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Part Time Specialist Occupational Therapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,192 max £2,011)
Closing date
9 Mar 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Base: Adult Community Mental Health Team in Ware, Hertfordshire

Do you want to develop your OT career working in mental health?

Would you like to know that you have made a difference to people who have a number of challenges to their health and wellbeing?

This is a great and unique opportunity for a band 6 Occupational Therapist looking to develop further experience in their career in Adult Mental Health Team.

Unlike many community mental health posts this role is solely OT focused allowing the OT team to concentrate on providing a high quality service benefiting both service users and the wider team as well as enhancing personal job satisfaction.

To provide occupational therapy assessment and treatment interventions for the specified service user group, to carry a caseload as a member of the MDT and to develop the occupational therapy service provision within the setting.

Main duties of the job

This role includes:
  • managing a clinical OT caseload
  • carrying out comprehensive assessments
  • delivering evidence based interventions using the Model of Human Occupation.

Assessments and Interventions take place at the unit, in service users homes, or in the community.

There is the opportunity to develop both individual and group interventions to help the service user achieve their personal and recovery goals.

The OT team consists of an OT Assistant Therapy Practitioner and a Band 5 Occupational Therapist. The team offers 1-1 and group interventions and has successfully facilitated a number of face to face, and virtual groups using the Recovery Through Activity framework developed by Sue Parkinson. The OT team have made links with several community resources enhancing the quality OT provision. You would have the opportunity to develop this further, expanding on the current groups provided.High quality supervision is an integral part of all OT posts and there are many CPD opportunities and access to OT in-service training events which happen throughout the year. The in-service training often includes outside speakers who are at the forefront of our profession.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

To plan and implement individual and/or group interventions in collaboration with the service user, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.To undertake occupational therapy assessments for a designated caseload,addressing occupational performance and skill deficits, enabling the serviceuser in areas of self-maintenance, productivity and leisure.To build on existing knowledge of the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) through the use of standardised assessment and intervention tools.Following assessment, to undertake case formulation in order to highlightoccupational strengths and limitations and to inform the intervention planmoving forward.To work collaboratively with service users to identify OT goals as part of theoverall recovery plan.To provide interventions in the manner that is consistent with Trust standards and values.To routinely provide feedback to the MDT regarding observed occupationalperformance throughout contact, which inform ongoing assessment andtherapeutic intervention?To provide support and education to service users and carers regardingaspects of occupational therapy e.g. equipment fitting, rehabilitationprogrammes.To maintain clinical records using the electronic patient record system.

For Clinical Duties and more in-depth information regarding Person and Job Description please read attached document

Person Specification



  • BSc/MSc/PG Dip Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office and associated packages.
  • Completion of preceptorship and/or evidence of having met the full KSF Gateway for Band 5 OT's
  • Evidence of relevant post grad training


  • Membership of RCOT, including specialist section
  • First line management training
  • Solution Focussed Brief Therapy training
  • Practice Placement Education training
  • AMPS/ESI/SI training
  • Broad base of clinical experience



  • Post registration experience in relevant clinical setting
  • Applied experience of providing both individual and group work interventions.
  • Specialist knowledge and experience of using the Model of Human Occupation assessment tools, or others appropriate to area.
  • Experience of other specialist Occupational Therapy assessment tools, e.g. AMPS, Pool Activity Levels
  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience in providing advice, support and clinical supervision to junior staff and/or students
  • Applied knowledge of Recovery principles and how these relate to OT


  • Experience of working with people with mental health problems and/or learning disability in a variety of health and social care settings
  • Previous experience of having worked at Band 6 level
  • Experience in research or audit



  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal and the ability to persuade and negotiate with peers and senior colleagues
  • Proven track record of working within a multidisciplinary team and an understanding of team dynamics
  • Knowledge and application of key policy, health legislation and guidelines which impact on OT and mental health/LD practice.
  • Ability to provide and receive sensitive and difficult information regarding service users care and social situation
  • Knowledge of and effective use of appropriate professional relationships and boundaries
  • High level of ability to grade and adapt practical skills
  • Evidence of delivery of training and professional development sessions



  • Ability to apply broad knowledge of current best practice in OT and mental health
  • A high level of problem solving/clinical judgement skills and the ability to analyse professional and ethical issues
  • Ability to respond and adjust appropriately to the changing needs of service users
  • Ability to respond and adjust appropriately to the changing needs of service users
  • Specialist knowledge and experience of using the Model of Human Occupation Assessment tools and or equivalent in area
  • Highly developed ability to evaluate group interventions and outcomes
  • Highly developed case formulation skills to guide own OT intervention plan and those of others
  • Highly developed case formulation skills to guide own OT intervention plan and those of others

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Cygnet House ACMHS

1 Old College Court, Priority Street


SG12 0DE

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