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Specialist Occupational Therapist (Rushcliffe IHTT)

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Gamston, Nottingham
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum (Pro rata for part time)
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

The Mental Health Services for Older People's Rushcliffe Intensive Home Treatments Team (IHTT) primary purpose is to enable people to live as independently as possible at a time when they are needing urgent and intensive support due to a mental health need. The team values high quality care, uses creativity and flexibility to provide a truly person-centred approach.

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.

IHTT work with people with a diagnosis of dementia or people aged 65+ with a mental health need, utilising their specialist skills and knowledge of mental and physical health to maximise outcomes for the person. IHTT recognises the importance of people recovering in their own home so work to prevent unnecessary admissions into hospital and residential care settings, and to facilitate a timely return home following an inpatient stay.

The teams provide an urgent response to referrals within 24-48 hours and can support people in the community for up to 8 weeks. The teams work across 7 days a week .

Main duties of the job

People referred to the IHTT can expect that a clinician will see the person at home to assess their needs and to work with them to construct a collaborative care plan that is individually tailored to their specific mental health needs. Over the course of the initial first weeks, the person will receive regular visits from other members of the team as per their care plan, and a weekly review by a clinician to assess the progress and make changes to the plan as required. When ready for discharge, the clinician will look at the person's ongoing needs to identify appropriate support and make any referrals needed to facilitate this. Throughout the time with the team, people can expect to be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect.

Some of the duties of this job include:
  • To provide an occupational therapy service for older people with complex mental health needs
  • To carry out occupational therapy assessment, goal setting, implementation of treatment programmes and evaluation.
  • To establish the needs of individuals referred to the service and plan recovery focused care with colleagues from health, social services, families, and the voluntary sector.

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

This post is both rewarding and a vital role towards the delivery of treatment to our patients.

We would welcome applications from Occupational Therapists, including those that have retired and wanting to return back to the profession.

We would also encourage those wishing to seek part-time work to apply.

In return, we will offer you a range of benefits for Making A Difference with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, including:
  • Up to 33 days holiday plus bank holidays (pro rata)
  • Flexible working
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Enhanced maternity and sick pay
  • Comprehensive induction and training
  • Commitment to career development
  • Wide range of training and development opportunities
  • Working in a supportive environment
  • Retail discounts
  • Regular support and clinical supervision including CPD opportunities

In addition to the above benefits, The Mental Health Services for Older People Occupational Therapy service offers regular monthly forums on wide range of topics to promote continuous personal development and staff support.

You will also have access to a Band 7 Occupational Therapy Clinical Specialist and an Allied Health Professional Lead for specialist advice and support.

Person Specification

Contractual Requirement


  • Driving licence and access to a vehicle for business use



  • BSc/MSc/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration


  • Practice placement educator accredited

Further training


  • Evidence of regular relevant CPD activities

Work experience


  • Experience of working with older people with mental health conditions and dementia
  • Experience of MDT working


  • Recent experience of working with adults with mental health conditions
  • Experience of working in a community or primary care team



  • Detailed knowledge of physical and mental health needs for older adults
  • Good written, verbal and IT skills with patients, carers and other professionals
  • Ability to undertake specialist OT assessment and asses complex risks with people with mental health conditions and cognitive impairment
  • Ability to apply the OT process and plan, carry out and evaluate the treatment for this group according to needs and best practice evidence
  • Effective time management and organisation skills and ability to work under pressure


  • Clinical supervision skills
  • Ability to undertake initial mental health assessments and experience of care co-ordination
  • Presentation/teaching skills

Dispositional Attributes


  • Willingness to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Positive attitude to working with older people with mental health conditions/dementia
  • Positive view of risk enablement and recovery with older adults
  • 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


Lings Bar Hospital


Gamston, Nottingham


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