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Occupational Therapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
2 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Occupational Therapist to work within the Kirklees Admiral Nurse team based at Folly Hall in Huddersfield. Kirklees Adult and older people care group are looking to recruit a full-time Occupational Therapist on a temporary basis to cover maternity leave, for a period of 9 months. This role covers both North and South Kirklees and encompasses Admiral Nurses, Memory Service and the Early Onset Dementia Team. Kirklees Memory Service has recently been re-accredited by MSNAP which is endorsed by the Care Quality Commission.

The service places staff clinical and management supervision, appraisal, support and professional development as a high priority. You would be working with a well-established multidisciplinary team that supports staff to develop both personally and professionally. We have a mix of mental health nurses, advanced nurse practitioners and social care professionals, with access to dietetics and psychology.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work within the remit of the Band 6 job description which involves providing support and education to carers who are supporting people living with dementia, assessing risk and delivering interventions. There is an expectation to carry out specific occupational therapy assessments and deliver interventions to service users in their own homes, establishing level of function following diagnosis, or to support a dementia diagnosis and facilitate occupational performance. There will also be the requirement to undertake initial assessments of service users referred into the Memory Service and partake in clinical decision making in line with leadership and work collaboratively with partner organisations. You will need to be able to work autonomously as well as with the teams and be able to assess and manage risks for people living with dementia and their carers.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Result Areas:

Management of own caseload in line with C.P.A. procedures and risk management protocols.

Provision of leadership to the Memory Team in respect of psycho-social interventions to people and their carers in line with national and local practice standards e.g. NICE
  • Supervision and support of other team members.
  • Participation in service development and clinical governance structures.


1. Assesses needs and identifies problems relevant to the care of people referred.
  • Devises a plan of care in partnership with the person and carers.
  • Implements the planned programme of care to ensure a high standard is achieved.
  • Reviews the effectiveness of the care provided and where appropriate initiates any action.
  • Advises and supports the person and carers to promote health and well-being and to prevent illness.
  • Recognises situations that may be detrimental to the health and well-being of the person and initiates action that may be required.
  • Establishes and maintains satisfactory communication with all agencies involved in the persons care in both hospital and community.
  • Functions as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Management of enquiries and direct referrals of people in accordance with Memory team operational Policy and participates in the team duty rota.
  • Maintain professional registration and demonstrate commitment to statutory codes of practice and continued professional development requirements.
  • Responsible for acting up in the absence of the team leader

  • Administrative:

    1. Maintains accurate patient care records in accordance with professional codes of conduct and trust procedures and ensures records are made available when required by the appropriate agency.

    2. Participates in the formulation of policies at unit level.

    3. Maintains accurate mileage records.

    4. Manages caseload with due economy of cost and time.

    5. Ensures safe carriage, storage and administration of drugs prescribed (registered nurses only).

    6. Responsible for the ordering of stock with due economy.

    7. Produces monthly statistics in line with trust directives.

    8. Keeps the Management Team and colleagues informed of developments relevant to the area of responsibility.


    1. Supervises students and trainees on placement.
  • Assists in the teaching and in-service training of staff.
  • Is conversant with current trends in clinical practice.
  • Participates and accepts delegated responsibility in research and clinical audit as required.
  • Attends courses or training sessions relevant to the updating of knowledge and experience.

  • Personnel:

    1. Promotes an understanding of mental health and well being.
  • Ensures health and safety regulations are observed.
  • Attends mandatory training sessions as directed by the Trust.
  • Participates in the values based induction and the annual appraisal process.
  • Attends team meetings.
  • Supports the Trusts commitment to a healthy work-life balance.

  • For full Job description please see attached in Supporting Documents

    Person Specification



    • Occupational Therapist-current HCPC registration.
    • Mentorship.
    • Practice Placement Educator.



    • Can demonstrate skills in assessing and managing people experiencing complex mental health problems.
    • Experience of supporting and supervising colleagues/students/trainees.
    • Experience of using IT systems to support, record and monitor clinical activity.
    • Can demonstrate skills in assessing and managing risk in a variety of settings.
    • Proven ability in assessing the needs and strengths of people and their carers Experience of delivering a range of therapeutic interventions.
    • Working within an integrated multi-disciplinary environment and co-working with other teams and professions within team meetings, case conferences and professional meetings.
    • Ability to support colleagues with day-to-day caseload management including prioritisation of responsibilities in times of high clinical demand.
    • Ability to promote and develop links with other professionals for e.g practitioners within long term conditions, primary care.
    • Evidence of knowledge and application in practice of national guidance and standards, e.g. NICE, CQC, CQUINs.
    • Experience of working holistically with older adults in a bio psycho-social model of care with emphasis on physical ill health that impacts on mental wellbeing.


    • Experience of working in an assertive community treatment model.

    Personal Attributes


    • Time management.
    • Self-direction.
    • Reliability, enthusiasm, motivation, flexible resourcefulness, adaptable.
    • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicantswho are unable to drive due to a disability) Autonomy.
    • Diplomacy.
    • Leadership skills.

    Special Knowledge and Skills


    • Working knowledge of recent government legislation e.g. Mental Health Act, Health & Safety, Care Programme Approach.
    • Able to work incorporating principles of Clinical Governance.
    • Proven skills in partnership working with people who use services and their carers.
    • Shows awareness of equality and diversity and is able to incorporate this into care planning and the delivery of care. Ability to act up in the absence of the team manager.
    • Knowledge of using IT systems to record clinical activity.
    • Knowledge of audit processes.
    • Knowledge of carer services/ issues.


    • Proven activity in audit.
    • Knowledge and skills in specialist areas such as dual diagnosis, peri-natal mental health, Dementia, working with people experiencing psychosis, working with people with a diagnosis of personality disorder.

    Physical Attributes


    • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).



    • Assessment and care planning skills.
    • Risk assessment and risk management.
    • Relevant post-registration qualifications and / or training.
    • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills.

    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

    South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
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