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Newly Qualified Occupational Therapist (band 5)

Cygnet Health Care
£27,000 a year (£29,000 post preceptorship)
Closing date
11 Jul 2022

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Occupational Therapist
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Full Time
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Are you a newly qualified Band 5 occupational therapist? Do you have a passion for delivering outstanding care and making a positive difference to the lives of the people in your care? This could be your perfect opportunity.

Main duties of the job

As part of a multi-disciplinary team, you will provide assessment and treatment of occupational dysfunction under the supervision of a more senior Occupational Therapist.

An integral part of this role will be supervising others, with a focus on supporting student education within the team.

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
Are you a newly qualified Occupational Therapist who would like to explore a rewarding career in Mental Health? Are you looking for an opportunity where you can gain experience across different mental health service lines, whilst being supported in a preceptorship programme provided to our new grads?
About Us

Cygnet Health Care was established in 1988 as an independent provider of health and social care services in England, Scotland and Wales.

Your Role

Newly Qualified Occupational Therapist

Full time 5 days per week £27,000 (Up to £29,000 on completion of preceptorship)

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 Maidstones 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.

As an Occupational Therapist, you will provide direct clinical care which will encompass OT assessments, treatment and management of patients within the service. In this role you will assess, implement and develop an OT-led service that meets service users needs. This will be based upon the occupational therapy process, of assessment, intervention and review of occupational need. The focus on this service is community living and functional and coping skills.

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

Caseload: There are 16 beds on the ward. You will have the support of a full-time Occupational Therapy Assistant.

As a newly qualified OT, you will receive support in growing your OT skills through our 12-month Cygnet OT preceptorship.

You will receive supervision from an experienced Occupational Therapist and support from weekly 1:1 meetings with your supervisor.

Other OTs on site: The Occupational Therapy team is made up of 3 other OTs including a Band 5, Senior OT and a Head OT. There are in total 4 OT Assistants including your ward, and a Recovery College Lead. The team is very supportive and is committed to developing you as a person and clinician.

Unique Selling Point:The ward features a sensory room which is a vital part of the wards strategy of supporting patients in their emotional regulation.

Occupational Therapy Directorate

Under the leadership of our occupational therapy directors we support over 150 Occupational Therapists. Working together as a large team we provide support to each other across the group, with the opportunity to be part of specialist interest groups & become involved in service development.

Every service line has a clinical lead occupational therapist to lead and develop evidence based practice and agreed occupational therapy pathway. There are regular service line meetings for all OTs in the particular service line to share good practice and provide peer support across services.

We ensure our occupational therapists have a voice through participating in service model development, utilising the expertise and support of our clinical lead occupational therapists.

Occupational Therapy Preceptorship & Induction:

Starting a new job can be daunting, which is why we have a robust induction process that enables you to shadow staff, discuss your learning and receive expert support to develop into your role. We offer an Occupational Therapy preceptorship programme in your first12 months as a newly qualified Occupational Therapist to support and consolidate core skills. We also offer regular, virtual Q&A sessions with our clinical lead OT and networking with other Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants and Activity Coordinators in your service line.

Training:You will have access to in-house and external training in order to grow your skills whilst working with us. Some of the training that has been provided in the last year has included MOHO/MOHOST, Motivational interviewing, Remotivation Process, Recovery Through Activity and Case formulation.

5 reasons why you should make an application today...
  • We care about people in our services
  • Expert clinical supervision and protected time for a weekly 1:1 with your clinical supervisor
  • Induction & service line training in area of specialism
  • Dedicated CPD time for peer support, skill development and specialist training
  • We support and develop you to build skills and confidence for the next level in your career.

Cygnet Health Care Benefits
  • Free parking
  • Free meals for staff on duty
  • Relocation package available
  • Group pension plan helping you save for your future
  • NHS Discount Cards & Blue Light Card (includes big brand discounts)
  • Wellbeing centre with exercises, recipes, financial and mental health advice.
  • Plus much more...

A career at Cygnet comes with excellent benefits. Whether it's saving you money on the high street, with healthcare, holidays & leisure - or securing your future with professional development and a pension - we support you to be happy both in & out of work.

Apply now to enjoy excellent career prospects while reaping the rewards of making a difference to others - every day.

If you would like to discuss this role with the recruiting occupational therapist or arrange an informal visit, we'd be more than happy to facilitate this. Please contact: Neil Barker (Head of Occupational Therapy) - 01622 580404.


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.

*Recruitment agencies please note: Speculative 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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