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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rata per annum
Closing date
9 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Come and join us at Leigh Moss Community Hub, based at Leigh Moss Hospital, Liverpool L14. We are currently recruiting a Specialist Occupational Therapist Band 6 to work within our Community Mental Health Teams across Liverpool Place.

We can offer you an exciting clinical role that will interface with older people's functional care pathways, dementia care pathways and our young onset dementia pathway.

You will carry a complex case load and have the opportunity to work alongside our multidisciplinary team in the delivery of psychosocial interventions and group work.

Here at Leigh Moss we have an excellent multidisciplinary team with a wealth of experience. We would welcome applicants from other specialities / areas of practice. We can confidently support transitions with our in house training programme and support from our clinical leadership team.

To arrange a visit or have an informal chat please get on touch with Jody Taylor 0151 2506125 or email

Main duties of the job

- To provide clinical leadership to the Occupational Therapists that work across Liverpool place community mental health teams.

- To be accountable for the delivery of the Occupational Therapy interventions and producing outcome measures of the service.

- To be responsible for a caseload of service users and complete standardised and non standardised assessments of service users in order to identify appropriate Occupational Therapy interventions collaboratively with service users in line with the Care Programme Approach process.

- In collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, plan, implement and evaluate Occupational Therapy interventions for effective coordination of service provision.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together.

We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Purpose:1. To provide leadership and highly specialist clinical expertise in the provision of an Occupational Therapy service to adults aged 70 and over who have mental health needs and for people under 70 with a diagnosis of dementia.2. To provide an Occupational Therapy service which is inclusive of best practice, evidence based practice and is outcome focused.3. To formulate flexible, robust and holistic care plans with service users and/or carers that aim to guide service users towards reaching an optimum level of functioning and support them to maintain good mental health.4. To work as a member of the multidisciplinary team in providing and coordinating a therapeutic, person centred treatment and care pathway.5. To provide clinical expertise to guide and influence the integrated therapeutic approach from an Occupational Therapy perspective to registered nurses, psychology, medical staff, speech and language therapists and support/direct care staff in the development and provision of meaningful occupational / recreational.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria


  • Diploma/Degree Occupational Therapy qualification
  • Evidence of post-qualified study/short courses and Continuing Professional Development
  • Accreditation in Assessment and Motor Processing Skills or be willing to gain within 12 months
  • Health and Care Professions Council Registration


  • Post Graduate training working towards a master's degree
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy, Leadership and/or Organisational Change up to Master level



  • Proven relevant experience as a Senior Occupational Therapist
  • Supervision of staff and students
  • Development of Occupational
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Application of Occupational Therapy Models of Practice and Standardised Assessments & Outcome Measures
  • Involvement in research and clinical audit
  • Knowledge of current legislation and national initiatives
  • Clinical and environment assessment & management of clinical risk
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by Mental Health Act 2007)
  • Knowledge of Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Experience of working in the community with patients
  • Knowledge of Royal College of Occupational Therapy guidance linked to clinical practice


  • Experience of working in National Health Services
  • Understanding and use of the Model of Human Occupation and its associated assessment tools and outcome measures
  • Post qualifying training relevant to the role
  • Experience of delivering clinical and managerial supervision
  • Experience of working with patients who have long term health conditions

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Leigh Moss Community Mental Health Team - leigh Moss Hospital

7 Thomas Lane, Knotty Ash


L14 5NX

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