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Specialist Occupational Therapist - Older Person's Mental Health CMHT

The post-holder will be required to provide an assessment and rehabilitation service to service users referred. The post-holder will be required to work in both in the service user's homes and in the community but will also have access to the health board's therapy departments and Local Authority premises if required. They may also carry out assessments on the wards at the referring hospitals in order to facilitate the well-being of service users and may take the lead in facilitating safe, early supported discharge.

The post-holder will be required to deliver on a range of performance indicators including:

reduction in length of stay

improving independence

delivering and monitoring accredited competency based training e.g. Calderdale

supporting the achievement of competencies by Health and Social Care Support Workers

The post-holder will assess the ability of service user to undertake a Occupational Therapy intervention programme with a support worker. The post holder will liaise with families, carers and advocates as well as the Multi-Disciplinary Team (for example, DGH, Primary Care, Local Authority and third sector organisations). The post-holder will co-ordinate an intervention programme and will liaise with the MDT and long term care providers if these are required

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Main duties of the job

  • Use the Occupational Therapy process autonomously in various settings, including lone working in the community and in service users' homes.
  • Manage a defined caseload in providing an assessment, intervention and rehabilitation service to people referred to the team
  • Use evidence based practice/service user centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions in hospital and community settings.
  • Maintain clinical records according to local and professional guidelines.
  • Develop expert skills and knowledge through an agreed personal development plan.
  • Provide leadership for junior and support staff through supervision and allocation of work.
  • Supervise students as an accredited practice educator who adheres to the requirements of the defined standards of practice and supervision.
  • Provide evidence based training and delivery of competency based practice to the support staff.
  • Collaborate with the multi-disciplinary team involved with the provision of health and social care services to service users. This will include hospital staff, care managers, 3rd sector organisations and primary care.
  • Contribute to the review and development of Older Persons Mental Health Occupational Therapy services.
  • Develop local networks with other teams providing similar services, contributing to the wider professional network.

About us

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board is part of the NHS Wales family. Our Health Board provides primary, secondary and community health and wellbeing services to around 450,000 people living in three County Boroughs: Bridgend Merthyr Tydfil, and Rhondda Cynon Taf.

We live by our core values:
  • We listen, learn and improve
  • We treat everyone with respect
  • We all work together as one team

We are a proud local employer around 80% of our 15000 workforce live within our region, making our staff not only our lifeblood of our organisation but of the diverse communities that we serve.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

This post will be based in Maritime Resource Centre in Pontypridd but the post holder will cover referrals from Cynon and Merthyr areas.

Person Specification

Education/Qualifications /Training


  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Post graduate training/ accreditation in fieldwork education
  • Registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Evidence of commitment to CPD


  • Membership of professional body
  • Post-graduate training in motivational interviewing, goal planning
  • Management qualifications e.g. ILM



  • Able to present and interpret data
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Well developed written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate in a way which will neither offend nor antagonise
  • Autonomous practitioner with excellent personal organisational skills for caseload management, including time management and prioritisation skills
  • Ability to work independently with individuals
  • Computer literate and able to use software packages/internet
  • Demonstrable clinical reasoning skills, and able to make effective clinical decisions following assessment of complex cases
  • Ability to negotiate with others where opinions differ


  • Evidence of effective teaching skills
  • Evidence of delivering competency based learning



  • oPost graduate clinical experience with at least 6 months in area of older persons mental health
  • oExperience of service delivery in a variety of different clinical mental health settings
  • oExperience of effective one-to-one and group interactions
  • Experience of research and audit
  • oExperience of applying professional theory to practice
  • oExperience of delivering training and education to support staff
  • oExperience of supervision


  • oAwareness of current professional issues
  • oAbility to use reflective practice based on current evidence
  • oExperience of advising/teaching other professions
  • oExperience of presenting information to a variety of audiences
  • oExperience in an acute setting and/or the community
  • oExperience of cross organisational working



  • oKnowledge of broad range of mental health conditions.
  • oKnowledge and understanding of factors which can influence discharge planning including: cognitive, physical, psychological and cultural
  • oKnowledge and application of principles of clinical governance and risk management
  • oKnowledge of the roles of other professionals and the principles of partnership working
  • oDetailed knowledge and understanding of professional ethics/standards and code of conduct, and their application in practice
  • oHealth and safety awareness
  • oKnowledge of issues relating to health records and the ability to apply this (e.g. Freedom of Information Act, Data Protection Act)
  • oEvidence of critical appraisal/analytical thought.
  • oKnowledge of graded therapeutic interventions.


  • oKnowledge of standardised and non-standardised assessments that can be used with service user group
  • oKnowledge of national drivers for health provision for service user group e.g. Setting the Direction, Together for Mental Health, Living well with Dementia, Mental Health Measure, Nice Guidelines, NSF
  • oInterest and involvement in quality, audit and service evaluation
  • oUnderstanding of the theory and practical application goal orientated approach

Circumstances e.g. Mobility/Availability-special attendance requirements


  • Ability to be mobile around geographical patch


  • oCar driver

Physical Requirements and attributes


  • oPhysically fit to undertake duties e.g. moving service users/equipment,

Any other special requirements not covered by 1-7 above


  • oCommitment to service user centred, non-discriminatory practice


  • oWide range of interests.

Personal Attributes


  • oWillingness to embrace innovative working practices e.g. cross organisational boundary working
  • oAbility to appraise own performance and identify areas for own personal development
  • oAble to make positive use of clinical supervision
  • oProfessional confidence and ability to work autonomously
  • oApproachable and considerate
  • oReliable, conscientious and hard-working
  • oAbility to establish rapport quickly with service users
  • oEmbrace change and new developments
  • oEnjoys using own initiative and is self-motivated, innovative and creative
  • oAbility to work flexibly and respond to unpredictable, challenging work environments to help the needs of the service

Employer details

Employer name

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board


Maritime Resource Centre (Pontypridd)


CF37 1DZ

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