Occupational Therapist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an OT Student due to qualify or a Band 5 looking for an exciting new challenge? Are you looking to work with a dynamic and innovative team, and develop transferrable skills in a number of specialisms within elderly rehabilitation?

We have an amazing opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist to join our established and clinically diverse Band 5 post within the Petersfield Inpatient Team.

This post will enable you to develop and consolidate your core OT skills in the OT Process, provide a greater understanding of the wider Multi disciplinary team and consider how services link together to support patients on their journey. You will gain experience working with patients from aged 18 to over 100 from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

The supervisor will support you to allocate referrals to you within your competence levels, providing ongoing support throughout. Supervision will be provided regularly on an informal and formal basis. Further sources of support are provided through structured preceptorship programme and a Band 5 peer support meeting. In-service training is also provided in, for example, 24 hour postural management, falls prevention, managing challenging behaviour in Dementia and cognitive assessments.

This is a fantastic and exciting opportunity to develop a career in Occupational Therapy.

Main duties of the job

You will holistically promote the function and safety of patients in hospital to optimise discharge to their own homes. Your caseload will be clinically diverse with a wide variety of long term conditions. You will work closely with family/informal carers and formal carers to enable them to support patients throughout and beyond your intervention.

You will grow in your professional development, focusing on both your clinical and managerial skills. You will be supported to develop your assessment skills through functional, environmental and cognitive assessments, moving and handling and with implementation of these assessments to help patients to identify meaningful and realistic goals. You will learn how to assist patients to achieve these goals through a range of interventions, and finally how to evaluate these interventions. You will learn key transferrable managerial skills such as planning, prioritisation, time management and communication skills vital for effective teamwork and liaison with MDT and family and/or carers.

You will need a Degree or diploma in OT and HCPC registration. You will need to be a car driver and have access to a car for work. There may be an opportunity to start working as an Occupational Therapy Assistant while waiting for HCPC registration prior to the start of the post- this can be negotiated at interview.

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.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • *Diploma/Degree
  • Health Professions Council registration

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Petersfield Hospital

Swan Street, Petersfield



GU32 3LB

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