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Occupational Therapist

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
Full Time


Full and part time opportunities available

An exciting opportunity has arisen for full and part time permanent band 6 occupational therapists to join our rotation programme.

This post provides the opportunity to develop your clinical skills, knowledge and leadership across a range of settings including acute and community stroke teams, orthopaedics, community health teams, critical care, community assessment inpatient beds, home base virtual ward, hand therapy and community care home beds.

Main duties of the job

This role provides the opportunity to develop a range of clinical, managerial and leadership skills and knowledge within a variety of friendly and forward-thinking teams. We are very keen to develop our staff through the provision of training and development opportunities, and strongly advocate the engagement of therapists with the continuous development of our service. This post is suitable for a band 5 who is looking for career progression, or a current band 6 looking for a post that provides further development across different specialities.

If you have any queries or would like to visit then please contact Lisa Enright, Professional Lead Occupational Therapist on 01284 713 639.

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

1.1 To undertake all professional duties as a senior occupational therapist maintaining high professional standards, complying at all times with the HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and the College of Occupational Therapists, Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

1.2 To participate in the senior occupational therapist rotation scheme, acquiring specialist knowledge in a range of assessments and interventions relating to each speciality. This will involve managing a caseload of patients that require a range of complex assessments and interventions.

1.3 To participate in rotations including 7 day working if required, extended weekday working hours and weekend working rotas depending upon the allocated rotation.

1.4 To assess and treat patients with disabilities and complex needs who would benefit from a co-ordinated multi-disciplinary assessment, rehabilitation and discharge planning.

1.5 To undertake appropriate assessment programmes to determine patient needs and prioritise patients treated according to need.

1.6 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 may have complex physical, cognitive and mental health needs.

Person Specification

Education & Qualification


  • oDegree in Occupational Therapy (BSc/MSc) or equivalent
  • oHCPC registration, or have started the process of applying for HCPC if residing outside of the United Kingdom


  • oMembership of the Royal College of Occupational therapists (RCOT)

Experience & Knowledge


  • oExtensive occupational therapy experience as a qualified therapist within a range of settings.
  • oDocumented evidence of Clinical Professional Development (CPD), demonstrating transferrable skills


  • oPractice Educators Course
  • oExperience of supervising students or staff

Skills & Abilities


  • oAdvanced knowledge of application of Occupational Therapy
  • oAssessment and interventions relevant to the client group
  • oEvidence of excellent written and verbal skills
  • oAbility to undertake Manual Handling tasks
  • oAbility to travel to all rural locations to carry out post
  • oOrganisational skills and flexible approach


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

Personal Qualities


  • oAble to demonstrate advanced initiative and responsibility
  • oKnowledge and use of coping skills to deal with working under pressure

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Hospital

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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