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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/09/2020.

Reablement Support Worker - Band 2/3 - EIT

Job Reference: 179-053-20-I

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Early Intervention Team
Bury St. Edmunds
£18,813 to £20,795 pa

About the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

At the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, we want to tell your story. We want to help develop your career. With us, the opportunities are endless.

We strive to deliver the highest quality and safest care for more than a quarter of a million people. We aim to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time – whether in the hospital or community settings across west Suffolk.

We deliver high-quality services in a variety of settings including people’s own homes, care homes, day centres, schools, GP surgeries and health centres, as well as the Newmarket Community Hospital inpatient unit and clinics, and our main site, the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

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Key achievements

  • For the last two years the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) have rated us as the top hospital in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for meeting best practice criteria for patients treated for a hip fracture.

  • We’re among the top 10 hospitals in the country for hip, knee and joint replacement outcomes.

  • Our stroke services regularly achieve high ratings in the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) scores.

  • We consistently achieve high early detection of cancer, and cancer survival rates in the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group area are the best in the east of England.

Reablement Support Worker - Band 2/3- up to 37.5hpw, full and part time available, Permanent

Could you help West Suffolk Hospital to deliver the best quality and safest care to our local community?




We currently have vacancies for permanent Band 2 Reablement Support Workers (carers) and Band 3 Senior Reablement Support Workers to work as part of the Early Intervention Team (an integrated health, social care and voluntary sector service). The team provides a ‘wrap around’ service to prevent hospital admissions by assessing patients in their own homes, preventing admissions from the Emergency Department and providing early supported discharge from the Acute Medical Unit. The team is a multi- disciplinary team made up of: occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nurses, social workers, British Red Cross support workers, a Suffolk Family Carers link worker and reablement support workers.


The successful candidates will be an integral part of the Early Intervention working alongside patients in their own homes to enable crisis management for a short period. Patient contact will form the basis of this post and you will be aiming to re-enable someone to be as independent as possible with daily tasks, such as: personal care, meals, mobility and general activities of daily living. The team also support patients at end of life.

An ability to travel to rural locations to carry out post is essential. Pool cars to travel to patients will be provided.

The posts are available full- time and part- time. The service works over 7 days and the reablement support worker service covers 24 hours. We would particularly welcome candidates looking to work overnight (21:30- 08:30) or a mixture of shifts.


We are a friendly and forward-thinking service with a well-developed appraisal system and structured support from senior staff. Training and development are actively encouraged.


We would welcome informal visits to meet our team, so that you can find out further information about the post. Please contact 01284 713712 to arrange a visit.


For further information please contact Anita Jilley or Gareth Blissett on 01284 713712.

**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.


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.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces community.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current 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 current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration 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.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

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