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Band 6 Specialist Occupational Therapist (IST)

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

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Part Time = 30 Hours Per Week.

Are you passionate about supporting people with Learning Disabilities and committed to improving their quality of life? An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Occupational Therapist to join the Wakefield Intensive Support Team (IST). This is a permanent part time role on at 30hrs per week.

The IST is a small multidisciplinary team with a Psychologist, Nurses, SLT and Support Workers working proactively and intensively with individuals with behaviours that challenge. We provide specialist assessments and interventions to support service users to remain in their home, and our work is informed by the principles of Positive Behaviour Support. We work closely with carers, support networks and wider agencies to develop their understanding of service users needs.

The IST is part of the Community Learning Disability Health Team, a friendly and welcoming MDT. There is an emphasis on multidisciplinary working with positive relationships between professional groups. We also have strong and effective links with our partner agencies including the Local Authority and ICB as well as local care providers. The team are committed to delivering the Transforming Care agenda and your input will be highly valued. The Trust is committed to staff development and as an OT you will have access to the OT Forum, which offers support and CPD opportunities.

Main duties of the job

You will be a highly motivated and conscientious individual who has the desire to work creatively with people with learning disabilities within the community, providing the highest standards of safe and compassionate care to clients to maximise their potential.

You will be required to use your specialist OT skills to support the assessment and delivery of high-quality therapeutic interventions to address the occupational needs of service users. This will require effective MDT working skills, close liaison with other agencies and use of excellent communication skills.

The successful applicant will manage a community caseload of service users who have a variety of presentations, enabling activity participation and independence in a community setting, including training of family carers and paid carers in different settings. You would be required to evaluate treatment outcomes and contribute to service development.

Further post qualification is not essential, as there will be opportunity to undertake an accredited qualification in PBS. Professional development is actively encouraged and supported.

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

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 and work closely with the other parts of the locality health team and In-Patient team where required. You will be involved in providing specialist assessment, support and treatment for individuals receiving intensive support and care, enabling service users to engage in a wide range of individual and group based treatment activities.

The post holder witll promote a positive behavioural approach which will be underpinned by professional skills and additional training as required.

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.



1. To manage an individual caseload, providing assessments for service users receiving in-patient care and withinthecommunity, prioritising clinical needs and providing an effective service.

2. To work with service users to identify goals as part of the overall care plan, using appropriate assessment tools based on current evidence based best practice.

3. To plan and implement a client centred treatment programme on an individual and/or group basis, to achieve therapeutic goals.

4. To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.

5. To demonstrate a broad level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyles changes and adaptations to the clients social and physical environment.

6. To be responsible for providing advice in the multidisciplinary team assessment of service users and carers to ensure that an integrated approach to assessment and treatment is achieved and maintained.

7. To work proactively alongside ward staff, community agencies and voluntary agencies to provide a seamless service for service users.

8. To maintain an effective communication network within the team, and to liaise with other agencies and disciplines from the voluntary and statutory sectors to ensure that service user needs are met.

9. To maintain up to date service user records and activity data in accordance with professional and Trust standards.

10. To provide and contribute to multi-disciplinary team meetings, ward rounds, clinics and case conferences as required.

11. To provide reports (as prequired) on assessment and treatment by written and verbal reports to Consultants, GP's and other agencies involved, and to ensure that all correspondence relating to caseload is dealt with promptly.

12. To empower families and carers to support individuals with learning disabilities.

13. To involve clients in all aspects of assessment, treatment and evaluation of treatment programmes.

14. To promote the positive health and well being of the individual.


1. To manage own caseload and day-to-day activities, managing and responding to patient crisis in a timely manner and as per protocols of the service.

2. To co-ordinate the day-to-day activities of junior staff in the service area.

3. To provide effective guidance and supervision for junior staff.

4. To take responsibility for risk management within the service area.

5. To co-ordinate statistical collections in line with Trust policies.

6. To ensure responsible management of Trust equipment and supplies.

7. To participate in the recruitment, appointment and induction of staff, ensuring that practice in these areas are anti-discriminatory.


1. To promote the benefits of the service to the people and organisations affected by it.

2. To work effectively as a team member, sharing skills and knowledge and collaborating with other team members.

3. To act as a role model to all staff, demonstrating and encouraging healthy working relationships.

4. To demonstrate open and honest communication and to seek to develop dialogue in times of difficulty, working towards consensus decisions.

5. To promote awareness of the role of the Intensive Support service within the team, negotiating priorities where appropriate.

6. To participate in development and improvement of the Learning Disability service and develop evidence-based practice in the service.

7. Ensure the Operational Manager/Intensive Support Lead is kept informed of all aspects of the work, especially the development needs of the service.

Policy and Service Development

1. To contribute to the appraisal of Learning Disability services and to identify appropriate developments in the services provided making recommendations to the Intensive Support team Lead/Operational Manager.

2. To contribute to agreed developments in Learning disability service provision.

3. To be responsible for ensuring that the policies and procedures of the relevant Code of Professional Ethics and Professional Conduct and local and national standards of practice are properly implemented.

4. To take a role, in collaboration with other senior staff, in the development of services, including operational planning, and implementation of policy and service development.

5. To be aware of national guidelines and legislation relating to health and social care in your specialist service area.

For full job description please see the attached in supporting information.

Person Specification



  • RNLD or BSc/BA, MA Occupational Therapy
  • Additional post grad qualification in positive behaviour support at Diploma/Degree level
  • HCPC State Registration/NMC registration


  • Evidence of additional academic study at Diploma/Degree level
  • Leadership / first line management certificate



  • Substantial post registration experience working in /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 eg mental health positive behaviour support, Autism



  • 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.



  • Specialist knowledge and application of assessments and interventions relevant to learning disabilities
  • Extensive clinical practice skills including individual and group work
  • Understanding of outcome measure
  • Detailed knowledge of current legislation/guidance 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


  • Knowledge and understanding of cultural and diversity issues for the Learning Disability Community



  • 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).



  • 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


Fieldhead Hospital

Ouchthorpe Lane



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