Occupational Therapist

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
West Kent
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting vacancy for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join our dynamic community mental health team working across West Kent. Although this post will be mainly based in Tunbridge Wells, you will be working with a team of Occupational Therapists across West Kent (2 office based hubs in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells) as we look to expand our Occupational Therapy interventions across both localities, both in person and virtually.

This post would be suitable for both a newly qualified occupational therapist, or someone with some experience looking to expand their knowledge and experience within a community mental health setting. You will have a strong interest in developing skills in working with service users who have complex mental health needs. We are looking for a practitioner with good communication and liaison skills who is forward thinking and enthusiastic about innovative ways of working.

All community teams across Kent are looking to deliver a new care pathway approach, where service users will be offered a menu of interventions. These interventions would be offered by various professionals, but Occupational Therapists will play a key part in this process.

We welcome applicants to those interested fulltime working or part-time applicants wishing to work 30 hours per week.

Main duties of the job

We are currently looking to develop the Occupational Therapy part of the care pathway approach with particular focus on:

Recovery Groups - supporting individuals to understand and manage their own mental wellbeing and work towards achieving their goals.

STROT - OT and Support Workers working to support people to transition successfully into primary care and accessing local resources.

OT Personality Disorder group and individual work also supporting a PD Change program offering 8 educational sessions to support people understand and develop coping strategies for intense emotions.

We are particularly interested in applicants who wish to develop specialist skills in the areas the Model of human occupation (MOHO), use of the Recovery Model, and care of those with Personality Disorder. Potential post-holders should demonstrate a capacity for creative and flexible working, and willingness to work in a diverse, challenging and multi-agency environment.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To assist in identifying, developing and providing the Occupational Therapy contribution within the multi-disciplinary service in accordance with the needs of service users and the requirements of the service.To assess, plan, deliver and evaluate therapeutic interventions for identified service users. To manage a defined caseload of service users with occupational needs using evidence based, service user centred, hope and recovery, health promotion and relapse prevention orientated principles and practice.

KEY RESULT AREAS: To ensure assessment of service users and analyse and interpret information gained to form an accurate formulation of function, strengths, capabilities and occupational needs. To work collaboratively with service users, staff, and carers to identify goals to determine and deliver an appropriate intervention/recovery plan which maximises occupational engagement and performance whilst balancing risk, and promoting choice and independence. To monitor, evaluate and modify therapeutic interventions in order to measure progress and increase efficacy for the best possible service user outcomes and experience. To act as a competent clinician supporting best practice in line with NICE guidance and professional standards

Please see job description for full details.

Person Specification



  • Qualified and registered as an Occupational Therapist with Health and Care Professions Council.



  • Knowledge of and ability to apply national policies and procedures including but not limited to confidentiality, consent, risk management, service user involvement.
  • Computer literate
  • Knowledge in the application of relevant OT theoretical models, and approaches relevant to service user group.
  • Basic factual knowledge of the importance of enabling people to do the things they want, need or are expected to do to support them in being well in life.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust


West Kent Community Mental Health Team

Albion Place and Highlands House

West Kent


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