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Specialist Occupational Therapist

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

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

The Barnsley In-Patient Occupational Therapy team have an exciting opportunity for a motivated and dedicated Band 6 practitioner to become part of our Barnsley

team. The service is embracing positive change and developing pathways of care to meet the diverse needs of adults and older people within an acute inpatient setting.

We are looking for a skilled Band 6 OT to join our team and provide specialist assessments and therapeutic interventions for service users currently in receipt of in-patient mental health care. The post is a full time position (37.5 hrs).

The post holder will work alongside a dedicated multidisciplinary team comprising consultant psychiatrists, senior clinical psychologists, nursing staff and physiotherapists.

We pride ourselves on being an open and honest Trust, providing the best possible care to our service users across our sites. 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 you will be encouraged to learn, develop, and grow.

The organisation has a 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 innovative, committed & caring OT, who will demonstrate sound clinical decision making, work both autonomously & as part of the MDT. We pride ourselves on providing the highest standard of assessment, treatment & client centred care in a safe & therapeutic environment. The team supports the MDT in facilitating safe & effective discharge of acute inpatients. The team consists of band 6, band 5 OTs and OT assistants. The service operates over 7 days with OTAs covering weekends & Bank Holidays. Shifts are 8.304.30, & staff are expected to work one late shift a week. There is an expectation for all staff to cross ward and cross site work where necessary. We are a supportive therapy team that work closely with the wider MDT. We adopt a recovery-based approach using evidence-based interventions and professional models of working to inform our practice and ensure the delivery of high-quality care. A range of 1:1 interventions and therapeutic groups are provided.

We are committed to providing holistic care within acute mental health, and youll have opportunity to work with other professionals & providers to meet the needs of our service users. Professional networking is actively encouraged, and we have well established links with our local partners. We actively welcome any prospective applicants to make contact to discuss the roles further.

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. 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.



1. To manage an individual caseload, providing Occupational Therapy 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 Occupational Therapy goals as part of the overall care plan, using occupational therapy assessment tools based on current evidence based best practice.

3. 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.

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 Occupational Therapy 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 an Occupational Therapy perspective in multi-disciplinary team meetings, ward rounds, clinics and case conferences as required.

11. To provide Occupational Therapy 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 mental health problems.

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.
Managerial1. To manage own caseload and day-to-day activities.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 areas of occupational therapy practice.
5. To co-ordinate statistical collections in line with Trust policies.6. To ensure responsible management of petty cash
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 Occupational Therapy within the team, negotiating priorities where appropriate.

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

7. Ensure the Team Leader 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 Occupational Therapy services and to identify appropriate developments in the services provided making recommendations to the Team Leader.

2. To contribute to agreed developments in Occupational Therapy service provision.

3. To be responsible for ensuring that the policies and procedures of the COT 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.
1. To participate in regular clinical and managerial supervision..

2. To be involved in providing support, guidance and supervision of junior Occupational Therapy staff within the specialist service, as delegated by the Team Leader.

3. To undertake regular performance review with the Team Leader in accordance with the Trust appraisal process.

4. To be directly involved in the clinical training placements for Occupational Therapy students as required within the area of work and as qualifications allow.

5. To contribute to the induction and training of students and other staff from other disciplines.

6. To promote the role of the Occupational Therapist to other professions and trainees from other professions, participating in teaching sessions.

7. To participate in departmental staff meetings, training, appraisal and supervision sessions.

8. To participate in continuing professional development within own specialist area.
1. To demonstrate ongoing personal development through participation in internal and external development opportunities, recording learning outcomes in a portfolio.

2. To apply skills and knowledge in order to establish professional competence and fitness to practise as a Specialist Occupational Therapist.

3. To remain informed of current research, to ensure that own Occupational Therapy practice is up to date and evidence based.

4. Review and reflect on own practice and performance through effective use of professional and operational supervision and appraisal in line with local guidelines.

5. Monitor standards of clinical practice within the team and advise the Team Leader how to make changes where necessary.

6. To contribute to the Trusts, Directorates and teams clinical governance arrangements and quality agenda.

7. To broaden research and development skills by contributing to evaluation of the Occupational Therapy service in the specialist service area by participating in service related evaluation, audit and research projects to promote evidence based practice.


1. To use effective interpersonal skills to encourage service users and carers active participation in the Occupational Therapy process.

2. To use effective interpersonal skills to communicate complex or sensitive information to service users where persuasion, negotiation, empathy or re-assurance is required and where there are barriers to understanding such as hostile, antagonistic, vulnerable or at risk service users.

3. To maintain the goodwill and confidence of staff, service users and the general public, carrying out duties at all times in a courteous and sympathetic manner.

4. To establish and maintain positive interpersonal relationships with other team members, characterised by open communication, trust and respect.

5. To establish robust communication networks with service users, carers and other health workers and agencies.

For full details of the role please see the supporting documents attached.

Person Specification



  • 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.



  • 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.
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