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Occupational Therapist - Band 5

Job Description

West Suffolk Hospital is a vibrant, friendly and accessible acute general hospital, set in a 19-hectare parkland site on the edge of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. We have around 430 beds open at any time and serve a population of 275,000. The award-winning Hospital is celebrating after the most recent NHS staff survey shows it is the best hospital in East Anglia for being recommended by its staff.

The Trust also received positive feedback from staff in a range of other key areas, with West Suffolk scoring in the top 20% of trusts nationally against seven criteria:

  • recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive treatment
  • satisfaction with the quality of work and patient care they are able to deliver
  • agreeing their role makes a difference to patients
  • feeling recognised and valued by managers and the organisation
  • satisfaction with the level of responsibility and involvement they are given
  • satisfaction with resourcing and support
  • feeling the organisation takes and interest in and action on health and wellbeing

Our aim is to create a safe, supportive and honest environment by caring for each other, listening, being helpful, working together and valuing each other’s time and contribution so that we can create a working culture in which every member of staff can thrive. We encourage all of our staff to make it the norm to start every interaction with “Hello, my name is”. It is a small gesture, but one that really makes a difference in terms of building good working relationships with patients and colleagues. You can find out more by clicking on the 'Hello, my name is' link.

To help us achieve our vision and values, we have a set of Patients First Service Standards. As a member of our team, you will need to live these standards, placing them at the heart of everything you do. You can find out more by clicking on the Patients First link.

2 posts- Occupational Therapist (Rotational) - Band 5 - 375 hours per week - Permanent

We are delighted that the opportunity has arisen for permanent band 5 Occupational Therapists to join our well established and friendly occupational therapy department within the West Suffolk Foundation Trust, Bury St Edmunds.

You will benefit from working in a busy acute hospital that has recently been ranked nationally as the best NHS Trust as an employer. We offer a broad rotational experience including: orthopaedics, medicine, neurology, surgery, community and mental health. Weekend working and evening shifts may be required for this post.

The role is suitable for new graduates as well as those who have previous experience as we offer the successful candidate the opportunity to build on existing clinical practice in a variety of settings. You are more than welcome to apply whilst completing your final year of occupational therapy study.

The Occupational Therapy department is part of the Integrated Therapy Service and is committed to clinical professional development and evidence based practice. This is demonstrated through regular supervision and departmental training as well as constant review and improvement of services. Our excellent appraisal programme including a preceptorship programme demonstrates our commitment to staff. We are also highly committed to student education and work experience placements.

For further information or for an informal visit please contact Lisa Enright, Acting Lead for Occupational Therapy on (01284) 713 639.

**In order to improve efficiency, all correspondence relating to this vacancy, including invitations to interview will be by email only, via NHS Jobs. Would you therefore please ensure you check your emails on a regular basis**

In submitting an application form, you authorise West Suffolk NHS FT to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process, should you be appointed to the post.

CAR PARKING - This post does entitle you to apply to park on the Hospital site.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification for this position, please click on the Job Description link (below). You should use the Additional Information section of your application to state how you meet the requirements of the Person Specification.

The successful candidate for this post will be required to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure at Enhanced level.

For Band 1 and Band 2 posts, the cost of the DBS Disclosure will be met by the Trust. However, any employees at Band 1 and Band 2 who leave the Trust within six months of commencing their post will have a £10 administration fee deducted from their final salary. For posts at Band 3 and above, the cost of the Disclosure will be met by the appointed employee and deducted in instalments from their salary over a period of three months. If the employee leaves the Trust within three months of commencing their post, any outstanding payments will be deducted from their final pay.

All applicants should click on the link entitled “How will my application be processed?” prior to submitting their application form.

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.

We will endeavour to notify you on the progress of your application. Please note that this could be via email or post; therefore you should ensure you regularly check your email account for new messages.

We are an equal opportunities employer, with a range of flexible working options.

The 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. DBS clearance (Disclosure and Barring Service - Police checks) will be required for relevant posts.

Final Salary Pension Scheme and Life Cover.

Key Worker Living Housing Initiative available to applicable staff groups.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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