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Occupational Therapist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
2 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated Occupational Therapist to join Junipers Ward, Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit in Exeter.

Your clinical work will involve working with service users with severe/complex mental health needs, using occupationally focused evidence based assessment and skills to provide therapeutic interventions.

You will be supported by a Senior Occupational Therapist and an onsite Occupational Therapy Team Manager. There are plenty of opportunities for professional development, through our trust-wide OT training program, the Trusts preceptorship programme, and supporting the implementation of the VdT MoCA on the ward. You will also have an opportunity to access the trust-wide Band 5 Occupational Therapy Peer Support Group.

Main duties of the job

This post will be to work as an integral member of the multi-disciplinary within an inpatient team based on 10 bedded ward.

Patients have multitude of mental health diagnoses and difficulties. You will assess and treat patients both individually and use group work in a variety of environments including their home.

The successful applicant will be expected to work at a good pace, be flexible and creative in approach and work independently.

You will be supervised by the lead OT and will supervise an OT assistant.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the full Job Description and Person specification attached to this advert which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification



  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy.
  • Registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Commitment to undertake continuing professional development


  • IT Skills



  • Experience of multidisciplinary teamwork.
  • Experience of planning, implementing and evaluating groups.
  • Experience of working with service users who have severe/complex mental health needs.
  • Experience of working in an inpatient mental health setting.



  • Sound theoretical understanding of OT practice and recovery principles within Mental Health settings
  • Understanding of therapeutic boundaries
  • Knowledge of mental health legislation and relevant NICE guidelines/ national policies.
  • Understanding of role of OT in the multidisciplinary team.
  • Understanding of team dynamics.
  • Sound Risk Assessment skills


  • Experience of working in an inpatient setting

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent communication skills written and verbal.
  • Ability to set clear boundaries and communicate these to others.
  • Ability to teach practical skills to people with mental health difficulties.
  • Conveys motivated attitude to work.
  • OT specific assessment skills and ability to formulate appropriate recommendations and treatment plans.
  • Ability to use initiative and take responsibility.
  • Good organisation and time management skills.
  • Creativity & resourcefulness.
  • Physically able to participate in a variety of activities e.g. sports, cookery, gardening.
  • Understanding of Health, Safety, Risk Assessment and Management
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Ability to use supervision appropriate to grade.
  • Flexible working hours to include evening and weekend work.
  • An enhanced DBS Check will be required for this role.


  • Computer literacy e.g. word processing and internet skills.
  • Ability to be mobile across the trust to meet the demands of the role.

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

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


The Junipers

Dryden Road



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