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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 05/11/2021.

Assistant Practitioner

Job Reference: 185-A-21-109776

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Tiverton / Cullompton
£22,549 - £24,882 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.

Are you dynamic, motivated and have a passion for driving forwards change to enhance the lives of your patients? The national ‘Aging Well’ programme has presented us with an excellent opportunity to invest into the services we provide our community. As part of this investment we are now able to extend our hours to cover 8AM to 8PM to support rehab at home and prevent hospital admission, enhancing the quality of life for our community.

Tiverton and Cullompton have excellent transport links and we are a short journey off the M5, giving quick access to Dartmoor, Exeter and Bristol. The Devon Link Road can transport you to the beautiful shorelines of the North Devon Coast, Exmoor and Blackdown Hills, Area of Natural Beauty. You can also access direct trains to London from Tiverton Parkway, taking less than 2 hours.

Excited to build a career in Devon? We are looking for an Assistant Practitioner to join our large, well-established and friendly team. Whilst the main base of this role will be within our Community Rehabilitation Team, you will be able to gain experience with inpatient, outpatient clinics, exercise groups, domiciliary and virtual clinics. Our caseload covers a variety of conditions from post-op rehab to long-term condition management, falls prevention and same-day equipment to keep patients safe at home. The successful applicant will be responsible for their own caseload which is supervised by our qualified Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.

Applicants will require sound moving and handling skills, good problem solving, prioritisation and excellent communication. Our offices are shared with District Nurses, Social Workers and Urgent Care, allowing a high level of integrated working to the benefit of our patients.

We are committed to the continuing professional development of all our team members and offer a supportive environment with regular supervision, CPD groups, training and peer support. We also have access to a Champion’s Network that links you with therapists who are keen to share the knowledge of their special interest.

The successful candidate will complete a mixture of shifts across early (8-4), late (12-8pm) and weekends as part of the team rota. Please see the attached Job Description for Essential and Desirable Criteria.

Excellent IT skills are required to coordinate the smooth running of the service.

If you would like any more information about this post, please contact the Therapy Manager Emily Webb on


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.

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