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Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
Ashton Under Lyne
£43,742 to £50,056 a year 0
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for enthusiastic and forward-thinking Occupational Therapists to join Rehabilitation and High Support services. Due to recent investment, we have two new posts: Clinical Lead OT for Rehabilitation Services (Inpatient) and Clinical Lead OT for Low Secure and PICU services. You will have leadership, clinical and managerial skills developed through experience and postgraduate training, providing expert knowledge and support to occupational therapy staff to facilitate the delivery of evidence-based rehabilitation and recovery pathways to service users with complex mental health conditions. You will work in partnership with clinical service managers, operational managers, senior OT staff and the Principal OT to ensure a consistent approach to the governance of occupational therapy practice across Rehabilitation and High Support services and the Trust.

Main duties of the job

Main duties and responsibilities

The successful candidate will be an experienced and confident practitioner with clinical experience in mental health, an ability to demonstrate high levels of initiative and an interest in further developing their leadership skills. The role will include
  • Providing clinical and management supervision for occupational therapy staff
  • Supporting continuing professional development for occupational therapy staff and occupational therapy learners (students and apprentices)
  • Providing highly specialised assessments and interventions using evidenced based and person-centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions
  • Advocating for occupational therapy's role and contribution to Rehabilitation and High Support and Trust wide services.
  • Supporting the recruitment and retention of occupational therapy staff.

About us

  • To be familiar with and comply with all Trust and departmental policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines.
  • To be aware of and work towards the Trusts strategic goals.
  • The post holder must ensure that their behaviour and interests inside and outside work do not conflict with their Trust position, duties and/or responsibilities.
  • The post holder must comply with and support the development of the performance standards within the service/department to ensure the service is responsive to and meets the needs of its customers.
  • The post holder will be required to develop and maintain good working relationships with all patients, service users, staff, contractors and where appropriate, members of the public.
  • The Trust aims to maintain the good will and confidence of its own staff, patients, service users, NHS contractors and the general public.
  • All post holders who are members of a professional body must comply with standards of professional practice / conduct.
  • The post holder must carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies.
  • The post holder must promote awareness of and respect for equality and diversity in accordance with Trust policies and procedures.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To take the lead in the development and management of the Occupational Therapy service in Rehabilitation and High Support (RHS), using highly specialist clinical and managerial skills developed through experience and post graduate training, ensuring quality of service and compliance with the Trusts core values, standards and regulations.

The post holder will work in partnership with occupational therapy staff, clinical service managers, operational managers, service users and carers to develop and support evidence based rehabilitation and recovery pathways for service users in RHS inpatient services. They will support the RHS occupational therapy workforce ensuring person centered, occupation focused, high quality, safe and effective OT service delivery across RHS inpatient services.

Please refer to Job description for main responsibilities.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • BSc (Hons) or equivalent Occupational Therapy qualification
  • Health and Care Professions Council Registration
  • Accredited fieldwork educator
  • Evidence of relevant post graduate courses / CPD
  • Clinical supervision Training
  • Post registration study equivalent to master's level
  • Management / leadership training


  • Speciality related postgraduate qualification



  • Extensive experience which demonstrates competencies to meet the job description activity including practice at a clinical specialism level
  • Current specialist knowledge and application of OT assessments and intervention relevant to Rehabilitation and High Support service users occupational needs.
  • Applying and interpreting standardised OT assessments
  • Proven experience of line management / supervision of OTs / support staff
  • Extensive experience of supervision of OT students and/or OT apprentices
  • Demonstrable experience of involvement in service development
  • Research and Audit experience
  • Experience of supporting effective change management within teams


  • Evidence of post graduate research experience
  • Evidence of leading a team of OT's



  • Proven experience of effective multi-disciplinary/interagency working
  • Able to communicate effectively complex and sensitive information, both verbally and in writing.
  • Skills in providing consultation to professional and non-professional groups
  • Good presentation and teaching skills
  • Reflective Practice skills
  • Time Management Skills
  • Able to organise and respond effectively to complex information
  • Able to work as part of a team and independently
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Ability to work autonomously, set own priorities and manage time effectively
  • Demonstrate application of Risk Assessment and management in clinical practice
  • Demonstrate an excellent understanding and clinical application of the Model of Human Occupation with people with complex mental health needs and/or in Rehabilitation and Highly Specialist Services

Skills and Abilities


  • Demonstrable knowledge of up-to-date evidence based practice
  • Applied knowledge of relevant national policy and legislation related to people with complex mental health needs and/or complex behaviours requiring rehabilitation.
  • Awareness and knowledge of factors relating to Occupational Therapy service provision within Rehabilitation and High Support inpatient services
  • Experience of applying the Model of Human Occupation to assess and evaluate service user outcomes.
  • Detailed knowledge of the principles of clinical quality and its application in practice

Work Related Circumstances


  • Well-developed people skills, respectful and empathic towards others
  • Commitment to lifelong learning and an ability to direct own professional development
  • Use of a car or access to a means of mobility to travel across the Trust footprint in line with service needs
  • Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies
  • Appointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced DBS disclosure

Employer details

Employer name

Pennine Care NHS FT


Trust Headquarters

Ashton Under Lyne


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