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Occupational Therapist (Band 5/6)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Rydon Ward Inpatient Unit - Occupational Therapist


Are you an Occupational Therapist looking to work within a supportive, developing Mental Health Service in Taunton?

We have a team of specialist mental health doctors, nurses and therapists who work closely with our home treatment team. We'd like for you to join us!

We are looking for an Occupational Therapist to join our growing dynamic and innovative team across the Wellsprings site to provide meaningful activity and engagement.

As part of the wider Multi-disciplinary team you will undertake specific needs assessments to support goal setting and treatment planning. You will be able to promote and enable independent living and support clients to meet their goals as they move towards discharge.

We have achieved Royal College of Psychiatrists AIMS accreditation and are heavily committed to quality improvement and innovation. We underpin our service values with those of recovery, involvement, reducing restrictive interventions and teamwork.

At Somerset NHS Foundation Trust we are seeking individuals who want to contribute to our vision of providing patient centered and compassionate care. We are interested in hearing from people who can make a difference with their positive outlook, dedication, expertise and compassion.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the Occupational Therapy service in Rydon Ward receiving clinical supervision from a Band 6 Occupational Therapist.

The Occupational Therapy Service provides assessment and treatment in the In-Patient Wards and where appropriate the community and the home setting.

The postholder will be required to work regular evenings and occasional weekends.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide a high standard of Occupational Therapy to inpatients in Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. This will primarily include inpatients and where appropriate out patients in departments and in the patients own home
  • To participate in the development of the adult acute inpatient services within Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • To work without direct supervision. Supervision takes the form of regular formal training, clinical reasoning sessions and peer review. Access to advice and support is available from senior staff and therapists across the organisation.
  • To provide support, guidance and training to Activity Organisers and students.
  • To perform occupational therapy assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients who may have diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions.
  • To develop and deliver an individualised treatment programme
  • To hold responsibility for own case load and be responsible for a defined area of the service or a particular patient type, working with supervision where required
  • To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To provide advice regarding the rehabilitation management of patients.
  • To provide a link between inpatient and community care of patients
  • To agree patient centred goals in partnership with patients, carers, and other members of the healthcare team

Person Specification



  • oDiploma/degree in Occupational Therapy oHPC registration oCPD - evidence of ongoing, dynamic and position


  • oMembership of the College of Occupational Therapists



  • oTo have gained effective experience of rehabilitation from student placements or post-graduate experience


  • oExperience of lone working. oExperience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team. oExperience of service development and review



  • oCompassionate - Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with patients, carers and relatives about complex and sensitive issues remaining sensitive and empathetic. oListens to others' views respecting and valuing individual patient needs. oProfessional and patient focussed approach with inspirational skills, acting as a role model to colleagues and junior staff members. oExcellent organisational skills, ability to manage own time and plan timed activities for staff and patients. oAbility to recognise and manage challenging situations in a calm and professional manner. oAbility to lead a team, demonstrating teaching and mentorship skills and work effectively as part of a team. oAbility to work autonomously and Independently. oExperience of carrying out supervision to junior staff, coordinating the care of clients and delegating tasks. oAbility to record and retrieve information on charts/paper and electronic patient records oHigh standards of written communication skills with the ability to use email and internet. oAbility to undertake PMVA training to required level for role. oUnderstands the legal responsibilities of the profession at all times oTo be up to date with professional and evidence based practice and new research oAble to work under own initiative within boundaries of role. oDemonstrates an understanding of recent legislation and guidance and its impact on the NHS


  • oAble to supervise Rehabilitation staff (Band 3 and 2) and students effectively when required



  • oCompassionate - Open minded, treats colleagues, patients, carers and relatives with dignity and respect. oIntuitive and caring nature. oTo be able to demonstrate an awareness and responsibility whilst recognising the impact frequent exposure to distressing circumstances has on care and compassion. oFlexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the patients. oSympathetic and considerate towards patients, carers and relatives. oAbility to inspire hope, support recovery and make a difference. oAct in a ways that support equality and diversity. oAbility to reflect on and critically appraise own performance oDesire to work with older people within a rehabilitation setting in



  • oFlexible working hours oMust be a car driver with a valid driving licence or have access to transport with appropriate business insurance in order to travel throughout the Trust, to meet the needs of the service. oWillingness to use technology to improve standards of care and support to our patients

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