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Occupational Therapist - Learning Disabilities

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Learning disability nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an Occupational Therapist at Band 5 to join our supportive and innovation Community Learning Disability Team. This post would be suitable for a newly qualified Occupational Therapist.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, person centred individual with excellent communication skills who will be joining our well established Community Learning Disability Team.

We aim to provide high quality, community based, integrated services for adults with learning disabilities. As such, we are seeking an individual with a passion for working within and improving learning disability services.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking an enthusiastic and well-motivated Occupational Therapist to work as part of our multi-disciplinary community team providing services to adults with Learning Disabilities. The team covers the South Staffordshire area.

The post holder will hold a caseload and work autonomously. They will use a variety of approaches with service users who have complex needs including autism. Previous knowledge and experience of working with people with learning disabilities would be an advantage.

The community team consists of nurses, psychologists, consultant psychiatrists, speech and language therapy, physio, health facilitation, health care support worker and OT's. The post holder will visit clients in their own homes, day services, residential care homes or other community settings.

This is a developing specialist band 5 post with clinical responsibility for assessing, diagnosing and managing identified needs for adults with learning disability who are eligible for the CLDT. It is a community role within a specialist MDT and the post offers the opportunity for active contribution to team working. There are opportunities to develop sensory integration competencies within the role.

About us

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is an award winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.

MPFT is committed to the well being and professional development of its staff. You will be offered opportunities for personal/professional development in order to support you to develop your own potential, the quality of our services and ultimately the outcomes for our service users, their carers and their families.

You will benefit from the support of a large number of highly talented, enthusiastic and friendly colleagues. The Specialist Learning Disability Directorate (which covers both South Staffordshire and Shropshire) meet regularly for joint CPD events and facilitate a number of local special interest groups.

You will work County-wide across South Staffordshire with a base a St George's Hospital Stafford. MPFT is embracing blended ways of working, combining face-to-face work with service users alongside the use of digital platforms (as appropriate).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

To take responsibility for a clinical caseload in the area of LearningDisabilities in the South Staffordshire Community Learning Disability Team.

To be an autonomous practitioner within the team with access to clinical supervision on a regular basis.

To carry out assessments including gathering complex information from clients, carers and other members of the multi-disciplinary team. This may include the use of specialist standardised and non-standardised assessment tools, verbal and non-verbal communication skills and observation of the client and their environment. It may also involve carrying out assessments jointly with other professionals.

To work across multi-disciplinary/multi-agency teams involved in the delivery of care. Including liaison and negotiation around complex situations, co-operative working and demonstration of knowledge of multi-agency / interagency approaches.

Please see job description for further information

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training

Degree in Occupational Therapy

Registration with Health and Care Professionals Council

Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge of the current agenda facing the NHS, profession and specialty

Knowledge of the OT process and a clear understanding of the OT role


Experience of working in a learning disability setting while on placement

Be able to assess needs and make appropriate modifications

Person Specification



  • Degree in OT
  • Registration with HCPC


  • Member of a professional body
  • Qualification for supporting students



  • Experience supporting people with LD


  • Experience of working as part of an MDT

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