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Senior Occupational Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Job overview

Are you looking to further your Occupational Therapy career in a recovery oriented, occupation-focused, supportive multidisciplinary service?

We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Occupational Therapist (OT) to join the OT team at The Chichester Centre, providing mental health care and treatment for men and women, in conditions of low security. The service is dynamic, forward-thinking, and always looking for ways to improve. We are a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services and actively engage in the Peer Review cycle as well as other quality assurance visits.

We offer a commitment to staff support, regular supervision and CPD an opportunity to gain specialist experience in forensic practice encouragement and support to undertake training and professional development and opportunities to be involved with research.

Informal discussions and/ or visits are welcome.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

Your role will be to manage a caseload of clients, to provide evidence based / client centred OT interventions, to promote and develop the role of OT within the centre, and to provide line management and professional supervision to members of the OT team and peer support workers. You will also be an active member of the multidisciplinary ward team, which is supported by the Chichester Centre leadership team.

You will act as a specialist OT practitioner, being involved directly in clinical work as well as advising others through supervision. There is also scope to contribute to the co-ordination and facilitation of ward and unit therapy programmes.

About us

Working for your organisation

The Chichester Centre has 49 beds across 3 wards two wards for men, and one for women. Each ward has a full multidisciplinary team comprising nursing, medical, social work and psychology colleagues in addition to OT. There is also a drama therapist who works across the unit, and we have volunteers who come in to facilitate specific activities. Interventions are offered on an individual and group basis, both within the centre and through accessing the community. This may include community leisure facilities, as well as education/ learning, activity-specific groups, and volunteering.The OT comprises qualified and OT Technician staff who are primarily assigned to an individual ward but with cross-ward groups and skill mixing across wards for individual work when indicated.

We have close links with other parts of the forensic service, particularly with OT colleagues at the Hellingly Centre medium secure service.The post is line managed by the Chichester Centre's Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Operate as a senior occupational therapy practitioner and manage an appropriate complex clinical caseload.

Promote evidence based practice in occupational therapy and the relevant mental health service/ learning disability service.

Provide a specialised range of clinical interventions and demonstrate knowledge of models of practice.

Monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of interventions.

Provide clinical assessment, formulation, intervention, review and where appropriate CPA including care co-ordination for service users, their families and carers.

Contribute to the development of multi-disciplinary best practice clinical guidelines and protocols.


To fully participate in the Trusts performance review and personal development planning process on an annual basis.

To provide effective guidance, supervision and appraisals for junior staff.

Research and Development

Contribute and participate in occupational therapy research and development, working with clinical specialist therapist and education providers and in line with Trust and service area research priorities.

Engage actively in practice development, evaluation, audit and research activities relevant to occupational therapy and the directorate.

Person Specification



  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy
  • Evidence of post graduate level study/training
  • Registration with the HPC as an occupational therapist
  • Management/Leadership training
  • Training in the use of standardised occupational therapy assessment tool



  • Experience as a qualified occupational therapist in mental health
  • Broad experience of working with clients with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of both group and individual work
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Experience as a Care Coordinator
  • Experience in a clinical area related to the post
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience in applying a range of assessment tools and a comprehensive knowledge of occupational therapy clinical approaches used in mental health

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


The Chichester Centre

Graylingwell Drive


PO19 6GS

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