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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Cygnet Health Care
£22,500 a year
Closing date
25 Jun 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a proactive and motivated individual keen for a career with occupational therapy? Are you keen to support individuals with personality disorder? Would you like to be part of a pioneering Occupational Therapy service to embed co-production at all levels of care?

Main duties of the job

Responsible for: Supporting Occupational Therapists to perform their role in the assessment, treatment and development of individuals in our care.

Responsible to: Ward Occupational Therapist and Head of Occupational Therapy (Line manager).

About us

Cygnet Health Care was established in 1988. Across our 11 different service lines, we have evidence-based established models of care to ensure we provide the highest quality care and support.

Our dedicated and expert teams of over 10 000 employees, support over 2800 individuals in a range of services across England, Scotland and Wales. We have built a reputation for delivering pioneering services and outstanding outcomes for the people in our care, through co-production, recovery and rehabilitation.

With over 150 Occupational Therapists, we work together as a large team providing support to each other across the group, with the opportunity to be part of specialist interest groups & become involved in service development.

Job description
Job responsibilities
Post: Occupational Therapy Assistant

Salary: £22,500 per annum

Base:Cygnet Hospital Maidstone, Gidds Pond Way, Weavering, ME14 5FT

Responsible for: Supporting Occupational Therapists to perform their role in the assessment, treatment and development of individuals in our care.

Responsible to: Ward Occupational Therapist and Head of Occupational Therapy (Line manager).

Hours:37.5 hours per week

Location:Cygnet Hospital Maidstone, Gidds Pond Way, Weavering, ME14 5FT

Service Line:Mental Health Adults Female (Personality Disorder)

Summary of the site:
Cygnet Hospital Maidstone is our state-of-the-art, 63 bed mental health facility for adults situated in the Kent Medical Campus in Maidstone.

Cygnet Hospital Maidstone is purpose built to meet the latest national specifications for improving mental health within a therapeutic environment. The hospital will provide an important and much-needed service for local patients from Kent.

The hospital is split into four distinct wards, each offering specialist mental health services:
  • Roseacre Ward Highly Specialised Personality Disorder service for women
  • Kingswood Ward High Dependency Rehabilitation service for men
  • Bearsted Ward Specialist PICU Service for Men
  • Saltwood Ward Male low secure ward

The hospitals services have been requested and agreed by local and regional NHS bodies to meet the urgent demand for specialist mental health services within Kent. The aim is to ensure that local people can be treated close to home and as near as possible to their friends and family.

Summary of the ward: Roseacre is Cygnet Hospital Maidstone's Personality Disorder service for Women. Roseacre supports women with a history of Personality Disorder, self-harm and trauma. You do not need experience in Personality Disorder services; however a willingness to learn new skills.

MDT:There is a highly experienced Multi-Disciplinary Team made up of a consultant psychiatrist, specialty doctor, occupational therapist, psychotherapist, assistant psychologist, social worker, registered mental health nurses and healthcare assistants.

In this role you will:
  • Deliver planned activities for patients under the direction of the ward Occupational Therapist (OT) and Multidisciplinary Team
  • Assist the OT in the day to day duties and running of the department
  • Undertake assessment and intervention programmes with clients as delegated by a senior occupational therapist underpinned by appropriate experience / knowledge
  • Contribute ideas, create and facilitate events and activities safely and support people to structure their time through meaningful activity
  • Have involvement in the delivery of one to one and group interventions
  • Implement individual care plans during activity sessions and take into account specific interests and opportunities to promote choice and independence

If you feel you suit the criteria and have an interest in mental health and Occupational Therapy, then please make an application today.

5 reasons why you should make an application today
  • We care about people in our services
  • We are a very supportive and friendly team
  • You will be an integral part of a large, well established MDT with extensive experience to draw from
  • We offer lots of in-service training in OT assessments and interventions
  • We support the learning and professional growth of our staff members and offer e-learning and training opportunities on a multitude of mental health topics

The Successful Candidate should be/have:
  • A good understanding of mental health diagnosis
  • Knowledge of recovery approaches and social inclusion
  • Experience of supporting service users with mental illness
  • A relevant healthcare qualification is desirable
  • Effective communication skills, good organisations skills and a positive attitude

In return we will offer you:
  • A competitive salary of £22,500 per annum
  • Opportunities to undertake further learning and development.
  • Training days provided by highly experienced and renowned OT specialists
  • Regular supervision with experienced Occupational Therapists on site as well as peer support
  • Company pension scheme; Life insurance and health plan
  • NHS Discount Cards & Blue Light Card
  • Free parking & meals on duty


The successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS and reference check and an offer of employment will be subject to successful clearance.

*Please note - speculative recruitment emails are not to be sent directly to our clinical staff, these need to go via our internal recruitment team. If speculative candidates are sent directly to a member of the clinical team, we will consider these candidates as our own*

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Empowering people and making a positive difference

Cygnet Health Care was established in 1988. Since then we have developed a wide range of services for individuals with mental health needs within the UK. We have built a reputation for delivering pioneering services and outstanding outcomes for the people in our care. At Cygnet Health Care you’ll have the chance to make a real impact on patients, service users and their families. Our purpose is to care, enable & make a positive difference. Our vision is to be the preferred provider & employer of choice in our sector.

Our great team believe in -

  • Togetherness
  • Patients, service users & their families are at the heart of what we do
  • Making a real difference in people's lives
  • Building caring relationships to improve mental health

Dedicated people who change lives together

At Cygnet, our people work across many different teams that pull together to achieve excellent outcomes for those in our care. So wherever your strengths lie, you can make the most of them with us – and enjoy a rewarding career that makes a significant difference to others.

Join one of our dedicated teams and be part of something meaningful:

  • Leadership Team
  • Doctors & Consultants Team
  • Nursing Team
  • Allied Health & Psychology Team
  • Education Team
  • Care & Support Team
  • Hospitality & Non-clinical Team


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