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Occupational Therapy Professional Lead

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 Per Annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Are you looking for something a bit different, a new challenge, a varied role?

Wathwood is an award-winning mental health hospital and prides itself on providing the highest quality of care to our patients.

We have exciting opportunities here at Wathwood in our unique Medium Secure setting.

We are seeking to recruit a Band 8a Occupational Therapy Professional Lead to join our fantastic multi-disciplinary teams within the hospital to provide assessment, risk management, care and treatment to aid recovery and further the patient journey.

Interviews for this vacancy will be held on the 17th June 2024.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic, compassionate and highly motivated manager to join our team, in a challenging but rewarding role, to make a difference to the lives of our patients.

Therefore, applicants will need to:

Have excellent interpersonal skillsThe ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary teamBe committed to providing the highest standards of carePromote and maintain high standards of care through excellent communication, motivation, supervision and role modellingBe able to take part in the on call rota for the unit

We want to help our staff reach their full potential and are committed to providing the support, skills and development needed to success. This includes a supportive and strong health and well-being team.

As Occupational Therapy Professional Lead, you will:

Be a highly specialist Occupational Therapist with significant clinical and professional experienceProvide leadership and management for the OT service at WathwoodProvide an in-depth understanding of OT impact across multiple clinical care streams within a team or care unitBe responsible for oversight of professional and strategic planning to utilise resources as appropriate

You will be required to complete mandatory training to assist your professional development.

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

Provide a creative outlook and horizon scanning to ensure that the profession delivers services that are as effective as possible, reflecting the needs of the local population and financial resources, now and into the future.Acts as the Occupational Therapy Professional advisor to Care Unit/Care Group to achieve an effective patient centred service.Provides clinical and professional leadership for the profession across multiple clinical teams/services/care unitsEstablishes forums across areas, connecting profession and reducing disenfranchisement and isolationRepresents the profession at agreed forums within the Care Unit, Care Group and Trust wide Professional Advisory GroupsProvides expert professional and specialist advice to the management team and clinicians regarding clinical, professional and service development issues to support transformation, business and clinical governanceEnsures compliance with national standards and implementation within the specialism and profession ensuring consistent delivery of best practiceChallenges clinical practice from a position of professional knowledge and expertiseProvides professional supervision to staff plus clinical and managerial as appropriate.Acts as a role model, supporting and motivating othersUndertakes workforce planning, skill mix reviews, staff recruitment and retention analysis.Leads recruitment of uni-professional staff and improves recruitment and retention through uunderstanding specific local demography and impact on service demand and supplyAssess, develop, support and implement programs of care and treatment to meet the complex and specialist needs of the patients.Promotes multi-disciplinary liaison and collaborative practice within and between services, care units, wider Trust and other agencies.


Ensure staff have appropriate skills, training, supervision and equipment to safely carry out their roles and escalate where this is not the caseEnsure the professional growth and skills through reflective practice, PAD process, appropriate supervision processes, CPD and wider training and Identifies training, resource and development needs.Responsible for the professional development, supervision and mentoring of registered and non-registered AHP workforce - including opportunities for rotation and apprenticeshipsDevelops induction and/or preceptorship of staffFacilitate and evaluate robust and professional student placements, working collaboratively with the HEIs and Trust AHP Practice Learning and Education FacilitatorProvides advice and support as part of HEI revalidation of pre-registration trainingPlans, delivers and evaluates learning and development to others, both within uni-professional context and across other professions as appropriateEnsures ongoing advice, consultation and education for commissioners, Primary care and other agencies about the role of Occupational Therapy.Contribute to work of Professional body supporting guidance, body of evidence and examples

Person Specification



  • Member of professional body as appropriate
  • Recognised professional Occupational therapy qualification
  • Registered with HCPC


  • Member of RCOT special interest group



  • Evidence of relevant post-registration specialist professional knowledge and experience acquired through recognised academic study, practical clinical education, or attendance at relevant specialist courses.
  • Leadership qualification



  • Evidence of service development and resource management
  • Recent experience of developing and managing an Occupational Therapy Service
  • Extensive Post Graduate experience as an Occupational Therapist in mental health.
  • Evidence of appraising and developing staff
  • Evidence of effective staff and trainee supervision
  • Evidence of effective liaison with other agencies, services and professional colleagues
  • Evidence of recruitment and retention of staff
  • Experience of undertaking clinical audit
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Evidence of producing reports
  • Evidence of independently undertaking evidence-based practice
  • Basic IT skills


  • Experience working in forensics



  • Knowledge of personnel policies and procedures
  • Detailed knowledge of current legislation and initiatives relating to specialism and profession
  • Knowledge of clinical evidence base and relevant literature for profession
  • Knowledge of theories and models applicable to professional clinical practice
  • A wide knowledge of treatment approaches
  • Working knowledge of patient focussed approaches
  • Working knowledge of Clinical Governance



  • Ability to prioritise and time manage the pressures of managerial, professional and clinical responsibilities.
  • Established problem solving and negotiation skills
  • Ability to effectively professionally supervise registered therapists, support staff and trainees.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team in a leadership role and ensure that teams work effectively including management of conflict.
  • Ability to manage change
  • Excellent communication skills and proven ability to communicate highly complex/sensitive information to a range of audiences
  • Ability to delegate appropriately
  • Ability to appraise, performance manage and develop staff
  • Excellent formal presentation skills

Contractual Requirements


  • Ability to travel across Trust sites

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Wathwood Hospital

Gipsy Green Lane, Wath upon Dearne


S63 7TQ

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