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Occupational Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will assess the occupational performance needs of adults with intellectual disabilities referred to the occupational therapy service, in order to develop holistic, person centred programmes of meaningful activity.

The post holder will manage a caseload of adults with intellectual disabilities and complex needs whom may present with behaviours that may challenge. Support will be offered from more senior staff within the team.

The post holder will carry out assessments, set goals, implement and evaluate treatment programmes in conjunction with other members of the MDT. There will be supervision and/or support from Professional Lead/Senior Occupational therapist as appropriate and required.

This position is primarily community based but may require some ad hoc input into our specialist IDD inpatient settings. OT sessions are conducted in individuals homes, day centres, work places, residential care, group homes, supported living homes and respite care. Therefore, you will need to be able to travel across a large geographical area.

The OT role in IDD sits within a wider multi-disciplinary and multi-agency team consisting of psychiatry, psychology, nurses, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and dieticians.

Main duties of the job

This post is eligible for a Golden Hello payment of �2,750 for new starters who are external to the Trust. This is payable in 3 instalments over a 2 year period. This payment is only eligible to new starters who do not already hold a contract of employment with the Trust. This post also includes paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during night, weekends and bank holidays.

To provide Occupational therapy input for a clinical caseload of patients/clients with intellectual disabilities who are referred to the service,

To work within a multi-agency setting carrying out occupational therapy assessment, interventions and evaluations.

To participate in and contribute to clinical governance participating in specific projects supported by the senior therapist.

To work in a variety of health and non health settings including day centres, client's homes and residential settings as required.

Small items of equipment and materials will be maintained in conjunction with trust policy.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide occupational therapy as part of wider MDT within specialist services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Primary reason for OT input in IDD relates to individuals experiencing difficulties with any aspect of occupational performance resulting from their intellectual disability and associated health needs, which cannot be met in mainstream services.

Person Specification

Qualifications (Academic / Professional) or Training


  • BSc or equivalent in Occupational Therapy (Or due to qualify soon)
  • Registration with Health Professions Council (or due to join immediately after qualification)


  • Member of professional body
  • CPD portfolio



  • Experience of /interest in working with people with intellectual disabilities and /or mental health
  • Experience of managing own caseload
  • Experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary/multi-agency team


  • Evidence of CPD and attendance at relevant training
  • Experience of mental health Act/mental capacity act/DOLS
  • Experience of different approaches when working with adults with learning disabilities
  • Experience of using positive behavioural strategies



  • Experience of promoting user involvement
  • Risk assessments and positive risk work
  • Facilitating or supporting with Group work


  • Knowledge of sensory processing
  • Awareness of using outcome measures (eg EKOS)
  • Contributions to an Audit process
  • Safeguarding procedures
  • Knowledge of recent research/legislation relevant to intellectual disability/mental health



  • Can demonstrate effective communication skills both verbal, written
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Able to complete documentation to high standard
  • Evidence of working in a team but also able to work as an autonomous practitioner
  • Have skills in delivery therapeutic intervention to service users


  • Experience of contributing to service developments
  • Ability to motivate service users and other staff members
  • Good clinical reasoning skills

Equality & Diversity


  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the Trust's Equality and Diversity principles relevant to the post.

Contractual Requirements


  • Full driving licence valid for UK
  • Access to own transport

Physical requirements


  • Ability to undertake manual handling techniques as will be working in close proximity / hands on with service users
  • Physical skills to manage service users who challenge services in line with Management of Violence and aggression.



  • Assessment of Motor and Process AMPS
  • Model of Human Occupational Therapy training

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Ashfield CLDT 68 Portland Street



NG17 7AG

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