Occupational Therapist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 5
Full Time
Job summary

An exciting, fixed term/secondment (12 month) opportunity has arisen for a competent, confident, and enthusiastic full time, Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join our team.

The successful applicant will work with a caseload of patients offering 1:1 sessions alongside collaborative intervention, home assessments, mobility assessments, ward based sessions and groups. Also working closely with nurses, dieticians and psychologists to ensure patient recovery and directions are supported.

Although this is an autonomous role the post holder will receive full support via the daily MDT meetings, supervision and team training. As well as an appraisal to support professional development.

Main duties of the job

Accountable for designated caseload, working within an evidenced based occupational therapy treatment plan and care programme approach under the guidance of the supervising occupational therapist.

Undertakes occupational therapy assessments, addressing occupational performance and skill deficits.

Assesses and manages risk effectively in clinical and community settings including the service user's own home.

Develops and implements individual and/or group interventions, in collaboration with the service user(s) and MDT to achieve therapeutic goals.

Monitors and evaluates occupational therapy treatment in order to measure progress and modifies treatment plans to ensure effectiveness of clinical interventions.

Provides reports on service user progress at clinical meetings and participates in the clinical decision-making process regarding service user care programmes as part of the multidisciplinary team.

Assesses service users for and fits adapted equipment in the home, as appropriate

Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of service user harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the service user. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of children who may be at risk.

About us

We are a very focused service on ensuring the patient care delivered is paramount. We have a vast team of professionals who delivered highly coordinated care and interventions, a high drive for partnership working with families and carers and also a keen developmental focus on staff wellbeing and an increase of skills and knowledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Professionally accountable for own caseload, working autonomously to deliver occupational therapy in a variety of inpatient and community settings including the service users own home.

To develop and implement occupational therapy treatment plans and provide advice to service users to enable them to maintain, restore or create a balance between their abilities and the demands of their occupation and environment in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure. Service users have a range of mental health conditions or learning disabilities.

To work compassionately with service users and carers to achieve identified occupational therapy goals and to promote social inclusion, independence and well-being through a client-centred approach.

To provide the best possible experience for service users, carers and families.

To develop professional knowledge and skills through participation in preceptorship and competency framework to enable the post holder to take responsibility for service users with increasingly more diverse presentations and more complex problems.

To facilitate others in the team to develop competence by providing clinical advice and training to occupational therapy associate practitioners, assistants and students as appropriate.

To be committed to and involved in activities integral to the Trusts Quality Improvement System.

To promote at all times a positive image of people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities.

To promote at all times a positive image of the Occupational Therapy Service and the wider Trust.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Willingness to undertake the Preceptorship Programme and Competency Framework (within an agreed timescale)
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)


  • Accredited Practice Placement Educator (APPLE)



  • Experience of working in a variety of occupational therapy practice areas whilst on student placements


  • Experience of working with service users with mental health conditions or learning disabilities
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience presenting to groups



  • Professional Code of Conduct and its application to practice
  • Health and Safety legislation and its application in practice
  • Legal aspects of Moving and Handling
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
  • Clinical Governance and Clinical Supervision.
  • Understanding of the needs and difficulties of service users with mental health conditions or learning disabilities.
  • Research and development methodology.
  • Software packages e.g. MOHOST, OSA, AMPS (within agreed timescale)
  • Understanding of the needs of individuals from diverse social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds

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