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B6 Specialist Occupational Therapist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,391 to £42,503 a year Incl 5% Fringe HCAS
Closing date
17 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to come and be part of our dynamic Mental Health Occupational Therapy service under Surrey and Borders Partnership (SABP). You will be based in Guildford Community Mental Health Recovery Service at Farnham Road Hospital.

As a service we have developed innovative ways of delivering Occupational Therapy (OT) in the community services to support people in their individual recovery journey including a variety of occupationally focused programmes. We use Model of Human Occupation to guide all our OT assessments and interventions. The post constitutes a 50% delivery of OT interventions and a 50% of lead professional role, offering low-intensity interventions for people with occupational needs.

SABP Trust is one of the largest Mental Health Trusts in the South-East working collaboratively with health, social care and voluntary organisations. We are an early implementor site for the mental health transformation and are working with our partners to enhance our services.

The candidate must have a full and valid driving licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes due to the community element of this role.

If you require further information or would like to discuss the occupational therapy role within the Community Mental Health Recovery Service please contact Olivia Machin, Lead Occupational Therapist on

Main duties of the job

The post will include delivering both individual and group OT interventions within a clear care pathway, Interventions include:

· Occupation Matters Programme – a 20 week group which utilises Lifestyle Redesign© principles. This programme was developed within the Trust and has had a positive impact on the lives of people, who access our services

· Recovery through Occupation – 6 weeks group which uses the Re-Motivation process to improve an individual's motivation and social skills.

· New Horizons – our OT led discharge pathway enabling people to reconnect with their communities and previous roles to support a smooth transition

· Individual OT

· Comprehensive OT assessments

The OT leadership team is committed to an extensive, co-ordinated CPD programme including a robust supervision structure, care group meetings, Trust wide and core competence training and an annual conference.

This post is suitable if you have had previous experience of working in mental health, you want to consolidate your knowledge of OT and be involved in delivering high quality, evidence based, outcome measured occupational therapy interventions.

If you are creative, committed to lifelong learning, good at using your initiative and are committed to providing a high-quality occupational therapy with recovery on your agenda, then apply today.

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 withing easy reach.

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

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Overview

1. To provide high quality and evidence based occupational therapy assessment and interventions, both group and individual, to people who access services and their carers/supporters/family members, in line with the occupational therapy pathways.

2. To communicate effectively with people who access services, carers, the multi-disciplinary team and when appropriate outside agencies.

3. To contribute to the generic functioning of the team.

4. To provide supervision and mentoring to more junior occupational therapists, occupational therapy apprenticeships, support workers and activities coordinators (as appropriate)

5. To provide occupational therapy student placements.

6. To contribute to service development and audits.

7. To take on the role of lead professional as appropriate.

The job will be within our Guildford Community Mental Health Recovery Service and be based primarily at the Redwood Centre, Farnham Road Hospital, Guildford. The postholder will be expected to work flexibly across the South West locality to enable the delivery of the occupational therapy group programme.

Suitable for someone who is creative and passionate about working with individuals in a person centred, compassionate and inclusive way to enable individuals to reach their goals.

Key Responsibilities


· To contribute to service development and audits.

· To provide supervision (if relevant to post) and mentoring to junior occupational therapy staff, occupational therapy apprentices, activity coordinators and support workers.

· To represent occupational therapy within the multi-disciplinary team and locality/sector/wider divisional meetings.

· To advocate and promote occupational therapy within the Trust.

· To support the delivery of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities within services and divisions.

· To provide clinical placements for occupational therapy students.

· To contribute to the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.

· To lead on project work relevant to the team/service, with support from the Lead Occupational Therapist.

· To assist in appropriate staff recruitment and induction and contribute to the wider strategic plans regarding occupational therapy recruitment.


· To demonstrate expertise and specialist occupational therapy skills in areas such as occupational identity and competency, occupational engagement, environmental adaptation, volition, development and maintenance of occupational skills.

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

· To provide evidence based and outcome measured occupational therapy interventions (individual and group), as outlined in the occupational therapy pathway.

· To use 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).

· To evaluate the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions.

· To have excellent time management skills and be able to independently manage occupational therapy referrals, triages and own caseload.

· To act as the lead professional or care coordinator when delivering occupational therapy interventions to people who access services, as appropriate.

· To utilise therapeutic use of self skills when providing occupational therapy interventions.

· To understand group theory and system dynamics and how these impact on delivering services.

· To contribute to the rapid response function within the service.

· To complete New Patient Assessments for people referred to the service.

· To be the lead professional when delivering generic work, such as risk management, referring to specialist services, stabilisation, low intensity interventions, to people who access services with have complex needs.

· To complete comprehensive risk assessment and management plans, raising safeguarding concerns in line with Trust policy.

· To practice within the Positive Risk-Taking Framework.

· To keep up to date with current evidence-based practice, research and National guidelines within your clinical area.

· To communicate complex and challenging issues in an effective and compassionate way with people who access services, carers/family members/supporters, other clinicians and agencies/services.

· To effectively manage a caseload with people who have complex needs.

· To be compassionate, inclusive and understanding of the needs of people who access services, carers/supporter/family members.

· To work in partnership with other community services and providers.


· 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 engage in your own CPD to ensure that you have the knowledge and skills to deliver high quality occupational therapy assessments and interventions.

· To document assessments, interventions, evaluations and progress notes in a clear, timely and professional manner, in line with Trust policy.

· To actively engage in your own supervision and appraisal.

· To ensure confidentially in line with the Trust's policies and procedures

· To contribute to a healthy and safe working environment by adhering to health and safety regulations and Trust policies.

Person Specification



  • Occupational Therapy professional qualification
  • HCPC registered


  • Completion of an Educator course



  • Relevant post qualification clinical experience
  • Experience of using multiple occupational frames of reference and approaches
  • Experience of using relevant occupational therapy assessment and implementing interventions
  • Experience in applying knowledge of the impact of health and disability on occupational performance, participation and identity
  • Evidence of an interest and skills in specialist area
  • Evidence of clinical reasoning skills
  • UK driving license and access to a car for work purposes


  • Experience of contributing to service development/project work
  • Experience as a supervisor
  • Experience of group facilitation
  • Experience of supporting students on placement

Employer details

Employer name

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


The Redwood Centre

Farnham Road Hospital



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