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Occupational Therapist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Leigh, Greater Manchester
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
3 Jan 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for an Occupational Therapist to join the adult and older adult inpatient teams, based at the Atherleigh Park Hospital, Leigh, Greater Manchester. This is a permanent contract and will be working with a therapists in a well established team that works across five wards in a modern hospital.

The job holder will be responsible for managing a daily caseload of clients with acute / complex mental health and physical health rehabilitation needs. You will complete a range of assessments and treatment plans to contribute to the discharge planning process based on your professional knowledge. This will be under the guidance of a Band 6 Specialist Occupational Therapist You will also contribute to the planning, development and evaluation of the service within the in-patient unit. For newly qualified staff there is a preceptorship pathway and for staff looking to increase their knowledge of mental health there is access to an extensive training and education offer.

You will be part of The Therapy Team at Atherleigh Park and this comprises of Activity Co-ordinators, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists and Therapy Assistants.

Main duties of the job

  • To utilise Occupational Therapy specific knowledge to provide the professional contribution within a designated ward
  • Creatively identify and support the development and delivery of both therapeutic individual and group interventions to facilitate recovery. The aim of interventions is to achieve service users' goals in all areas of occupation to optimise levels of independence and working towards community living
  • To have a flexible approach to working hours to ensure that the needs of their clients are met. This will involve weekend and evening working on a rota basis,
  • To work as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate an attitude which respects and values service users' and their carers
  • The post holder maybe required to rotate to a different clinical area within the area dependent upon the needs of the service
  • The post holder will abide by the Royal College of Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and Standards for Practice
  • To maintain standards for continuing registration with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description for more details. Summary
  • To utilise Occupational Therapy specific knowledge to provide the professional contribution within designated Occupational Therapy Services and to assist in the organisation, development, co-ordination and evaluation of the Occupational Therapy Service in conjunction with senior Occupational Therapy staff and relevant Team / Service Manager.
  • Creatively identify and support the development and delivery of both therapeutic individual and group interventions to facilitate Recovery. The aim of interventions is to achieve service users goals in all areas of occupation to optimise levels of independence and working towards community living.

Staff benefits
  • Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
  • Excellent pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification



  • Relevant professional OT qualification
  • Up to date HPC Professional Registration (to be maintained)



  • Ability to utilise assessment skills and tools effectively
  • Ability to communicate in a variety of settings
  • Ability to formulate relevant reports
  • Ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Accurate Record keeping


  • Flexible approach/ creative thinking
  • Mentorship skills
  • Team Building skills



  • Previous experience in relevant health settings
  • Effective team working within a multi-agency framework
  • Experience of group and/or individual treatment modalities
  • Experience of problem solving approaches / evidence based / experience of reflective practice


  • Experience working with carers/relatives
  • Supervision of staff
  • Experience of service development
  • Audit and research practices relevant to clinical area



  • Models of care including Recovery Model of Human Occupation CPA
  • Legislation relevant to area including Safe Guarding Mental Health Act Mental Capacity Act Health & Safety Legislation
  • Up to date clinical knowledge relevant to the care environment Able to discuss/explain OT role
  • Awareness of own strengths / limitations / development needs


  • Understanding of the wider range of statutory and non-statutory services to support access to community resources
  • Risk management training
  • Demonstrate knowledge of other relevant national policies and guidance



  • Demonstrate continuous professional development
  • Demonstrate a commitment to respecting and displaying the Values of The Trust, Professional and Registration bodies at all times

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Atherleigh Park Hospital

Atherleigh Way

Leigh, Greater Manchester


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