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Community Occupational Therapist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want to work in the vibrant and diverse city of Manchester contributing to development of a uniquely modern and responsive mental health service?Are you an experienced Occupational Therapist ready to take on the challenge of community working?We are seeking dynamic Band 6 level Occupational Therapists to work as part of an OT specific team within the community mental health teams across the city of Manchester. The post holders will lead a small group of recovery workers within the team and provide occupational therapy assessments and interventions directly to service users. This is a brilliant opportunity to work as a team to develop links with employers, student support, housing related and other groups and to support service users develop socially valued roles in society.

Main duties of the job

You will operate a specialist Occupational Therapy only caseload within the CMHT.You will be responsible for evidence based occupational and employment assessments and production of reports to a high standard. These will highlight how biological, sociological and psychological factors interact to create obstacles to the satisfactory occupational participation of anindividual within the social context.You will be part of a clear professional structure operating with the support of a band 7 Lead OT based within your locality and an overall Professional Lead OT.You will be provided with a full range of mandatory training and CPD opportunities with a particular emphasis on developing skills within the Model of Human Occupation.You will work alongside a range of agencies and develop your skills supporting to junior OT staff and students.Please view our job description and person specification for detailed information

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification

Staff benefits
  • Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
  • Excellent pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification



  • Demonstrable experience of working as a qualified Occupational Therapist
  • Providing Occupational Therapy in a mental health setting
  • Using a variety of Occupational vocational assessments
  • Identifying barriers to goal achievement
  • Planning and carrying out evidence based interventions


  • Experience of working in a range of mental health settings
  • Personal experience of mental health issues
  • Experience of working in a community setting.
  • Experience of supervising support staff



  • Diploma/Degree In Occupational Therapy
  • Field work educators qualification within 1 year of appointment
  • Registration with HPC


  • AMPS Training
  • Model of Human Occupation training
  • Care Programme Approach Training
  • Equality Diversity Awareness Training



  • Social inclusion and recovery models
  • Evidence based Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions relevant to mental health
  • Mental health legislation
  • Reflective practice
  • Knowledge of local cultures, social diversity and an ability to work as an OT within this context
  • Knowledge of the CPA process
  • Risk assessment and safeguarding



  • To apply models of human occupation
  • To use a variety of Occupational assessments
  • To develop case formulation from assessment
  • To plan and implement evidence based interventions aimed at achieving user goals
  • To use effective evidence based communication skills

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Various roles across North and Central Manchester


M9 5XS

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