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Band 6 Occupational Therapist - Community/Inpatient MH

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

If you're a forward-looking and passionate Occupational Therapist seeking a Band 6 Mental Health opportunity, we'd love to welcome you to AWP, and to our dynamic and supportive OT team in Swindon. The Occupational Therapy service in BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire are proud to have new, robust professional structures, giving clear career progression, line-management, supervision and wide opportunities for professional and leadership development.

We are an inclusive service with a strong sense of professional identity and confidence, and a culture of pride and celebration of quality improvement. Staff well-being and support are central to all that we do, and you'll get to work in communities of practice with OTs across the Trust as well as in your own team. We know that the creative, solution-focussed skills of OTs are crucial to answering many of the challenges facing mental health services, in preventative work, early intervention, in community integration, in facilitating discharge and movement through rehabilitation pathways, and in specialised assessment and intervention.

Main duties of the job

In Swindon, our service provision covers Acute and Rehab in-patient wards as well as Community Recovery Team and we have Band 6 posts focussed in both areas while being grounded within the OT team. The opportunities to work within different settings will broaden your mental health experience and specialist skills, and add to your professional work satisfaction as we strive towards an effective continuity of care between the relevant services.

You will need to be a versatile practitioner who is committed to delivering an outstanding service. You will be reflective, articulate and an excellent team worker. In a fast moving multidisciplinary setting, you will use a wide range of therapeutic interventions to meet service user's needs and we are particularly keen to attract someone who is confident in delivering interventions with a focus on recovery and optimum levels of functioning, and who demonstrates skills in leadership, supervision and service development.

Main duties:

To deliver OT process with reference to the relevant guidelines and legislations and with application to up to date and evidence based practice.

To work as an autonomous professional

To develop, facilitate and monitor individual as well as group intervention programme

To work as a key member of the multidisciplinary team

To delegate and supervise junior OT staff members

To support the service provision in accordance to local OT Mission Statement goals.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust):a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Practice

To carry out clinical practice within designated clinical areas ensuring that high quality evidence based occupational therapy assessment, treatment planning, interventions and evaluations for service users are provided.

To complete comprehensive person centred assessments of occupation needs

To develop and Implement appropriate intervention strategies

To evaluate the effectiveness of therapy provided

To implement research based practice.

To work in collaboration with MDT staff

To work within CPA framework and approach

To provide leadership to junior, unqualified staff and students.

To undertake risk assessment and develop risk management strategies for individual service users

To undertake risk assessment and develop risk managementstrategies for groups and a variety of activities.

To apply clinical reasoning and justification in designing appropriate group programmes and protocols.

To demonstrate working knowledge of the key elements of relevant mental health legislation.

To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service users social and physical environment.

Education and Health Promotion

To use own skills, knowledge and resources to provide learning opportunities for staff and promote positive attitudes towards mental health, this will include:-

To be responsible for the supervision and written assessment of OTstudents on practice placement within the Trust.

To support the provision of an appropriate learning environment for students novice practitioners and new team members as directed.

Continuing Professional Development Objective

To maintain and develop professional knowledge skills and expertise to ensure that therapy reflects best practice remains evidence based, is current and responsive to meet changing service user and NHS needs to include:

To abide by the Code of Ethics and professional conduct for OccupationalTherapists and HCPC standards.

To take responsibility for post registration education and for continuingprofessional development as outlined in HCPC standards.

To receive clinical/professional supervision in accordance with Trustsupervision policy.

To access management support from the posts line manager.

Service Overview and Planning

To contribute to the development and planning of services specific to the posts designated areas. This will include:

Contribute to the planning and development of clinical services, includingthe review of team establishments, grade mix and skill mix and to beactively involved in the recruitment, selection and interviewing process.

To have a say in clinical policy development and clinical governancefunctions, working collaboratively.

Finance and Workforce

To play a role in making best use of available workforce and material resources and contributing to provision of best therapy possible.

To follow the Trust and Service Policies relating to the security of the building/clients, to ensure safe practice and protection of clients, staff, visitors and members of the general public, this will include:

To play a part in the service provision that is both safe and therapeutic within span of knowledge.

To coordinate the day-to-day activities of junior staff and students whereapplicable.

To be responsible for maintaining resources and delivering a service within financial constraints.

To provide people management function to identify staff for the designated areas, including the development and implementation of regular appraisal and performance management systems.

To maintain accurate records.

Record Keeping and Administration

To maintain high standards of record keeping and associated administration in accordance with AWP Trust Policy and local joint arrangements and professional guidelines, this will include:

The upkeep of contemporaneous, chronological and accurate mental health records in accordance with relevant COT Guidelines and Trust Policy.

To ensure timely recording of all data required by the Trust

Practice Development and Clinical Audit

To contribute to practice development activity and evidenced based mental health occupational therapy this will include:

To take part in Trust LDU audits as required.

To broaden research and development skills through participation inlocal/trust/national audit and research projects.

Communications and Working Relationships

To form professional relationships with clients and communicate with them in a way that respects their views, autonomy and culture.

To form working relationships with the following:Multidisciplinary TeamVisitorsCarers and familyStaff from other areas and TrustsPartnership OrganisationsCPA Co-ordinatorsVoluntary third sector organisations

Person Specification



  • BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy and HCPC registered



  • Experience of using standardised and non-standardised Occupational Therapy assessments relevant to Mental Health
  • Experience of planning, facilitation and evaluation of appropriate intervention strategies relevant to Mental Health Settings
  • Experienced in Supervising Staff


  • Experience of Service Development and Quality Improvement Projects

Clinical Reasoning & Reflective Practice


  • Evidence of evidence based and reflective practice
  • Evidenced ability to prioritise complex workload
  • Evidence of selecting appropriate assessments and intervention strategies

Communication and Working Relationships


  • Experience of working as part of the multi-disciplinary teams and in partnership with carers/relatives as well as other relevant agencies

Record Keeping and Administration


  • Effective record keeping skills

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Sandalwood Court

Highworth Road



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