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Occupational Therapist-Learning Disabilities-Development Role

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for two full time Band 5/6 development Occupational Therapists to join the Worcestershire Community Learning Disability Team based in North and South Worcestershire. We will accept applications from clinicians who may already be a Band 6 Occupational Therapist.

Successful applicants will be requested to specify which locality (North or South Worcestershire) is their first-choice preference.

You will be joining a small but committed team and will receive regular individual and group supervision, training, and support within this role.

The post holders will provide assessment, diagnosis and develop bespoke therapy for a caseload of service users with a learning disability and complex needs, using evidence based/client centred principles and delivered in accordance with HCPC and College of Occupational Therapy (COT) requirements.

The Trust offers remote and flexible working, including an element of home working.

The Trust support its staff with a range of benefits including car leasing, health and wellbeing support, carer passports and staff networks e.g., LGBTQ+

The base is to be confirmed with the successful candidates.

Main duties of the job

Manage a caseload of service users with complex needs, using evidence based/client centred principles.

Assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.

Participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of Occupational Therapy Services.

Provide outcomes for the service and service users by using agreed tools/assessments.

Contribute to the development and maintenance of the Trust Occupational Therapy Service. Ensure OT provision is delivered in accordance with HCPC and College of Occupational Therapy (COT) requirements.

Provide leadership for junior staff.

About us

At Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, we are working together to deliver outstanding care. We run community hospitals and community health services across Worcestershire and provide mental health and learning disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Our people (all 4500+ of them) provide services for people of all ages, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions from over 100 sites.

We will support you to thrive offer flexible working options for a great work-life balance, help you fulfil your ambitions, and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. Its why we were named Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award at the 2022 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. We value diversity and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities.

What we offer
  • 27 days leave plus bank holidays, increasing up to 33 days with long service
  • Generous NHS pension and enhanced pay when you work unsocial hours
  • Flexible and agile working opportunities
  • Great maternity, paternity, and adoption support
  • Wide range of staff networks such as LGBT+ and ENRICH (Equality Network for Race Inclusion and Cultural Heritage)
  • Health service discounts and online benefits including excellent cycle to work and car salary sacrifice schemes
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities

If you would like to know more, please visit our careers website.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Hold a caseload this will include those people with complex Occupational Therapy needs and be responsible for the entire process of assessment, care planning, monitoring, and review.

Act as an experienced member of the Community Learning Disability Team in relation to risk assessment providing advice and direction as required.

Contribute to Continuing Healthcare Assessments.

Monitor, evaluate and modify interventions to measure progress and ensure effectiveness.

Provide education, consultation, and advice to care settings and day activity placements.

Have knowledge of legislation pertaining to Learning Disabilities e.g., Mental Capacity Act, Best Interest, Valuing People, Death by Indifference.

Carry out complex risk assessment involving wide consultation and collaboration.

Able to carry out a moderate physical effort throughout the working day.

Be required to work with people who have needs around challenging behaviour.

Be required to carry out complex assessments and interventions in difficult circumstances, e.g., poor environmental conditions, or at times when service users' behaviour is unpredictable.

Be required to deliver complex and sensitive information/messages to service users, carers, and families.

Be required to travel independently in and around the community.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/degree in OT
  • Practice Placement qualification within one year of appointment
  • Registration with HCPC
  • I understand that I will be asked to provide original certificates to verify my qualifications at point of offer


  • Qualification approved by the Sensory Integration Network in Sensory Processing Disorder Sensory
  • Processing qualification



  • Occupational Therapy models of practice particularly MOHOST
  • Sensory Processing Theory and Disorder
  • Awareness of the impact of Learning Disabilities, Mental Health issues and Physical Disability on functional performance
  • A wide variety of clinical assessments and methods
  • Relevant LD government directives and reports such as Valuing People, Death by Indifference



  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development


  • Post registration experience in a relevant clinical setting
  • Experience of research or audit
  • Advice and support of junior staff and/or students
  • Participation in audit/research
  • Participation in service development

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour
  • Role modelling good behaviour
  • A positive attitude and able to act on feedback
  • Ability to praise and be supportive to others
  • Excellent communication skills, and desire to be part of a team
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to present and provide comprehensive written reports
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to manage time effectively
  • Organisational skills particularly an ability to organise and prioritise caseload
  • Competence in using IT systems such as Carenotes and ESR


  • Experience of other fields of practice such as mental health, physical disability
  • Participation in audit/research
  • Participation in service development

Additional Criteria


  • A demonstrable belief in the value of Occupational Therapy as part of a multi-disciplinary approach
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the role
  • Motivated approach

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


2 Kings Court

Charles Hastings Way




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