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Assistant Practitioner

Band 4

Main area
Occupational Therapy
Band 4
Part Time 30 hours per week
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Tunbridge Wells Hospital
Tunbridge Wells
£21,089 - £23,761 pa pro rata
24/05/2019 23:59


Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital trust, providing hospital services to around 500,000 people living in the south of west Kent and parts of north east Sussex. The Trust employs around 4,000 staff in full time equivalent roles. We recognise that our talented staff are our most valuable asset, and we appreciate the importance of training and development to ensure that all employees can realise their full potential. 

Based in leafy Kent, the Trust operates from two primary sites; our new state of the art Tunbridge Wells Hospital, the first all single room NHS hospital in England, and Maidstone Hospital, home to the Kent Oncology Centre, one of the leading cancer treatment centres in the southeast. The Tunbridge Wells hospital is also a level 2 trauma centre.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Occupational Therapy Assistant Practitioner to work within the Trauma and Orthopaedic team. The orthopaedic team are based at Tunbridge Wells Hospital but this post will include regular cross site working to cover the elective patients admitted to the Maidstone Hospital Orthopaedic Unit. There is a staff shuttle bus available for travel between sites.  

 You will be expected to manage a clinical caseload as well as assist with the day to day running of the department, completing any associated administrative tasks.

Clinically, you will manage and prioritise your own caseload, independently assessing patients admitted for elective orthopaedic surgery. This includes the running of weekly pre-operative educational groups for patients awaiting hip/ knee surgery which is facilitated jointly with the physiotherapists.  Additionally, you will assist the qualified OT’s in carrying out functional assessments for trauma patients, offering a great opportunity to develop and improve your skills in the OT treatment of patients with more complex needs.

You will need to be able to work in a fast paced and busy environment, have excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) and have experience of working in an acute hospital setting.  

You will be supported by experienced senior staff and will have the opportunity to develop both clinically and professionally, working with junior staff and students.

The Trauma and Orthopaedic Occupational Therapy service covers seven days per week and the post holder is required to participate in weekend working as part of the contracted hours.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at enhanced level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

As an inclusive employer, we are committed to having a diverse workforce and being a Stonewall Diversity Champion and Disability Confident Committed Employer we are working to create a workplace that enables all staff to reach their full potential.  We, therefore, encourage applications from BME people, LGBT+ people and people with disabilities.

Closing Date:  Friday 24th May 2019 

Interviews:  Wednesday 5th June 2019 

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Applicant requirements

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. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) 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 UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must 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) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

 To arrange an informal visit or for further information please contact OT Clinical Leads; Lizzie Allen or Lynsey Frroku on 01892 635641.