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Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist - AHP

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 a year including 5% high cost area supplement
Closing date
30 May 2023

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

Working with Older Adults in Mid and East Surrey, this is a brilliant opportunity to join the Older Adults Intensive Support Team.

This role is vital to delivering excellence in dementia care. This will be done by bringing professional skills and expertise to support the implementation of the care home pathway within each CMHTOP. Promoting health by delivering occupational therapy assessments, interventions and consultation within a Positive Behaviour Support framework within generic and specialised services; and providing clinical leadership, supervision and guidance to care homes pathway staff. This role will supervise an occupational therapy assistant and mental health graduate worker working in the care homes pathway.

We have a robust internal supervision and CPD offer which includes providing a range of Core skills, occupational therapy forums and e learning.

Main duties of the job

1. To provide compassionate and effective leadership to junior staff including support staff and assistants within the Care home pathway and IST

2. To strengthen and actively contribute to the overall leadership of the service.

3. To provide high quality and evidence based occupational therapy assessment and interventions and consultation to people with complex needs who access services and their carers/supporters/family members, generic and specialised n line with the occupational therapy and service pathways

4. To communicate effectively with a range of clinicians, managers, directors, associate directors, people who access services, carers/supporter/family members, stakeholders and agencies.

5. To provide supervision and mentoring to occupational therapists within the occupational therapy service.

6. To ensure the delivery occupational therapy student placements.

7. To actively contribute to the continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities within the wider occupational therapy service.

The position provides leadership across the following services Intense Support Team across Mid and East Surrey. The post holder will be expected to work flexibly within all the older peoples community services, as need arises.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities


To plan and deliver a highly specialist occupational therapy service (in leadership or advanced therapy role) and to oversee its clinical governance.

To contribute to the professional leadership and continued development of a team I service area. The role will be required to provide appraisal supervision career development support and mentoring for junior qualified and unqualified staff and across the Care home Pathways and Intensive support service .

To contribute to the skill development of more junior colleagues within the Intensive Support Team and care home pathways by offering line management and clinical supervision (both individual and group).

To support the Clinical Lead in developing and delivering training presentations.

To work alongside other colleagues to develop shared understandings of peoples presentations that help promote understanding of the underlying function(s) driving behaviour that challenges. This will be guided by the service model, which is based on the principles of Positive Behaviour Support..

To act as a positive role model for junior staff by assisting and guiding them in their duties.

To help junior staff prioritise and manage their caseloads appropriately.

To support the completion of appraisals/personal development plans with junior staff.

To regularly share updates and information to the Clinical Lead, particularly when any incidents arise that may affect the standing or safe operation of the service.

To lead in the supervision and Individual Performance Review/Appraisal of all occupational therapy staff.

To ensure that the healthcare needs of people with dementia and functional illness in care homes are communicated to service commissioners and providers.

To act as mentor for junior colleagues wishing to gain experience in care home work and/or older people.

To positively contribute to divisional developments in relation to occupational therapy practice.

To be responsible for the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.

To contribute to appropriate staff recruitment and contribute to the wider strategic plans regarding occupational therapy recruitment.

To ensure that the needs of people with protected characteristics are addressed within local services and future developments.


To provide highly specialist assessments and interventions for people presenting with complex behaviour that challenges

To demonstrate highly specialist expertise and specialist occupational therapy skills in areas such as occupational engagement, environmental adaptation, development and maintenance of skills needed for meaningful participation

To have an excellent knowledge of occupational therapy models and frame of references

To provide high quality and comprehensive assessments for people who access the service, adapting the approach as and when needed.

To use highly effective clinical reasoning and formulation skills to devise person-centred occupational therapy care plans, alongside people who access services and their carers/supporters/family members (where appropriate). Ensuring that there is proper regard for their dignity, choice, self-esteem, racial, cultural, sexual and religious needs and preferences

To evaluate the effectiveness of team and occupational therapy interventions.

To practice within the Positive Behaviour Support framework.

To undertake comprehensive risk assessments and develop effective risk management plans.

To act in a Care Co-ordinator role for people on Care Programme Approach (CPA) as appropriate to Trust policy.

To work in partnership with acute and primary care services and other healthcare providers.

To Establish and maintaining effective relationships with colleagues, other agencies, people who use services and their families.


To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005).

To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation. To carry out professional responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983 and other relevant legislation.

To act as practice assessor/supervisor/teacher in teaching, facilitating and supporting pre registration students and junior personnel and to participate in the audit of educational placements.

To participate in new staff induction.

To research national best practice and enable services to benchmark practice against nationally recognised standards.

To participate in developing and conducting clinical audit and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within the care home and dementia field.

To lead in quality assurance activities as required.

To develop, implement and monitor interventions driven by government initiatives.

Develop and provide a range of specialist teaching/training packages which can be delivered to a range of multi-disciplinary audiences.

Person Specification



  • Extensive and relevant post qualification clinical experience with people who have complex needs
  • Extensive experience of applying occupational frames of reference and approaches
  • Demonstrates evidence highly effective clinical reasoning skills
  • Highly specialist knowledge of relevant assessment and treatment models
  • Knowledge and experience of positive behaviour support
  • Evidence of digital literacy and experience of using electronic patient records
  • Evidence of an interest and skills in specialist area
  • Experience of contributing to service development/project work
  • Experience of providing supervision
  • Experience of supporting students on placement
  • Experience of representing occupational therapy within a service and Trust
  • UK driving license and access to a car for work purposes



  • Occupational Therapy profession qualification;
  • Relevant Masters level qualification or its equivalent through degree level qualification plus specialist training courses


  • Clinical supervision training
  • Fieldwork educators training
  • Leadership training
  • Additional academic clinical qualification relevant to area of work.

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