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Occupational Therapist

Solent NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
6 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
There is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and passionate individual to join our innovative mental health AHP service.

The post holder will join the older persons specialism within the AHP service and provide support to older adults with complex mental health needs across inpatient and community settings. The post holder will work closely with colleagues to deliver evidence based assessments, interventions and groups as well as provide specialist support and advice to the wider service and MDT.

There is professional and clinical supervision available from a supportive and multi-disciplinary leadership team. Our team emphasises innovation, development and evidence base and therefore encourage personal development and sharing of skills through regular supervision and appraisal.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder is responsible for the provision of a high-quality Occupational Therapy (OT) service, ensuring that the service delivered meets Trust and professional standards and develops in line with Government, Clinical, Professional, and local guidelines.
  • Delivering occupational focused assessment, formulations, and interventions for a caseload of patients with complex needs across multiple settings.
  • To deputise for AHP Team Leads and provide cover for the other team members as necessary.
  • To be responsible for supporting, developing, and evaluating an evidence-based therapeutic group programme.
  • Act as a Lead Professional for a limited number of patients with complex needs ensuring the full implementation of the Care Programme Approach Policy.
  • Act as a link professional within a specific team to be appoint of contact for referrals, provide clinical and professional advice and represent the AHP service during multi-disciplinary meetings.
  • To be a key resource in facilitating the patients journey through mental health clinical pathways within acute, primary, and secondary care. This will involve supporting patients in their homes and communities to prevent an avoidable hospital admission, and to work with patients in hospital to ensure safe, effective, efficient, and recovery focused discharge.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • Degree level or higher in Occupational Therapy.
  • Health and Care Professions Council registration.
  • Training qualification to teach students on placement or equivalent experience


  • Specialist post graduate training in a range of subjects relevant to mental health/acute mental illness/challenging behaviours



  • Post graduate experience working in complex and high-risk mental health settings -- managing challenging behaviours.
  • Experience of applying the Occupational Therapy process in mental health.
  • Experience of using standardised and functional assessments and activity analysis in a mental health setting.
  • Experience of supporting and supervising junior staff
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team

Employer details

Employer name

Solent NHS Trust


St James' Hospital

Locksway Road




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