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Lead Occupational Therapist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

There is a rare and exciting opportunity for a Band 7 Occupational Therapist to join the East Hampshire and Southampton Community Learning Disability Team based either in Southampton or Fareham and covering the east area of Hampshire and Southampton. The post holder will be responsible for the planning and delivery of an occupational therapy service. They will manage an OT team and carry a caseload. We are looking for a creative and enthusiastic occupational therapist to join an OT team who work within a dynamic and friendly multidisciplinary team (MDT) providing a service to adults with a learning disability.

We are looking for someone who is familiar with management, multidisciplinary working and who is experienced in working with people with a learning disability. Sensory Integration and AMPS qualifications would be beneficial as would previously experience of working with people who have complex needs and / or can appear challenging.

We can offer:

*Professional development through in-service training, external courses and with access to supportive and extensive library services.

*A well-developed appraisal and supervision structure

*The opportunity to develop and engage in close working relationships with other professionals in the multidisciplinary team and other partner agencies

You will need a Driving Licence and use of your own car as you will be working in the community, visiting clients in their homes and day services.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for the planning and delivery of an occupational therapy service within a designated geographical area.

To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of Directorate OT services, holding responsibility for defined projects

To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of the team Learning Disability Health Team and Learning Disability Directorate services

To manage a caseload of clients with complex needs in a variety of community settings using evidence based/client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions

To ensure supervision of OT students on practice placement

To provide professional leadership for OT staff including recruitment, supervision and appraisal systems.

The assessments and interventions undertaken will be embedded within the framework of:
  • MDT principles of working
  • The holistic model of care (4 tier model)
  • The 6 areas of clinical practice

It is essential to be highly motivated, reliable and be able to work flexibly.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

Person Specification



  • Documented evidence of Continuing professional development (CPD)
  • 5 years post-registration experience including at least 2 years within Learning Disabilities
  • Experience in Clinical Supervision
  • Leadership and first line management experience

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