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Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you rewarded by supporting people to make and maintain positive changes in their life?

Are you interested in psychologically informed, formulation driven approaches?

Do you have an interest in working with people with personality difficulties within the Probation Service?

We are seeking an experienced Occupational Therapist to help develop and shape our expanding Intensive Intervention Risk Management Service (IIRMS), part of the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway across Sussex and Surrey. You will have the opportunity to drive change forward and support people with complex needs.

The Offender Personality Pathway is a national programme run jointly by NHS England and HMPPS that launched in 2012. The Pathway provides services for people who have offended who are deemed to be high risk or very high likelihood of harmful offending, have significant psychological and social problems (a likely personality disorder), and where there is a link between these two issues.

The four aims of the programme are to reduce harmful reoffending, increase psychological wellbeing, develop a competent trained workforce, and deliver services in the most efficient manner. Sussex and Surrey Chiron, Intensive Intervention and Risk Management Services (IIRMS) support people who have a history of repeated breaches of licence, or due to the nature of their sentences, are un-tested in the community, during the transition from custody to community.

Main duties of the job

To manage a caseload of complex clients, using evidence based, client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.

To provide specialist clinical advice and input for clients with complex problems and needs.

To ensure occupational therapy contribution to the provision of quality clinical care and performance standards

To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of occupational therapy and local services within a designated team, holding responsibility for defined projects.

Ability to travel between bases is essential. Prison and community visits within and outside of Surrey and Sussex will form part of the role.

All roles within our team have access to national and local OPD training and continuing professional development is actively encouraged. This may include Advance Clinical Practitioner training.

This is an exciting opportunity to have a significant impact on the delivery of the service and lead on community developments and initiatives.

About us

SPFT is an organisation which is committed to improving patient care. We are always trying to improve. We listen to and learn from feedback. We carry out healthcare research and put it into practice. We develop new ways of providing services in partnership with others and help staff develop through education and training. We also believe it's important to learn from when things go wrong and to encourage staff to speak out about anything they are concerned about.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Operate as a specialist occupational therapy practitioner and manage an appropriate clinical caseload.Promote evidence based practice in occupational therapy and the relevant mental health service/ learning disability service.Provide a specialised range of clinical interventions and demonstrate knowledge of models of practice.Monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of interventions.Provide specialist clinical assessment, formulation, intervention, review and where appropriate CPA including care co-ordination for service users, their families and carers.Contribute to the development of multi-disciplinary best practice clinical guidelines and protocols.Have a basic working knowledge of the medication prescribed for the persons in their care. To include usual dosage, common side effects and the need for any special monitoring. Any reported or observed side effects must be brought to the attention of the prescriber.Supervise the work of more junior staff and provide support and guidance.Ensure that up to date written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with Professional and Trust standards and to provide specialist occupational therapy reports relevant to the practice setting.To adhere to Trust risk management policies and procedures.To champion occupational and recovery approaches within the service area.Be aware of and able to use de-escalation techniques and breakaway

Person Specification



  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy
  • Evidence of post qualification study
  • Registration with the HPC as an occupational therapist
  • Practice Education training
  • Training in the use of standardised occupational therapy assessment tools



  • Extensive 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
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Experience as a Care Coordinator
  • Experience in a clinical area related to the post
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience in applying a range of assessment tools and a comprehensive knowledge of occupational therapy clinical approaches used in mental health

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


NPS Brighton Lancaster House

47 Grand Parade



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