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Occupational Therapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
24 Apr 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

The Specialist Community Forensic Team (SCFT) have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Occupational Therapist within our All-Age Forensic Community Service.

The SCFT is a multi-disciplinary team supporting transition, and continued rehabilitation for service users, out of secure care into the community. The team provides service users with care and treatment pathways which offer intervention and forensic risk management. This is a regional team and operates across West Yorkshire.

Healthy social and occupational networks outside of secure care are an important function when managing risk in a community setting. The post holder will hold a small individual caseload, have the opportunity to complete identified Occupational therapy assessments to address the occupational deficits of service users and support the wider team in formulating care, to ensure our service users have opportunities for social networks and activity, and thrive in the community.

This role includes working shifts including long days and mid-shifts that cover a 7-day service within the hours of 08:00-20:00pm. Access to a vehicle is essential.

To discuss the post please contact Natalie Jaques, Acting Team Manager on or 01924 316067 or Stacey Hayton, General Manager on or 07789 753526

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

Main duties of the job

The All-Age Forensic Community Service is a developing service line within the Forensic Care Group. It includes:

Forensic CAMHS (inclusive of Y& H FCAMHS, Focus Secure and Focus Wakefield)

Forensic Outreach and Liaison Service for Learning Disability and/or Autism (FOLS LDA)

Our adult forensic community service (Forensic Community Transition Team (Bretton Centre) and the Specialist Community Forensic Team (SCFT))

The vision is to create a collaborative environment between our community forensic services and to develop and overarching clinical framework that will support the way in which a community forensic population is understood, supported and intervened upon, no matter what age. The purpose of the role is therefore to:

Be the lead professional in the case management of service users.

Undertake comprehensive assessments and risk assessments

Be enthusiastic about this service user group and motivated to support change and transition needs of individuals.

Able to demonstrate the ability to work autonomously and collaboratively with other agencies to make clinical judgements promoting joint decision making about care delivery to individuals with complex presentations.

Be thoughtful and resilient in the way you engage with a multidisciplinary team.

Have strong and effective engagement skills to service users, family, friends and carers.

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 member of the multi-disciplinary team, providing specialist occupational therapy assessment and treatment for service users in receipt of care from community services. Enabling service users to engage in a range of individual and group community based treatment activities. 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.


1. Clinical

1.1. To undertake specific standardised and non-standardised assessments to formulate effective treatment plans in conjunction with the service user, family and carer.

1.2. To interpret the assessment results in order to plan and implement a client centred occupational therapy treatment programme on an individual and/or group basis using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.

1.3. To ensure therapeutic interventions are of a high professional standard, informed by evidence based practice and involves the service user and carer in all aspects of the care programme.

1.4. To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the effect of disability providing training and advice on lifestyle changes/adaptations to the clients social and physical environments.

1.5. To act as the care programme co-ordinator as required and to offer carers an assessment and care plan where appropriate.

1.6. To contribute to a co-ordinated team approach throughout the assessment and in meeting the service users needs including developing and maintaining close working relationships with all relevant services, and agencies within the voluntary sector.

1.7. To regularly evaluate the effectiveness of group and individual occupational therapy interventions by undertaking specific audits and using outcome measures such as standardised / other relevant assessments and service user satisfaction questionnaires.

1.8. To continue treatment interventions where necessary to assist in the transition of skills from an inpatient setting to living independently within the community.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Health Care Professions Council registration


  • Leadership / first line management certificate



  • Post registration experience in mental health/learning disabilities setting.
  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development
  • Supervision of staff and / or students


  • Leadership / first line management experience
  • Experience of a range of mental health/learning disabilities settings



  • Practice Education/Practice Assessor Preparation Certificate (or to achieve within 12 months)
  • To be willing to undertake post graduate training to further skills, knowledge and expertise


  • Post graduate training relevant to mental health such as, psychosocial interventions, cognitive behavioural / counselling skills / standardised assessment

Special Knowledge/Skills


  • Specialist knowledge and application of Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions relevant to mental health
  • Extensive clinical practice skills including individual and group work
  • Understanding of occupational therapy outcome measures
  • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities
  • Ability to analyse professional and
  • ethical issues
  • Supervisory / appraisal skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Ability to organise and respond efficiently to complex information
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to build effective working
  • relationships
  • Detailed knowledge of mental health/learning disabilities legislation and current practice including policy drivers
  • Detailed knowledge of clinical governance and its application

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


  • Values contribution of others
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Organisational skills
  • Effective communication skills, verbal and written
  • Willingness to work flexibly
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability)

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Newton Lodge - Fieldhead Hospital

Ouchthorpe Lane


West Yorkshire


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