Occupational Therapist - Band 6, Band 5 or Band 5 - 6

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
St Albans
£28,407 to £42,618 a year per annum pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,136 max £1,915)
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
St Albans or Stevenage based Occupational Therapist (OT) who loves working with people who have dementia is sought to work with us in our Award Winning Allied Health Professional Services. Part-time and full-time opportunities for band 5, band 6 or Return to Practice OT's. This is a supportive environment, so even if you have not worked in dementia services before we are able to provide you with development opportunities and senior staff to learn from. We work as a team with shared responsibility for the Occupational Therapy and Allied Health Profession provision to the unit. We provide in-depth assessments to enable full understanding of each Service User so optimum care can be provided and the opportunity for a variety of treatments according to need. We ask each member of staff how they would like to progress and specialise in their practice and do our best to support this to become reality.

We are confident, you will not find a more supportive, friendly or flexible service. If you are interested in working in St Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Radlett, Stevenage or Hertford then please get in touch.

Main duties of the job

  • Complete Occupation-based assessment and treatment
  • Focus on what matters to Service Users, using your creativity and promoting their occupational identity.
  • Support the Assistants (ATP's), Physiotherapists and Nursing Staff to engage with Service Users in meaningful ways.
  • Be part of a large OT / PT team working across Hertfordshire
  • Supervision, support and line management provided by OT's
  • Participate in the promotion and teaching of your profession
  • Be part of an MDT that values and respects OT and PT
  • Access specific Older Peoples CPD opportunities and development programs
  • Receive support and be part of a network across all the mental health and learning disability OT services
  • Develop knowledge and application of the Model of Human Occupation and other specialist assessments.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

We have a broad range of services for Older People with many opportunities:
  • Functional frail inpatient unit
  • Organic Assessment and Treatment Units
  • Continuing Healthcare Dementia Units
  • Early Memory Diagnosis and Support Services
  • Recovery and Therapy in the Community
  • Crisis Intervention Services
  • IntegratedCare Services (mental health OT)
  • Care Home Support Services

We offer:
  • Job swaps, try a different area of work
  • Flexible working for a great work/life balance
  • Career progression to senior posts or specialist skill development
  • Lots of training opportunities (even in 'tough' times)
  • Relocation packages if you need to move to work in Hertfordshire
  • Ringfenced OT roles, you can be creative and do occupation!
  • Support to put your ideas into action
  • Paid opportunities for OTs Returning to Practice after a break or for those wanting to expand their experience into a new field of practice.
  • Flexible bank work for qualified and unqualified experienced staff.
  • Opportunities for bank work if you are currently studying your OT qualification.
  • 5-6 and 6-7 development opportunities
  • Assistant development opportunities, we have band 3, 4 and 5 unqualified roles.
  • OT Apprenticeship Program in conjunction with University of Hertfordshire
  • OT pre-apprenticeship support to prepare you to apply for the OT Apprenticeship

Our Inpatient Occupational Therapists are well respected and have key roles in our services. You will be working with a team of AHPs within an MDT on an inpatient unit. As a full-time or part-time member of staff you have senior OTs, junior OTs, Assistant Therapy Practitioners (ATP), Engagement Workers and Physiotherapy staff in the team. We have a number of Inpatient Units in Hertfordshire Radlett (Wren Ward), St Albans (Lambourn Grove) , Hemel Hempstead(Logandene), Hertford (Seward Lodge), Stevenage (Victoria Court). There are opportunities to focus on an area of specialist interest such as Sensory Integration, Creative Interventions, Teaching to name a few.

For full details of the role and responsibilities for this vacancy please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification documents attached.

Person Specification



  • BSc/MSc/PG Dip Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration (or applied for)
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office and associated packages.


  • Membership of ROCT
  • Experience of working with people with mental health problems and/or learning disability
  • Training in the use of the Model of Human Occupation in practice areas



  • Application of the OT process and use of functional assessment and activity analysis
  • Working knowledge of Recovery principles and how these relate to OT
  • Working knowledge of standardised assessment and outcome measures appropriate to area of practice
  • Experience of the application of an OT model in practice


  • Experience of working with people with mental health problems and/or learning disability
  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience of leading a range of groups and 1:1 interventions in a health or social care setting



  • Knowledge of key policy, health legislation and guidelines which impact on OT practice.
  • Ability to provide and receive sensitive and difficult information regarding services users care and social situation
  • Strong communication skills written and verbal
  • Ability to work effectively in a team
  • Knowledge of and effective use of appropriate professional relationships and boundaries
  • Ability to grade and adapt practical skills
  • Training and presentation skills



  • Creative problem solving and clinical judgement skills
  • Ability to understand ,respond and adjust appropriately to the changing needs of service users
  • Well-developed Observational skills
  • Knowledge and experience of using the range of Model of Human Occupation Assessment tools and other OT related OT.
  • Ability to Critically evaluate group interventions and outcomes
  • Ability to use case formulation to guide OT intervention plan


  • Involvement in outcome measures, audit and promotion of Occupational Therapy



  • Ability to use a range of IT equipment relevant to the role
  • Ability to engage in a range of physical activities
  • Car Driver(unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving)

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Seward Lodge

Lilbourne Drive

St Albans

SG13 7HL

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