Senior Occupational Therapist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
5 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Having substantial experience, specialist interest, and expertise in mental health occupational therapy. The post holder will use their deep understanding of the relationship between occupation, mental and physical health, to provide occupational therapy. In order to maintain, restore or create a match beneficial to the individual between the abilities of the person, the demands of her/his occupations in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure and the demands of the environment (adapted from Creek 2003).

As an emergent leader and skillful communicator, the post holder will liaise and negotiate across service boundaries and in varied settings. They are research aware, and use evidence to support and develop practice. The post holder will provide regular fieldwork opportunities for occupational therapy undergraduates, and contribute to the learning of other team members or students from other disciplines. They have responsibilities for mentoring and/or developing others and supervise more junior practitioners and support staff, delegating work to add to the effectiveness and efficiency of the team.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will deliver a range of group and/or individual interventions drawn from relevant frames of reference, demonstrating sophisticated clinical reasoning skills. They will prioritise planning and delivering interventions for people whose mental health problems have a marked impact on their occupational functioning and who have complex occupational needs. This senior position requires achieving an appropriate balance between the provision of specialist occupational therapy and taking on shared roles that contribute to the efficient functioning of the team.

We are looking for an individual who is enthusiastic, compassionate and motivated. There is great team work within Guild Lodge and you will be working alongside staff and service users to promote the importance of occupation and meaningful activities as part of an individual's recovery journey.

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust is an exciting place to be an Occupational Therapist. We have sound professional structures to lead and inspire our substantial Occupational Therapy workforce. We are committed to delivering excellent services, putting occupation at the centre of our work and championing peoples' rights for occupational needs to be recognised and addressed.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/BSC (Hons) in Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • State registered with Health Care Professionals Council.
  • Post Graduate training relevant to mental health work in appropriate speciality
  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Practice Placement Qualification (Undergraduate OT student educator) within 1 year of appointment



  • Detailed knowledge of how mental & physical health problems impact on occupational performance and how occupational therapy theory informs practice within low and medium secure mental health setting.
  • Knowledge of current best practice in low and medium secure settings , and awareness of relevant government directives and legislation
  • Specialist knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions using expert level clinical reasoning



  • A number of years post registration experience with at least six months in setting which has developed directly transferable skills relevant to mental health care.
  • Familiarity with audit processes
  • Use of evidence-based practice



  • Commitment to client-centred, non-discriminatory practice.
  • Good time Management skills.

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


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