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Bank Band 6 Occupational Therapist - Swindon

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Part Time
We are looking for an experienced and innovative Occupational Therapist to join our passionate and supportive Occupational Therapy Team in Swindon on a Bank basis. Our service provision covers Acute and Rehab in-patient wards as well as Community Recovery Team for adults of working age.

You will have the opportunity to develop and provide Occupational Therapy service provision to Applewood ward, a 16 bedded acute admissions ward for adults of working age in the acute phase of their mental illness. In addition you will have the opportunity to support Occupational Therapy input within our local rehab ward and in the Recovery Community Team. The opportunities to work within different settings will broaden your experience and add to you professional work satisfaction as we strive towards an effective continuity of care between the relevant services.

You will be part of our multidisciplinary team and you will work in collaboration with other team members as you follow the OT process . You will have the opportunity to supervise our junior OT staff and you will have regular clinical support from the OT Lead.

Our team has opportunities for networking with other OTS which supports CPD, as well as regular supervision and training.

If you seek to use and further develop your professional skills and if you want a job that is rewarding- this post is for you!

Main duties of the job

To deliver Occupational Therapy process of assessment, intervention and evaluation with reference to the relevant guidelines and legislations and with application to up to date and evidence based practice.

To work as an autonomous professional managing own case load.

To provide standardised and non-standardised specialist assessments.

To develop, facilitate and monitor individual as well as group intervention programme.

To work as a key member of the multidisciplinary team attending ward rounds, Care Programme Approach meetings, discharge meetings and providing timely feedback.

To delegate and supervise junior OT staff members.

To support the service with the prioritisation, planning, development and delivery of a high quality occupational therapy service in accordance to local OT Mission Statement goals.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust):a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical PracticeTo carry out clinical practice within designated clinical areas ensuring that high quality evidence based occupational therapy assessment, treatment planning, interventions and evaluations for service users are provided.

To complete comprehensive person-centred assessments of occupation needs.

To develop and Implement appropriate intervention strategies.

To evaluate the effectiveness of therapy provided.

To implement research based practice.

To work in collaboration with MDT staff.

To work within CPA framework and approach.

To provide leadership to junior, unqualified staff and students.

To undertake risk assessment and develop risk management strategies for individual service users.

To undertake risk assessment and develop risk managementstrategies for groups and a variety of activities.

To apply clinical reasoning and justification in designing appropriate group programmes and protocols.

To demonstrate working knowledge of the key elements of relevant mental health legislation.

To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service users social and physical environment.

Education and Health Promotion

To use own skills, knowledge and resources to provide learning opportunities for staff and promote positive attitudes towards mental health, this will include:-

To be responsible for the supervision and written assessment of OTstudents on practice placement within the Trust.

To support the provision of an appropriate learning environment for students novice practitioners and new team members as directed.

Continuing Professional Development Objective

To maintain and develop professional knowledge skills and expertise to ensure that therapy reflects best practice remains evidence based, is current and responsive to meet changing service user and NHS needs to include:

To abide by the Code of Ethics and professional conduct for OccupationalTherapists and HCPC standards.

To take responsibility for post registration education and for continuingprofessional development as outlined in HCPC standards.

To receive clinical/professional supervision in accordance with Trustsupervision policy.

To access management support from the posts line manager.

Service Overview and Planning

To contribute to the development and planning of services specific to the posts designated areas. This will include:

Contribute to the planning and development of clinical services, includingthe review of team establishments, grade mix and skill mix and to beactively involved in the recruitment, selection and interviewing process.

To have a say in clinical policy development and clinical governancefunctions, working collaboratively.

Finance and Workforce

To play a role in making best use of available workforce and material resources and contributing to provision of best therapy possible.

To follow the Trust and Service Policies relating to the security of the building/clients, to ensure safe practice and protection of clients, staff, visitors and members of the general public, this will include:

To play a part in the service provision that is both safe and therapeutic within span of knowledge.

To coordinate the day-to-day activities of junior staff and students whereapplicable.

To be responsible for maintaining resources and delivering a service withinfinancial constraints.

To provide people management function to identify staff for the designated areas, including the development and implementation of regular appraisal and performance management systems.

To maintain accurate records.

Record Keeping and Administration

To maintain high standards of record keeping and associated administration in accordance with AWP Trust Policy and local joint arrangements and professional guidelines, this will include:

The upkeep of contemporaneous, chronological and accurate mental health records in accordance with relevant COT Guidelines and Trust Policy.

To ensure timely recording of all data required by the Trust.

Practice Development and Clinical Audit

To contribute to practice development activity and evidenced based mental health occupational therapy this will include:

To take part in Trust LDU audits as required.

To broaden research and development skills through participation inlocal/trust/national audit and research projects.

Communications and Working Relationships

To form professional relationships with clients and communicate with them in a way that respects their views, autonomy and culture.

To form working relationships with the following:Multidisciplinary Team.Visitors.Carers and family.Staff from other areas and Trusts.Partnership Organisations.CPA Co-ordinators.Voluntary third sector organisations.

Person Specification



  • BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy and HCPC registered



  • Experience of using standardised and non-standardised Occupational Therapy assessments relevant to Mental Health
  • Experience of planning, facilitation and evaluation of appropriate intervention strategies relevant to Mental Health Settings
  • Experienced in Supervising Staff


  • Experience of service development and Quality Improvement Projects

Clinical Reasoning & Reflective Practice


  • Evidence of evidence based and reflective practice
  • Evidenced ability to prioritise complex workload
  • Evidence of selecting appropriate assessments and intervention strategies

Communication and Working Relationships


  • Experience of working as part of the multi-disciplinary teams and in partnership with carers/relatives as well as other relevant agencies

Record Keeping and Administration


  • Effective record keeping skills

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Sandalwood Court

Highworth Road



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