Occupational Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rota
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Full Time
12 month Fixed term contract.

We are currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our Team within Older Peoples' Mental Health Inpatient Ward in Cambridge. The post will be working with older adults with both functional and organic mental health conditions.

We are looking for an experienced occupational therapist to provide specialist assessments and treatments as part of a multidisciplinary team. You will assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions using evidence based/best practice we use the Model of Human Occupation which guides our practice. Input will be delivered on an individual or group basis using meaningful graded activity to achieve occupational goals.

The post holder will be expected to participate in regular supervision and appraisal and support the management, supervision and appraisal of junior staff. The post holder will be well supported and guided by the Occupational Therapy Lead.

This role will require the post holder to be accountable for their own and delegated work and to practice within HCPC guidelines. Evidence-based practice will be used throughout to ensure the holistic needs of patients are identified and met in a timely way.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to deliver the following: -
  • To deliver Occupational Therapy and expertise, providing specialist Occupational Therapy interventions underpinned by the Model of Human Occupation and the principles of recovery.
  • To provide Occupational Therapy assessments, advice and interventions to support the patients to engage in occupational activity and increase function.
  • To be able to act autonomously in the assessment and treatment of patients who may have complex needs, this will include patients with mental health conditions, including dementia.
  • To ensure safe, efficient and effective delivery of patient focused care in line with identified evidence based practice, local and national standards. To have a high level of understanding of recovery and re-ablement.
  • To work collaboratively within the Multidisciplinary and team
  • To demonstrate a flexible approach to working in support of the whole inpatient team

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • The post holder will provide specialist occupational therapy assessments and interventions underpinned by the Model of Human Occupation and the principles of Recovery.
  • The post holder will maintain standards of occupational therapy practice as directed by the Trust AHP lead and in accordance with HCPC and COT standards
  • The post holder will use specialist skills and specialist clinical reasoning to manage patients with complex needs, working with a high degree of autonomy and referring to senior staff when necessary.
  • The post holder will plan and implement individual and/or group interventions working collaboratively with patients, to enable them to achieve their goals.
  • Be professionally and legally accountable and responsible as an autonomous practitioner and to undertake a significant clinical workload, providing care to patients with a range of psycho-social, physical and emotional problems.
  • The post holder will promote equality of outcome for service users that reflect their mental health needs and those of ethnicity, gender, culture, physical health and age.
  • The post holder will promote social inclusion and physical and mental well-being using evidenced based practice.
  • The post holder will work collaboratively with all disciplines as part of a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) to assure a high standard of care for service users and their relatives/carers.
  • The post holder will provide leadership to junior occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistants within area of specialism and designated work area, through professional supervision and appraisal
  • The post holder will undertake the supervision of occupational therapy students on practice placements

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Current registration with HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council)
  • Undertaken placement educator training or have a willingness to undertake this
  • Evidence of continuing professional development



  • Proven post-professional qualification experience.
  • Experience of working in a mental health/learning disability setting.
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working.
  • Experience in dealing with difficult situations.
  • Experience of risk assessment and risk management.

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to establish therapeutic relationships with patients showing a range of challenging behaviours.
  • Good communication and assertiveness skills including report writing for CPA and ADL reports
  • Strong collaborative approach to MDT working.
  • An ability to maintain professional boundaries.
  • Able to confidently plan and implement a variety of individual and group Occupational Therapy interventions.
  • An interest in and understanding of the fundamental principles of sensory modulation.
  • Ability to manage own workloads and those of Occupational Therapy colleagues.
  • Able to carry out a variety of Occupational Therapy assessments and therapeutic programmes including both 1:1 and group interventions relevant to client group.

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Knowledge of OT assessment, intervention and practise models relevant to the service user group (e.g. MoHO)
  • Risk assessment in context of psychiatry
  • Occupational Therapy group and 1:1 interventions including evidence based/best practice
  • Knowledge of COT and HCPC standards.
  • Knowledge of the care programme approach, NSF and related legislation.
  • Knowledge of developments in occupational therapy practice relevant to setting.
  • Knowledge and understanding of safe guarding vulnerable adults and children
  • Understanding of the recovery approach.

Physical Requirements


  • Ability to travel independently in accordance with Trust policies and service need
  • Routine and regular use of computer.
  • May involve activity such as sport, related to goals of the individual being worked with.



  • Recognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect.
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude.
  • Committed to promoting a positive image of the occupational therapy service.
  • Positively promotes occupational Awareness of the needs of other members of the team. Membership of specialist professional group. therapy.
  • Ability to travel with or without patients throughout Cambridgeshire on a daily basis.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Willow Ward

Fulbourn Hospital


CB21 5EF

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