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B5/B6 Developmental Post for Occupational Therapists

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Durham or Darlington
£28,407 to £42,618 (pro rata) per annum
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
B5 to B6 Developmental Posts: The posts are designed to attract graduates with some experience as a B5 and who are interested in progressing to competencies that support them being a B6 Specialist occupational therapist in TEWV. You will manage an increasingly complex caseload independently, assessing occupational performance and delivering specialist occupational interventions, demonstrating adherence to the Trust Values at all times and operating as a leader in the team, service and organisation. You will operate as part of the 'Durham & Darlington Occupational Therapy Hub'. The clinical area is Adult Mental Health and the team work across both inpatient and community settings. This vacancy is part of a comprehensive recruitment drive to re-build our occupational therapy service within Durham and Darlington. The successful post holder may be given the option to select their preferred work base (Lanchester Road or West Park). A personally tailored learning, development and support package is also available.

Main duties of the job

Occupationally focused assessments and interventions will be delivered as part of a dynamic service delivery model that has a strong commitment to collaborative working at its core whilst recognising the unique skills of all professional groups represented in the team.Additional focus is on delivering high quality evidence based services that support recovery, occupational formulation and occupational engagement. The delivery of 1:1 and group interventions that are occupationally focused is required.To be responsible for receiving requests for occupational therapy, triaging and prioritising these, completing evidence-based assessments and interventions to address key occupational areas of self care, productivity and leisure.To use client-centred approaches to co-producing negotiated occupational goals and evaluate these with service users collaboratively.To participate in clinical/professional and management supervisionTo contribute to multi-disciplinary team workingTo contribute to and lead on service improvement and quality initiativesTo use the Trust electronic patient record systemTo abide by all Trust policies and proceduresTo be able to respond flexibly and creatively to challenges

About us

The D& D OT Hub is a centralised service split across the 2 sites. The primary pick-up points for the team are the acute wards at Lanchester Road Hospital in Durham and West Park Hospital in Darlington. Our Team works across inpatient and community adult mental health settings with a primary focus on the delivery of recovery focused occupational therapy. A commitment to occupational formulation, and the delivery of 1:1 and group interventions that are occupationally focused is required.Overall, the team covers 90 acute beds with the option of post-discharge support for residents of Durham & Darlington. The team works as an effective part of the MDT and delivers clinical supervision to activity coordinators who work into both sites.Professional leadership is strong and we have been lucky enough to develop and recruit to B7 Highly Specialist OT posts that provide additional support and clinical assurance. To work best in the team we are looking for candidates who are highly patient focused, confident in their emerging skills set, dynamic and resilient.The post will offer varied opportunities for training and development, with CPD needs being identified and monitored through appraisal. Well defined supervision systems are in place.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job descriptions and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.The post holder will provide evidence-based occupational therapy assessment and interventions as part of the OT Pathway linked to Adult Mental Health across Durham and Darlington, and offer input to individuals, their families and carers.All team members must be committed to providing the best possible care for the people we work with and their families/carers.The ability to engage and communicate with service users as well as the parents/family/carers and system around them is essential.Clinical/Professional supervision is provided by the supervising Occupational Therapist as identified by the relevant Lead OT. The post holders will attend OT Learning and Governance Networks to ensure fidelity to core occupational therapy delivery, enhance CPD and contribute to the wider OT service developments.You must be able to demonstrate experience of delivery of occupational therapy, keenness to continually develop themselves and others, and a particular interest in this field of OT. We will support use of transferrable skills from a range of clinical settings.There are varied opportunities for training and development, with CPD needs being identified and monitored through appraisal.The B5/6 posts in the D& D OT Hub are supported by B7 Supervision with OT assistants in place to ensure that role fidelity is maintained and that each member of the team is working to their optimum. Successful candidates will be responsible for their own caseloads and will fully interface with the team via formal and informal supervision, team huddles & interface with the MDT via all clinical forums available.

Additional contact details

Emma Davis, Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist, 07880173205

Please note that shortlisted candidates will be expected to provide a presentation at interview, Title The role of a B6 occupational therapist within adult mental health

Person Specification



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Clinical Supervisory Skills course (or willingness to undertake within agreed timescale).
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Trust training in Appraisal and Recruitment (or willingness to undertake within an agreed timescale)


  • Accredited Practice Placement Educator
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area.
  • Trust training in Appraisal and Recruitment (or willingness to undertake within an agreed timescale)



  • Significant experience in Occupational Therapy including experience working with service users in mental health or learning disabilities with complex needs.
  • Experience of supervising students on placement
  • Experience of participation in quality improvement activities
  • Experience of participation in clinical governance activities
  • Day to day supervision of staff


  • Experience of developing and delivering training



  • National guidance and key standards in own specialist area
  • Health and Safety legislation and its application in practice
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
  • Clinical Governance and its application in practice.
  • Safeguarding and its application in practice.
  • Significant knowledge to post-graduate level of the needs and difficulties of service users in designated specialist area.
  • Significant knowledge of evidence based practice in designated specialist area
  • Knowledge of the Trust's Quality Improvement System (or willingness to learn in agreed timescale)



  • Communicate complex and sensitive information in a manner appropriate to the individual and situation.
  • Solve complex clinical problems
  • Record keeping and report writing
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Manage own caseload and prioritise effectively
  • Motivate and work positively and constructively with other members of the team.
  • Apply latest research evidence and evaluative thinking in practice
  • Use multimedia materials for presentations in professional settings.

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Lanchester Road Hospital or West Park Hospital

Durham or Darlington


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