Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and creative individual to join the Inpatient Occupational Therapy Teams within the Mental Health Care Division. There are a number of posts including supporting the inpatient services in Sefton, Liverpool, Knowsley & St Helens and Complex Care. The post holder will provide leadership and support across the inpatient services including supporting with clinical cases as appropriate.

Working within this established multi disciplinary team, the post holder will support therapists to provide specialist Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention as part of a team approach to supporting service users.

Being part of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, you will be given opportunity to network across different learning disabilities services and liaise with other OT's and AHP's within the wider Trust linking into the AHP workforce.

You should have a keen interest in working with this client group and be able to demonstrate the ability to work as part of a Multidisciplinary Team, demonstrate leadership skills. You will need to demonstrate an understanding of Transforming Care and this role to support that agenda.

Main duties of the job

To support therapists and undertake:

- Occupational therapy assessments, addressing occupational performance and skill deficits in areas of self-care, productivity and leisure.

- Plan and implement individual and/or group interventions, using selected and graded activity to develop the client's skills in identified areas of deficit.

- Comprehensive risk assessment with clients, and record the rationale for therapeutic risk taking in the OT care plan.

- Highly specialist reports to inform statutory bodies

- Highly specialist assessments, and compile OT reports, on behalf of the MDT to inform interventions, diagnosis and outcomes for clients with the most complex needs.

- Ensure ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the occupational therapy process in line with sound evidence based practice.

- Provide advice on issues related to ADL for other professionals and carers.

- Work closely with OT colleagues from other clinical settings / teams, providing individual and peer group support.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities

See Job description for detailed job description and main responsibilities.

The main duties of the role are to provide leadership and support for the Occupational Therapists working across the inpatient services in the Mental Health Care Division alongside supporting with clinical cases as appropriate.

Person Specification



  • Relevant OT Qualification
  • Registered with HCPC professional body
  • Post graduate accredited study e.g. PSI, CBT, MSc in relevant health studies.


  • Evidence of education to degree level or evidence of performance to equivalent level
  • Experience of being a Clinical Educator



  • Post graduate clinical experience, at a specialist level
  • Previous experience in relevant health settings
  • Management and supervision of staff
  • Effective team working within a multi-agency framework
  • Managing complaints/ compliments
  • Experience of service development
  • Experience using both group and individual treatment skills
  • Demonstrate experience of problem solving approaches
  • Audit and research practices relevant to clinical area
  • Assisting with effective budgetary management
  • Evidence based and experience of reflective practice
  • Recovery Model of Care
  • Model of Human Occupation
  • Safe Guarding Children
  • Mental Health Act 1983
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Relevant National policies and guidance
  • Up to date clinical knowledge relevant to the care environment
  • Clinical / Managerial supervision
  • Vulnerable adults guidelines
  • Can discuss / explain specialist OT role
  • Awareness of own strengths and limitations


  • Wider range of statutory and non-statutory services to young people
  • Risk management training



  • Continuous improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Change oriented



  • Effective leadership qualities and management styles
  • Ability to utilise assessment skills and tools effectively
  • Ability to communicate in a variety of settings
  • Ability to formulate relevant reports
  • Delegation and coordination
  • Clinical and management supervision
  • Ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Mentorship skills and record keeping
  • Flexible approach / creative thinking
  • IT skills
  • Means and ability to travel in the course of performing duties


  • Project management
  • Presentation skills
  • Resource and budget management

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Across inpatient services depending on role


L34 1PJ

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