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Occupational Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year p.a
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
B5 Occupational Therapist in Acute Inpatient Mental Health

An opportunity has arisen for a band 5 occupational therapist to join the therapies team at St. Ann's hospital in Poole. The post is based on Alumhurst ward, St. Ann's (Non- Organic Older People' Mental Health).

CPD clinical supervision and informal learning are at the heart of these posts and the professional development of the post holder will be supported and reviewed yearly through the appraisal process.

The Trust provides a preceptorship program for all newly registered staff and attendance at preceptorship events is supported and encouraged.

Post holders will enjoy team working and be good at managing change. They will advocate for and promote the occupational lives of their patients and will be compassionate towards themselves and those they work with.

Main duties of the job

The post is based on Alumhurst ward, St. Ann's (Non- Organic Older People' Mental Health). It provides an opportunity for OT's with an interest in this area to gain experience in a supportive context. It offers an opportunity to work closely with, and support colleagues on the other wards at St Ann's to learn about a range of client groups.

This is a full-time role of 37.50 hours per week with some flexibility to meet service need.

You will be required to undertake aPrevention and Management of Violence and Aggression course and it is a condition of your employment that you successfully complete all aspects of this course if this is not achieved you will not be able to commence working in the post.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Dorset HealthCare is in partnership withThe Princes Trustto support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we offer an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. Please contact to access the support.

Person Specification

Knowledge, skills and training


  • 1.1 Degree/ Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • 1.2 Registration with Health Professions Council
  • Physical management of violence and aggression training


  • Membership of Specialist Mental Health Section of COT
  • Membership of Professional Body

Job specific experience


  • Knowledge and application of standardised assessments
  • Ability to apply the Occupational therapy process
  • Experience working with individuals and groups
  • Experience of working in a team
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Experience to managing and prioritising own case load


  • Experience working in a mental health setting

Information Technology


  • Computer literacy

Business travel


  • Subject to the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business

Additional requirements


  • holder of current UK driving licence and access to car for work purposes
  • Exposure to unpleasant working conditions

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


St. Ann's hospital

69, Haven Road


BH13 7LN

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