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Occupational Therapist

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The Community Rehabilitation Service which incorporates the Horizons Service operates in five localities across Kent. The service is designed to meet the needs of individuals with complex mental health problems. Intensive rehabilitation and recovery focussed support is provided in the individual's own home to help them participate in everyday activities which are important to them, and aims to prevent relapse and hospital admission In addition to working in individual's own homes he team work in close partnership with Social Care and Housing to provide the healthcare element to Horizons supported accommodation in each locality. Horizons offers assured short term tenancies for up to two years for individuals with complex mental health problems and staff are based on-site.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist to join the Swale team based in Sittingbourne. The post involves lone working, and includes 1 to 1 and specific group-work to provide individualised programmes of care to support clients to develop and enhance their skills and independent and promote recovery. The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with partner organisations, to advocate for clients and to promote a collaborative and recovery orientated focus throughout. This post involves flexible hours of work between 08:00 and 20:00 according to the needs of the service, this will include some, evenings, weekends and public holidays.

Main duties of the job

To assist in identifying, developing and providing the Occupational Therapy contribution within the multi-disciplinary service in accordance with the needs of service users and the requirements of the service.

To assess, plan, deliver and evaluate therapeutic interventions for identified service users.

To manage a defined caseload of service users with occupational needs using evidence based, service user centred, hope and recovery, health promotion and relapse prevention orientated principles and practice.


To put patients first by providing community based, high quality and responsive healthcare services, delivered by well trained and supported staff who work with relatives, carers and other agencies in the best interests of patients.

  • To remain patient focused at all times by providing high quality and responsive healthcare services in hospitals and the community.
  • To work closely with patients, their families, carer groups, local communities and other organisations ensuring care is co-ordinated.
  • To respect and develop every member of staff by encouraging and supporting them in their personal and professional development and by valuing their input through recognition and individual reviews.
  • To be innovative and proactive by encouraging staff to initiate new ideas in working practices and ensuring a process and continuous improvement in the way services are provided.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To ensure assessment of service users and analyse and interpret information gained to form an accurate formulation of function, strengths, capabilities and occupational needs.
  • To work collaboratively with service users, staff, and carers to identify goals to determine and deliver an appropriate intervention/recovery plan which maximises occupational engagement and performance whilst balancing risk, and promoting choice and independence.
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify therapeutic interventions in order to measure progress and increase efficacy for the best possible service user outcomes and experience.
  • To act as a competent clinician supporting best practice in line with NICE guidance and professional standards
  • To adhere to and apply the current Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct of Occupational Therapists and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and Standards of Proficiency for Occupational Therapists.
  • To be responsible for maintaining professional registration.
  • To support the implementation of the current and future Allied Health Professions (AHP) strategy
  • To adhere to KMPTs policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • To ensure that the Trusts values are upheld in Occupational Therapy practice.
  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work.
  • To take into account the individuality of the views, wishes, values and beliefs of service users, and relatives, respecting equality and diversity and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs.
  • To effectively liaise with service users, family, carers, advocates and health and social care professionals regarding service users assessment, treatment and care to ensure continuity of care and delivery of a coordinated service as a member of the MDT
  • To ensure all communication adheres to Trust policy and Caldicott / data protection principles.
  • To assess capacity and obtain informed consent from service users and work within a legal framework with those service users who lack capacity to consent to treatment.
  • To ensure service users are involved in the planning and prioritisation of their care plans wherever possible.
  • In conjunction with colleagues to undertake, record, review and work within individual risk assessment and management plans in line with service and Trust policy.
  • In conjunction with others to identify service users needs for additional care provision / housing/specialist placement/further assessment /referral on to other agencies as required.
  • To apply national guidelines, audit results, current knowledge, research, evidence based practice and legislation to develop and improve service provision.
  • To participate in monitoring equipment and materials, advising on resources to carry out the job, including the responsible use of petty cash.
  • To utilize the supervision and appraisal process in order to ensure that Occupational Therapy is contributing to the Trusts, and the Service objectives.
  • To undertake statutory and essential training in accordance with Trust policies and procedures.
  • To demonstrate on-going personal development through participation in internal and external development opportunities, including audit and research activity, recording learning outcomes through maintaining a CPD portfolio.
  • To undertake practice placement educators course and participate in student education
  • To attend and actively participate in relevant clinical meetings/forums.
  • To actively participate in the preceptorship programme during the first post registration year in the NHS
  • To contribute to the development of others supporting the induction, supervision and evaluation of support staff and students.
  • To travel between locations in a timely manner
  • To link with special interest groups both internal and external to the Trust to share good practice
  • To act as a representative of the service as required.
  • To assist in the recruitment and selection process for staff as required
  • Supporting service users to function to their optimal ability in their environment. This can involve working in a diverse range of settings with a range of associated demands. For example: challenging behaviours and/or exposure to poor hygiene (personal/environmental).
  • Maintaining and promoting a safe environment taking account of infection control and identifying and reporting hazards and risks in a timely manner.
  • Accompanying, escorting and transporting service users as required.
  • Working contracted hours as per the requirements of the service. May also be required, at times, to work at other Trust units and/or sites.
  • Physically able to carry out all duties required of the clinical setting, including successful completion of physical interventions training as required

Please see Job description for full details.

Person Specification

Training, Qualifications & Registration


  • Qualified and registered as an Occupational Therapist with Health and Care Professions Council



  • Experience of (either through previous employment or student placements) of people with mental health problems.
  • Experience of (either through previous employment or student placements) of working with individuals and groups.
  • Experience of applying the OT process


  • Documented evidence of Continuing Professional Development.

Knowledge & Skills


  • Knowledge of and ability to apply national policies and procedures including but not limited to confidentiality, consent, risk management, service user involvement.
  • Knowledge in the application of relevant OT theoretical models, and approaches relevant to service user group
  • Basic factual knowledge of the importance of enabling people to do the things they want, need or are expected to do to support them in being well in life.

Employer details

Employer name

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust


Archer House

Freeman Drive


ME10 3GJ

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