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Band 6 Occupational Therapist - SOLAR

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Solar, rated 'Good' by the CQC and published in the Journal of Early Intervention in Psychiatry, is a partnership between Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Barnardo's and Autism West Midlands and provides Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services to Children, Young People and Families in Solihull.

Solar was set up as a service not about thresholds or tiers but about timely access to appropriate support in line with children and young people's needs. Solar aims to create a comprehensive system, designed around the needs of children and young people, which keeps children and young people healthy as well as treating those that are ill and prioritises resilience, partnership and co-production.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our team.

Do you have exciting and innovative ideas around how to engage children and young people in Occupational Therapy?

Are you passionate about thinking outside of the box and using creative ways to deliver services?

Then please get in touch and be part of a team that dares to think differently about the way we engage with children and young people in primary and secondary care services. This is a fixed term post for 2 years initially

Main duties of the job

Successful applicants will hold an OT caseload and will also offer specific Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention to children and young people . As a team, we are looking to improve the way we provide interventions and to develop collaborative formulations to plan and direct our input. Applicants should have significant experience of working post qualification in mental health services.

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with individuals, adopting a creative and problem solving approach to working practice. You will need to be flexible, energetic, have a positive attitude and demonstrate an ability to work autonomously.

The team is looking for someone committed to multi-disciplinary and partnership working, and who can establish good networks with our Recovery College and other voluntary, statutory and independent agencies.

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



  • oDipCOT, BSC(hons) or MSC in Occupational Therapy
  • oRegistered with HCPC


  • oLeadership qualification
  • oStudent mentoring qualification



  • oUnderstanding responsibilities under the Mental Health Act
  • oApplication of standardised and non standardised assessment tools
  • oEvidence of utilising MOHO model in practice


  • oUnderstanding Safeguarding / governance responsibilities



  • oExperience working with children and young people with mental health issues
  • oSubstantive Community Experience


  • oExperience of mentoring students



  • oAbility to manage and prioritise work load
  • oCommunication skills


  • oDeveloping services

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust





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