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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Previous applicants need not apply

Are you an Occupational Therapist looking for a new role and wanting to make a real difference? Then look no further, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Full-time Band 6 Occupational Therapist to work within the Mersey Care Eating Disorder Service. This is a clinical post. You will be joining an established team of clinical psychologists, psychological therapists, dieticians and specialist nurse. We are dedicated to providing a high quality of service and opportunity to access appropriate provision to meet the bio-psycho-social needs of our service users who present with a range of eating difficulties.

The operational hours are Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm William House, Rathbone Hospital, Liverpool, L13 4AW.

Within the role you will receive mental health specific supervision as well as being supported by a wider team of clinicians and an Occupational therapists in the Trust. The post holder will effectively manage a caseload of clients with a range of complexity and need. The post holder will be an autonomous practitioner, using evidence based/client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions for clients with eating disorders. You will be highly motivated and able to work with different degrees of ambivalence to facilitate behavioural changes to dietary intake and engagement in meaningful activity in support of client's recovery journey.

Shortlisting 15th April 2024

Interview 23rd April 2024

Main duties of the job

The post holder will effectively manage a caseload of clients with complex needs as an autonomous practitioner, using evidence based/client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions. Newly appointed post holders who are working towards the foundation gateway will have increased supervision with cases which are considered more complex.

The post holder will provide leadership for junior staff, when appropriate, through supervision and appraisal, and participate in planning, development and evaluation of OT services within a designatedarea/team, holding responsibility for defined projects. The post holder will maintain close links with other team members and liaise with external agencies and contribute to the maintenance and development of the Trust OT Service.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical1. To work with clients to identify OT goals as part of the overall care plan, using specialist mental health and OT assessment tools.2. To plan and implement client centred individual and/or group interventions, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.3. To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.4. To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the clients social and physical environment.5. To assess the occupational needs of a defined client group and establish and evaluate appropriate treatment programmes.6. To provide clinical advice, expertise and leadership within your team.7. To co-ordinate the care of a defined group of service users carrying out their assessment and planning, implementing and evaluating their care under the guidelines of CPA without supervision. To act as care coordinator (when required) normally for the more complex cases e.g. those service users subject to CPA.8. To monitor and offer professional advice and leadership to all team members with regards to their caseloads and working practices.9. To ensure that the service users care plan is developed to meet the assessed need of the individual. To monitor, via performance management, the care plans developed for service users by all sector members to ensure that they are appropriate and of a high standard.10. To liaise with family members, carers and significant others as necessary when completing the assessment and developing a care plan. To be a point of contact for service users and carers that have concerns regarding their care, making every effort to resolve their concerns sensitively andpromptly, referring to and informing the Team Manager as necessary.11. To develop a risk management plan for service users under your care, taking note of the contributions from other members of the team. Ensure that all significant people are aware of the risk management plan and are actioning it appropriately. 12. To monitor and work with all team members to ensure that service user risk is managed appropriately and that risk management plans are of a high quality.13. To lead the systematic monitoring and evaluation of service users under the care of the sector you have responsibility for.14. To have an in-depth knowledge of the Mental Health Act. To support service users and their carers when the Mental Health Act is being used to admit the service user to hospital. To support staff involved in the application of the Mental Health Act, ensuring that they are aware of and fulfilling their duties.15. To monitor the provision of a range of therapeutic activities for service users by supervision of sector members caseloads and via audit.16. To use skills gained through training and experience to de-escalate situations where service users become physically or verbally aggressive. Use your judgement, gained from experience, to establish if a service user requires assessment by a medic or possibly hospital admission.17. To use skills gained through experience to deal with service users who become angry, hostile or distressed.18. To ensure all sector members get appropriate support following violent incidents and liaise with the Team Manager to ensure any identified actions arising from such incidents are implemented.19. To participate in and/or lead service user reviews ensuring that service user needs are met and that the team has all the relevant information on which to base their clinical decisions.20. To develop care plans that enable service users to reach and maintain their optimum level of health and independence to help them to remain in the community in their chosen setting or return to this on discharge.21. To react pro-actively in cases of service user crisis and put in place immediate plans to resolve the situation.

