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Occupational Therapist - East Assessment & Treatment Service

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year PA
Closing date
25 Jun 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a Senior Occupational Therapist motivated to work in mental health? Would you thrive in a role working with people with complex mental health conditions in the vibrant city of Brighton and Hove?

If so, our Band 6 Occupational Therapist role in our East Brighton Assessment and Treatment team may be the job for you!

Based at East Brighton Community Mental Health Centre, our Community Assessment and Treatment Service (ATS) team is seeking to recruit a highly motivated, enthusiastic, creative, flexible and skilled Band 6 Occupational Therapist with a passion for working with people to support individual recovery goals and work collaboratively with the service users, their carers/families, colleagues within the third sector, GPs and other services within the Trust. You will preferably have experience of working in the community and in various settings within mental health services.

Main duties of the job

You will have a varied, fast paced and crucial role in supporting patient journey through the Assessment and Treatment Team. Your duties will involve assessing service users for treatment including risk assessment, care planning and treatment. You will hold a caseload providing time limited interventions as identified in the care plan and in supporting them to access services and treatments within SPFT and third sector services. Promote community recovery, wellbeing and enablement to improve quality of life, prevent and reduce hospital admissions.

You will also be responsible for delivering Occupational Therapy interventions in the team to enable service users to participate in meaningful occupations and activities in everyday life.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID.

About us

The Trust provides mental health and learning disability care for all ages across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Living & Working in Brighton:
  • Be spoilt for choice with Brighton's iconic seafront, vibrant lanes and array of shops and attractions
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns on your doorstep
  • Embrace the outstanding natural beauty spots including the renowned Devils Dyke and South Downs National Park

We'd love you to join our Trust, rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, recent staff survey results told us that 82% recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work in their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Job description Job responsibilities

You will be joining a supportive multi-disciplinary team. The team consists of Nurses, OTs, Social workers, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, STR workers, Graduate Mental Health Practitioners, administrative staff and a team lead. This post will offer you the opportunity to develop and grow in your chosen career. You will receive supervision, support and training to further develop your skills and experience in a community mental health setting.

Main Duties include:
  • Mental Health Assessments, identifying needs and planning care accordingly
  • Risk Assessment, risk management, crisis planning and management
  • Care Coordination and caseload management
  • Signposting to other NHS and Third Sector organisation's
  • Discharge planning

OT specific Tasks
  • To provide occupational therapy interventions for referred clients using evidence based, client centred principles
  • To provide specific OT assessments of self-care, productivity and independent skills.
  • To provide OT formulation and treatment interventions that are planned and evaluated.
  • To give specialist advice on environmental adaptation to support independent livingand where relevant the provision of appropriate equipment and assistive technology
  • To work alongside vocational specialist to provide support to service users for employment, training, voluntary work opportunities

What we can offer you in return
  • Regular Professional supervision
  • Access to a wide range of Training and CPD opportunities including;
    • A programme of AHP specific training
    • Quarterly Occupational Therapy CPD Hubs
    • Communities of Practice (AMPS, Sensory Strategies and Recovery Through Activity)
  • The opportunity to participate in a range QI work and service innovations
  • Varied leadership development opportunities

This is an excellent time for Occupational Therapists to be joining Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as we have just launched our first AHP Strategy. Look at our AHP strategy at and attachment.pdf ( View our film at

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Person Specification Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Experience as a qualified occupational therapist in mental health
  • Broad experience of working with clients with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of both group and individual work
  • Experience in applying a range of assessment tools and a comprehensive knowledge of occupational therapy clinical approaches used in mental health
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Experience as a qualified occupational therapist in mental health
  • Broad experience of working with clients with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of both group and individual work
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working

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