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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
County Durham
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
25 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

As a Specialist Occupational Therapist in TEWV you will manage a complex caseload independently, assessing occupational performance and delivering specialist occupational interventions, demonstrating adherence to the Trust Values at all times and operating as a leader in the team, service and organisation

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for receiving requests for occupational therapy, triaging and prioritising these, completing evidence-based assessments and interventions to address key occupational areas of self care, productivity and leisure.

To use client-centred approaches to co-producing negotiated occupational goals and evaluate these with service users collaboratively.

To participate in clinical/professional and management supervision.

To contribute to multi-disciplinary team working.

To contribute to and lead on service improvement and quality initiatives.

To use the Trust electronic patient record system.

To abide by all Trust policies and procedures.

To be able to respond flexibly and creatively to challenges.

About us

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a competent, confident, and enthusiastic full time Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join The Intense Community Support Team in County Durham and Darlington, based in Bishop Auckland.

The multi-disciplinary team works with older people with complex mental health needs and has a focus on mental health crisis in the community, intermediate care and post hospital discharge intensive community support and their families/ carers to deliver assessment and treatment of complex mental health needs with the aims of:
  • Reduced length of in-patient stay at Acute, ,mental health and Community hospitals
  • Prevent admission to acute and mental health hospitals
  • Reduced attendances at Accident and Emergency
  • Reduced admissions, investigations and outpatient attendances by top 50 'frequent attenders'
  • Reduced admissions from A& E into acute hospitals
  • Increased proportion of patients returning to their usual place of residence
  • Reduction in repeat self-harm presentations to A& E subsequent admissions
  • Increased detection and treatment of depression
  • Increased detection and diagnosis of dementia
  • Increased detection and diagnosis of delirium

You will access wider support from the occupational therapy network in TEWV, to develop a way of delivering a high quality, needs-led OT service, utilising core occupational therapy skills to ensure all of the people we work with have a robust occupational therapy assessment and intervention plan.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

The post holder will provide evidence-based occupational therapy assessment and interventions as part of the OT Pathway linked to dementia, delirium and functional mental health, and offer input to individuals, their families and carers, in acute and community hospital settings and their own homes.

All team members must be committed to providing the best possible care for the people we work with and their families/carers.

The ability to engage and communicate with people with a wide range of complex mental health presentations including dementia, delirium and depression as well as their family/ carers and system around them is essential.

Clinical/Professional supervision is provided by the supervising Occupational Therapist as identified by the relevant Lead OT. The postholder will attend OT Learning and Governance Networks to ensure fidelity to core occupational therapy delivery, enhance CPD and contribute to the wider OT service developments.

You must be able to demonstrate experience of delivery of occupational therapy, keenness to continually develop themselves and others, and a particular interest in this field of OT. We will support use of transferrable skills from a range of clinical settings.

There are varied opportunities for training and development, with CPD needs being identified and monitored through appraisal.

Additional contact details:-Joan Hanson - Lead OT - 07584267931

Person Specification



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Successful completion of preceptorship year as a graduate occupational therapist (or equivalent in non-NHS sectors)
  • Clinical Supervisory Skills course (or willingness to undertake within agreed timescale)
  • Trust training in Appraisal and Recruitment (or willingness to undertake within an agreed timescale)
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)


  • Accredited Practice Placement Educator (APPLE)
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area



  • Significant experience of delivering Occupational Therapy including experience working with service users in mental health or learning disabilities with complex needs
  • Experience of supervising students on placement
  • Experience of participation in quality improvement activities
  • Experience of participation in clinical governance activities
  • Experience of developing and delivering training


  • Day to day supervision of staff

Knowledge and Skills


  • National guidance and key standards in own specialist area
  • Health and Safety legislation and its application in practice
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information in a manner appropriate to the individual and situation.
  • Solve complex clinical problems

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Auckland Park Hospital

Westfield Road

County Durham

DL14 6AE

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