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Senior Occupational Therapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Barnsley Memory Assessment and Support Service as Senior Occupational Therapist. The role will be varied and include innovating and maintaining the high standards of clinical care for the people of Barnsley experiencing memory problems.

The person we are looking for will be able to support diagnosis of individuals with memory difficulties using a variety of assessments, they will be able to off support to carers and professional staff in non therapeutic interventions and support group activities for people with a diagnosed memory illness and their carers.

Barnsley Memory Assessment and Support Service is a busy team with strong multi professional approach including Psychiatrists, Psychology and Occupational Therapy colleagues as well as a broad nursing team. All working together to assess with a view to obtaining a diagnosis if appropriate, review and offer pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for people with Dementia.

The candidate should have a good understanding of the symptoms associated with dementia and how this may affect people and their day to day lives and the additional support that they and their carers will require.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will join the established occupational therapist in the team to offer assessment and inventions as identified. They will also help facilitate group activities and be involved in the development of future group activities as appropriate.

The Occupational therapist work alongside the multi professional team to ensure the best support available to the person with a memory problem and their carer. They will be expected to manage their own caseload, allocate OT referrals and support junior members of the team through supervision.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

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About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


The post holder will be required to work as an integral member of the multi-disciplinary team, providing specialist occupational therapy assessment and treatment for service users in receipt of care from community services. Enabling service users to engage in a range of individual and group community based treatment activities. You will be actively involved in the promotion of occupational therapy within the service area. The post holder will be required to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service and the client group.


1. Clinical

1.1. To undertake specific standardised and non-standardised assessments to formulate effective treatment plans in conjunction with the service user, family and carer.

1.2. To interpret the assessment results in order to plan and implement a client centred occupational therapy treatment programme on an individual and/or group basis using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.

1.3. To ensure therapeutic interventions are of a high professional standard, informed by evidence based practice and involves the service user and carer in all aspects of the care programme.

1.4. To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the effect of disability providing training and advice on lifestyle changes/adaptations to the clients social and physical environments.

1.5. To act as the care programme co-ordinator as required and to offer carers an assessment and care plan where appropriate.

1.6. To contribute to a co-ordinated team approach throughout the assessment and in meeting the service users needs including developing and maintaining close working relationships with all relevant services, and agencies within the voluntary sector.

1.7. To regularly evaluate the effectiveness of group and individual occupational therapy interventions by undertaking specific audits and using outcome measures such as standardised / other relevant assessments and service user satisfaction questionnaires.

1.8. To continue treatment interventions where necessary to assist in the transition of skills from an inpatient setting to living independently within the community.

1.9. To work effectively within the multi-agency team ensuring that both written and verbal communication is clearly maintained to ensure a seamless service.

1.10. To be responsible for the maintenance of appropriate clinical records concerned with service user treatment, in accordance with risk management documentation guidelines.

1.11. To arrange/attend appropriate clinical team meetings, referral meetings, case conferences, care programme approach meetings and any other as required by clinical need and as direct by the Line/Service Manager.

1.12. To provide accurate and timely reports, statistical data through the electronic recording system and other information as required.

1.13. To participate in monthly clinical and managerial supervision and to provide clinical supervision to other occupational therapy staff/ support staff.

1.14 To work as an autonomous practitioner.

2. Management

2.1. To assist the team leader with the operational management of the service on a day-to-day basis

2.2. To ensure that all significant events, relevant clinical issues and difficulties which may arise are communicated with the relevant Line Manager/Service Manager

2.3. To direct and delegate work to other team members such as therapy assistants and care support workers giving due consideration to their skills and abilities to carry these duties out effectively

2.4. To carry out appraisal and development reviews with occupational therapy staff and to contribute to the reviews of other staff as appropriate

2.5. To assist the team leader in effectively managing staff leave and sickness/absence to ensure adequate cover for the service on a day-to-day basis

2.6. To participate in the recruitment and retention of staff including implementing induction programmes

3. Policy and Service Development

3.1. To contribute to the development and implementation of the annual service improvement plan and annual audit programme

3.2. To participate in and contribute to service modernisation, including operational planning, implementation of policy, service development and leading on delegated projects

3.3. To work in collaboration with the occupational therapy professional lead in the development of professional practice and the implementation of policy

4. Teaching and Education

4.1. To contribute to staff / student training and development within the field of occupational therapy and to contribute to the training of the multi-professional team

4.2. To promote awareness and understanding of the role of occupational therapy within the multi-disciplinary team and other agencies

5. Governance

5.1. To provide a quality/effective service through the active participation and implementation of clinical governance which includes clinical supervision, (including reflection, critical appraisal and peer support) continuing professional development, participation in regular audit activity

5.2. To initiate practice development, evaluation, audit and research activities relevant to occupational therapy encouraging and developing evidence based practice disseminating findings/recommending changes where applicable

5.3. To use networks locally, regionally and nationally to share information, research and good practice

6. Professional

6.1. To be directly involved in clinical training placements for occupational therapy students as required within the area of work and qualifications allow.

6.2. To develop and maintain links with Higher Education Institutes which provide occupational therapy training e.g., York, Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield

6.3. To contribute to the wider debate of occupational therapy issues in response to the national and regional consultations by the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) or British Association of Occupational Therapy (BAOT).

6.4. To be responsible for ensuring protected time for keeping knowledge and skills up-to-date by undertaking continuous professional development as required to meet the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) regulations

6.5. To apply specialist skills and knowledge in order to establish professional competence and fitness to practice as a senior occupational therapist adhering to the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (COT) and the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (HCPC).

6.6. To understand and demonstrate a working knowledge of national guidelines and legislation relating to health and social care which directly impacts on occupational therapy practice

7. Leadership

7.1. To act as a source of clinical expertise to other team members demonstrating clinical reasoning, critical thinking, reflection and analysis

7.2. To actively participate in the evaluation and future development of the occupational therapy service using appropriate audit tools, care pathways and appraisal of current evidence based practice

For full details of the role please see the supporting documents attached.

Person Specification



  • Specialist knowledge and application of Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions relevant to mental health.
  • Extensive clinical practice skills including individual and group work.
  • Understanding of occupational therapy outcome measures.
  • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities.
  • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues.
  • Supervisory / appraisal skills.
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance.
  • Ability to organise and respond efficiently to complex information.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Ability to build effective working relationships.
  • Detailed knowledge of mental health/learning disabilities legislation and current practice including policy drivers.
  • Detailed knowledge of clinical governance and its application.



  • Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy.
  • Health Care Professions Council registration.


  • Leadership / first line management certificate.



  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).



  • Post registration experience in mental health/learning disabilities setting.
  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Supervision of staff and / or students.


  • Leadership / first line management experience.
  • Experience of a range of mental health/learning disabilities settings.



  • Values contribution of others.
  • Ability to motivate self and others.
  • Organisational skills.
  • Effective communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Willingness to work flexibly.
  • A current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability).



  • Practice Education/Practice Assessor Preparation Certificate (or to achieve within 12 months).
  • To be willing to undertake post graduate training to further skills, knowledge and expertise.


  • Post graduate training relevant to mental health such as, psychosocial interventions, cognitive behavioural / counselling skills / standardised assessment.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Summer Lane Centre

Summer Lane, Wombwell


S73 8QH

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