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Senior Occupational Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a creative and forward thinking Occupational Therapist to join our service. You will be working within an innovative and well respected Therapy Services Team. The hospital has a wide range of facilities for Occupational Therapy and established opportunities for social inclusion within the community.

The Senior Occupational Therapist post will initially be based within the Women's' pathway which has a standard medium secure ward and an enhanced medium secure service (WEMSS). Your role might move to one of the other care pathways in future based on service need.

You will lead in producing a high quality Occupational Therapy service for patients on both wards with a Band 5 Occupational Therapist.

You will provide a comprehensive treatment programme based on individual needs analysis. Your work will be assisted by Occupational Therapy Assistant Practitioners and Occupational Therapy Support Workers. You will also work alongside professionals from other disciplines to deliver a programme of psychologically informed treatment.

This post is eligible for a Golden Hello payment of �2,750 for new starters who are external to the Trust. This is payable in 3 instalments over a 2 year period. This payment is only eligible to new starters who do not already hold a contract of employment with the Trust. This post also includes paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during night, weekends and bank holidays.

Main duties of the job

To develop and provide effective programmes of specialist occupational therapy for an identified patient group and contribute to the overall development of the women's pathway.

To be responsible for the development, provision and regular review of a needs led therapy services programme. To ensure that Occupational Therapy practice is evidenced based and evaluated through outcome measures.

To deputise for the OT Manager as required and assist in the day to day operational management of the Therapy Services Department.

To be responsible for clinical and managerial supervision and annual reviews of identified staff.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

The Therapy Services Department consists of Occupational Therapists, Specialist OT Assistant Practitioners, support staff, Education tutors, and Sports , Fitness and Well-being staff. We have recently employed a Peer Support Worker and have a part time Speech and Language Therapist.

Arnold Lodge offers trauma informed care and utilises a range of approaches and interventions within its treatment programmes.

You will receive a comprehensive induction training programme and support to develop within the role. Clinical and managerial supervision will be provided for the post holder from the Occupational Therapy Manager. You will be able to attend multi-disciplinary reflective practice.

There are excellent opportunities for training and continuing professional development.

Effectively manage a nominated caseload.

Utilise a range of assessments, treatment approaches and evaluation based on best available evidence for the identified patient group.

Be actively involved in the clinical risk assessment and development of risk management plans for patients and adhere to these.

Ensure that quality governance documentation is completed accurately and in a timely manner.

Lead on specific developments and initiatives as required.

Attend and contribute to relevant courses, workshops and conferences

Person Specification



  • Degree or Equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • Current Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registration
  • Additional Postgraduate qualifications to Diploma or equivalent level as relevant to the post
  • Fieldwork Educators qualification and APPLE accredited/prepared to undertake training as necessary


  • Clinical Leadership qualification
  • Supervision and appraisal training
  • Additional training as relevant to the post
  • Accredited training in standardised OT assessments and outcome measures



  • Significant experience in occupational therapy assessment, treatment planning, delivery and evaluation in a mental health setting with minimal supervision
  • Significant experience of planning and facilitating a variety of individual and group occupational therapy interventions in a variety of environments
  • Experience of supervising OT students as well as qualified and unqualified staff
  • Experience of maintaining high quality written records and producing reports


  • Experience of working in a secure setting, e.g. prison, young offenders institution or forensic unit
  • Experience of research and/or clinical audit
  • Experience of service development and/or leading on clinical initiatives



  • Knowledge and application of occupational therapy evidence based practice and outcome measures.
  • Detailed knowledge of treatment models and approaches used in mental health and personality disorder services
  • Knowledge of patient focused approaches and user/carer involvement initiatives
  • Knowledge of health and safety and clinical risk issues relating to forensic practice


  • Knowledge and understanding of the Mental Health Act and other relevant legislation
  • Knowledge of Arnold Lodge and its purpose



  • Ability to motivate patients and staff
  • Ability to work independently and prioritise own workload
  • Good communication, negotiation and liaison skills (both oral and written)
  • Ability to function effectively within a multi-professional team and develop cohesive working relationships
  • Ability to maintain clear professional boundaries when working with a challenging patient group
  • Skilled in applying evidence to practice


  • Presentation and training skills
  • Other skills relevant to the post



  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Arnold Lodge

Cordelia Close



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