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Occupational Therapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
If you are looking for an exciting new challenge this could be the opportunity you are looking for. A vacancy has arisen for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist working within the mental health inpatient team, based at the Linden Centre in Chelmsford.

Whilst this is a band 5 post, we will also consider Band 6 candidates.

You will be working closely with the Occupational Therapy team to provide OT support on the wards. Our interventions, both individual and group, are guided by the VdT Model of Creative Ability. This includes undertaking initial assessments, treatment planning and implementation, and providing ADL assessments as required.

The AHP leadership is committed to provide ongoing and continuous professional development for all staff. We offer exceptional education, training and development opportunities as well as a wide range of benefits, which include salary sacrifice schemes and the opportunity to buy or sell up to 1 week of annual leave to support a healthy work-life balance.

Main duties of the job

The Acute Inpatient Service at the Linden Centre in Chelmsford provides 24-hour treatment and care in a safe and therapeutic setting, actively engaging and involving people who are experiencing an acute mental health episode. Patients receive individual care and treatment based on Care Programme Approach (CPA).

This post will particularly suit a motivated, experienced, treatment focussed and skilled Occupational Therapist, who is competent in case management with a focus on utilising Occupational Therapy approaches and interventions that support recovery. A knowledge of VdTMoCA is desirable but not essential as in-house training will be available.

We are seeking a resilient enthusiastic individual who is committed to the provision of therapy within the inpatient service. You will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, including nurses, support workers, psychiatrists and psychology. It is important that you are able to work autonomously whilst adopting a flexible and positive approach.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Clinical Duties:
  • To assess clients referred to the service.
  • To utilise specialist assessments when presented with complex cases.
  • To make decisions on the level of treatment intervention required.
  • To undertake treatment planning, communicating and negotiating treatment plans and clinical reasoning for intervention with clients and their carers.
  • To liaise closely with community Occupational Therapy Department as required.
  • To communicate agreed treatment/care plans to multi-disciplinary team colleagues and partnership agencies and liaise with them at formal and informal meetings.
  • To work in collaboration with others to modify aspects of the environment in order to empower clients and facilitate optimal functional performance.
  • To liaise with Social Services and Housing Organisations concerning provision of equipment and home adaptations.
  • To manage a complex caseload.
  • To apply a variety of treatment modalities to meet the needs of clients in individual or group format, utilising clinical reasoning processes to determine the most appropriate setting for intervention.
  • To make clinically informed decisions in order to delegate aspects of client care to assistants, junior staff, students, carers and statutory or non-statutory bodies.
  • To regularly review clients progress in order to evaluate and interpret effectiveness of treatment plans, and amend treatment or discharge clients accordingly.
  • To ensure that treatment offered is based on the best available evidence for effectiveness in the specialist area where it is applied.
  • To develop and initiate interventions based on the integration of theoretical knowledge in order to meet unique client needs.
  • To keep up to date clinical records in line with professional standards and local record keeping policies.
  • To provide written and verbal reports as required at any stage in the treatment process in line with Occupational Therapy Clinical Governance Standards.
  • To contribute constructively to the supervision process.
  • To provide supervision and day-to-day operational management to junior staff in the Acute Adult in-patient Department.
  • To supervise students.

  • Person Specification

    Education and professional qualifications


    • HCPC Registration
    • OT BSc/MSc Degree
    • 2 years post qualification experience



    • Experience of working on a mental health inpatient unit
    • Experience of individual interventions and group work


    • Experience of managing/supervising staff
    • Knowledge / experience of VdTMoCA

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


    The Linden Centre

    Pudding Wood Lane


    CM1 7LF

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