Specialist Occupational Therapist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Ellesmere Port
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

**We offer a relocation package of up to �8,000**

The relocation package is for anyone who would need to relocate in order to take up employment with Cheshire and Wirral Partnership.

To be eligible for the relocation payment, you must live more than 40 miles from the base/location of the post you are applying for and you would need to relocate to within 15 miles of the new base.

If this applies to you, please state this on your application so we can discuss this with you if you are invited to interview.

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced occupational therapist to join our transformative community mental health team.

Our resources & staffing have grown significantly over recent months to enable us to provide exceptional, evidence based care for our service users. We have worked hard to develop the teams Clinical Skills so that we can deliver interventions for patients including accessing training in Structured Clinical Management, EMDR Therapy, DBT Skills, Solution Focused Therapy, Brief Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Complex Risk Management. The successful candidate would therefore be joining a highly skilled & supportive team with a range of disciplines and expertise available within the team.

We have robust systems in place to ensure that care can be delivered safely for patients and staff & have well managed caseloads to ensure you have the opportunity to have an impact on a service users recovery journey whilst being supported to develop yourself.

Main duties of the job

This post is part time (22.5 hours per week).

As a Specialist Occupational Therapist you will have the opportunity to develop the teams OT pathway. You will work with a small caseload of service users to complete specialist assessments & interventions to support them to restore or adapt to a new level of functioning following a period of illness. The needs of your service users varies from those with a severe and enduring mental illness to new referrals for adults with potential early on-set dementia.

When established in the role and after a period of supervision and support you would manage a small caseload appropriate for your discipline & also offer some group interventions where appropriate.

You will form part of an MDT and provide consultation and support to the team during MDT forums such as a weekly case discussion meeting & daily Safety Huddle. Often from these meetings come ad hoc clinical duties such as liaising with other services, supporting a colleague with a double up visit or implementing risk management plans.

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.

CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a 'Bronze' award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment ,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for our Armed Forces community. Please answer YES to the question in the application form.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

CWP encourages and supports all staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Expertise


  • Advanced clinical skills relevant to the specialty
  • Excellent knowledge of the use of disability equipment and adaptations for complex needs
  • Working knowledge of clinical governance
  • Training, presentation and facilitation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good knowledge and awareness of current legislation and guidance pertaining to services for Adults with Learning Disabilities and its implications for Occupational Therapy
  • Ability to work under pressure and set priorities
  • Good knowledge of effective care
  • management and planning of treatment packages
  • Ability to manage own caseload and work as part of a team
  • Group leadership skills
  • Excellent negotiation and organisational skills, with individuals and groups
  • Good knowledge of the principles of Clinical Governance
  • Computer literacy
  • Skills in handling and moving


  • Resolution of complex professional/ethical issues
  • Research experience



  • Experience in learning disability/mental health
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Experience of working with people with complex and challenging behaviours.
  • Experience of supervising and supporting junior staff and students
  • Experience of using Staff Performance and Development Process
  • Documented evidence of Continued Professional Development
  • Working knowledge of clinical audit
  • Experience of introducing new and innovative interventions


  • Experience of working in a Community Team



  • Diploma or BsC in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration with Health Professions Council
  • Accreditation as Practice Placement Educator or working towards accreditation
  • Accreditation in Assessment and Motor Processing Skills or be willing to gain within 12 months of appointment
  • Current disability equipment training or be willing to gain within 6 months of appointment


  • Postgraduate clinical training relevant to the post (1)
  • Leadership of management training
  • CLAIT/ECDL or equivalent
  • Membership of Professional Body
  • Qualification in Behavioural analysis.

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