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Senior Rotational Occupational Therapist

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
Tunbridge Wells
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
30 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit Band 6 Occupational Therapists as part of our Mental Health Occupational Therapy Rotational programme. We are open to applications from current Band 5 Occupational Therapists wanting to develop into a Band 6 role. We are seeking a practitioner with good communication and liaison skills, enthusiastic and forward-thinking regarding innovative ways of working.

Our Band 6 Rotational Programme includes gaining experience in areas:
  • Home Treatment Team - Maidstone
  • Community Mental Health Services Older People - Tunbridge Wells
  • Community Mental Health Services - Maidstone
  • Primary Care Mental Health - Tonbridge / Tunbridge Wells

Each rotation lasts for 9 months

This post would suit you if you have had previous experience working in mental health or have an interest in working in mental health. You will have the opportunity to consolidate your knowledge of occupational therapy and be involved in delivering high-quality, evidence-based, outcome-measured occupational therapy interventions. This post also allows you to develop skills in/as lead health care professional, assessment skills for mental health needs with an occupational therapy focus.

The rotation will provide an opportunity to explore and gain an understanding of different areas of mental health practice, develop a broad range of clinical skills and ways of working. As well as developing relationships with the multidisciplinary teams and further understanding of different roles and teams.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide high quality and evidence based occupational therapy assessments and interventions, both group and individual, to people who access services and their carers/supporters/family members, in line with the occupational therapy pathways.
  • To communicate effectively with people who access services, carers the multi-disciplinary team and when appropriate outside agencies.
  • To contribute to the generic functioning of the team
  • To provide supervision and mentoring to more junior occupational therapists, occupational therapy apprenticeships, and support workers.
  • To provide occupational therapy student placements
  • To contribute to service development and audits
  • To take on the role of lead professional as appropriate

About us

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and specialist services across Kent and Medway, with a population of 1.8million.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the Care Quality Commission regulator and Outstanding for care) has approximately 3,400 staff covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues from 52 nations, rich in their diversity, talents and experience, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

We have a team of empathetic leaders inspiring their staff in an environment where everyone is valued and plays a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Across our communities and within inpatient settings, our workforce is enhanced and strengthened by dedicated peer support workers, people with lived experience, a wonderful team of volunteers and a brigade of pets as therapy support dogs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We use Model of Human Occupation to guide all our occupational therapy assessments and interventions.

The occupational therapy leadership team is committed to an extensive, co-ordinated CPD program including a robust supervision structure, action learning sets, communities of practice, and core competence training and an annual conference. Staff are valued for their expertise in occupationally focused interventions and specialist group therapy. Opportunities to undertake further development such as enhance practitioner apprenticeships, and other leadership programs and apprenticeships.

  • The senior occupational therapist is an experienced occupational therapist within the multi disciplinary care team.
  • To identify, develop and provide the Occupational Therapy contribution within the multi-disciplinary service in accordance with the needs of service users and the requirements of the service.
  • To assess, plan, deliver and evaluate therapeutic interventions for identified service users.
  • To manage a defined caseload of service users with occupational needs using evidence based, service user centred, hope and recovery, health promotion and relapse prevention orientated principles and practice.
  • To provide supervision to designated junior staff and students.

  • To ensure assessment of service users and analyse and interpret information gained to form an accurate formulation of function, strengths, capabilities and occupational needs.
  • To work collaboratively with service users, staff, and carers to identify goals to determine and deliver an appropriate intervention/recovery plan which maximises occupational engagement and performance whilst balancing risk, and promoting choice and independence.
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify therapeutic interventions in order to measure progress and increase efficacy for the best possible service user outcomes and experience.
  • To act as an experienced clinician supporting best practice in line with NICE guidance and professional standards
  • To demonstrate clinical leadership skills through the management of dedicated projects and approved quality improvement initiative.

Person Specification

Training, Qualifications and Registration


  • A recognised Occupational Therapist professional qualification
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Trained as a Practice Educator with experience of managing learners in the work place.
  • 2 or more years post qualified experience


  • Registered member of the relevant professional body and / or special interest group
  • Evidence of post graduate development through formal postgraduate courses or experience



  • 2 or more years post qualification, Experience in clinical practice, holding a range of experience within a variety of settings
  • Manage a defined caseload of service users with occupational needs using evidence based, service user centred, health promotion and relapse prevention orientated principles and practice.


  • Experience of being involved in service developments or audits

Knoweldge and Skills


  • Knowledge in the application of relevant OT theoretical models, and approaches relevant to service user group.

Employer details

Employer name

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust


Highlands House, Tunbridge Wells

10-12 Calverley Park Gardens

Tunbridge Wells


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