Occupational Therapy Practitioner

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 pa
Closing date
5 Jul 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
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Are you a motivated, flexible and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist with an interest in learning disability and mental health?

Are you looking for a rewarding and challenging career opportunity in forensic healthcare? Then apply now!!!

Ashford is a learning disability low secure forensic hospital for males aged 18-65 years. It is located near Totton and sits on a site with other specialist hospitals. Ashford is a new purpose-built hospital that provides specialist care and treatment for people with a mild learning disability, often complicated with a mental health diagnosis, in a low secure environment. Service Users are detained under the Mental Health Act. The Occupational Therapy staff work closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to provide an innovative range of services, focusing on recovery.

Come, join our team…

Ashford low secure unit are looking to appoint a motivated, enthusiastic, and hardworking Occupational Therapist.

The post requires someone who is passionate about providing the best care to the service users, to complement the existing team of occupational therapy staff, who are recognised for innovative and dynamic work. If you are looking to enhance your professional and personal development, then this is an opportunity not to be missed!

The main purpose of the unit is to assist Service Users to understand and better manage themselves in terms of health, risks and levels of independence, so that where possible, they can be reintegrated back into the community. This is achieved through a range of treatments, therapies and services; which are provided by the Multi-Disciplinary Team. Treatment is tailored to meet the individual needs of the Service User. Therapeutic interventions will include a combination of one-to-one and group therapy.

The Role

You will work as part of the Occupational Therapy team and become a valued member of the multi-disciplinary team. You will carry out assessment, interventions and discharge planning for a caseload of patients. The Occupational Therapy service uses the VdT Model of Creative Ability, for which you will receive relevant training. There are opportunities for you to get involved in a variety of project work and research.

The Hours

The successful candidate will work 30 hours per week with flexibility on how this can be provided on a Monday to Friday week, the usual therapy hours are 8:00 and 16:00.

A Forensic Lead Payment

Working for Specialised Services means you will receive an extra payment of £1,400.00 per year (pro rata) in addition to your salary.

Annual Leave Entitlement – very generous holiday (pro rata)
  • On appointment = 27 days per year + bank holidays
  • After 5 years’ NHS service = 29 days per year + bank holidays
  • After 10 years’ NHS service = 33 days per year +bank holidays

Induction, Training and Supervision

We understand that in order to maximise the quality of care we provide we must invest in the development of our staff. To support this development you will receive a comprehensive induction together with an agreed programme of continuing professional development.

Other Benefits Include…
  • A contributory pension scheme
  • An Employee Assistance Program provided by Workplace Options offering independent advice on a wide range of issues for both you and your family such as; career development, finances, legal issues, family life, health, grief and loss etc.
  • Child Care Vouchers from Fidelity
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Big Brand NHS Discounts and Offers

So, if you are person and patient-centered, passionate and dedicated individual, who can demonstrate you have the right skills, knowledge and ability to undertake this role, then we would like to hear from you.

For an informal discussion or to arrange a visit to the unit, prior to applying, please contact either

Daisy Kennard, Occupational Therapy Team Lead at Ashford on 02382 311363 daisy.kennard@southernhealth.nhs.uk


Becky Harding, Occupational Therapy Team Manager for Adult Services on 02382 310 932 becky.harding@southernhealth.nhs.uk

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