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Occupational Therapist

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting vacancy for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join our dynamic community mental health team working in Ashford. You will be working with a team of Occupational Therapists across the locality (2 hubs, one in Ashford & 1 in Canterbury) as we look to expand our Occupational Therapy interventions across both areas, both in person and virtually.

This post would be suitable for both a newly qualified occupational therapist, or someone with some experience looking to expand their knowledge and experience within a community mental health setting. You will have a strong interest in developing skills in working with service users who have complex mental health needs. We are looking for a practitioner with good communication and liaison skills who is forward thinking and enthusiastic about innovative ways of working.

All community teams across Kent are looking to deliver the new Community Mental Health Framework, where service users will be offered a menu of interventions. These interventions would be offered by various professionals, but Occupational Therapists will play a key part in this process.

Main duties of the job

Our clinical care pathways focus on interventions for people for people with a wide range of mental health needs, ranging from short term acute illness and distress, to long term enduring conditions. These interventions can include developing daily living skills, emotional management strategies, supporting the development of healthy routines, relapse prevention, and work towards building skills for employment.

Interventions would include:

Recovery Groups - supporting individuals to understand and manage their own mental wellbeing and work towards achieving their goals.

STROT - OT and Support Workers working to support people to transition successfully into primary care and accessing local resources.

Life Skills Groups - Supporting those with long term mental health conditions to develop skills to live independently and safely.

We are particularly interested in applicants who wish to develop specialist skills in the areas the Model of human occupation (MOHO), use of the Recovery Model, and care of those with Personality Disorder. Potential post-holders should demonstrate a capacity for creative and flexible working, and willingness to work in a diverse, challenging and multi-agency environment.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description for full details and main responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification



  • Qualified and registered as an Occupational Therapist with Health and Care Professions Council.



  • Knowledge of and ability to apply national policies and procedures including but not limited to confidentiality, consent, risk management, service user involvement.
  • Computer literate
  • Knowledge in the application of relevant OT theoretical models, and approaches relevant to service user group.
  • Basic factual knowledge of the importance of enabling people to do the things they want, need or are expected to do to support them in being well in life.


  • Some experience working, or on placement in a mental health setting

Employer details

Employer name

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust


Ashford & Canterbury CMHT, Eureka Medical Centre

Trinity Road


TN24 4BY

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