Occupational Therapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
St Albans
£28,407 to £34,581 a year HCAS according to rotation
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Do you want to start or develop your OT career working in mental health? Would you like to know that you have made a difference to people who have a number of challenges to their health and wellbeing? Do you want the opportunity to be part of HPFT who are currently rated as \outstanding overall by CQC?

We can offer you an excellent opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge whether you are seeking your first post or considering a change in specialism. We can be flexible in what we offer, depending on your development needs and preferences.

We can offer posts in:

Adult community

Adult acute

Older adult community

Older adult acute

Learning disabilities



We can offer posts as:

Full time

Part time

As a rotation to enable the development of a broad range of skills to support your career progression.Static posts if you prefer to remain in one place

We can also offer possible elective one day a week/job swap opportunities in:

Older Adults Continuing Healthcare

Acute Assessment and Treatment Organic

Acute Assessment and Treatment Functional

Early Memory Services

Crisis, Community, Intermediate Care Team, Care Home Function

Perinatal inpatient / community

PICU / Forensic

Eating Disorders




Main duties of the job

To provide occupational therapy assessment and treatment interventions for the specified service user group including 1-1 and group interventions.

To carry a caseload as a member of the MDT and to develop the occupational therapy service provision within the setting. The OT service uses the Model Of Human Occupation across the Trust, and the Recovery Through Activity framework for groups. High quality supervision, Preceptorship and KSF processes are an integral part of all the band 5 posts. CPD opportunities include a monthly Band 5 CPD Meeting with tutorials and access to OT in-service training events. The in-service training often includes outside speakers who are at the forefront of out profession. For more information on the individual posts and rotation scheme, refer to the additional document: Band 5 OT Rotation Scheme Recruitment Information Pack. Applications should provide clear evidence of meeting the criteria in the Personal Specification. Car driver essential as a majority of the posts are community based, or access to a car (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving).

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To plan and implement individual and/or group interventions in collaboration with the service user, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.
  • To undertake occupational therapy assessments for a designated caseload, addressing occupational performance and skill deficits, enabling the service user in areas of self-maintenance, productivity and leisure.
  • To build on existing knowledge of the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) through the use of standardised assessment and intervention tools.
  • Following assessment, to undertake case formulation in order to highlight occupational strengths and limitations and to inform the intervention plan moving forward.
  • To work collaboratively with service users to identify OT goals as part of the overall recovery plan.
  • To provide interventions in the manner that is consistent with Trust standards and values.
  • To routinely provide feedback to the MDT regarding observed occupational performance throughout contact, which inform ongoing assessment and therapeutic intervention?
  • To provide support and education to service users and carers regarding aspects of occupational therapy e.g. equipment fitting, rehabilitation programmes.

For a more detailed Job and Person Specification please read the attached before applying

Person Specification



  • oBSc/MSc/PG Dip Occupational Therapy
  • oHCPC registration (or applied for)
  • oProficient use of Microsoft Office and associated packages


  • oMembership of RCOT
  • oExperience of working with people with mental health problems and/or learning disability
  • oTraining in the use of the Model of Human Occupation in practice areas



  • oKnowledge of key policy, health legislation and guidelines which impact on OT practice
  • oStrong communication skills written and verbal
  • oApplied knowledge and understanding and ability to use a range of communication skills to overcome barriers to engagement
  • oAbility to work effectively in a team
  • oAbility to grade and adapt practical skills



  • oCreative problem solving and clinical judgement skills
  • oAbility to understand ,respond and adjust appropriately to the changing needs of service users
  • oKnowledge and experience of using the range of Model of Human Occupation Assessment tools and other OT related OT.
  • oAbility to Critically evaluate group interventions and outcomes
  • oAbility to use case formulation to guide OT intervention plan

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