Experienced Occupational Therapist

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£34,212 to £41,197 a year per annum (pro rata if part time)
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

You will be able to demonstrate an aptitude and ability to work with clients with mental health needs and to be proactive in developing your clinical skills and competencies, within this specialist field. You will demonstrate a clinical understanding of holistic, client centred care and effectively contribute clinically to multi- disciplinary team discussions and service development.

You will be working collaboratively with the patient, their family / carer and the third sector. This is pertinent in developing services to improve the health and wellbeing of this client group. As part of this, you will be implementing recovery principles to include recovery through activity groups. You will play a key role in capturing Occupational Therapy (OT) outcome measures to demonstrate the value of OT intervention in terms of its effectiveness in treatment, rehabilitation and preventing hospital admission. You will require effective communication, organisation and decision making skills with enthusiasm and passion for this specialist field. You will provide clinical support to an established OT Technical staff team. You will be supported through planned supervision, ongoing personal development plans with regular reviews and continued professional development opportunities.

Main duties of the job

Operates as an autonomous practitioner in an inpatient setting , using specialist knowledge of occupational therapy and the functional impact of health conditions to appropriately select, plan, modify, carry out and evaluate assessments and interventions. Works as part of a team, which may be multi professional and/or multi-agency, to deliver a prudent, coordinated and person-focussed service. Gathers, collates and synthesises information from a variety of sources to inform assessments, plans and interventions.

Formulates clinical decisions and recommendations, and develops person centred plans, based on evidence from assessment process, specialist knowledge of occupational therapy and relevant evidence based clinical guidance and pathways. Works independently or alongside other members of the team, where relevant, to plan, organise and deliver therapeutic interventions with individuals or groups.

Advises/educates and demonstrates specific techniques/strategies to the individual and their families/carers, if relevant, to support the ongoing management of the individual's recovery. Evaluates the outcome of interventions with the individual, adapting plan as appropriate.

Manages own workload effectively and considers team workload prioritising and amending work plans across the team based on clinical need and to meet service requirements.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This post is advertised as a Band 6, however applicants who do not currently hold all the necessary competencies to a Band 6 level are encouraged to apply and, if successful, will be appointed under Annex 21 rules whereby 75% of the top of Band 6 will be payable during the 12 months. Applicants would be supported to develop their competencies required to fulfil the role within 12 months. Failure to achieve the competencies in the designated timeframe could result in re-deployment.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Adapts and modifies own working practices to facilitate effective and efficient, person-centred pathways. Develops and adheres to risk management plans when working with individuals and reports any changes in risk status to other relevant professionals i.e care coordinator.

The post holder will have current HCPC registration and will be expected to travel between sites in a timely manner to visit patients at home.

As 7-day services are being developed, applicants must be prepared to work as part of a rota over 7 days.

Mileage allowance is payable when travelling to locations other than the post holders base.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interview will be held on 12/06/2023.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Currrent HCPC Registration
  • Knowledge of relevant current health and social care legislation applicable to role
  • Knowledge and application of Microsoft Office software
  • Understanding of roles of other staff groups in health and social care
  • Knowledge of a range of rehabilitation interventions across all therapies.
  • Understanding and application of clinical governance, including research and audit methodology.
  • Understanding and application of relevant outcome measures to demonstrate effectiveness.


  • Knowledge of other services that link across primary/secondary/ intermediate care.
  • Working Knowledge of therapeutic equipment
  • Knowledge of Health Board and priorities
  • Accredited Practice Educator
  • Accredited Agored Assessor



  • Significant post graduate experience of working as an occupational therapist across a range of settings and variety of conditions
  • Managing a complex caseload and varied caseload
  • Working independently with indirect or arms length supervision
  • Delegation and Supervision of staff
  • Experience of coping independently with distressing or emotional situations in challenging work environments
  • Working as part of a team
  • Experience of contributing to service development and implementing service changes
  • Direct involvement with carers and families
  • Self-development and application of learning
  • Use of adapted techniques for improving patient outcomes


  • Experience of working with groups
  • Experience of working in a community setting
  • Experience of using virtual communication platforms for delivering service
  • Experience in same clinical area as post being applied for

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