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Occupational Therapist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£29,828 to £36,311 per annum (Incl. of HCAS)
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Interviews will be held on 31 May 2024.

There has never been a better time to join Berkshire Healthcare Foundation as we have launched a new service initiative providingmental health rehabilitation in the community.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a registered Occupational Therapist to play a pivotal role in delivering this new service, as well as planning, evaluating, and contributing to its development. We are looking for a registered Occupational Therapist who is driven, passionate and excited to be part of a strategically important service provision, in line with our programme of Community Mental Health Transformation which is aiming to transform and enhance the way we deliver our mental health services.

The role will offer autonomy, variety, and significant development opportunities, both in leadership and clinical skills.

The ideal candidate will:
  • have knowledge of working with patients with complex rehabilitative needs
  • be a registered Occupational Therapist
  • be able to empathise, be supportive and sensitive to the needs of others, and themselves
  • be passionate about supporting people to live fulfilling lives, independently

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a Band 5 Occupational Therapist in our new Community Rehabilitation Enhanced Support Team (CREST). As this is a brand-new initiative this will also involve some input into the development of the service, including feeding into processes and procedures.

On a day-to-day basis, the Occupational Therapist will support patients through a needs-led, client-centred approach to care. Each patient will have a bespoke care plan agreed at MDT, which the Occupational Therapist will help put into action.

This will include supporting patients with developing their skills and relationships to enable them to live healthy, fulfilling lives. Examples of activities that might be undertaken could include home visits, social visits, or helping patients to engage in community activities including sports and social events.

The team will be OT-led and staffed primarily by Occupational Therapists so the Occupational Therapist will provide supervision to junior members of the team.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • A registered Occupational Therapist with recognised qualification and HCPC registration.
  • Knowledge of patients with complex rehabilitative needs.
  • Kindness, empathy and a passion for supporting people to live independent and fulfilling lives.

For further information about the role, please see attached job description and person specification. We strongly encourage you to review how you meet the criteria in the person specification and write about this point-by-point in your supporting statement for the best chance of being shortlisted. For further application tips see the help with your application document attached once you click apply.

If you're someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, you belong at Berkshire Healthcare!

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please don't hesitate to contact Victor Ovenseri, Service Manager, on 07827252351 or email: victor.ovensari@berkshire.nhs.ukor Angela Miller, OT Clinical Lead, email: who'll be delighted to help.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/degree/MSc in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC Registration (or waiting if newly qualified)

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Willingness to undertake further training and development

Previous Experience


  • Experience of working with adults with mental health problems
  • Experience of individual and group Occupational Therapy interventions
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working


  • Experience of recovery approach and rehabilitation in mental health

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Knowledge of mental health problems and psychosis in particular
  • Knowledge of Occupational Therapy assessments and treatment approaches relevant to the clinical area
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with an empathetic manner
  • Demonstrate good organisational and prioritisation skills and ability to work under pressure
  • Competent with IT skills


  • Knowledge of current mental health policy
  • Ability to effectively delegate activities to appropriate staff
  • Ability to deal with emotionally demanding situations, and to remain calm under pressure
  • Be open to and drive forwards change

Additional Requirements


  • Full UK driving licence
  • The daily use of a car
  • Ability to travel to multiple sites efficiently


  • Able to commit to flexible working patterns, including out of hours working

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Comm Rehab Enhanced Supp Team, London House

London Road


RG12 2UT

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