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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Market Harborough
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part 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.

We have an exciting opportunity in Offender Health for a Band 6 Specialist Occupational Therapist ( 0.40 WTE -part time 2 days per week) within a Prison based Democratic Therapeutic Community contextualised for intellectual/learning disabilities (TC+).

We are looking for a person who is passionate about understanding and supporting the needs of men in the TC+ and providing specialist OT input.

The post is based at HMP Gartree in Leicestershire.

You will join a multidisciplinary team consisting of both Nottinghamshire healthcare clinicians and HMPPS specialist officers and group facilitators. You will work within the ethos of Therapeutic Communities principles and therefore uphold and contribute to all Therapeutic Community processes.

You will support the TC+ to provide OT assessments, diagnosis (where appropriate) treatment and support to men with Mild to Moderate Intellectual/Learning Disability within the unit.

Main duties of the job

You will provide specialist occupational therapy support to prisoners with Mild to Moderate Learning Disability, including the provision of skills and activity groups with an emphasis on requirements for resettlement and re-integration back into the community.

You will help evaluate resident progress against set targets aimed at reducing risk, psychological distress and enhancing skills by supporting residents to become as independent as possible and maintain or improve their level of function, ensuring that specialist assessments and evaluation reports are completed as required.

You will work as part of the TC+ multi-disciplinary team including representing TC+ at meetings as agreed amongst the TC+ team.

You will be fully supported to develop your specialist skills with relevant training provided and may be asked to represent Notts Health care and Learning-disabled men in prison, at conferences and National Events and NHSE forums. There will also be opportunity for you to showcase the service and offer relevant training/educational sessions to other members of the MDT and across the TC+ network.

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

You will be supported by a clinical lead offering regular supervision.

You will be supported by your clinical lead to improve the outcomes of people with Learning Disability on the TC+

The Directorate provides healthcare to eight prisons in Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. As such you are part of a large peer group of 400+ healthcare professionals with access to appropriate peer support, supervision and excellent opportunities for learning and development.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust enjoys a good reputation as an employer offering applicants the opportunity of an interesting role in a developing and stimulating environment but also with access to a range of established terms and conditions of service and access to continuing professional development and to NHS pension scheme.

Our DBS check is free, you have no fees to pay!

If you want to know more or have some concerns or queries, please get in touch. Call or email Clinical Lead Sue Jamieson on 01858 426732,

Person Specification



  • BSc/MSc/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration


  • Practice placement educator accredited

Further training


  • Evidence of regular relevant CPD activities

Work experience


  • Experience of providing Occupational Therapy interventions in Mental Health/ Learning Disability secure settings including, clinical, leadership and management rolesementia
  • Experience of MDT working


  • Clinical audit
  • Project management



  • High level communication skills, verbal and written including an ability to communicate complex information to offenders with a Learning Disability, using a range of means taking into account the needs of people with impaired language and communication
  • Leadership skills
  • Good written, verbal and IT skills with patients, carers and other professionals
  • Sound assessment skills including risk assessment and management.
  • Performance management skills
  • Effective time management and organisation skills and ability to work under pressure


  • Clinical supervision skills
  • Ability to undertake initial mental health assessments and experience of care co-ordination
  • Presentation/teaching skills

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Gartree

Market Harborough

LE16 7RP

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