Occupational Therapist

Livewell Southwest CIC
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an Occupational Therapist looking for a new role? Livewell Southwest, one of the most exciting organisations in Health & Social Care, is seeking an enthusiastic practitioner to join our multi-disciplinary Specialist outreach recovery team.

please note that this role may not be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route, please refer to the Direct Gov website for more information with regards to eligibility

Main duties of the job

At the Specialist Outreach Recovery Team (SORT) we are a brand new service working with people who experience complex psychosis. We have ambitious plans to develop the team, this includes a much bigger emphasis on the skills an OT can bring to the team. We aim to become a gold standard service, in order to achieve this, we are looking for OTs who share our vision of excellent recovery service delivery. You will be working with a small team of OTs, within the larger team, so you will have the opportunity to work in a team where the OT role is highly valued. You will have the chance to define the role of the OT to truly make a difference in to the lives of people we support. Within this role there will be an opportunity to undertake specialist psychological therapy training to enhance and develop the post holders skills and knowledge.

All Livewell Southwest staff are expected to able and willing to work across a 7 day service.

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About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post-holder is responsible to the manager of the Specialist Outreach Recovery Team (SORT) for the assessment of needs, development, implementation and evaluation of care for patients from a specified group of patients who have a diagnosis of a complex psychosis in addition to complex needs, high risk behaviors and difficulties with engaging with services. The service provides a Plymouth city wide service. The practitioner is responsible for providing key worker function to a defined group of people with mental health problems in a community setting. To provide caseload management and support to a defined caseload also to provide teaching and supervision to students and others undertaking educational programmes.

The post holder will act as a KEY WORKER for a defined, reduced number of a group of patients and organize care in accordance with the personalised care framework.

The post holder will use clear outcome measures with use of the Model of Human Occupation to demonstrate personalised recovery focused progress.

The post holder will plan and possibly run a weekly timetable of group work, co-delivered by Occupational Therapists, Social Inclusion Workers, Support Time and Recovery Workers and Service Users. Use clear outcome measures with use of the Model of Human Occupation to demonstrate personalised recovery focused progress.

The post holder will develop programmes where service users can develop towards co-delivering groups, providing experience and evidence for peer support worker roles in the future.

In addition to this, the post holder will facilitate a twice yearly Recovery Through Activity programme that will run over 12 weeks, offering a different topic each week varying from self-care, productivity, leisure, spirituality/religious practice, interpersonal skills, pro-social occupations, substance use, daily living skills and community inclusion outside of mental health services

Provision of case load supervision for Band 5 mental health practitioners and line management.

To contribute to professional development, appraisal, performance review and recruitment.

Be responsible for the management of caseloads. Carry out reviews of caseloads and support the process of recovery.

The post-holder will take part in the clinical audit of the SORT caseload. This will include annual CPA and Health Records audits.

The post holder will ensure that their clinical practice is based on evidence and good practice and in accordance with any NICE guidance.

The post holder will be individually accountable for their practice in accordance with HPC professional code of conduct.

To promote positive risk to allow clients independence and autonomy of choice.

To liaise with other community resources and facilitate use of mainstream resources.

To maintain a caseload of clients with a significant degree of mental health complexity.

To participate in the shift lead and provide appropriate supervision.

Practice within the legal and ethical framework set out by mental health related legislation to ensure that service users interests and well-being are at the fore.

Liaise, advise, develop and maintain good relationships with service users, carers, relatives and fellow health, social care professionals who are involved in the delivery of services.

Person Specification



  • 3-years post-registration mental health experience
  • Relevant experience of working with adults with a history of severe and enduring mental illness.
  • Minimum 12-months experience in community mental health setting or clear evidence of how candidate is able to fulfill the functions of a community mental health practitioner.


  • Care co-ordination experience
  • Case load management



  • Occupational Therapy Degree HCPC Registration.
  • Post Graduate Specialist Knowledge and/or experience in Community Mental Health setting


  • Recovery.
  • CBT.
  • Solution Focus Therapy.
  • Management/coaching qualification.
  • MOHO training.
  • Experience at a senior level which includes managerial experience, staff supervision and operational issues



  • Demonstrate evidence based practice
  • CPA and record keeping
  • NSF & MHA and NICE guidelines
  • Model of Human Occupation
  • Knowledge of a range of Occupational Therapy assessments
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development and be an able educator.
  • Evidence of life-long learning (academically and Professionally)
  • Competent and knowledgeable in regards to Livewell Policies relevant to the role.
  • IT knowledge/skills.
  • Knowledge of National and local strategies, and developments in mental health services.


  • Personalised care framework.
  • Able to draw upon a range of skills to support and deliver change within a MDT.



  • Skilled and experienced clinician, particularly in assessment management of risk and crisis intervention
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written skills)
  • Empathic outlook on health care delivery which respects clients dignity and human rights
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Supervisory skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Risk assessment and management skills
  • Calm and adaptable
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Ability to work autonomously and part of MDT
  • Recognise and manage stress in self and others
  • Ability to commute around the locality.
  • Creative, enthusiastic and self motivated
  • Ability to manage change
  • Willingness to participate in service development
  • Ability to work flexibly and dynamically to support the Manager in developing a healthy team culture, and driving forward team improvements and change at all times.
  • Skills in working with IT systems such as Microsoft teams, online diary systems, patient recording systems.


  • Specialist clinical skills i.e. CBT training, Psycho-social interventions
  • Staff appraisal skills
  • Leading, developing and reviewing groups
  • Providing OT specific training to teams
  • Understanding of Continuing Health Care
  • Knowledge and skills in medication management relevant to the post.

Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest


200 Mount Gould Road

Mount Gould




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