


  • oAdvanced knowledge of application of Occupational Therapy
  • oI.T. skills
  • oAssessment and interventions relevant to the client group
  • oDemonstrable interpersonal skills
  • oEvidence of excellent written and verbal skills
  • oAbility to prioritise when working under pressure
  • oOrganisational skills


  • oEvidence of audits conducted and service
  • oEvidence of service development initiatives
  • oEvidence of formal education and teaching
  • oEvidence of the promotion of occupational therapy
  • oLeadership training

Personal Qualities


  • oTo be open to new initiatives and ways of working
  • oAbility to critically self-reflect
  • oGood level of self-awareness to proactively, and sensitively meet the needs of patients and members in the team.
  • oKnowledge and use of coping skills to deal with working under pressure
  • oAble to demonstrate advanced initiative and responsibility
  • oAble to maintain judgement under pressure.
  • Frequent Travel Essential - You will need to travel, so you must either hold a full, current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means.


  • oPragmatic
  • oAbility to pass on knowledge and skills to others

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


Glastonbury Court

Glastonbury Way

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2EX

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