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Senior Occupational Therapist

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a passionate Occupational Therapist looking for an exciting new challenge to develop your skills within a community mental health care setting? A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a for a full-time Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our well-established Adult Community Mental Health Team in the multicultural city of Bradford, working for Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust at Bradford North CMHT based at Somerset House.

As a service we have developed innovative ways of delivering recovery focused intervention to support people in their individual recovery journey including a variety of occupationally focussed interventions. The post constitutes a 50% delivery of Occupational Therapy interventions and 50% care coordination/lead professional for people with occupational needs.

The team comprises of Doctors, Occupational Therapist, Nurses, Psychologists, Art Therapist, Social workers,support and peer workers delivering a recovery focusedservice basedupononourCare Closer To Home initiative.The ideal candidate will have a dynamic approach to working as part of the MDT whilst delivering the core skills and values of Occupational Therapy. The successful candidate will be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of working age adults and will offer specific Occupational Therapy interventions, alongside developing skills in care coordinating service users with an occupational therapy focus.

Main duties of the job

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCT) is working collaboratively with Bradford Council to deliver integrated health and social care within mental health services. We also work closely with non-statutory organisations and voluntary settings. We also work in partnership with university colleagues to support the learning of students and to further develop the workforce.

The post would be suitable if you have had previous experience working in mental health, you want to consolidate your knowledge of occupational therapy and be involved in delivery of high quality, evidence based occupational therapy interventions.

If you require any further information or would like to discuss the role within the CMHT, please contact Leon Heppinstall (Occupational Therapist/ Team Manager) via email on: or via mobile on: 0787 684 6450.

About us

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: -

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

We will consider a variety of flexible working arrangements to enable staff to balance their work and home lives and support staff by offering a fantastic range of benefits including :

Increase mileage rates for > 3500

A wide range of health and wellbeing support packages

A range of internal and external development and learning opportunities

Plus many more.

We are also proud to pledge our support to the Armed Forces and hold a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

BDCFT is dedicated to environmental and social sustainability by delivering on the commitments within our Green Plan. All staff are actively encouraged and supported to participate in training and to identify and implement sustainable quality improvement across all service areas and activities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main duties of the job

Clinical (AHP/Nursing Strategy)
  • Responsible for the delivery of community mental health care to a caseload of clients in accordance with the objectives of the Care Trust and within team operational policies.
  • Ensure implementation of all Trust Policies and Procedures as required.

Clinical Care/Service Delivery
  • To receive and accept referrals for the service and initiate, lead and co-ordinate their assessment, making referrals to other professionals as required
  • To manage a personal caseload of clients
  • To work as a Care Co-ordinator responsible for assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation of care for a designated client group. Undertake accurate, timely and skilled assessments and ongoing reassessment of clients condition, taking into consideration all social, physical and environmental factors. Comprehensively and accurately record and evaluate the implications of the information gained in order to plan the appropriate care for the client. Carry out accurate and in depth assessment of risk in collaboration with other members of the multi disciplinary team. Make a competent and reliable evaluation of the levels of risk presented by and to the clients. Make safe and constructive decisions based on assessed risks. Record and communicate risk information to others so as to promote the safety of the client and others. Detect early signs of deteriorating mental health including potential self-harm and suicide risk, worsening physical conditions and potential threats to others.
  • To work co-operatively and actively with clients and carers encouraging participation in care planning and delivery.
  • Ensure agreed standards of care are achieved.
  • Application of the Mental Health Act (1983) - Maintain knowledge of and act in accordance with Directorate policies and procedures.
  • To ensure equality of opportunity and fair access for all client and carers of service
  • Support and promote equality and diversity
  • To communicate effectively with all key care providers: Clients, carers other team members, social services, housing, voluntary agencies, user/carer groups, general practitioners, police and statutory bodies and care homes. To participate in case conferences in order to discuss complex care issues with other professionals and agencies, in the planning, implementation and management of care. In some individuals their lack of insight can provide a barrier to acceptance of care. This requires developed interpersonal communication skills
  • Ensure care delivery is in accordance with relevant professional guidance and current legislation.
  • To deal with crises and complex issues as they arise and to ensure that risks are managed accordingly, and to ensure that relatives and all persons involved in the case are kept informed of risks to their safety.
  • To report incidents and near misses in accordance with the Trust procedures and take positive action to prevent or minimise the likelihood of their recurrence.
2. Working as part of a Team
  • To actively participate in service improvement and governance forums.
  • To ensure good and effective liaison with Trust colleagues.
  • To liaise with service users, their families and carers, other allied health professionals, social services, GPs and any other agencies involved with the service user.
  • To work in accordance with all Trust and development policies and procedures and contribute to the development of a safe working environment.
3. Managing Self
  • Participate in regular supervision.
  • Attend all mandatory training.
  • Participate annually identifying, developing and agreeing your own development plan with your line manager using the Trust Appraisal process.
  • Comply with all Trust policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Pay regard to materials and equipment.
  • Carry out duties with due regard to the Trusts Equal Opportunity Policy.
  • Seek advice and support from Team Leader whenever necessary.
  • Safeguarding

  • All staff members have a duty to report any concerns they have about the safety or well being of adult service users, members of their families, including children. Employees should be aware of their roles & responsibilities to both prevent and respond appropriately to abuse. They should undertake the safeguarding training required for their particular role.
  • Staff Supervision and Support
    • Some staff supervision
  • Financial Responsibility

  • Some Financial Responsibility
  • Core Values:

  • Below is the Trusts Vision, Aims and Corporate Priorities. The Corporate Priorities are what the Board has identified as specific priorities. The Trusts vision statement is:

    Everything we do over the next five years will contribute to one or more of these four goals to achieve our vision of connecting people to the best quality care, when and where they need it, and be the best place to work.
    • To work as a Senior Practitioner ensuring that the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care for a designated client group is carried out to the highest standard.
    • To provide senior leadership to the small community-based Occupational Therapy team, and be involved in supporting the wider Occupational Therapy team across sites.
    • To complete specialist occupational assessments, interventions and recommendations as appropriate to this clinical setting.
    • To manage a caseload and delegate appropriately to clinical practitioners and assistant practitioners.
    • Assists the Team Manager in ensuring that agreed standards of professional activities within the unit are achieved.
    • Take a lead role in quality monitoring the service and delivery of care.
    • Formulates and influences new ways of working within the service.
    • Assist in ensuring that effective communications are maintained with other professionals, disciplines and teams.
    • Guide/mentor/supervise supporting staff as required to facilitate/deliver ongoing or functionally relevant activities in the most appropriate setting.
    • Evaluate treatment outcomes and meet emerging needs. Referring on to address unmet needs as appropriate and necessary.

    The working hours of the service are Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, excluding bank holidays.

    If you are interested and require further information please contact:

    Leon - Manager and Occupational therapy lead on: 07876846450

    Closing date: 29/09/23

    Shortlisting: 02/10/23

    Interview date: W/C 02/10/23

    Please read the attached Job description for further details about this role.

    Person Specification



    • Degree in Occupational Therapy
    • HCPC registration


    • APPLE accreditation or equivelant
    • Qualification in specific OT assessments eg: AMPs



    • Clinical experience including experience of risk assessment and assessing patients and implementing highly quality treatment and care plans
    • Experience of supervising staff and students


    • involvement in innovative service development
    • experience of managing staff

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust


    Somerset House, North Community mental health team

    Manor Road


    BD18 3BP

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