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Lead Occupational Therapist

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Old Age
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for senior occupational therapists with clinical and leadership experience to be a Practice Development Lead across the Community & Inpatient pathways. They will also contribute an OT specific perspective to the Older People's Senior Leadership Team.

The post holder will need experience and confidence in driving innovation and excellence in older people's mental health and dementia practice. They will need to work closely with community and inpatient clinical teams within older people's services and maintain good working relationships with teams. An important component of this role will involve providing profession specific leadership and support to occupational therapy clinicians working in older people's services. This includes developing OT clinical practice based on evidence-based standards and providing expertise to enhance older people's experiences.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work alongside service managers, other Practice Development Leads and key clinical stakeholders to support clinical teams through effective partnership working to meet the needs of older people and their carers. They will support and facilitate clinical teams to drive quality standards aligned to profession specific and clinical priority areas that are identified within clinical governance forums. They will need to work flexibly and follow the principles of agile working to continuously network and engage with clinical teams and partner organisations; with the overall aim of improving older people's experiences and outcomes, particularly recovery and wellbeing.

About us

We are a high quality, high performing NHS foundation trust. We are the main provider of specialist mental health and learning disability services in Leeds. We also provide specialist inpatient services in York as well as some highly specialised services across the country.We employ around 3,000 staff and every year we have contact with over 25,000 service users. Our vision is to provide outstanding mental health and learning disability services as an employer of choice. Our ambition is to support our service users and carers, our staff and the communities we serve to live healthy and fulfilling lives. We need people like you to help us achieve our goals; to live our lives free from stigma and discrimination; and to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and mental ill health. We perform well againstlocal and national targetsand inour most recent CQC inspection, 85% of our services were rated good or outstanding.As a teaching trust with strong links to local universities, we are a centre of excellence for teaching,research and development.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will need to demonstrate expertise and knowledge around occupational therapy and promote and value the occupational therapy workforce, contributing to role development in the context of continued organisational change. They will need to be positive and enthusiastic and be capable of promoting evidence-based practice, coordinating and facilitating service improvement projects and ensuring OT professional development. The post holder will need to have high level organisation, communication and analysis skills. They will need to be comfortable with managing and prioritising competing demands. The post holder will need to be aware of both local and national policies and agendas around community and inpatient mental health for older people and be able to embrace service change and developments.

If you are interested in applying for this role, an informal discussion is highly recommended. Please contact:

Lou Bergin (Clinical Lead for OPS) via or Eve Townsley (Head of Operations, OPS) via to discuss the Older Peoples Service priorities

Claire Paul via to discuss the OT lead/Practice Development elements of this role

Interviews will take place on 15th July and a short presentation will be required as part of the interview.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Occupational Therapist with significant clinical experience in community and / or inpatient services
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrates extensive experience and knowledge of occupational therapy.
  • Has experience in a senior role (Band 6 or above) for at least two years. Evidence of contributing to project work and ability to think strategically.
Knowledge Essential
  • Demonstrates an enthusiasm to support the emergence of new roles as well as support the OT specific practice agenda.
  • Demonstrates experience and knowledge related to older people's mental health and dementia.
Skills Essential
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate effectively with others as a facilitator of positive change and learning & can develop implementation plans with teams.

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