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Occupational Therapist

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
Ashton Under Lyne
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a passionate Occupational Therapist looking for a new and exciting challenge with older adults? An opportunity has arisen for a senior Occupational Therapist to join our community/inpatients team based in Tameside working with older people with mental health issues. Our patients come to us from many different settings needing assessment and support to remain as independent as possible. Patients can have a variety of mental and physical health conditions. The Occupational Therapy role is crucial in ensuring patients health, wellbeing and independence are appropriately assessed and facilitated. A part of the role is to support with discharge planning, working closely with the discharge social workers, including assessments on the ward and in the home setting. You will have the opportunity to work alongside the wider MDT consisting of consultant psychiatrists, nurses, CPN's, community support workers/HCA's, physiotherapists, psychologists, OT students and apprentices. This post would suit an OT who has experience of working with older adults with complex needs in a mental health setting who can provide holistic assessments and interventions.

This is a full-time post 37.5 hrs.

Main duties of the job

The core purpose of this role is to to work across the older peoples' community mental health service to embed the Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention pathway across the service within the framework of MOHO, in collaboration with the wider MDT staff.The post holder will function as part of the MDT to deliver the Interventions required to support individuals through their recovery pathway and equip them with the skills and confidence to enable a safe discharge from the service and to support assessments and decision making by care managers.The post holder will be highly skilled and competent in conducting OT assessments developing outcome based needs led care plans, facilitating the implementation of the agreed plan of care and evaluating its effectiveness utilising evidence based outcome measuresThe post holder will provide a range of highly skilled interventions that will be delivered on both a group and individual basis and share those skills with other team members.The OT will be responsible for developing treatment plans and intervention to be delivered by the team's technical instructor.

This job description is not exhaustive, but is intended to give an overall picture of the role. Other duties within the general scope of the post may be required from time to time. The duties of the post and job description can be reviewed through the agreed process

About us

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our #PennineCarePeople and do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification to support your application for this post. Please refer to the essential criteria in the person specification which will highlight the skills, knowledge and experience you will need to demonstrate in your application, by way of example, to give yourself the best opportunity to be shortlisted.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Must hold a diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy and be registered with HCPC.
  • Evidence of post qualification experience and continuing professional development to post graduate diploma level.
  • Willingness to undertake further training relevant to the role resulting from legislative or service changes, as appropriate



  • Substantial post registration experience working in a mental health service.
  • Experience in working with people with severe and complex mental health needs
  • Experience of MDT working


  • Experience of managing or participating in change
  • Experience of leading a team.
  • Experience of working in a community setting
  • Experience of supervision
  • Experience of managing a caseload
  • Experience of working with older people



  • Extensive knowledge / experience in social inclusion and recovery model of care.
  • Sound understanding of current local and national policies in relation to Mental Health including the Mental Health Act , Risk Assessment and Management processes and CPA processes
  • Good working knowledge of assessment, care planning, implementation and evaluation processes.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of mental health conditions and how they impact on an individual's wellbeing and occupational functioning.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of broad range of interventions required to support individuals with severe and complex mental health needs.


  • Knowledge of MOHO and its' assessment tools.
  • Ability to carry our cognitive assessments
  • Knowledge of the occupational context of community mental health services and its' application to assessment and treatment

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to be responsible for a caseload
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a MDT.
  • Ability to manage and prioritise own workload.
  • Ability to demonstrate specialist expertise in assessment using MOHO
  • Ability to deliver a range of evidence based interventions on both an individual and group basis
  • Ability to supervise junior staff/students
  • Effective time management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Recording relevant documentation to a professional standard.
  • Ability to communicate with and develop supportive relationships with patients, carers and other professionals
  • Ability to value diversity and respond constructively to discriminatory behaviour.
  • Ability to provide professional expertise in the care of mental health service users.
  • Ability to provide appropriate education and training to peers and assistant as appropriate.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Flexible and adaptable


  • Interest in engaging in OT service development with the recognised Trust work streams
  • Ability to audit outcomes of assessments and OT service provided.
  • Interest in developing the OT role in older peoples services

Work Related Circumstances


  • 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


Etherow Building, Tameside General Hospital

Fountain Street

Ashton Under Lyne


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