Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
13 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a competent, confident, and enthusiastic full time permanent Band 7 Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist to join our team. The York OUtreach Recovery Team is based within the Adult Mental Health planned care services covering the York and Selby.

The team works with patients in community settings with complex mental health and recovery needs.

We are looking for an OT who can demonstrate a highly developed knowledge and understanding of, and experience working with a wide range of mental health conditions.

The post holder will provide evidence-based OT assessment and interventions as part of the OT Pathway. They will have the vision, energy and inspiration to develop imaginative solutions to delivering occupational therapy in this clinical specialty. They will contribute to collaborative plans to manage risk as part of the MDT.

They will be part of the clinical leadership team where an expectation of ability to utilise skills including supervision of staff, development and delivery of training and service evaluation and development both within the team and wider within the trust and local sectors.

Supervision is provided by the Trust Professional Head of OT and lead OT for the service. The post holder will attend Learning and Governance Networks to ensure fidelity to core OT delivery, enhance CPD and contribute to the wider OT service developments.

Main duties of the job

As a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist in TEWV you will be professionally and clinically accountable for a complex caseload, assessing occupational performance and delivering specialist occupational interventions, providing Trust-wide clinical leadership and advice in own specialist area, demonstrating adherence to the Trust Values at all times and operating as a leader in the team, service and organisation
  • To provide Trust-wide clinical leadership and advice in own specialist area.
  • To provide clinical supervision and specialist training for occupational therapy staff within the designated specialty and other healthcare professionals.
  • To be responsible for managing a highly specialist caseload, triaging and prioritising referrals, completing evidence-based assessments and interventions to address key occupational areas of self care, productivity and leisure.
  • To use client-centred approaches to co-producing negotiated occupational goals and evaluate these with service users collaboratively.
  • To contribute to multi-disciplinary team working
  • To contribute to and lead on service improvement and quality initiatives
  • To use the Trust electronic patient record system
  • To abide by all Trust policies and procedures
  • To be able to respond flexibly and creatively to challenges

About us

We are the Mental Health & Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby.

From education and prevention, to crisis and specialist care --our talented and compassionate teams work in partnership with our patients, communities and partners to help the people of our region feel safe, understood, believed in and cared for.

We nurture the recovery journey of anyone in need of our help. In Our Trust, everyone has a say in how they are supported and treated because we listen to every person in our care until they feel understood. Our patients, their families and carers work together with us towards better mental health.

We're committed to new thinking that improves the wellbeing of our region. We connect with our communities and partners to get mental health care right, in areas that really need it.

We won't rest until everyone in our region has the mental health care they need, to lead their best possible life.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Professionally accountable for own occupational therapy caseload, working autonomously in a variety of inpatient and community settings. Service users have complex needs that require highly specialist occupational therapy skills 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 diverse presentations and a range of mental health conditions and/or learning disabilities.

To have responsibility for ensuring that the highest professional standards and attitudes towards the care of service users and their carers are maintained at all times and that care is delivered in accordance with evidence based practice and a client-centred approach by all members of the occupational therapy team.

To provide Trust-wide clinical leadership and advice in own specialist area.

To have responsibility for providing clinical supervision and specialist training for occupational therapy staff within the designated specialty and other healthcare professionals, as agreed with e.g. the Occupational Therapy Clinical Lead, Professional Lead, Locality Manager as appropriate.

To lead clinical audit, development of professional practice and quality improvement in own specialist area.

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.

Person Specification



  • Masters in Occupational Therapy or related subject (or willingness to undertake within agreed timescale)
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Clinical Supervisory Skills course.
  • Trust training in Appraisal and Recruitment (or willingness to undertake within an agreed timescale)
  • Trust QIS (Quality Improvement System) for Leaders (or willingness to undertake within agreed timescale)
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)


  • Accredited Practice Placement Educator (APPLE)



  • Substantial clinical experience in own specialist area
  • Experience of leading quality improvement activities
  • Participation in service development
  • Experience of leading clinical governance activities including clinical audit
  • Participation in research and development


  • Substantial experience in clinical supervision of staff
  • Substantial experience in design and delivery of training



  • Highly specialist clinical knowledge in own specialist area,
  • Good understanding of national strategy, guidance and key standards in own specialist area and their application in practice
  • Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act and their application in practice,
  • Clinical Governance and its application in practice
  • Safeguarding and its application in practice,


  • Business planning process



  • Demonstrate effective Clinical leadership o Clearly articulate the role of the Occupational Therapy Service to wide and diverse range of people. o Communicate complex and sensitive information in a manner appropriate to the individual and situation. o Solve complex clinical problems o Record complex information accurately and concisely and write reports
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team o Manage own caseload, prioritise and delegate effectively o Motivate and work positively and constructively with other members of the team.
  • Apply latest research evidence and evaluative thinking in practice o Provide effective teaching, training and clinical supervision. o Use multimedia materials for presentations in professional settings. o Breakaway techniques (within agreed timescale)

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Huntington House

Jockey Lane


YO32 9XW

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