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Senior Occupational Therapist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 a year Per Annum (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a registered Occupational Therapist to play a pivotal role in designing, developing and leading the OT provision in our adult community mental health team in Bracknell.

We are looking for a registered Occupational Therapist who is driven and passionate to be part of a busy and vital team during an exciting period of community mental health transformation.

There is currently no OT provision within the team and so the successful candidate will be able to shape and create how Occupational Therapy can enhance and inform the support and interventions offered by the service to individuals with severe mental illness.

The role will offer autonomy, variety and development opportunities, both for leadership and clinical skills. The role will also offer flexibility, with the successful candidate able to benefit from a hybrid approach to working, if desired.

Main duties of the job

  • The successful candidate will be responsible for the formulation, execution and evaluation of a care plan for a designated number of patients who may present with significant complexity within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Assessment of the occupational therapy needs of the defined client group and establish and evaluate appropriate treatment programmes.
  • Taking responsibility for identifying the specific interventions and skills required from the multidisciplinary team to deliver the plan of care and expected health/social outcomes which are evidence based and lead to recovery and minimise risk.
  • Operating within the principles of recovery and as such supporting each patient to develop a recovery plan and reduce dependence on Secondary Mental Health Services. As part of this, the successful candidate will support a planned integration into local community facilities and discharge as part of the patient's recovery plan.
  • This role does not include care co-ordination.

The must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • A registered Occupational Therapist with recognised degree-level qualification and HCPC registration.
  • Specialist knowledge and application of OT standardised assessments and interventions relevant to mental health.
  • Dynamic and proactive, and excited to take on a new challenge.

  • About us

    Benefits of working for us include:
    • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
    • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell leave
    • Generous NHS pension scheme - 20.68% employer contribution
    • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
    • Advanced IT enablement
    • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
    • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
    • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants via the Blue Light Card
    • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and more to support equality
    • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave and access to our three staff nurseries
    • Free parking on site.

    If you're someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and let's be outstanding together.

    We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please don't hesitate to call: Sarah Beaumont on 0118 904 6800 or email who will be delighted to help.

    We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

    Person Specification



    • Diploma/Degree or equivalent professional qualification in OT
    • HCPC Registrations
    • Membership of relevant professional body
    • Post-graduate training in management/leadership or equivalent experience


    • Membership of relevant national networks and associations
    • Formal post-graduate qualification in a relevant area
    • Membership of relevant Special Interest Group
    • Post-graduate training in a relevant area relevant to adult mental health

    Continuous Professional Development


    • Evidence of own self development through CPD/PDP
    • Ability to develop others through CPD/PDP/In-service training

    Previous Experience


    • Specialist knowledge of therapy in the management of patients with highly complex mental health conditions
    • Supervision of qualified, unqualified staff and students
    • Understanding national policies/guidelines relevant to the area e.g. National Service Frameworks for specific mental health conditions
    • Involvement in service improvement initiatives
    • Ability to work autonomously
    • Excellent inter-personal skills
    • Knowledge of audit and research within the NHS
    • Proven clinical leadership ability
    • Presentation skills
    • IT skills
    • Use of standardised assessments
    • To have an extensive repertoire of relevant interventions for adults in mental health


    • Knowledge and participation in clinical governance relevant to this clinical role

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Highly specialist knowledge of therapeutic and recovery activities in the management of patients with highly complex conditions
    • Knowledge of current key frameworks and policies within the wider NHS relevant to mental health
    • Demonstrated application of risk assessment and management in clinical practice
    • Able to demonstrate a strong professional identity and maintain the profile of therapeutic and recovery focused activities within a multi-disciplinary setting
    • Drive and enthusiasm for clinical excellence and clinical development of the team
    • Effective written and verbal communication skills
    • Good time management
    • Flexible and adaptable
    • Clear and effective planning and decision-making skills
    • Able to maintain judgement under pressure and set priorities
    • Ability to lead a team and professionally role model, empower and motivate staff
    • Involvement in social services processes where required
    • Willingness to learn
    • Ability to pass on skills and knowledge to others - both formally and informally
    • To work in an inclusive way in a diverse service user population


    • Understanding and clinical application of the Model of Human Occupation
    • Ability to work well within a multi-disciplinary team

    Additional Requirements


    • Disclosure and Barring Service clearance
    • Satisfactory reference checks
    • Ability to travel between multiple sites efficiently

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    Church Hill House

    51-52 Turing Drive


    RG12 7FR

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