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Perinatal Occupational Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience dependant upon experience
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

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.

The Mental Health division of Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust comprises of three directorates Adult Mental Health, Mental Health Services for Older People and Specialist Services. More than 2,800 dedicated staff provide vital and integral healthcare services for our patients in a variety of settings, ranging from community through to acute wards, covering a vast geographical area.

We're investing heavily in our staff, facilities and patient care. As we move into this new chapter, we need a strong, motivated and compassionate workforce to reflect our core values of Honesty, Compassion, Trust, Respect and Teamwork. There has never been a better time to join our growing team.

We have exciting opportunities across different specialities and services, with an emphasis on career development and progression. We want to help our staff reach their full potential, and are committed to providing the support, skills and development needed to succeed.

Main duties of the job

The Community Perinatal Psychiatry Team are part of the Specialist Services directorate and co-located on the Hopewood site with Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services. We are a Nationally Accredited Service with the Royal College of Psychiatrists. We provide assessment and treatment to women with a range of mental health needs related to the perinatal period. The Team provides a service to the City and County of Nottinghamshire and Bassetlaw with clinics located across this geography.

Our core purpose is to work with expectant mothers and mothers to address their mental health needs and mitigate any impact on the unborn baby and infant. We aim to improve the health outcomes for mothers with the provision of a timely, integrated, high quality, effective, multi-disciplinary interventions.

The candidate must be able to work across the region and be willing to help further develop the presence of Occupational Therapy within the Service.

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

Perinatal Mental Health Services has received extensive investment in recent years, recognising the importance on public health in treating mental health problems in the perinatal period. We are looking for an enthusiastic, diligent, and experienced Occupational Therapist who has the ability to manage complex situations to join our team. Sound therapeutic strategies, combined with the ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing are essential. You will have experience of working with mothers with perinatal illness and some knowledge of normal child development in order to understand the potential impact of untreated maternal mental illness on the developing foetus/infant/children. You will have the ability to liaise effectively with various health, social and voluntary professionals. A sound working knowledge of Safeguarding is also required. This post offers a supportive team working environment, with commitment to supervision.
  • To be professionally and legally responsible for all aspects or own work, ensuring high standard of care for the patients under your management
  • To maintain an individual caseload being responsible for assessment, evidenced based interventions / treatment and evaluation.
  • Understanding of patients needs relating to active rehabilitation and impact on functional ability.
  • To evaluate interventions and ensure effective outcomes.
  • To priorities caseload allocation and to ensure appropriate service delivery.
  • To utilize core specialist OT skills (as appropriate to area of work).
  • To work across health and social care boundaries.
  • Implement and co-ordinate a range of group work and individual work.
  • To use expertise to deliver therapeutic interventions to patients with complex needs.
  • To carry out effective discharge planning.
  • To work with patients / carers with diverse needs.
  • To represent all patients occupational therapy needs at MDT producing reports to support the work carried out.
  • To assist in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the activities programme produced for the wards
  • To supervise junior members of the Occupational Therapy Team

Person Specification



  • Degree/diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration maintained


  • Demonstrates continued professional development
  • Treatment modalities relevant to perinatal mental health

Contractual Requirements


  • Driving License (requirements and adjustments can be made in line with Equality Act 2010)
  • Must be flexible and work around the City/County as required



  • Working in Adult Mental Health Services
  • Multi-Disciplinary Work


  • Community Mental Health
  • Perinatal Mental Health
  • Working with the wider family around a patient providing holistic care



  • Perinatal mental health conditions and presentation
  • Normal child development
  • Child and adult safeguarding processes


  • Community resources aimed at supporting families
  • Local resources aimed at supporting women/birthing people



  • Ability to apply the OT process and plan, carry out and evaluate treatment for this client group according to needs and best practice evidence
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Time management and prioritisation
  • Psychological interventions suitable for the perinatal period
  • Able to work in a way that is culturally sensitive and inclusive to the diverse population of birthing people in the area


  • Caseload management
  • Duty clinician work

Values and Behaviours


  • 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


Greenhaven, Hopewood

Foster Drive,



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