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Occupational Therapist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated registered occupational therapist to work in a new community mental health service in Wigan called Living Well (LW). The Wigan Borough Living Well Service enables timely access to mental health services when people need it most and provides support for people who might not traditionally meet the threshold or criteria of existing mental health services. The team is multidisciplinary and includes VCFSE organizations and several peer mentor roles.

The Wigan Borough Living Well Service is compassionately led, trauma informed, and recovery focused. Living Well has co-produced key values and principles that all team members share. As a result, our model is humanistic and person-centred. Our core values are based on creating open, honest, safe spaces and conversations where all people's strengths are valued.

Main duties of the job

In this role you will carry out evidence based occupational therapy assessments and write up reports to a high standard, which highlight how biological, sociological, and psychological factors interact to create obstacles to the satisfactory participation of an individual person in valued occupational and social roles. You will develop shared plans and make recommendations to/access support from appropriate professionals and agencies or deliver occupational therapy interventions with the aim of gaining or restoring a balance of meaningful roles for the individual. You will undertake initial conversation / assessments of people as part of the LW duty system in accordance with agreed operational procedures.

You will be supported by members of the leadership team including team managers, an operational programme manager and clinical lead. You will also be supported by the Divisional lead occupational therapist who will provide clinical supervision. CPD opportunities are available and personal interests/skills will be supported to develop and grow.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Staff benefits
  • Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
  • Excellent pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification



  • Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration with the HCPC
  • Practice Placement Educators qualification or commitment to complete this within 1 year of appointment.


  • AMPS or MOHO training



  • Experience of completing OT assessments/formulations, and evidence-based interventions in a mental health setting.
  • Experience of using a variety of occupational/vocational assessments
  • Experience of mental health risk assessments and management plans
  • Experience of continuing CPD


  • Experience of working in community mental health services.
  • Experience of delivering training
  • Experience of supervising students



  • Knowledge of social inclusion and recovery models
  • Knowledge of evidence based OT assessments/interventions in mental health
  • Knowledge of the MH needs of people who use community services
  • Knowledge of local cultures and diversity and ability to work as OT in this context
  • Knowledge of self-reflection and ability to organise own workload


  • Knowledge of standardised assessments e.g., MOHO

Skills & Abilities


  • To develop case formulation following OT assessments
  • To plan evidence based OT interventions
  • To write clear and concise OT reports


  • Provide support and consultation regarding OT to others

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Wigan & Leigh



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