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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Occupational therapist to join South Tees Liaison Psychiatry on permanent contract.

Occupational therapy will be provided as a deliverable intervention which aims to support users in personally meaningful recovery of ordinary lives and daily occupation/s. A commitment to assessment of occupational need and a clear understanding of the therapeutic use and benefits of occupation based intervention is essential.

The B6 Occupational Therapist will work as part of the ward multi-disciplinary teams committed to collaborative working, and focusing on the provision of high quality evidence based services to individuals or groups.

Joint working with colleagues is encouraged, particularly as relates to grading discharge and providing continuity of intervention.

The post will offer varied opportunities for training and development, with CPD needs being identified and monitored through appraisal. Clinical/professional supervision will be provided by the lead occupational therapist.

As part of the interview you will be required to present a 15 minutes presentation. Occupational therapy assessment and treatment in liaison psychiatry

Main duties of the job

To develop and implement occupational therapy treatment plans and provide advice to service users with diverse presentations and complex needs to enable them to maintain, restore or create a balance between their abilities and the demands of their occupation and environment in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure. Service users have a range of mental health conditions and/or learning disabilities.

Responsible for ensuring the highest professional standards and attitudes towards the care of service users are maintained at all times and that care is delivered in accordance with evidence based practice by all staff for whom the post holder has designated responsibility.

To facilitate others in the team to develop competence by providing clinicalleadership and specialist clinical advice on more complex cases.

To provide clinical supervision to occupational therapy staff and students.To be committed to and take a lead role in activities integral to the Trust's Quality Improvement System.

To promote at all times a positive image of people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities.

To promote at all times a positive image of the Occupational Therapy Service and the wider Trust.

About us

We are one of the largest specialist mental health and learning disabilities trusts in the country, with an annual income of �270m and a workforce of some 5,700 staff operating from over one hundred sites in Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire. We provide a range of services to 1.6m people in addition to providing specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

The Tees-wide Liaison Psychiatry Services operates across Tees, supporting North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, by providing mental health assessment, advice, diagnosis, treatment and care planning to patients with complex needs. The service is presently undergoing significant service development as a result of new funding, making it an exciting time to join our team. We are looking to recruit a Registered Mental Nurse to join the team and to help shape the future of liaison services across Tees.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification which outlines the main duties and responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent Registration with HCPC
  • Successful completion of preceptorship year as a graduate occupational therapist (or equivalent in non-NHS sectors)
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Clinical Supervisory Skills course (or willingness to undertake within agreed timescale
  • Trust training in Appraisal and Recruitment (or willingness to undertake within an agreed timescale)
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)


  • Accredited Practice Placement Educator (APPLE)
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area.



  • Significant experience in Occupational Therapy including experience working with service users in mental health or learning disabilities with complex needs.
  • Experience of supervising students on placement
  • Experience of participation in quality improvement activities


  • Day to day clinical/professional supervision of staff



  • Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act and its application in practice.
  • National guidance and key standards in own specialist area
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
  • Health and Safety legislation and its application in practice
  • Significant knowledge of evidence based practice in designated specialist area
  • Significant knowledge to post-graduate level of the needs and difficulties of service users in designated specialist area.



  • Communicate complex and sensitive information in a manner appropriate to the individual and situation
  • Manage own caseload and prioritise effectively
  • Provide effective teaching, training and clinical supervision.
  • Solve complex clinical problems
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Roseberry Park Hospital

Marton Road



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