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Specialist Occupational or Physiotherapist - Urgent Community Response

Job Reference: 185-A-21-109620

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Urgent Community Response
Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Cranbrook & surrounding area
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum pro rata

We offer a fantastic benefits package with competitive pay rates with annual increases, annual leave of 27 days increasing to 33 days after 10 years, access to the NHS Pension Scheme to which you and the Trust contribute. Our Medical workforce has separate arrangements. Alongside this there are extensive training development opportunities with paid mandatory training, support for flexible working and access to an On-site Ofsted graded ‘Outstanding’ Nursery. We promote a healthy work life balance, provide an Occupational Health Service to support you at work and have a number of NHS discounts available either directly through ourselves or online through NHS Discounts. As part of our recruitment process we can tell you more about our benefits package and you will see that we offer everything you would expect and more!

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) provides Acute and Community services across Exeter and East Devon serving a population of more than 450,000 people. In our latest CQC full inspection of our services, the RD&E received an overall rating of “good”. We were rated as “outstanding” for our Emergency and Critical Care services, and for Caring Trustwide.

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked as the joint best performing non-specialist Trust in the country for overall patient experience of care in the 2016 Care Quality Commission (CQC) Adult Inpatient Survey.

The main hospital site is in the historical Cathedral city of Exeter that has abundant family amenities and beautiful surrounding countryside. It is situated in the middle of the South West Region with easy access to the countryside and coast of Devon and Cornwall. It is well served by rail, road and air links. Good educational facilities such as the University of Exeter and good Ofsted rated schools are available locally. Our Community sites are equally well positioned and are a good place to work.

Enjoy a good quality of life in the South West and be part of our caring workforce.

Do you have an interest in supporting patients to remain at home and avoid a hospital admission or facilitate their discharge from hospital?
Are you amotivated and dynamic Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist with a ‘can do’ attitude?
Working as a band 6 currently and looking for a change or working as a band 5 but ready for career development?

If you answered 'yes' to all of the above then you could be just what we're looking for to join our Urgent Community Response Team (UCR) covering the Honiton, Ottery St Mary and Cranbrook areas. We are excited to advertise 2 posts, available on a 12 month fixed-term basis (secondment applications welcomed), open to Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists.

The Urgent Community Response Team is an integrated multi-disciplinary community-based service comprising of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Nursing including Community Matrons and an Admiral Nurse, Co-ordination, Adult Social Care, Support Workers and Rehabilitation Support Workers. We work with our patients to manage any short-term health and/or social care needs they may have. For example, during a period of acute ill health, when their main carer is suddenly unable to provide the support the patient requires, following an injurious fall or when returning home after a hospital admission. We work closely with the teams within our Trust as well as many others including local GP practices, care providers, Hospiscare and Marie Curie. We are committed to patient-centred care and have a culture of shared learning, integrated working and promote positive risk taking.

This exciting role will give you the opportunity to further enhance and develop your clinical skills and participate in the support and training of support workers as well as identifying and exploring service development opportunities. You will have roles in triaging referrals, rapid response and case working. You are supported to undertake additional study and training to further develop in your role and are encouraged to engage with services UCR links with to build on existing or establish new working relationships.

The successful candidate will have a wide range of experience working with older adults, end of life care delivery and patients with complex needs. Alongside this, the successful candidate should possess the knowledge and skills to provide a rapid assessment and safe discharge planning with the appropriate level of risk taking which comes within the Admission Avoidance and Discharge to Assess (Home First) models.

You will be joining us at a time where we are developing and implementing our local response to the national Ageing Well programme. This will see Urgent Community Response teams extend service delivery to 08:00-20:00 across 7 days per week. This role will require active participation in a clinician rota that covers 08:00-20:00, including some weekend working. The current job description for this post is attached; this is subject to amendment as the service expands its availability. Working patterns or preferences can be discussed.

Whilst the primary base for this role will be in UCR, as a successfully integrated and flexible cluster, there may be some requirement to, at times, support or work within other teams including the Community Rehabilitation Team.A car driver is essential.

We warmly welcome informal visits and/or discussions about this role. Please contact Hannah Baker, UCR Lead on or via 01404 540530 for more information or to arrange a visit.


Our vision is to provide safe, high quality seamless services delivered with courtesy and respect. To achieve our vision we expect all our staff to uphold our Trust values. Our Trust values are:
Honesty, Openness & Integrity
Inclusion & Collaboration
Respect & Dignity

***Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.***


The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) are planning to formally join together in April 2022; subject to the necessary approvals from our Board, Governors and regulatory authorities. Over the last few years we have made good progress by working more closely together to tackle our shared challenges. However, both organisations believe that combining our strengths into a single organisation will put us in a stronger position to offer high quality, resilient services to the people of Devon now and in the future. Further information regarding the proposed NDHT and RD&E integration is available on each of the Trust websites.

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The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust will contact previous employers to confirm employment history to cover a period of at least 3 years. The Trust is only able accept written references; these will be requested via email. One of your referees must be your current line manager and all references must cover the previous three years work or study history.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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