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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 24/09/2019.

Band 5 Occupational Therapist

Job Reference: 386-NS1878431

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Occupational Therapy
Yeovil District Hospital / Cooksons Court / Sherborne House, Yeovil
£24,214 to £30,112 per an

I’m delighted that you’re thinking about joining the team here at Yeovil Hospital, recently rated the best Trust in the NHS for staff health and wellbeing.

Working in the NHS is both challenging and rewarding. That’s why we’re committed to giving our staff the best possible balance between a stimulating career and a relaxing personal life, enabling you to make the most of our picturesque surroundings and arrive at work energised each day.

Looking after you helps you look after our patients, and enables us to achieve some of the best performance in the NHS. For instance, we are regularly one of the top-three hospitals in England for emergency care, and we have a global reputation for research and development, and innovative partnerships with primary care.

If this is your first role in the NHS, we’ll show you why we’re one of the most respected healthcare systems in the world. And if you’re joining us from another Trust, we’ll remind you why you wanted to work in healthcare in the first place.

I look forward to working with you


Jonathan Higman, Chief Executive

The Therapy Department is held in high regard within the hospital, and has a good track record of service developments, and innovative ways of working to provide high quality and efficient services to all our patients. All of our staff are supported by a committed team of highly specialised clinical therapists, with close supervision, regular in-service training, funding for external courses and close post graduate links with UWE plus Plymouth and Bournemouth Universities.

We currently have 3 vacancies for Band 5 Occupational Therapists. The post holder will have the opportunity to gain experience in the clinical areas of: Reablement, Frailty, Respiratory, Admission Avoidance, Elderly Rehabilitation, Neurology (including stroke and neuro inpatients), and Orthopaedics (elective and trauma).

We are looking for an enthusiastic graduate Occupational Therapist who has wide ranging undergraduate experience with good communication and interpersonal skills to join our dynamic team. Working alongside Highly Specialist Senior Occupational Therapists and clinical leads, you will be encouraged and supported to develop your clinical, teaching and service development skills. You will be competent in your ability to assess patients that present with a wide range of conditions. To facilitate this, you will have a sound knowledge of occupational performance, physical function, sociology and psychology that when underpinned by clinical reasoning skills, will allow you to formulate appropriate individualised management plans for the individuals you work with.

You will be supported in developing these Occupational Therapy skills by the appropriate Speciality Leads and encouraged in your professional development from a large and supportive therapy team. At Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust we value the importance of professional development, training and high quality clinical supervision for all our staff.

The successful candidate will be comfortable working within a team but also happy to work as an autonomous practitioner who is dedicated to providing the highest standard of clinical care for their patients.

Continuing professional development is encouraged through the appraisal system and there is a well-established in service education programme. Attendance at post registration courses is supported.



For further details / informal visits contact:

For further details / informal visits contact:

Hannah Bagatelas

Occupational Therapy Service and professional lead


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.

UK Registration

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

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