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Occupational Therapist (Band 5)

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
7 Mar 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

Hello, my name is Kim Somerford and I am the OT Lead at Newton Lodge, Medium Secure Service. We are looking for Band 5 OT to join our well established and supportive therapy team. Our therapy team prides itself on providing a high standard of assessment, treatment, and client centred and holistic care in a safe and therapeutic environment. We play an important role in facilitating the safe and effective discharge of service users and are a valued part of the forensic care groups service provision

We pride ourselves on being an open and honest Trust, providing the best possible care to our service users and would love for you to come and work with us where you will be well supported and encouraged to develop your clinical and professional competencies within a stimulating learning environment. The Trust is committed to staff health and wellbeing and I can honestly say that we will encourage you to learn, develop and grow! If you are new qualified, please speak to us about our comprehensive preceptorship offer.

The organisation has well established professional leadership structure led by a Chief AHP with, access to strong professional networks and a wide range of profession specific training and career progression opportunities available.

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

Main duties of the job

We are looking for skilled Band 5 Occupational Therapist to provide specialist assessments and therapeutic interventions for service users.

The therapy team consists of a Band 7 OT Lead, three Band 6 Specialist OTs, four Band 5 OTs, a Technical Instructor, a Horticultural therapist and a Tutor. The service generally operates Mon-Fri, 08.30-16.30. We provide OT across 7 medium secure wards, supporting service users experiencing mental health difficulties or learning disabilities. We adopt a recovery based approach, using evidence based interventions to inform our practice and ensure the delivery of high quality care. A range of 1:1 interventions and therapeutic groups are provided.

In this role you will gain experience of working within a forensic setting, with service users presenting with a wide range of mental health conditions. You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other professionals to meet the needs of our service users. Professional networking is actively encouraged, and we have well established links with our local partners.

We welcome any prospective applicants to make contact to discuss the role further.

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


The post holder will be required to work as an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team, providing occupational therapy assessment and treatment for service users in receipt of in-patient care. Enabling service users to engage in a range of in-patient and community based treatment activities and supporting safe and effective discharge. You will be actively involved in the promotion of occupational therapy within the service area. The post holder will be required to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service and the client group, and this will include weekends and evening working.


Core Functions

1. Clinical

1.1 To provide occupational therapy assessments for people accessing the service, prioritising on the nature, complexity and urgency of each individual case.

1.2 To plan and implement an occupational therapy treatment programme on an individual and/or group basis, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.

1.3 To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.

1.4 To adopt a client centred and sensitive approach to therapy, collaborating with clients (and / or carer(s) where appropriate) in all aspects of the therapy process.

1.5 To select and conduct occupational therapy assessments, addressing the physical, psychosocial, behavioural, perceptual, cognitive, sensory and environmental needs of clients.

1.6 To demonstrate a broad knowledge of the impact of disability, and to provide training and advice on lifestyles changes and adaptations to the clients psychosocial and physical environment, making referrals where appropriate.

1.7 To work proactively alongside other staff and clients in meeting their needs and to assist each individual to integrate within the local community as fully as possible, using practical and creative problem solving approaches to gain the active participation of services users.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Person Specification



  • COT Diploma or BSc Occupational Therapy Degree OR Pre-registration MSC Occupational Therapy.
  • HCPC State Registration



  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development


  • Training in OT specific assessment eg MOHO



  • Willingness to undertake Practice Placement Education.
  • Willingness to undertake Trust and other identified training.

Special Knowledge/Skills


  • Application of the OT process within a relevant clinical setting.
  • Knowledge of current best practice in OT in designated clinical setting.
  • Planning and coordination of treatment packages
  • Ability to manage own workload and determine priorities
  • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues.
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Commitment to client-centred, non-discriminatory practice.
  • Understanding of multi-disciplinary working.
  • Computer literacy
  • Understanding of health legislation and national directives including CPA.
  • Understanding of Health, safety and risk management policies.

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 engage and work collaboratively with service users.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Able to work independently using own initiative.
  • Values contributions of others in all disciplines. Willingness to work flexibly.
  • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to the role

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Newton Lodge - Fieldhead Hospital

Ouchthorpe Lane


West Yorkshire


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