Experienced Occupational Therapist

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£34,212 to £41,197 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Are you looking to develop your career and want to be involved in shaping the role of Occupational Therapy in dementia care? Do you want to deliver occupation focused, evidence based interventions within a team that values Occupational Therapy?

Hywel Dda University Health Board is currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic Band 6 Experienced Occupational Therapist who is passionate about working with people, as part of our Dementia Wellbeing Pathway.

The successful applicants will have a keen interest in older adult mental health and previous experience and knowledge of the physical and mental health challenges faced by this client population. You will also needexcellent communication skills, the ability to be flexible to the needs of the service and to be able to work proactively as part of a team. The ability to travel between sites in a timely manner is essential for this position.

Main duties of the job

This post is an excellent opportunity for you to develop and share your skills and contribute to;

Pre-diagnostic assessments within Memory Assessment Services and participate in regular multi-disciplinary formulation meetings.

Provide the gold standard Assessment of Motor & Process Skills (AMPS) as part of your Occupational Therapy involvement. Training will be provided.

Deliver innovative and evidence based person centred post diagnostic Occupational Therapy interventions such as Home Based Memory Rehabilitation and Journey through Dementia Programme.

This exciting post will sit within the multi-disciplinary Dementia Wellbeing Community Team, under the Advanced Practice Occupational Therapist but you will be based geographically within Memory Assessment Service in Ceredigion .

To maintain our high quality and effective service provision we can offer you;1:1 clinical supervision and access to Clinical Case Supervision with your Older Adult Mental Health Occupational Therapy colleagues.

Excellent training opportunities.

Access to Clinical Practice group meetings with Occupational Therapists across the wider Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Directorate.

The opportunity to contribute to the further development of services in accordance with best practice.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This post is advertised as a Band 6, however applicants who do not currently hold all the necessary competencies to a Band 6 level are encouraged to apply and, if successful, will be appointed under Annex 21 rules whereby 70% of the top of Band 6 will be payable in first 12 months, then 75% from 12 months to 24 months. Applicants would be supported to develop their competencies required to fulfil the role within a 12 to 24 month period. Failure to achieve the competencies in the designated timeframe could result in re-deployment. This post is not suitable for newly qualified Occupational Therapists.

If you want to make a real difference to peoples lives, join our team where a warm welcome is waiting for you.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 14/07/2023.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Current HPC registration
  • Knowledge of relevant current health and social care legislation applicable to role
  • Knowledge and application of Microsoft Office software
  • Understanding of the roles of other staff groups in health and social care
  • Knowledge of a range of rehabilitation interventions across all therapies
  • Understanding and application of clinical governance, including research and audit methodology
  • Understanding and application of relevant outcome measures to demonstrate effectiveness


  • Knowledge of other services that link across primary/secondary/intermediate care
  • Working knowledge of therapeutic equipment.
  • Knowledge of Health Board and priorities.
  • Accredited Practice Educator
  • Accredited Agored Assessor



  • Significant post graduate experience of working as an occupational therapist across a range of settings and variety of conditions
  • Managing a complex and varied caseload
  • Working independently with indirect or arms length supervision.
  • Delegation and Supervision of staff
  • Experience of coping independently with distressing or emotional situations in challenging work environments
  • Working as part of a team.
  • Experience of contributing to service development and implementing service changes
  • Direct involvement with carers and families
  • Self-development and application of learning
  • Use of adapted techniques for improving patient outcomes


  • Experience of working with groups
  • Experience of working in a community setting
  • Experience of using virtual communication platforms for delivering service.
  • Experience in same clinical area as post being applied for

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