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Occupational Therapist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
St Helens
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
We are seeking to recruit a Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join our Later Life and Memory Service. We are a forward thinking, friendly and busy team aiming for high quality service provision. We are nationally accredited by MSNAP (Memory service accreditation).

We would like you to have some demonstrable experience of working within mental health setting and / or with adults with a dementia diagnosis and be keen to develop your professional skills in this clinical area.

As a community based practitioner you will work with some autonomy. Support and supervision will be provided by the team and Occupational Therapy colleagues as required. We already have two Band 6 Occupational Therapists within the team .

We would encourage an informal visit or telephone contact to further discuss the role.

Main duties of the job

Your main role will be completing OT functional assessments within the Memory Assessment role of our service and we are also re-establishing our CST groups which are being led by the Occupational therapists in the service.

As an integral part of the wide team there will be a requirement to complete some generic mental health assessments and interventions.

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

Responsibility for screening/assessments for OT based functional assessments/specialist assessment.

Responsibility for screening for Cognitive stimulation therapy, supporting with running the group work and the outcome measures utilised within this pathway.

To work as part of the wider MDT to ensure the highest standard of care is given to our patient cohort.

To complete mental health assessments/reviews as necessary.

To complete assessment of risks that may be presented to/posed by our patient cohort and plan for care accordingly.

To ensure that safeguarding is considered as part of the daily role.

**Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role**

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent Occupational Therapy qualification
  • Health and Care Professions Council Registration


  • Fieldwork Educator Training



  • Occupational Therapy experience
  • Application of Occupational Therapy Models of Practice and Standardised Assessments & Outcome Measures
  • Knowledge of current legislation and national o Supervision of staff and students o Experience of working in Mental Health Services and Challenging Behaviours. o Familiar with Electronic Patient Records (EPR)
  • Clinical and environment assessment & management of clinical risk
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by Mental Health Act 2007)
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Capacity Act 2005
  • Knowledge of relational security 'See Think Act' (DoH, 2010)
  • Knowledge of College of Occupational Therapy Guidance on Secure Hospitals


  • Supervision of staff and students
  • Experience of working in Mental Health Services and Challenging Behaviours.
  • Familiar with Electronic Patient Records (EPR) system
  • Understanding and use of the Model of Human Occupation and its associated assessment tools and outcome measures



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Responsive to service users
  • oEngaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet



  • Leadership Qualities
  • Ability to provide training, advice and guidance to staff/service users/ families/carers and new staff teams.
  • Ability to carry out assessments of occupational need and provide training around implementing interventions.
  • Ability to complete assessments and clinical reports in line with the College of Occupational Therapy guidance
  • Demonstrates depth of clinical skills and implementation Occupational Therapy clinical practice and ability to hold a caseload
  • Ability to be an effective role-model.
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as effectively with team members and other agencies.
  • Clear effective written & verbal communication
  • Basic IT skills


  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own and others performance

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Harry Blackman House

Peasley Cross Hospital site, Marshalls Cross Road

St Helens


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