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Band 5 Occupational Therapist - Reaside ICU

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
A remarkable opportunity has arisen for a band 5 occupational therapist to work within the psychiatric intensive care (ICU) team. The role offers unique and diverse opportunities for personal growth and professional development and sits within the ICU team working alongside a range of multi-disciplinary staff including mental health nurses, health care assistants, activity workers and psychiatrists.

The post holder will work within the established team on the ICU supporting service users on admission and during their progression on the ward, delivering comprehensive occupational therapy assessments, formulation, and interventions, whilst using evidence-based practise to assist in developing individualised care plans, promoting independence and enhancing functional abilities whilst developing innovative ways to engage service users with complex needs. Additionally, there will be opportunities to assess service users prior to admission in external settings for you to provide input from an occupational therapy perspective to the clinical team.

As an occupational therapist, you will represent your profession and act as a role model in a manner that positively reflects the trauma informed care philosophy of the secure service and the wider values of the organization.

Main duties of the job

The service users we care for often have very complex mental health needs, and at times may display very challenging behaviour. Therefore, staff will be required to demonstrate a range of skills including effective communication, empathy, self-awareness, and critical self-reflection skills. The individual would need to have the ability to manage their own reactions and responses to challenging behaviours effectively. You will be able to promote the philosophy of Occupational Therapy and evaluate the outcomes of the service.
  • To manage a defined caseload, using evidence based/client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions ina range of settings.
  • To maintain clinical records.
  • To develop post graduate skills and knowledge through participation in the preceptorship programme.
  • To support a recovery focussed care pathway

About us

Welcome to Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Our 4000 clinical and support staff help us to improve mental health wellbeing and meet the needs of the 70,000 people we serve each year. We provide a range of mental healthcare services across Birmingham and Solihull, as well as specialised services nationally. We also offer medical, nursing and psychology training and are proud of our international reputation for both research and innovation.

Our population is culturally diverse, characterised in places by high levels of deprivation which create an increasing demand for our services and a necessity for us to make sure everyone can access the help they need. We are a team of compassionate, inclusive and committed people working together to provide excellent care to support our community. If you are looking for a place to belong, where you can make a real difference to people's lives, join our team where our warm welcome is waiting for you.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information about the main responsibilities please view the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification

Training and Qualifications


  • Occupational Therapy Degree
  • HCPC registration



  • Application of the OT process within a mental health setting
  • Evidence of caseload management

Knowledge and skills


  • Group work skills
  • Managing small projects
  • Positive attitude to supervision and appraisal



  • Maintain professional boundaries
  • Manage stressful situations
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude towards the service user

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust



Reaside Drive


B45 9BE

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