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Senior Occupational Therapist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
A vacancy has arisen for a dynamic Band 6 Occupational Therapist within the Occupational Therapy team which is based within acute adult mental health In-patient care at Pendleview, Royal Blackburn Hospital. The team provides occupational therapy input into all the in -patient wards.

The team consists of OTs, Occupational Therapy assistants, and Recovery Support workers who work collaboratively with the Inpatient multi-disciplinary team to promote a model of Recovery.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist who has a commitment to further developing their skills within a mental health setting. We will require at least 18 months post registration experience, with at least 12 months of this working within a mental health setting.

The post holder will provide assessments, plan and deliver interventions for people, whose mental health problems have a marked impact on their occupational functioning, and who have complex occupational needs. The successful candidate must be able to effectively manage their own time and work proactively to meet the fast pace and demands of the service. They will require excellent communication skills and an ability to work flexibly to facilitate timely discharges.

We offer clinical and management supervision and continuing professional development.

Main duties of the job

Having substantial experience, specialist interest, and expertise in mental health occupational therapy, the postholder will use their deep understanding of the relationship between occupation and mental health to provide occupational therapy in order to maintain, restore or create a match beneficial to the individual between the abilities of the person, the demands of her/his occupations in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure and the demands of the environment. (adapted from Creek 2003).

The postholder will deliver a range of group and/or individual interventions drawn from relevant frames of reference, demonstrating sophisticated clinical reasoning skills. They will prioritise planning and delivering interventions for people whose mental health problems have a marked impact on their occupational functioning and who have complex occupational needs. This senior position requires achieving an appropriate balance between the provision of specialist occupational therapy and taking on shared roles that contribute to the efficient functioning of the team.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications


  • oDiploma/BSC (Hons) in Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • oState registered with Health Professionals Council.
  • oPost Graduate training relevant to mental health work in appropriate speciality
  • oDocumented evidence of continuing professional development (CPD)
  • oPractice Placement Qualification (Undergraduate OT student educator)



  • etailed knowledge of how mental health problems impact on occupational performance and how occupational therapy theory informs practice within community mental health settings
  • oKnowledge of current best practice in mental health, and awareness of relevant government directives and legislation
  • oSpecialist knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions using expert level clinical reasoning.
  • oAbility to work autonomously and set own and others priorities.
  • oAbility to work as autonomous specialist OT within a MDT context.



  • oSeveral years post registration experience in mental health setting (with relevant experience in specialist area)
  • ofamiliarity with audit processes



  • oCommitment to client-centred and non-discriminatory practice.
  • oCommitment to life long learning.
  • oGood time management skills.

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


Restart & Recovery Blackburn Inpatients (25-65)




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