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Occupational Therapist - Community Mental Health Team

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£35,922 to £43,257 per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join the OT service within a Community Mental Health Team.

The successful candidate will work within the CMHT, embedding the principles of Occupational Therapy by using the philosophy of occupation within a recovery framework. The role will offer the chance for some service development opportunities as well as supervision of junior staff and students.

The role is part of an Occupational Therapy Team. The OT's are based within a multi-disciplinary team and as such some team responsibilities of a clinical nature are required.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Main duties of the job

  • Works without direct supervision to assess, plan, implement and evaluate Occupational Therapy interventions with autonomy in secondary care and community settings to include lone working e.g. patients own home.
  • To manage a defined caseload, using evidence based/client centred principles within the occupational model.
  • To develop expertise in identified clinical areas.
  • To provide leadership through supervision, induction, training and education of Band 5 Occupational Therapists, support staff and volunteers according to organisational policy and accepted professional standards.
  • To demonstrate a commitment to the education of Occupational Therapy students ensuring the maintenance of clinical standards through regular supervision of students on practice placement
  • To work in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team and with voluntary organisations, local authority and other appropriate health and social care sectors to negotiate care provision across the primary/secondary care interface
  • To maintain clinical records in accordance with legal requirements and professional standards.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission is Caring for People, Keeping People Well,and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac
  • Applies specialist knowledge of Occupational Therapy across a range of procedures that are underpinned by theory, evidence based practice and continued professional development.
  • Applies clinical reasoning and problem solving skills/techniques.
  • Within an identified area, assumes professional autonomy, responsibility and accountability to implement Occupational Therapy to enable the service user to maximise function, promote independence, health and well-being.
  • Works to the remit of professional role and responsibilities within a multi-disciplinary professional and multi-agency context.
  • Prioritises workload and takes an increased responsibility for management of self and caseload
  • Identifies and assesses of occupational needs/problems
  • gathers information from a wide range of sources and analysis through observational interview and individual discussion
  • uses standardised and non-standardised assessment tools to identify occupational and functional needs in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure
  • accurately records assessment method and outcome, professional judgement and decisions taken
  • from the results of the preliminary assessments and in consultation with the client, identifies the need for further assessment, appropriate intervention and/or negotiates with other services/agencies to meet additional care needs.
  • Makes judgements/decisions and formulates specific management plans for meeting needs:
  • based on the assessment results and through negotiation with the client, agrees the goals and priorities of intervention and the methods to be adopted in relation to self-care, productivity and leisure
  • understands and applies motivational principles to gain co-operation of others.
  • Considers the range of interventions that are appropriate/feasible
  • selects, develops and initiates individual occupational therapy interventions which could be utilised taking into account the unique and specific therapeutic needs of clients and carers
  • uses graded occupations as an essential aspect of the ongoing assessment and treatment.
  • Monitors and evaluates the ongoing effectiveness of the occupational therapy intervention plan through a reflective model demonstrating:-
  • knowledge to measure and reflect critically on practice
  • skills in relation to analysis of outcomes.
  • Applies fine motor skills to include high levels of dexterity and hand eye coordination e.g. use of fine tools relevant to cognitive/perceptual tests.
  • Demonstrates the ability to accept the standards of others without prejudice and regardless of race, religion, politics, socio-economic background and lifestyle
  • Demonstrates attitudes that ensure the expressed needs and choices of clients and carers become the focus of the care management process.
    • Effectively reports information regarding condition and functional performance with members of the Occupational Therapy and multidisciplinary teams, client, carers and families on an individual and/or group basis.
    • Ensures that accurate and up to date records are maintained and reviewed as per professional and legal requirements.
    • Demonstrates the ability to be proactive and contribute to the debate of professional issues.
    • Demonstrates IT skills in order to produce reports and set up appropriate spreadsheets and databases.
    • Takes a role in supervisory management including responsibilities for management of department.
    • Critically appraises the impact of Occupational Therapy in a variety of settings and makes recommendations for any changes to the Occupational Therapy service delivery through the management structure.
    • Responsible for maintaining stock, advising on resources to carry out the job, including the responsible management of petty cash and patient valuables.
    • Delivers a comprehensive Occupational Therapy service using the established theories, models, frameworks and concepts of occupational therapy and the current evidence underpinning practice at all levels
      • national/European considers appropriate legislation affecting health and social care e.g. National Service Frameworks (NSF) and cultural diversity within the community.
      • professional works to the Professions Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, and to the Statement of Conduct of the Occupational Therapists Board and Standards of Practice including
      • organisational- demonstrates an understanding of specific policies/protocols.
      • departmental works to specific departmental protocols and policies.
    • Contributes to the Directorate and Occupational Therapy Service Clinical Governance arrangements and quality agenda
    • Develops a credible and professional contribution to the organisation by engaging in personal development planning and continuing professional development.
    • Participates in clinical audit procedures, interprets the outcomes and relates to the practice of occupational therapy as part of the uni and inter-professional evaluative process.
    • Demonstrates the ability to effectively appraise literature and to identify research methodologies and apply statistical information and other data to inform an evidence base for practice.
    • Participates in the collection and interpretation of statistics in relation to performance reporting.
    • Shares acquired knowledge and skills with others using various teaching and presentational skills and methods e.g. PowerPoint.
    • Contributes to the development of standards and outcome measurement for good practice.
    • On a daily basis, demonstrates the ability to maintain high levels of concentration, alertness and awareness in unpredictable environments and clinical settings to include lone worker situations in the community.
    • Demonstrates an ability to emotionally adapt and adopt an empathetic approach to distressing circumstances e.g. profound disability, death, bereavement and information from traumatised clients.
    • Demonstrates the abilities to deal appropriately with adverse environmental conditions (such as when undertaking home visits, e.g. cold, damp, infestation, etc.) and unavoidable hazards (e.g. aggressive behavior of patients or carers) with due regard for responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act.

    Person Specification



    • oWill hold a qualification in Occupational Therapy at degree level or equivalent. oHolds professional registration as awarded by the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC). oEvidence of recent learning and continued professional development at a higher level


    • oPractice Educator Training Qualification. o(expectation that this will be completed within a year of appointment)



    • oHas experience working in a mental health setting. oExperience of working in the NHS for sufficient period. oManaging a caseload. oInter-professional and multi-agency team working oDirect involvement with carers and families


    • Has experience of working in a CMHT



    • oAutonomous practitioner with self management skills oSound clinical reasoning/ problem solving oPlanning and prioritisation of workload oCommunicates effectively to a wide audience and adapt approach accordingly oSupports team leader in allocation in and prioritisation of case load oAbility to support and supervise others (formally responsible for supervising Band 5 and Support Staff) oKnowledge of current healthcare policies and application oSupports student training and work experience students oOrganisational skills oEvidence of critical appraisal/analytical thought oMechanisms of audit and research methodology oPresentations skills to include use of audio-visual aids. oReflective practitioner oBasic IT Skills

    Special Knowledge


    • oKnowledge of services that link across the primary/secondary care interface to provide integrated care in specialism. oKnowledge and application of Health and Safety at Work Act o


    • oMember of special interest group Knowledge of MOHO principles, assessments and Occupational Formulation

    Personal Qualities


    • oProfessional confidence. oAdaptive skills that embrace change and new developments. oSelf motivated oAbility to cope well under pressure. oCommitment, enthusiasm and flexibility to the needs of the service



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