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Occupational Therapist

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 per annum
Closing date
23 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a dynamic post that requires you to work closely with uni/multi-disciplinary teams/agencies in addressing a range of care/support issues across the spectrum of conditions, preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and improving the health and wellbeing of the population served. The nature of the service will be determined by local service specifications.

You will be part of the Allied Health Professions (AHP) service providing Occupational Therapy and will work in a variety of settings.

Main duties of the job

  • You will be competent as appropriate to the requirements of the role.
  • You will demonstrate at all times the Trust Values.
  • Be a specialist Occupational Therapist and have a detailed professional and clinical knowledge.
  • You will be a specialist practitioner and have a focus in clinical knowledge.
  • You will have a focus in one of the following areas, rehabilitation, integrated community, community intervention and reablement.
  • Be responsible for a defined population of service users in a variety of settings across the Trust including the community and hospitals.
  • Be skilled in the assessment of complex/specialist care/support needs and in the development, implementation, and evaluation of care/support packages.
  • Have supervisory, training and leadership responsibilities where appropriate and will have some responsibility for team performance and service developments/improvements.
  • Demonstrate initiative and be creative in finding solutions to problems
  • Work with the team leader undertaking delegated tasks in team management.

About us

Working for MPFT

MPFT provides physical and mental health care, learning disability, and adult social care services across Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Shropshire, and Telford & Wrekin. In addition, we provide services on a wider regional and national basis. We serve a population of 1.5 million and employ around 8,500 members of staff.

By joining MPFT you will become part of a diverse and inclusive team who are empowered and supported to deliver care in a way which is consistent with our values:o putting people at the heart of what we doo empowering people to improve care and wellbeingo delivering better health, better care in partnership

We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals. All have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.

We will support your career development and progression. Membership of the excellent NHS pension scheme, generous maternity, paternity, adoption leave, pay and the option for flexible working. You will receive up to 27 days annual leave (increasing to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional annual leave.

We are also proud to have a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To adhere to and apply the Health and Care Professions Councils (HCPC) standards of proficiency and the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) code of ethics and professional conduct and all other relevant guidance from the HCPC , COT and the Partnership Trust.
  • To be professionally accountable and responsible for all aspects of own work.
  • To establish and maintain effective working relationships both within the Partnership Trust and with external organisations in order to meet service requirements and support and demonstrate the Trusts equality values.
  • To assess new service user referrals and care/support needs. Assesses service users and formulates, develops, implements and evaluates programmes of treatment /care/support for individuals, families and carers. The specialist care/support plans may include the following:
  • Promoting independence/self-management and maintaining safety
  • Increased functional ability
  • Improvement in health and wellbeing including mental health
  • Interventions in disease/condition management
  • Prevention and reducing of health inequalities
  • Admission avoidance
  • Early supported discharge
  • Case management/ treatment /care plans
  • Palliative and end of life care
  • To use professional knowledge and judgement to take into account the range of care/support packages and treatment options available. To consider each service users personal circumstances and preferences in order to implement and adjust programmes of care and intervention.
  • To maintain and develop skills and knowledge to deliver a range of interventions and sets an example of good practice to other team members including skill sharing. For example moving and handling, risk assessments, functional capabilities, cognition.
  • To maintain sensitivity at all times to the emotional needs of the service user and their carers offering reassurance and empathy, in particular when imparting potentially distressing information. This may be in regard to the nature/prognosis of their condition and implications of the same.
  • To work with individuals and carers who may find it difficult to engage with the service or aspects of the service resulting in uncooperative or challenging behaviour that has to be managed.
  • To use professional knowledge, skills and expertise when working in changing environments and across professional boundaries.
  • To maintain contemporaneous and accurate records as required by the Partnership Trust and in line with professional standards (i.e. HCPC). Support identified team members giving guidance and direction where appropriate.
  • To take responsibility for the safe use and transportation of equipment (e.g. wheelchairs) between locations and in and out of peoples homes. This may require the post holder to work in cramped or awkward positions e.g. raising furniture (beds, chairs, toilets, therapy equipment etc.). This may be required on a regular daily basis or at least once a week. To work in non-purpose built rooms involving the necessity to move furniture, therapy equipment etc.
  • To ensure that the skills of identified team members are appropriately deployed and that care is delivered by staff with the relevant education, expertise and competence.
  • To deliver a high standard of intervention, whilst managing the demands of unplanned aspects of the role using innovative problem solving techniques.
  • To provide advice, education and training to service users, carers and professionals regarding the management and care/support of service users.
  • To provide professional and clinical support and leadership to identified team members. Supports in identifying training needs of staff and encouraging practitioners to develop skills in:
  • Critical thinking and reflective practice
  • Excellence in practice
  • Specialist knowledge and research based practice
  • To take accountability for allocated assessments, planning and implementation of care packages/ programmes of support, within their caseload.
  • Identifies health promotion needs and creates opportunities in liaison with other health care professionals to create and provide health awareness to the total service population.
  • To provide and receive regular supervision in order to support the continuous professional development of self and others.
  • To contribute to the process of induction for new team members and other disciplines, as appropriate.
  • To identify own training/educational needs as part of the supervision and appraisal process. Attains and maintains an agreed level of expertise through ongoing training and development.
  • To have people management skills which incorporate compassionate and appreciative leadership.
  • To set workload priorities for self, and oversee the workload of more junior team members and students as required.
  • To provide training, undertake work based assessments and supervision of pre- registration students, typically for periods of 4-12 weeks as required. Acts as a preceptor to newly appointed staff and staff undergoing a supervised return to practice.
  • To contribute to service/policy development through active membership on working parties or professional forums.
  • To undertake tasks concerning the day to day organisation and operation of the team, working with the team leader as required.
  • To set priorities to achieve a balance between service user needs, supervisory duties, (may include staff work allocation, sickness cover and annual leave) and staff training within resource limitations.
  • In collaboration with the team leader and/or specialist establishes clear goals and standards for the team/service in order to maintain and improve the quality of care/support.
  • To work with the Team Leader/ Specialist / Professional Lead to identify clinical levels of expertise within the team, in order that talents, training and competences are identified and can be fully utilised.
  • To collect and input statistical information as required within agreed timescales.
  • To participate in and support the team in undertaking clinical audit.
  • To contribute to, and actively promote the implementation, development and upholding of policies, procedures, guidelines and directives, along with relevant statutory measures and governmental directives.
  • The post holder may be required to order stock or sign off expenses for staff.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent.
  • Registration with HCPC/NMC


  • Modules at Masters level
  • Evidence of further clinical study



  • Post qualification courses in working with older people and people with physical disabilities
  • Attendance at relevant clinical networks or Special Interest Groups


  • Experience in Experience of using standardised assessments and outcome measures
  • Experience of negotiation and conflict management in clinical situations.

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Bradwell Hospital

Talke Road



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