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Occupational Therapist - Community Mental Health

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£35,922 to £43,257 per annum (pro rata if part time)
Closing date
2 Jul 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our Community Mental Health Team in North Pembrokeshire .

You will be based with our supportive and friendly community team, providing valuable support focused on the needs of the individual. You will be a key member within a multidisciplinary team supporting an integrated model of care. You will provide assessment and intervention for patients living in the community. As part of an integrated team you will work closely with acute, intermediate and primary care. In promoting health and person centred care you will develop strong links with community based resources to help engage and motivate individuals in their recovery.

This team covers the North Pembrokeshire area and you will be based in Bro Cerwyn Centre in Haverfordwest.

We're seeking to appoint a motivated and compassionate individual with demonstrable experience, whose values are aligned to those of Hywel Dda University Health Board:
  • putting people at the heart of what we do
  • working together to be the best we can
  • striving to develop and deliver better services

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Main duties of the job

To practice as an autonomous practitioner with a complex specialist caseload, to plan, modify & carry out assessment and interventions/treatments.

To act as a care coordinator to a delegated caseload with defined Occupational Therapy needs.

To formulate and apply relevant occupational analysis to the individual, using graded occupations as an essential aspect of the assessment and treatment.

To agree goals and priorities for intervention and the methods to be adopted based on results of assessment, best practice and in partnership with the patient and multidisciplinary team.

To design and implement individual or group treatment programmers to address defined clinical needs.

To utilise group dynamics to achieve agreed therapeutic objectives.

To monitor, modify and evaluate intervention in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.

To advise and support patient during psychological adaptation to disability.

To provide advice and support to relatives, carers and others as appropriate.

To work independently with patients, taking responsibility for the patient's safety when undertaking OT intervention.

To make clinical judgments on the appropriateness and priority of referrals for Occupational Therapy and on the need for referral to other services.

To carry out environmental risk assessment.

To be able to define a differential diagnosis on the basis of evidence from assessments.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 12,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

47 general practices (6 of which are managed practices), 45 dental practices (including 4 orthodontic), 96 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 12/07/2024

Person Specification

Qualifications & Knowledge


  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Current HCPC Registration
  • Knowledge of relevant current health and social care legislation applicable to role
  • Knowledge and application of Microsoft Office software.
  • Understanding of the roles of other staff groups in health and social care.
  • Knowledge of a range of rehabilitation interventions across all therapies.
  • Understanding and application of clinical governance, including research and audit methodology.
  • Understanding and application of relevant outcome measures to demonstrate effectiveness


  • Knowledge of other services that link across primary/second ary/intermediate care
  • Working knowledge of therapeutic equipment
  • Knowledge of Health Board and priorities.
  • Accredited Practice Educator
  • Accredited Agored Assessor



  • Significant post graduate experience of working as an occupational therapist across a range of settings and variety of conditions
  • Managing a complex and varied caseload
  • Working independently with indirect or arms length supervision.
  • Delegation and Supervision of staff
  • Experience of coping independently with distressing or emotional situations in challenging work environments
  • Working as part of a team
  • Experience of contributing to service development and implementing service changes
  • Direct involvement with carers and families
  • Self-development and application of learning
  • Use of adapted techniques for improving patient outcomes


  • Experience of working with groups
  • Experience of working in a community setting
  • Experience of using virtual communication platforms for delivering service.
  • Experience in same clinical area as post being applied for

Language Skills


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Waldo Suite, Bro Cerwyn

Fishguard Road


SA61 2PG

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