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Band 6 MHSOP Occupational Therapist- Service Wide Role

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Are you an enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist with a passion for work with older people?

Are you looking for a rewarding role improving the wellbeing of older adults with mental health difficulties?

Then we want to hear from you!

The Mental Health Services for Older People (MHSOP) in Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City are looking for an OT who can provide compassionate and effective care for older adults within our services. This role will include working with MDTs within the community and inpatient MHSOP services to provide OT service where there is an identified need for OT.

MHSOP services support people over the age of 65 with a mental health diagnosis, and those of any age with a diagnosis of dementia.

Starting in MHSOP presented me with a huge learning curve and the support of my OT colleagues as well as the wider MHSOP team has been invaluable to me. The saying no question is a stupid question springs to mind. MHSOP care about their staff and their patients and I am really glad I joined the team.

Main duties of the job

The MHSOP service wide OT role includes working within teams to provide occupational therapy cover across the care unit. The post holder will have the opportunity to gain a variety of experience in different areas of MHSOP including community mental health teams, inpatient mental health services, memory services and dementia outreach. The role does require flexibility and the post holder will need to move and support teams dependent on service need.

The post-holder will work in a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive and profession specific assessment and interventions which promotes recovery within inpatient and/or community settings as required.

Some of the duties of this job include:
  • To provide an occupational therapy service for older people with complex mental health needs who are referred to the service which may include supporting duty cover.
  • To carry out specialist occupational therapy assessment, goal setting, implementation of treatment programs and evaluation.
  • To establish the needs of individuals referred to the service and plan care with colleagues from health, social services, families, and the voluntary sector.
  • To represent and promote the specialist role of Occupational Therapy.
  • Advocating for the needs of people being treated for dementia of any age and older adults with other mental health needs.

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 post holder will be responsible for occupational therapy input in an ethical manner for a defined caseload, including care coordination, for older adult patients with mental health needs including dementia of any age in recovery and positive risk taking approach.

To provide a high quality Occupational therapy service which is holistic, evidence based, safe, effective, efficient, accessible and client centred. The post holder will support patients independence and wellbeing and deliver individual assessments and formulation and specific treatments which are client centred and support timely discharge whilst maintaining occupation at the centre of practice.

The post holder will provide active clinical and managerial leadership skills within the team, providing mentoring education and supervision to non-registered staff and students and via practice and work based learning opportunities.

To contribute to development, provision and evaluation of programmes of Learning and Development to other professionals.

To represent and promote the specialist role of occupational therapy including service planning and development and supporting practice placements for occupational therapy students and support students from other disciplines .

Person Specification



  • BSc/MSc/Dip COT Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration


  • Placement Educator

Contractual Requirements


  • Full UK Driving Licence and access to vehicle for work puproses (adjustments to be made for disabled individuals in line with the equality act 2010)

Further Training


  • Evidence of regular CPD activities



  • Recent working with older people with mental health conditions
  • Knowledge and experience of working with dementia
  • Post qualification experience- some at more senior level


  • Experience of service development
  • Experience/knowledge of working with older people with physical difficulties
  • Experience working in primary care or community team
  • supervising and leadinf staff



  • Ability to assess complex risk
  • Good written and verbal communication and IT skills
  • Ability to apply appropriate OT assessment and theory to this client group
  • Effective Time Management and Organisational Skills
  • Understand of OT Code of Ethics


  • Clinical Supervision Skills
  • Experience of care co-ordination

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Highbury Hospital

Highbury Road



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