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Specialist Occupational Therapist, Older Adult Mental Health

Powys Teaching Health Board
£35,922 to £43,257 per annum
Closing date
9 Oct 2023
An opportunity has arisen in the Older Persons Mental Health team covering the community, dementia home treatment team and inpatient unit in the Radnorshire area of South Powys. As a service we are looking to work flexibly with the successful applicant.

It is an exciting time to be part of Mental Health Services in Powys Teaching Health Board as we continue to transform, modernise and develop services to meet the needs of communities and so we are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic Specialist Occupational Therapist to work within the team. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, the OT will carry out OT assessments and provide Specialist OT interventions for patients care. The role has been shaped to allow the successful candidate to focus on evidence-based OT assessments and interventions.

Main duties of the job

Providing peer support and an occupational view to lead patient recovery is integral in the MDT, and OT is a valued profession within the team. As a service the OT works closely with other OT staff across PTHB and the Local Authority and will have a knowledge and understanding of equipment and physical health difficulties with the ability to prescribe equipment where needed. Specialist knowledge of Occupational Models of practise and experience of their application in the mental health setting is essential. The mental health OT team are undertaking LACLS training, and the service will use MOHO / MOHOST as standard assessment tools. There are training opportunities, with the developing use of LACLs with-in the service, and patient groups are now developed with in teams. There is an expectation to accommodate student learning each year, and there is supervision, CPD and personal development opportunities widely available. As a team the OT staff have close relationship with OT staff across PTHB with shared learning opportunities, student learning and preceptorship groups.

You will be an integral member of the Team, providing training and specialist advice as and when needed to other staff and undertaking interventions. You will work closely with members of the MDT in a broad and varied role, enabling the successful practitioner to utilise their skills in various settings.

About us

Being the smallest Heath Board in Wales means that you won't get lost in the crowd. Everybody at Powys Teaching Health Board is valued for the contribution they make to our varied and diverse portfolio of community-based services. Together, we can continue to make a real difference to our patients and build on our unrivalled reputation.

As a supportive and progressive employer, we actively encourage you to carve out a career with us, through a range of development pathways. We're also lucky enough to be situated in one of the most beautiful rural counties in Britain, let alone Wales! Achieving a healthy 'life work' balance is essential, and something we recognise by prioritising your well-being.

To start your journey with us, and to learn more about what we can offer you please visit: There you will find information about our benefits and values, read staff experiences and more about what our beautiful county has to offer

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will benefit from:
  • A friendly, supportive working environmentand feeling valued.
  • A positive leadership and governance structure.
  • Regular managerial supervision and opportunities for CPD.
  • The opportunity to contribute to the future of service delivery in Powys.
  • Working in a beautiful county, the rurality of which offers opportunities to develop professional skills within a unique and challenging context in Wales.

You will benefit others by:
  • Sharing your voice in contribution to the development of services.
  • Participating in the education, development and supervision of junior staff, student nurses and student social work colleagues.
  • Being part of excellence in patient centred care and making a real difference to lives of Powys patients

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Person Specification

Qualifications and/or Knowledge


  • Degree or Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC Registration
  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • Up to date professional portfolio
  • Specialist knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions relevant to client group
  • Detailed knowledge and application of OT outcome measures
  • Planning and co-ordination of treatment packages
  • Abillity to analyse professional and ethical issues
  • Detailed and applied knowledge of health legislation and current practice
  • Detailed knowledge and application of principles of clinical governance
  • Application of Health, Safety and Risk management policies


  • Membership of BAOT
  • Membership of specialist interest groups



  • Relevant post registration experience including in specialist area relevant to post
  • Supervision experience of junior staff and students
  • Extensive clinical experience including individual and group work


  • Experience of carrying out research or audit
  • Experience of a range of physical settings
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience in assessing for Assistive Technology

Aptitude & Abilities


  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to build effective working relationships with a range of people
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Word processing and internet skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities
  • Supervisory/appraisal skills
  • Ability to reflect on and critically appraise own performance
  • Ability to organise and respond effectively to complex information
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Training and presentation skills


  • Ability to speak Welsh



  • Demonstrate PTHB Values



  • Able to travel within a geographical area
  • Commitment to client centred and non-discriminatory practice
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Ability to cope with emotional or distressing circumstances
  • Ability to cope with occasional exposure to challenging work environments

Employer details

Employer name

Powys Teaching Health Board



Bronllys Hospital



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