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Occupational Therapy Specialist Practitioner

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Plus forensic Lead enhancement
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a motivated, flexible and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist with experience in mental health? Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career opportunity in forensic mental health? If so, we are looking for a full time Band 6 OT at Southfield Low Secure Unit, to join our excellent team of occupational therapy staff, who have been recognised for their innovative and dynamic work.

This can be a full time substantive post or a secondment position with agreement from your current line manager. If full time work is not possible for you, consideration will be given to a 30 hour contract.

As a member of staff in the Forensic Service you will receive an enhancement, in additional to your salary, of 1,400.00 per year / pro rata.

Main duties of the job

You will work as a valued member of the Southfield multi-disciplinary team in the assessment, rehabilitation and discharge planning for a caseload of male and female patients. The occupational therapy service uses the Vdt Model of Creative Ability and Model of Human Occupation, for which you will receive training.

As a Band 6 you will have responsibility for staff supervision and opportunities to develop your leadership skills. Once you have settled into the role, you will be support to explore special interests such as project work or research.

You will receive a comprehensive induction together with an agreed programme of continuing professional development. You will become part of the network of OT Specialist Practitioners in Adult Specialist Services, on the Tatchbury site, where you will get peer support and opportunities to share knowledge and resources. You will also form part of the Low Secure Forum which will offer further support and opportunities.

If you are interested in an informal discussion about the post or would like visit to the Southfield site, please contact Becky Harding, OT Team Manager on 02382 310932 or email on:

About us

Southern Health is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health and learning disabilities, as well as offering physical health community-based services.

As a Trust, our footprint spans more than 200 sites across Hampshire, wholeheartedly committed to providing the best possible healthcare, reaching a range of diverse communities.

- We function as a unified team, placing patients and staff at the forefront of all our endeavours.

- Our 7,000+ workforce is skilled and diverse, with a deep commitment to ongoing staff development. We offer customised training, leadership pathways, and a plethora of career opportunities.

- We respect and listen to your thoughts, ideas, and concerns via well-established network of staff groups to increase awareness and appreciation of equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Building on all this, we are currently working closely with other local NHS Trusts to integrate all our collective community, mental health, and learning disability services across Hampshire and Isle of Wight. Our new organisation is set to launch in April 2024 and will incorporate Southern Health, Solent, Isle of Wight and Sussex Partnership Trusts.

While the new Trust will be substantially bigger, it will continue to cater to the unique needs of different communities, streamlining services and making healthcare across the county more accessible.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to shape the future of healthcare in Hampshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Post graduate training relevant to mental health
  • An up-to-date CPD portfolio


  • Leadership/management training
  • Sensory Integration training



  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development
  • Supervision of staff / students
  • Experience of working in a mental health setting


  • Line management experience
  • Working within a forensic environment
  • Working with a female caseload
  • Working with service users who self-harm

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust



Tatchbury Mount, Calmore



SO40 2RZ

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