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Senior Occupational Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This post is eligible for a Golden Hello payment of �2,750 for new starters who are external to the Trust. This is payable in 3 instalments over a 2 year period. This payment is only eligible to new starters who do not already hold a contract of employment with the Trust. This post also includes paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during night, weekends and bank holidays.

Sherwood Oaks is a purposed designed 70 bedded Adult Mental Health Inpatient service located on the outskirts of Mansfield.

To effectively plan, implement and lead a high-quality Occupational Therapy Service with service users on the acute wards at Sherwood Oaks Hospital. The post holder will work autonomously and ensure service users are assessed in relation to their occupational functioning and will work with the individual to identify their plans, to maximise independence in relation to daily living and social inclusion. Working as part of the multi-disciplinary team, use their clinical expertise to participate in the preparation, implementation, and review of plans to aid recovery. The post holder will be responsible for the day to day safe and effective running and the provision of Occupational Therapy on the wards.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will clinically supervise Occupational Therapy staff within the team and other support staff as required providing guidance and focus to their work, ensuring safe working practices. Professional and clinical supervision will be provided by the identified OT Professional Lead and the post holder will link into the wider OT network in Nottinghamshire and will work co-operatively with colleagues to ensure high quality service provision and gain opportunities for support and Continual Professional Development opportunities. The post holder will receive Managerial supervision from the Ward Manager. They will undertake the role of Practice Placement Educator for Occupational Therapy students providing student placements in accordance with local agreements and standards and will support students from other disciplines. The post holder will liaise with a range of agencies and services across Nottingham.

As an Occupational Therapist you are a key member of the multidisciplinary team working in partnership with adults undertaking specialist occupational therapy assessments and contributing to multi-disciplinary treatment and care planning.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

We are seeking proactive, compassionate, caring and recovery focused HCPC registered Occupational Therapists with excellent communication skills to join our existing dynamic multidisciplinary teams to be involved in holistic assessments and interventions to support the planning and delivery of patient care. The multidisciplinary teams all work in a way that is collaborative, evidenced based and responsive to peoples needs.

In return, we offer you a supporting professional network of colleagues, opportunities for career development, access to high quality clinical supervision, and an employer who is supportive of your own physical and mental wellbeing.

The Mental Health Care Group of Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust comprises of three care units Adult Mental Health, Mental Health Services for Older People and Specialist Services.

Person Specification

Physical Characteristics


  • Able to undertake training in the management of violence reduction
  • Has the physical ability to perform the full range of Occupational Therapy duties

Contractual Requirements


  • Ability to work to meet the needs of the service

Qualifications - Academic / Craft / Professional


  • Degree/diploma RCOT
  • Maintains current HCPC Registration
  • Further specialist knowledge/post registration experience in specific service area or formal training


  • Demonstrate continued professional development to maintain professional registration

Further Training


  • Practice Placement Educator
  • Willingness to undertake clinical practices, education and training that will enhance service delivery

Work Experience


  • Experience commensurate with this senior post
  • Experience of working in mental health with acute and longer term conditions


  • Recovery focused practice



  • Excellent skills in Occupational Therapy assessment, intervention and evaluation of OT practice
  • Effective risk assessment and management skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team Clinical supervision skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Diplomatic, caring & empathetic
  • Ability to be flexible and handle conflict issues
  • IT skills
  • Ability to lead the Occupational Therapy team.


  • A high level of emotional intelligence

Values and Behaviours


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Sherwood Oaks

Sherwood Avenue


NG18 4GW

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