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Specialist Occupational Therapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Lyndhurst is a mixed gender 12 bedded inpatient specialist rehabilitation unit providing mid-term support to those with long and enduring mental health conditions. In addition to this Lyndhurst provide rehabilitation to individuals from their own homes as a supplementary offer of care to those already receiving secondary mental health input.

The Service aims to provide: A whole systems approach to recovery from mental illness that maximises an individuals quality of life and social inclusion, by encouraging their skills, promoting independence and autonomy, in order to give them hope for the future, and leading to successful community living through appropriate support. A mental health rehabilitation service provides specialist assessment, treatment, interventions and support to enable the recovery of people whose complex needs cannot be met by general adult mental health services (Killaspy et al 2016)

The Service will work in partnership with other care providers, commissioners, independent and charitable care providers, to ensure service users receive the highest quality of care to meet their needs and have greater control over their lives.

The philosophy and organisational values are guided by a recovery focused model of care and the staff teams will endeavour to ensure the rehabilitation and recovery process.

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

Main duties of the job

As a specialist Occupation Therapist, you will have the opportunity to work across both the inpatient and community rehabilitation case load providing functional and specialist assessments of individuals needs across a 7-day service. You will work as part of the MDT to offer a multi-disciplinary approach to care for those on the rehab pathway. You will be involved in all aspect of care including care planning, ward rounds, risk assessments and delivering group and 1:1 intervention with service users.

As a band 6 clinician you will be involved in the screening and assessment of referrals identifying appropriate care pathways, provide supervision and peer support within the team, and contribute to the development of the service.

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


The post holder will be part of a cohesive and enthusiastic multi-disciplinary team. You will be involved in providing specialist occupational therapy assessment and treatment for individuals receiving in-patient and community rehabilitation services, enabling service users to engage in a wide range of individual and group based treatment activities. You will be actively involved in the promotion of occupational therapy within the service area.

The post holder will be part of a well recognised service that places emphasis of staff support and professional development and you will be expected to participate in staff training and supervision.


1. Clinical

1.1. To undertake specific standardised and non-standardised assessments to formulate effective treatment plans in conjunction with the service user, family and carers

1.2. To interpret the assessment results in order to plan and implement a client centred occupational therapy treatment programme on an individual and/or group basis using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.

1.3. To ensure therapeutic interventions are of a high professional standard, informed by evidence based practice and involves the service user and carer in all aspects of the care programme.

1.4. To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the effect of disability providing training and advice on lifestyle changes/adaptations to the clients social and physical environments.

1.5. To act as the care programme co-ordinator as required and to offer carers an assessment and care plan where appropriate.

1.6. To contribute to a co-ordinated team approach throughout the assessment and in meeting the service users needs including developing and maintaining close working relationships with all relevant services, and agencies within the voluntary sector.

1.7. To regularly evaluate the effectiveness of group and individual occupational therapy interventions by undertaking specific audits and using outcome measures such as standardised / other relevant assessments and service user satisfaction questionnaires.

1.8. To continue treatment interventions where necessary to assist in the transition of skills from an inpatient setting to living independently within the community.

1.9. To work effectively within the multi-agency team ensuring that both written and verbal communication is clearly maintained to ensure a seamless service.

1.10. To be responsible for the maintenance of appropriate clinical records concerned with service user treatment, in accordance with risk management documentation guidelines.

1.11. To arrange/attend appropriate clinical team meetings, referral meetings, case conferences, care programme approach meetings and any other as required by clinical need and as direct by the Line/Service Manager.

1.12. To provide accurate and timely reports, statistical data through the electronic recording system and other information as required.

1.13. To participate in monthly clinical and managerial supervision and to provide clinical supervision to other occupational therapy staff/ support staff.

1.14 To work as an autonomous practitioner.

2. Management

2.1. To assist the team leader with the operational management of the service on a day-to-day basis

2.2. To ensure that all significant events, relevant clinical issues and difficulties which may arise are communicated with the relevant Line Manager/Service Manager

2.3. To direct and delegate work to other team members such as therapy assistants and care support workers giving due consideration to their skills and abilities to carry these duties out effectively

2.4. To carry out appraisal and development reviews with occupational therapy staff and to contribute to the reviews of other staff as appropriate

2.5. To assist the team leader in effectively managing staff leave and sickness/absence to ensure adequate cover for the service on a day-to-day basis

2.6. To participate in the recruitment and retention of staff including implementing induction programmes

3. Policy and Service Development

3.1. To contribute to the development and implementation of the annual service improvement plan and annual audit programme

3.2. To participate in and contribute to service modernisation, including operational planning, implementation of policy, service development and leading on delegated projects

3.3. To work in collaboration with the occupational therapy professional lead in the development of professional practice and the implementation of policy

4. Teaching and Education

4.1. To contribute to staff / student training and development within the field of occupational therapy and to contribute to the training of the multi-professional team

4.2. To promote awareness and understanding of the role of occupational therapy within the multi-disciplinary team and other agencies

5. Governance

5.1. To provide a quality/effective service through the active participation and implementation of clinical governance which includes clinical supervision, (including reflection, critical appraisal and peer support) continuing professional development, participation in regular audit activity

5.2. To initiate practice development, evaluation, audit and research activities relevant to occupational therapy encouraging and developing evidence based practice disseminating findings/recommending changes where applicable

5.3. To use networks locally, regionally and nationally to share information, research and good practice

6. Professional

6.1. To be directly involved in clinical training placements for occupational therapy students as required within the area of work and qualifications allow.

6.2. To develop and maintain links with Higher Education Institutes which provide occupational therapy training e.g., York, Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield

6.3. To contribute to the wider debate of occupational therapy issues in response to the national and regional consultations by the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) or British Association of Occupational Therapy (BAOT).

6.4. To be responsible for ensuring protected time for keeping knowledge and skills up-to-date by undertaking continuous professional development as required to meet the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) regulations

6.5. To apply specialist skills and knowledge in order to establish professional competence and fitness to practice as a senior occupational therapist adhering to the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (COT) and the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (HCPC).

6.6. To understand and demonstrate a working knowledge of national guidelines and legislation relating to health and social care which directly impacts on occupational therapy practice

7. Leadership

7.1. To act as a source of clinical expertise to other team members demonstrating clinical reasoning, critical thinking, reflection and analysis

7.2. To actively participate in the evaluation and future development of the occupational therapy service using appropriate audit tools, care pathways and appraisal of current evidence based practice


1. To use effective interpersonal skills to encourage service users and carers active participation in the Occupational Therapy process.

2. To use effective interpersonal skills to communicate complex or sensitive information to service users where persuasion, negotiation, empathy or re-assurance is required and where there are barriers to understanding such as hostile, antagonistic, vulnerable or at risk service users.

3. To maintain the goodwill and confidence of staff, service users and the general public, carrying out duties at all times in a courteous and sympathetic manner.

4. To establish and maintain positive interpersonal relationships with other team members, characterised by open communication, trust and respect.

5. To establish robust communication networks with service users, carers and other health workers and agencies.

For full Job Description please see attached in Supporting Documents

Person Specification



  • Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Health Care Professions Council registration


  • Leadership / first line management certificate



  • Practice Education/Practice Assessor Preparation Certificate (or to achieve within 12 months)
  • To be willing to undertake post graduate training to further skills, knowledge and expertise


  • Post graduate training relevant to mental health such as, psychosocial interventions, cognitive behavioural / counselling skills / standardised assessment

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).
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