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Specialist Occupational Therapist

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

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 6 Specialist Occupational Therapist - Gedling and Hucknall Intensive Home Treatment Team (IHTT)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic occupational therapist to join the Gedling and Hucknall IHTT. The team provides short-term intensive intervention to older people in their own homes to avoid admission to hospital or long-term care due to their mental health or a dementia diagnosis.

This is a challenging but rewarding role with a strong multidisciplinary approach within the team.

The post covers Gedling and Hucknall area and is based at Highbury Hospital working shifts between 08:00 and 20:00 seven days a week to meet the diverse needs of this patient group.

In addition to support from your team leader and the MDT, OT specific support is provided by monthly peer supervision and forums which offer support and CPD

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.

Main duties of the job

To provide an occupational therapy service for older people with complex mental health needs who are referred to the service.

To ensure a high-quality Occupational Therapy Service is provided through multi-disciplinary, multi-agency working. To carry out specialist assessment, goal setting, implementation of treatment programmes and evaluation.

To establish the needs of individuals referred to the service and plan care with colleagues from health, social services and the voluntary sector.

To represent and promote the specialist role of Occupational Therapy within the Community Team including involvement with service planning and development.

To provide specialist advice training to long term providers of service to older people with mental health problems.

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

The post holder must have a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy or equivalent and current HCPC registration. Experience of working with people with mental health conditions and within a team are essential. Also essential are a positive attitude to older people with dementia and mental health needs.

A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Clinical Practice and Work Practice
  • To be professionally and legally responsible for all aspects of own work, ensuring a high standard of clinical care for the patients/clients under your management.
  • To demonstrate ability to carry out specialist assessment, treatment planning and goal orientated intervention for a designated caseload
  • To demonstrates ability to set treatment goals and plan future care with patient/client, their families and the Community Team, Social Services and the voluntary sector
  • To demonstrate the ability to select and use appropriate therapeutic interventions with patients/clients/carers, including group interventions
  • To demonstrate the ability to evaluate interventions and ensure effective outcomes
  • To use clinical reasoning to assess acceptable levels of risk taking for clients who are unable to do this for themselves
  • To ensure effective discharge planning and facilitate seamless transitions of care.
  • To assess, supply and monitor equipment to maximise patient/client function
  • To demonstrate the ability to undertake generic health and social needs assessments in line with IHTT protocols.
  • To complete patient/client records in line with Trust and legal requirements
  • To take clinical responsibility for the work undertaken by the Assistant Practitioners and Community support workers.
  • To initiate and deliver appropriate in service training programmes for professional colleagues, students and support staff
  • To organise and provide clinical teaching, supervision, and appraisal for pre-registration Occupational Therapy students undertaking clinical placements
  • To ensure maintenance of high standards of clinical practice within the Occupational Therapy and IRIS service
  • To support implementation of team objectives within IHTT

Evidence Based Practice and Quality
  • To monitor and review own practice against current research, standards and benchmarks and where necessary modify and improve practice to ensure the highest possible standards are maintained.
  • To participate in the monitoring and evaluation of the service as a member of the team using appropriate standards and audit tools
  • To contribute to the evidence base for occupational therapy for individuals with MHSOP as appropriate through dissemination of research and audit findings.
  • To support the Team Leader in the implementation of Clinical Governance activities to ensure the service is of a high quality.
  • To demonstrates own continuing professional development through knowledge of and implementation of the PAD process and competency framework as appropriate
  • To comply with professional standards of Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Communication and Record Keeping
  • To ensure effective communication with patients/clients/carers/members of the multidisciplinary team/outside agencies in order to provide effective clinical care.
  • To keep accurate records within the multidisciplinary notes and to maintain appropriate statistical returns, including computerised data
  • To monitor records of unqualified staff to ensure appropriate care is given and accurate records maintained
  • To participates in team meetings, clinical and professional meetings as required.
  • To facilitate continuing effective communication with carers in relation to service need and service provision
  • To develop and maintain links with private sector/voluntary organisations to facilitate and support transitions of care.
  • To demonstrates a broad understanding of other professionals working boundaries and of the opportunities of integrated working
  • Any other duties as mutually agreed with the Team leader.

Health and Safety
  • To ensure risk assessments are carried out and implemented within the area of responsibility
  • Document and store risk assessments appropriately
  • Comply with existing risk assessments relating to clients and working areas
  • To promote the safety of clients and staff.
  • To ensure medical devices and equipment are appropriately managed, including staff training, maintenance and repairs

Policies and Procedures

The duties of the post will be undertaken in accordance with the policies, procedures and practices of the Trust. It is the post holders responsibility to ensure they keep up to date with these policies and other documents.

Person Specification

Contractual Requirements


  • A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010
  • Able to work flexibly in terms of the days of the week to cover the needs of the service



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


  • Practice placement educator accredited

Further training


  • Evidence of regular relevant CPD activities

Work experience


  • Experience of working with older people with mental health conditions and/or dementia
  • Experience of MDT working


  • Recent experience of working with older adults with physical conditions
  • Experience of working in a community or primary care team



  • Detailed knowledge of physical and mental health needs for older adults
  • Awareness of equality and diversity
  • Good written, verbal and IT skills with patients, carers and other professionals
  • Ability to undertake specialist OT assessment and asses complex risks with people with mental health conditions and cognitive impairment
  • Ability to apply the OT process and plan, carry out and evaluate the treatment for this group according to needs and best practice evidence
  • 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

Dispositional Attributes


  • Willingness to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Positive attitude to working with older people with mental health conditions/dementia
  • Positive view of risk enablement and recovery with older adults

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Highbury Hospital

Highbury Road



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