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Occupational Therapist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for a Occupational Therapist to join our well established and highly motivated Occupational Therapy team. We are looking for an individual who is enthusiastic, compassionate and keenly motivated to join us. There is great team work within Guild Lodge and you will be working alongside staff and service users to promote the importance of occupation and meaningful activities as part of an individual's recovery journey.

LSCFT is an exciting place to be an Occupational Therapist, and be highly valued in our Trust's approach to multi-disciplinary care. We have sound professional structures to lead and inspire our substantial Occupational Therapy workforce. We are committed to delivering excellent services, putting occupation at the centre of our work and championing peoples' rights for occupational needs to be recognised and addressed.

Guild Lodge is a well-established secure unit, offering medium, low and step down facilities, on the outskirts of Preston. It is modern and purpose built unit, within pleasant surroundings and a staff group committed to effective multi-disciplinary collaboration and the delivery of high quality care to the service user group.

You will be involved in the maintenance and further development of the Occupational Therapy Service working alongside a wider occupational therapy department, which provides assessment and treatment for all the service lines within Guild Lodge (Womens, Men's & Acquired Brain Injury).

Main duties of the job

Your role will include the coordination, implementation of tailored specific treatment programmes for your own caseload. We offer excellent facilities - ranging from ward based involvement, to a custom built therapeutic resources centre (with a range of facilities including a sports hall and gym), a vocational rehabilitation facility a social centre, as well as accessing the LSCFTis a Community and Mental Health Trust whose services include mental health and substance misuse services to the residents of Lancashire and South Cumbria. The Trust also provides low and medium secure care and forensic services.

LSCFT is a great place to work and has a sound future as a leading provider of excellent mental health and substance misuse services. The Trust invests in its staff and seeks to provide them with opportunities for training and personal development.

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.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description

Job responsibilities

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

Secure Mental Health Care for Lancashire and South Cumbria is provided at Guild Lodge, Whittingham. The service has steadily expanded from it's inception in 1999 and currently has a range of inpatient and community services including 164 beds.

Guild Lodge consists of 3 main service lines (15 wards), which include:

o Men's service

o Women's service

o Acquired Brain Injury Service

Each of the services has their own model of care and provides bespoke training in addition to the comprehensive Trust and site Induction.

Guild Lodge hospital site is situated in beautiful rural area, yet close to motorway links from all directions of travel (improved greatly from March 2017 with a new bypass).

The hospital site offers:

o Free staff parking

o Onsite restaurant facilities

o Access to newly built housing area with local school

Our staff receive:

o Full induction and support for those new to the services

o Access to salary sacrifice schemes for cars, electronics etc.

Interviewer information pack

o Excellent support and Wellbeing services

o Superb external training and development opportunities

o Opportunities to develop leadership skills across differing care environments

o Talent Management Programme

Please note: A means of transport is essential and applicants must be willing to undergo an enhanced DBS Clearance as part of the pre-employment checks.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/BSc//MSc in Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • Ongoing registration with Health Professionals Council



  • Some knowledge of current best practice in OT (including secure mental health services).
  • Understanding of professional ethics and their application in practice
  • Basic knowledge of health legislation and current practice, including CPA and risk assessment and management



  • Application of the OT process
  • Broad range of under graduate practice placement experience
  • Use of functional assessment and the analysis of occupation

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


Guild Lodge



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