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Specialist Occupational Therapist

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

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Hello, my name is Kim Somerford and I am the OT Lead at Newton Lodge, Medium Secure Service. We are looking for Band 6 OT to join our well established and supportive therapy team. Our therapy team prides itself on providing a high standard of assessment, treatment, and client centred and holistic care in a safe and therapeutic environment. We play an important role in facilitating the safe and effective discharge of service users and are a valued part of the forensic care groups service provision.

We pride ourselves on being an open and honest Trust, providing the best possible care to our service users and would love for you to come and work with us where you will be well supported and encouraged to develop your clinical and professional competencies within a stimulating learning environment. The Trust is committed to staff health and wellbeing and I can honestly say that we will encourage you to learn, develop and grow!

The organisation has well established professional leadership structure led by a Chief AHP with, access to strong professional networks and a wide range of profession specific training and career progression opportunities available.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our team. Within the role you will have your own caseload providing specialist assessments and therapeutic interventions for service users. Within the team you will be responsible for supporting others through supervision and providing learning opportunities. There will be opportunities to develop leadership skills whilst supporting the Band 7 in service development. We are committed to your development in both clinical and leadership skills.

The therapy team at Newton Lodge consists of a Band 7 OT Lead, three Band 6 Specialist Occupational Therapists, 5 Band 5 Occupational Therapists, a Technical Instructor, and a Horticultural therapist and a Tutor. The service generally operates Mon-Fri, 08.30-16.30, although flexibility in this can be discussed. We provide Occupational Therapy across 7 medium secure wards, supporting service users experiencing mental health difficulties or learning disabilities. We are a supportive team and work closely with the wider MDT. We adopt a recovery based approach, using evidence based interventions and professional models (e.g MOHO) to inform our practice and ensure the delivery of high quality care. A range of 1:1 interventions and therapeutic groups are provided.

Please see the Job description and Person Specification for further information.

We actively welcome any prospective applicants to make contact to discuss the role further.

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 part of a cohesive and enthusiastic multi-disciplinary team. You will be involved in providing specialist occupational therapy assessment and treatment for individuals receiving in-patient care enabling service users to engage in a wide range of individual and group based treatment activities. You will be actively involved in the promotion of occupational therapy within the service area.

The post holder will be part of a well recognised service that places emphasis of staff support and professional development and you will be expected to participate in staff training and supervision.

Person Specification



  • COT Diploma, BSc/BA, MA Occupational Therapy.
  • HCPC State Registration.


  • Leadership / first line management certificate.



  • Substantial post registration experience working in mental health/learning disabilities.
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Supervision of staff and 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).
  • Clinical supervisors training (or willingness to complete).
  • To be willing to undertake post graduate training to further skills, knowledge and expertise relevant to clinical area.


  • Post graduate training relevant to mental health/learning disabilities.

Special Knowledge/Skills


  • Specialist knowledge and application of Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions relevant to mental health/learning disabilities.
  • Extensive clinical practice skills including individual and group work
  • Understanding of occupational therapy outcome measure.
  • Detailed knowledge of current legislation/guideance e.g. CPA Care.
  • Programme Approach, Risk assessment and management.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Able to work as part of a MDT and independently.
  • 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 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


  • Enthusiastic, motivated, professional, resourceful, flexible and adaptable
  • Able to self direct and have good time management skills.
  • Able to use tact/diplomacy and common sense.
  • Committed to team working and providing the best possible patient care.
  • Able to adapt to change and lead others as a positive change agent.
  • Act as a positive role model to other members of the team.
  • Able to provide leadership to the team and encourage reflection on practice.
  • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to the role.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Hepworth, Newton Lodge, Fieldhead

Ouchthorpe Lane



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