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Occupational Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum (pro rata for part time) + High Secure Allowance
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about working in a High Secure Forensic setting?

We are recruiting Occupational Therapists to join our team in the Therapies and Education Service.

Applications from Newly Qualified and Return to Practice are encouraged.

Rampton Hospital is one of three high secure hospitals in the country providing a range of highly specialised services to patients who experience a mental health problem, personality disorder or learning disability combined with a history of offending behaviour.

The hospital is host to a number of national high secure services including the services for women, learning disability and deaf patients.

We provide a range of treatment pathways for patients with complex needs including psychological, occupational and educational approaches to support their recovery.

Proposed interview date 29th July 2024

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

We are seeking to recruit Occupational Therapists to join our Therapies and Education Service and work with our fantastic multi-disciplinary teams within the hospital day care unit to provide assessment, risk management, care & treatment to aid recovery and further the patient journey.

The Therapies and Education Service consists of an established and dedicated team of Allied Health Professionals, Technical Instructors, Speech & Language Therapists, Nursing Staff, Education Tutors and Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Staff, working together to provide a comprehensive range of interventions to meet the therapeutic needs of patients.

These include skills-based groups including creative, social, practical and vocational activities.

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

Deliver a patient needs led occupational therapy programme using a range of assessments, treatment approaches and evaluation based on best available evidence, to a specific patient group.

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

Effectively manage a nominated caseload under supervision.

Adhere to professional and locally agreed standards.

Successfully time manage and prioritise areas of responsibility.

Be an active member of the multi-disciplinary team providing clinical reports as necessary and actively contributing to the Care Programme Approach (CPA) process.

Be actively involved in clinical governance and quality assurance activities as required.

To undertake any other duties that would be a reasonable expectation of the role e.g. session cover.

Please see the attached document detailing the job description in full.

Person Specification



  • Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy.
  • Current Health and Care Professions Council Registration


  • Relevant Post-Graduate OT qualifications



  • Experience in occupational therapy assessment, treatment planning, delivery and evaluation in a mental health setting
  • Experience of planning and running a variety of individual and group interventions
  • Experience of effective team working.
  • Experience of maintaining written records, databases and producing reports.
  • Experience of liaison with other agencies, services and professional colleagues


  • Experience of working in a secure setting, e.g. prison, young offender institute or forensic unit.
  • Experience of supervising other staff members or OT students.
  • Experience in undertaking clinical audit



  • Ability to motivate patients.
  • 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



  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act, other relevant legislation and current mental health issues
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practice
  • Able to demonstrate a knowledge of risk and risk assessment
  • Knowledge of assessment, treatment and evaluation approaches used in mental health.
  • Knowledge of patient-focused approaches and user/carer involvement.


  • Awareness of the current issues relating to forensic services.
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and audit.
  • Knowledge of Rampton Hospital and its purpose.



  • Training in standardised OT assessments and outcome measures.


  • Practice Placement Educators training and APPLE Accreditation.
  • Other relevant training.

Contractual requirements


  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service, which may include occasional evenings and weekends.

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


Rampton Hospital



DN22 0PD

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