Communication1. To promote awareness of the role of OT within the MDT negotiating priorities where appropriate.2. To ensure a seamless approach by liaising with other professionals as required.3. To use verbal and non-verbal communication skills established through training and experience to impart sensitive information e.g., diagnosis or symptoms to service users and their families.4. To offer support to other staff to do this.5. To check understanding of information where there are often barriers to effective communications due to distress or psychiatric symptoms in service users or where there is resistance in staff. This may also be necessary when English is not the first language.6. To use skills established through training and experience to give and receive information, adhering to the Caldicott guidelines, to other individuals with regard to a service users care in reviews andmulti-disciplinary meetings. These individuals may be external to the Trust.

Documentation1. To ensure that up to date written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with Professional and Trust standards and provide specialist OT reports relevant to practice setting.2. To ensure that all relevant information with regards to a service users care and treatment is documented accurately and legibly into the health record. Supervise and monitor the entries made by sector members through performance management and audit.

Professional Ethics1. To comply with the COT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and national and local policies and procedures.2. To adhere to the Trust Policy on Confidentiality.

Leadership, Supervision & Appraisal1. In line with local guidelines review and reflect on own practice and performance through effective use of professional and operational supervision and appraisal. 2. To provide effective guidance, supervision and appraisals for junior staff as required.

Training Staff & Student1. To lead in the induction, training of students and other staff both within or external to the Trust.2. To be responsible for the supervision and written assessment of OT students on practiceplacement within the Trust.3. To contribute to the provision of teaching sessions in order to pass on knowledge and skills

Service Development & Delivery1. To participate in the operational planning, and implementation of policy and service development within your team, leading on delegated projects within your team.2. To provide reports and statistical returns to a variety of departments as requested.

Professional Development1. To apply specialist skills and knowledge in order to establish professional competence and fitness to practise as a specialist OT.2. To demonstrate ongoing personal development through participation in internal and external development opportunities, recording learning outcomes in a portfolio.3. To participate in the implementation of the Trusts PDP process for all staff in your sector.

Service Governance, Quality, Standards

1. To contribute in the Trusts Directorates and teams service governance arrangements and quality agenda, including the setting and monitoring of practice standards.2. To apply national guidelines/ legislation relating to health and social care in mental health service provision.3. Ensure that work is conducted in line with Trust Equality and Diversity policy, reporting incidents and complaints as required.4. To tackle unsatisfactory performance promptly and constructively in your sector, liaising with Team Manager.5. To participate in the investigation process regarding the disciplinary procedure and service users/carer complaints.

Line Management, Staff, Budget1. To be responsible for maintaining stock, advising on resources to carry out the job.2. To co-ordinate the day-to-day activities of junior staff where applicable.Research and Practice Development1. To undertake research and/or audit projects relevant to OT and/ or service area, disseminating findings at local level.2. To broaden research and development skills through participation in local audit and research projects.

This job description is intended as an outline indicator of general areas of activity and will be reviewed in light of the changing needs of the Trust in consultation with the postholder.

Person Specification



  • Relevant professional OT qualification
  • Current HCPC registration


  • Fieldwork Educators certificate
  • Post graduate accredited study e.g. PSI, CBT, MSc in relevant health studies.

Knowledge/ Experience


  • Previous experience in relevant health settings
  • Supervision of staff
  • Effective team working within a multi-agency framework
  • Experience of service development
  • Experience using both group and individual treatment skills
  • Demonstrate experience of problem solving approaches
  • Audit and research practices relevant to clinical area
  • Assisting with effective budgetary management
  • Evidence based and experience of reflective practice
  • Recovery Model of Care
  • Model of Human Occupation
  • Safe Guarding Children
  • Mental Health Act 1983
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Effective Care Coordination
  • Relevant national policies and guidance
  • Up to date clinical knowledge relevant to the care environment
  • Audit and research methods
  • Vulnerable adults guidelines
  • Able to discuss/explain specialist OT role
  • Awareness of own strengths and limitations


  • Post graduate clinical experience, within mental health services.
  • Wider range of statutory and non-statutory services
  • Risk management training



  • Ability to utilise assessment skills and tools effectively
  • Ability to communicate in a variety of settings
  • Ability to formulate relevant reports
  • Delegation and coordination
  • Ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Mentorship skills
  • Accurate Record keeping
  • Flexible approach/ creative thinking
  • Able to move and handle clients
  • IT skills


  • Effective leadership qualities
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to network and influence decision making
  • Team Building skills



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


William House, Rathbone Hospital

Mill Lane


L13 4AW
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