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Occupational Therapist

Job Description

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is a dynamic and challenging environment, which provides acute healthcare for people in Plymouth, South West Devon and South East Cornwall, and has more than 6,390 staff working in its services.

The Trust became a teaching hospital with the opening of the Peninsula Medical School, a joint venture with the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter and We are the largest teaching hospital in the South West and have an active commitment to developing and supporting our staff.

The Trust is one of the largest acute healthcare providers in the country. Our services include Emergency and Acute Assessment units, General Medical and Surgical Services, Cancer Care, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Dentistry, Ear Nose and Throat, Neurosciences and Renal services. We offer a full range of general hospital services to around 450,000 people in Plymouth, North and East Cornwall and South and West Devon. These include emergency and major trauma services, maternity services, paediatrics and a full range of diagnostic, medical and surgical sub-specialties.

We are a people business – where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure.


Band 5 £21,909 – 28,462 per annum

An enthusiastic Occupational Therapist is required to join the OT Team at Derriford Hospital. The post holder will join a friendly and committed group of Therapists and Support Staff working as part of a multidisciplinary team.

As Plymouth Hospitals is a large acute Trust and Major Trauma Centre successful candidates will have the opportunity to gain Band 5 experience across a range of specialities, within both rotational and static posts.

Rotation 1: Acute Stroke Unit, General Medical, Orthopaedics, Health Care of Elderly.

Rotation 2: Hand Therapy, Emergency Care and Vascular Surgery.

The Occupational Therapy Department is committed to Continuing Professional Development involving all staff in the In-Service Training programmes. There is also active involvement with the University and student training.

All posts have the potential to be part of the developing rotational and / or 7-day working scheme. Successful applicants must be able to work on the 7-day rota where required.

For further information please contact Jackie Perryman, Band 7 Occupational Therapist on  ( Phone number removed )  or email ( Email address removed ) Please apply online, informal visits can be arranged for shortlisted candidates.

Even if your ambition is to join the trust in a couple of months’ time please apply, make your situation clear on your application and we will deal with your application flexibly.

The Occupational Therapy Department at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust have a rolling programme for the shortlisting and interviewing of applicants applying for Band 5 Occupational Therapist positions via this advertisement. Closing date for the advert is the Second Monday of each month and Shortlisting will take place the following week.

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is an equal opportunities employer and is actively working towards a smoke-free working environment. Under the Trust’s Green Commuter Strategy on-site parking is limited.

Working in partnership with the Peninsula Medical School

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

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PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. Call Recruitment on  ( Phone number removed ) . If you find applying Online difficult due to a disability please contact us.

It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Providing false information is an offence & could result in the application being rejected or summary dismissal/police action if an applicant is successful.

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is committed to safeguarding & promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. Many of our posts are subject to Disclosure & Barring Service check (DBS). A copy of the DBS Code of Practice is available on request. Should the position that you are applying for be subject to a DBS check, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust will fund the cost* of your DBS check application. Should you decide to voluntarily resign from the Trust within two years from the start date of employment, you will be asked to meet the cost* of the original DBS application, which will be reclaimed from your last month’s salary. *Current cost of an enhanced DBS is £4400 per application.

All Applicants are required to detail referees on their application form covering the current & previous 3 years of Employment / Unemployment history.

Please note that if you are successful in your application & accept the position you agree that the Staff Health and Wellbeing Department can access your health records from your current or previous employer in order to check the status of your inoculations and screening tests. This is an automated process & the information will only be used for these purposes prior to your taking up the position with us.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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