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Band 6 Occupational Therapist - Northcroft

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Erdington, Birmingham
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity is available for a motivated and innovative Band 6 Occupational Therapist looking for a new challenge to work within our Assertive Outreach Team.

The Assertive Outreach Service is a multidisciplinary team that adopts a person-centred approach, focusing on individual recovery. We work with adults aged 25 and above who have severe and enduring mental health conditions, particularly those who historically avoided contact with services.

As an OT in our team, you will have both generic and specialist responsibilities, providing OT specific assessments and interventions to individuals on the team caseload. The role requires undertaking community-based interventions in non-NHS facilities to work with people who are generally poorly engaged within their own communities. Collaboration and active working with third sector providers are also important aspects of the role.

You will have the opportunity to develop activity programs to engage individuals in meaningful occupations and facilitate psycho-social and psycho-educational workshops. This will aid in the development of service user-led, occupationally focused recovery plans for individuals and empower them in their recovery journey.

The Assertive Outreach service operates over 7 days per week, 365 days per year. Our shift patterns consist of day shifts (9:00am - 5:00pm), late shifts (12:00pm - 8:00pm) and weekends (9:00am - 5:00pm). However, we can offer flexible working arrangements during these hours.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job
  • You will work within the framework of the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) to offer specific occupational therapy assessment and intervention. This will be goal orientated, focussed on developing positive routines, addressing difficulties with motivation, and looking to support individuals in developing self-management skills and strategies to maximise independence.
  • You will empower and enable individuals to access community resources which support their social, employment, educational and recreational needs and goals. This will involve working closely with third sector agencies.
  • You will produce reports and offer specialist advice regarding housing and support needs based on the outcomes of assessments and discussions with service users and their families/carers.
  • AOT's adopt a whole team approach to the care of service users, meaning that there is a shared responsibility towards the team caseload. You will hold a small caseload of no more than eight service users and will need to have excellent time management skills to care coordinate as well as prioritise and manage referrals for occupational therapy.
  • You will provide coaching and support to recovery workers within the team, delegating where appropriate, to offer meaningful engagement and opportunities for individuals to build upon social skills and work towards their goals.
  • The ability and willingness to travel across the Birmingham & Solihull area for work purposes is required for this role.

About us

Welcome to Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Our 4000 clinical and support staff help us to improve mental health wellbeing and meet the needs of the 70,000 people we serve each year. We provide a range of mental healthcare services across Birmingham and Solihull, as well as specialised services nationally. We also offer medical, nursing and psychology training and are proud of our international reputation for both research and innovation.

Our population is culturally diverse, characterised in places by high levels of deprivation which create an increasing demand for our services and a necessity for us to make sure everyone can access the help they need. We are a team of compassionate, inclusive and committed people working together to provide excellent care to support our community. If you are looking for a place to belong, where you can make a real difference to people's lives, join our team where our warm welcome is waiting for you.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information about the main responsibilities please view the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification

Face to Face


  • Diploma/Degree in OT
  • ExperienceDocumented evidence of CPD Significant post registration experience as an OT including dedicated time spent in mental health Experience of auditPost registration experience in a range of clinical setting Experience as a Service User/Carer Experience of working in a multicultural communityApplication Interview References Portfolio Skills/KnowledgeSpecialist knowledge and application of current best practice in OT and mental health/clinical specialism Specialist application of the OT process with designated client group Planning and co-ordination of treatment packages Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities Ability to organise and respond effectively to complex information Extensive group work experience Understanding of OT outcome measures Good organisation skills Understanding of team/group dynamics Detailed knowledge of Health legislation and current practice, including CPA and risk assessment and Management Ability to work under pressure Effective written and oral communication skills Ability to build effective working relationships Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues Computer literacy Detailed knowledge of the principles of Clinical Governance and its application Ability to reflect and critically appraise ownSecond language Knowledge of a range of community agencies/facilitiesApplication form Interview Portfolio References performance Applied Health/safety Applied Equal opportunities
  • Registration with the hpc Willingness to work flexibly Commitment to life-long learning Commitment to client centred, anti -discriminatory practice
  • Car Driver


  • Post registration experience in a range of clinical setting Experience as a Service User/Carer Experience of working in a multicultural community .

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


North Assertive Outreach Team ,Northcroft

190 Reservoir Road

Erdington, Birmingham

B23 6DW

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