Occupational Therapist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Shift working supplements where applicable
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
This exciting role is based within the intensive inpatient rehabilitation service in North Devon. It forms part of the newly developed Rehabilitation and Recovery service which is designed to meet the needs of a cohort of adults with complex psychosis.

The 8 bedded ward environment has been newly refurbished and aims to support a person on their recovery journey. The team aims to enable a person to develop and maintain their roles, routine and functioning, focussing on their individual goals in a person centred and holistic manner.

The post holder will be working in a friendly and supportive environment, with a focus on providing the very best patient care in a locality combining sea, moor, history and opportunity.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join the team. The post holder will work within a multi-disciplinary team across a 7 day service and be will be responsible for completing evidence based assessments and interventions with our service users.

The applicant will have responsibility for a defined caseload of patients with complex mental health needs, alongside contributing to team and service development. The post holder will be supported to develop knowledge of relevant legislation, the use of occupational therapy models and interventions for mental illness, whilst becoming skilled in liaising with the multi-disciplinary team and external agencies.

The successful post holder will need to have a passion for working with adults with mental health conditions, whilst being flexible, motivated and a team player.

The post holder will be required to have a high level of adaptable communication skills, be compassionate, respectful and value individual patient needs. They will have the ability to recognise and manage challenging situations in a calm and professional manner, be resilient and emotionally intelligent and engage positively with service users and their families and carers.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Purpose

To work in collaboration with the Ocean View Ward multi-disciplinary team, to develop robust discharge plans with and for service users. This will involve working with service users from admission to the ward, through their in-patient stay, and post-discharge in the community.

The postholder will apply the core principles of recovery in discharge planning and preparation, supporting the multi-disciplinary team to help service users to develop and practice essential skills for independent living.

The postholder will support the initial assessment and discharge action planning for service users admitted to the ward, and provide follow through support once they have been discharged. The postholder will work closely with the social care assessment team on the social care pathway.

For full job description please see supporting document.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy


  • Certificate in Coaching skills

Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge of the needs and difficulties of people who experience mental health problems.
  • Understanding of Recovery principles and of the practice of Occupational Therapy in the context of mental health rehabilitation
  • Experience of the practice and principles of risk assessment and positive risk management
  • Training/facilitation skills, to run, for example, group work for people who use the service
  • Ability to demonstrate highly developed written and verbal communication skills in order to develop on-going relationships with people who use the service, clinical team workers and carers.
  • Enthusiasm for and genuine interest in mental health rehabilitation
  • Supervisory skills


  • Motivational interviewing skills
  • Working knowledge of Equality Act
  • Working knowledge of Mental Health Act law



  • Experience of working in a mental health rehabilitation setting


  • Experience of working in a range of occupational therapy roles
  • Experience of running groups

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


North Devon District Hospital

Raleigh Park



EX31 4JB

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