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Senior Occupational Therapist - Adult Mental Health

Solent NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
30 Jun 2024
We are looking for an experienced registered Occupational Therapist who has a drive to improve the therapeutic provision within adult mental health.

In return you will be joining our supportive, friendly, and responsive Allied Health Professional (AHP) team, with an established commitment to staff wellbeing and professional development. We work hard, deliver great results and you will be warmly welcomed to help us deliver the next steps of our strategy.

With our unique seaside city location on the South coast our mental health services have been redesigned to support professional identity, wellbeing and responsiveness, providing services that are wanted and needed.

The model is designed to enable:

- Relational consistency during transitions within mental health services to improve patient experience.

- Access to a varied range of intervention choices including Sensory Awareness groups and the evidence-based Occupation Matters Programme.

- Supporting people with mental health issues to live well in their communities.

Ensuring our services are co-produced with those that use them is essential to our Trust and professional values. We are proud of every member of our established AHP Service, which includes Activity Co-ordinators, Therapy Assistants, OT Apprentices as well as registered OT and PT colleagues. We will welcome and support the development of your leadership and improvement skills as you strengthen your career development portfolio to realise our vision.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is responsible for the provision of a high-quality Occupational Therapy (OT) service, ensuring that the service delivered meets Trust and professional standards and develops in line with Government, Clinical, Professional, and local guidelines.

You will be key to delivering occupational focused assessment, formulations, and interventions for a caseload of patients with complex functional needs at hospital, in their homes and communities. Facilitating people's journey through mental health clinical pathways within acute, primary, and secondary care. Focusing on recovery, supporting discharge, and preventing avoidable hospital admission.

You will link with the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment (CRHT) MDT which will include attending MDT meetings to ensure the OT perspective to clinical discussions and enabling appropriate OT support.

To be responsible for supporting, developing, and evaluating an evidence-based therapeutic group programme.

About us

At Solent, our teams mirror the communities we serve. The Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging plan fosters authenticity, ensuring every Solent NHS Trust member feels visible, validated, and valued.

The Annual Staff survey positions us among top-performing Community and Mental Health trusts in 3 of 9 themes:
  • Compassion and inclusivity
  • Each voice matters
  • Staff Engagement

Our commitment to enhancing diversity, inclusion, and belonging fosters a strong sense of uniqueness, celebrated among colleagues, contributing to excellent patient outcomes.

We welcome applications from underrepresented communities, offering an informal chat for those uncertain about job fit. Our revamped recruitment process prioritizes inclusivity, aligned with Disability Confident and Armed Forces Covenant guaranteed interviews.

Join our 7 staff networks:





Multi Faith

Black, Asian, and minority ethnic


Solent supports flexible working, providing a carer's passport. Our award-winning Health and Wellbeing service, including Employment Disability, Neurodivergent, and Menopause support, makes Solent NHS an inclusive workplace.

We promote staff vaccination as the primary defense against Flu and Covid-19. Join us in contributing to outstanding patient outcomes in a diverse and inclusive environment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • Degree level or higher in Occupational Therapy.
  • Health and Care Professions Council registration.
  • Training qualification to teach students on placement or equivalent experience
  • Specialist post graduate training in a range of subjects relevant to mental health/acute mental illness/challenging behaviours



  • Post graduate experience working in complex and high-risk mental health settings -- managing challenging behaviours.
  • Experience of applying the Occupational Therapy process in mental health.
  • Experience of using standardised and functional assessments and activity analysis in a mental health setting.
  • Experience of supporting and supervising junior staff
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team

Employer details

Employer name

Solent NHS Trust


The Orchards, St James' Hospital

Locksway Road




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