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Advanced Occupational Therapist/ OT Team Manager

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
6 Mar 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Full Time
37.5 Hours Per Week

Are you an Occupational Therapist looking to develop your skills as a leader within the area of acute mental health, whilst maintaining a clinical caseload? Do you have a passion for delivering high quality health care to people with serious mental health problems, working with service users at a pivotal point of their recovery?

We have an interim full-time position available in the Inpatient Occupational Therapy team in Calderdale and Kirklees to cover maternity leave. The role leads the team in their ongoing service development of the inpatient provision and support the continued delivery of OT on the acute inpatient wards (working aged adults & Older peoples). The role will have the opportunity to both lead the inpatient therapy service but is unique in that the successful post holder will also have the expectation of also working clinically.

Your role as an Advanced Occupational Therapist will be diverse and exciting, you will work as an integral part of our Multi-Disciplinary Team and work in partnership with inpatient and community colleagues and partners in achieving person centred outcomes. You must be passionate about working with people with mental health problems and their families and have a desire to help improve mental health and support recovery. You will be provided with a robust induction plan and be provided regular managerial and clinical supervision.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Main duties of the job

The Occupational Therapist role is invaluable within the MDT, you will be responsible for supporting the delivery of care in the inpatient setting, including supporting individuals with their recovery goals and the assessment of activities of daily living, function and routine in order to support a discharge from the acute setting.

You will be expected to maintain a high standard of clinical care and will be actively involved in the delivery of an individuals care and discharge pathway. You will have ongoing opportunities to continue your professional development and will be provided with an ongoing development and support offer from the senior leadership team and ward leadership team which includes nurses, OTs and psychologist.

You will require a motivated and enthusiastic approach to working with service users in their recovery and have an interest in working service users with varying clinical presentations, that are often complex.

The role will be expected to lead the Therapy team across Calderdale and Kirklees, managing the OTs and OTAs within the service and ensuring that an effective service provision is available for all mental health inpatient wards within this locality.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be responsible for the day to day co-ordination and management of occupational therapy within the designated clinical area, undertaking a complex, multi-functional role, combining managerial, clinical and professional duties and responsibilities.

To have an identified clinical role for highly complex cases within their designated service.

To provide advice and support to other therapy staff and members of the multi-disciplinary team within the service.

To facilitate collaborative working across occupational therapy, maximizing on the skills of the therapists, therapy assistants and other staff.

In the capacity as a representative of the therapy services to liaise with the consultants and other medical, therapy and nursing staff, social services, voluntary agencies and the private sector.

This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The post holder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed.

The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the post holder when necessary and in line with the service developments.

To comply with the College of Occupational Therapists and Health Care Professions Council code of ethics and professional conduct and to adhere to national and local policies and procedures.

To work in a specialised autonomous capacity accepting referrals for patients/service users referred to your clinical area. Giving advice and support to other members of the multi-disciplinary team.

To be professionally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work, including management of patients with complex needs.

To plan and prioritise own patient caseload (where appropriate), with highly complex needs, using highly specialist occupational therapy skills.

Assess and analyse occupational performance to identify problem areas in order to plan and carry out goal orientated intervention programmes with the patients. Balancing risk, safety and patient choice in order to promote maximum independence.

Person Specification



  • Extensive appropriate post-registration experience relevant to clinical area.
  • Experience in supervising and managing staff.

Special Knowledge and Skills


  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Excellent teaching skills
  • Supervision skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate highly specialised clinical reasoning and treatment skills
  • Excellent team working skills.
  • Proven experience of time management
  • Excellent Prioritisation skills.
  • Negotiating skills.
  • Knowledge of local and national guidance relevant to clinical area.


  • Basic IT skills.



  • Degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy.
  • Current valid HCPC registration.
  • Practice Education/Practice Assessor Preparation Certificate (or to achieve within 12 months).


  • MSC/Diploma in relevant area.



  • Evidence of continuing professional development and post graduate training in relevant area.
  • Have demonstrable competence to work at Masters or Advanced Level.


  • Management or leadership training.
  • Risk Assessment training.
  • Audit training.

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post.
  • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to risk assess and deal with health and safety matters for own and others work area and caseloads.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to role.
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service possibly including evenings and weekend working.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


The Calderdale Royal Hospital

Huddersfield Road


West Yorkshire


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