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Occupational Therapist (Band 5 to Band 6 Development post)

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
14 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an enthusiastic and motivated Band 5 OT wanting to further develop your career within older adult mental health working intensively with older adults experiencing acute mental illness in the community? Then we want to hear from you!

Mental Health Services for Older People in Newark & Sherwood are offering an exciting opportunity for a new or developing band 5 to work alongside their Community Mental Health Team to upskill and become a Band 6 OT in the Intensive Home Treatment Team (IHTT).

IHTT work with people with a diagnosis of dementia or people aged 65+ with a mental health need, utilising their specialist skills and knowledge of mental and physical health to maximise outcomes for the person. IHTT recognises the importance of people recovering in their own home so work to prevent unnecessary admissions into hospital and residential care settings, and to facilitate a timely return home following an inpatient stay. IHTT is a shared role with community psychiatric nurses and interdisciplinary working is integral to the role.

The teams provide an urgent response to referrals within 24-48 hours and can support people in the community for up to 8 weeks. The teams work across 7 days a week, therefore an ability to cover shifts and work weekends is necessary for the role.

Main duties of the job

You will work in a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive assessment and interventions which promotes recovery enabling patients to remain at home and supporting their positive mental and physical wellbeing. The CMHT OT service works five days a week to provide OT specific assessments and interventions in patient's homes. IHTT works more intensively with patients for up to 8 week period preventing discharge and supporting discharge.

The successful applicant would be given structured time to learn and develop as a member of the CMHT as a Band 5 then progress to Band 6 level and become a member of IHTT.

This post is eligible for a Golden Hello payment of �2,750 for new starters who are external to the Trust. This is payable in 3 instalments over a 2 year period. This payment is only eligible to new starters who do not already hold a contract of employment with the Trust. This post also includes paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during night, weekends and bank holidays.

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

Do you want to make a difference?

Do you believe in Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork?

Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career. Join our team of nearly 9000 who are making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Some of the duties of this job include:
  • To provide an occupational therapy service for older people with complex mental health needs who are referred to the service.
  • Providing duty cover for IHTT once at a band 6 level.
  • To carry out specialist occupational therapy assessment, goal setting, implementation of treatment programmes and evaluation.
  • To establish the needs of individuals referred to the service and plan care with colleagues from health, social services, families, and the voluntary sector.
  • To complete robust risk assessments of patients.
  • To represent and promote the specialist role of Occupational Therapy.

A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010.

This post is both rewarding and a vital role towards the delivery of treatment to our patients.

We would welcome applications from experienced Occupational Therapists, including those that have retired and wanting to return back to the profession.

We would also encourage those wishing to seek part-time work to apply.

In return, we will offer you a range of benefits for Making A Difference with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, including:
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Enhanced maternity and sick pay
  • Comprehensive induction and training
  • Wide range of training and development opportunities
  • Working in a supportive environment
  • Retail discounts
  • Regular support and clinical supervision including CPD opportunities

In addition to the above benefits, The Mental Health Services for Older People Occupational Therapy service offers regular monthly forums on wide range of topics to promote continuous personal development and staff support.

You will also have access to a Band 7 Occupational Therapy Clinical Specialist and an Allied Health Professional Lead for specialist advice and support.

We would welcome informal chats or visits, please contact us

Person Specification

Contractual Requirements


  • A driving licence is required for this post

Further Training


  • Evidence of regular relevant CPD activities



  • BSc/MSc/Diploma in OT
  • HCPC registration


  • Practice Placement Educator

Work Experience


  • Experience of working with older people with mental health conditions and dementia
  • Experience of MDT working at band 5 or 6 level or equivalent


  • Recent experience of working with older adults with physical conditions
  • Recent experience of working with adults with mental health conditions
  • Experience of working in a community or primary care team
  • Experience of service improvement



  • Good written, verbal & IT skills with patients, carers and other professionals
  • Ability to undertake specialist OT assessments and assess complex risks with people with mental health conditions and cognitive impairment
  • Ability to apply the OT process and plan, carry out and evaluate treatment for this client group according to needs and best practice evidence
  • Understanding of the diverse needs of older adults
  • Effective time management and organisational skills and ability to work under pressure
  • Understanding of OT Professional Code of Conduct and OT core skills, and their application in practice


  • Clinical supervision skills
  • Ability to undertake initial mental health assessments and experience of care coordination and CPA

Dispositional Attributes


  • Willingness to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Positive attitude to working with older people with mental health conditions/dementia
  • Positive view of risk enablement and recovery with older adults

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Byron House

Boundary Road


NG24 4DE

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