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Senior Occupational Therapist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a senior Occupational Therapist to become part of the team on John Denmark Unit, which is an 18 bedded, deaf specialist, mixed gender acute/rehab unit. The John Denmark Unit is based at Prestwich, Manchester and is part of the Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. The JDU provides high standards for specialist NHS mental health services to deaf people throughout the north of England, Wales and Scotland.

This post will appeal to someone who has an interest in mental health, genuinely wishes to care for others and contribute towards their recovery. The role will involve completing Occupational Therapy assessments for a designated caseload, addressing Occupational Therapy performance and skills deficits utilising the Model of Human Occupation and the OT clinical pathway. Our ideal candidate would have experience of caring for people with functional illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia and dementia. Experience of working within a deaf mental health residential setting would be desirable.

Main duties of the job

  • The successful candidate will provide support and assistance to the team, working under the guidance of the head of Occupational Therapy and other health professionals. You will provide routine care and support to people with mental health issues. You will promote and engage patients in therapeutic activity. You will promote the dignity and independence of our patients. You will ensure the safety of our patients completing safe and supportive observations.

    Key requirements
    • Enthusiastic, proactive and a positive attitude
    • Good communication skills- British Sign Language Skills desirable
    • Willing to engage in training and learning- BSL Level 1,2 & 3 training provided
    • working with patients to identify Occupational Therapy goals as part of overall care planning
    • Planning and implementing individual and/or group interventions in collaboration with the patient, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.
    • To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment for patients with multiple needs to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of the intervention.
    • Implement effective risk management strategies which ensure liaison with all relevant stakeholders in an individual's care and service user involvement where possible.
    • Must be able to carry out a full range of caring duties, including moving and handling and Control and Restraint (Training Provided)

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Full details of role and responsibility can be found in the attached job description and person specification.

Staff benefits
  • Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
  • Excellent pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification



  • Registered OT / Years experience


  • Deaf specific training qualifications/ Mental health Experience

Skills and Knowledge


  • OT assessment/formulation planning


  • Deaf Mental Health knowledge/BSL and deaf awareness skills

Mangerial/ Leadership


  • Supervision/leadership skills


  • Facilitated training/service development

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Prestwich Hospital

Bury New Road



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