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Occupational Therapist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum
Closing date
28 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

We are seeking a dynamic occupational therapist to work in the Acute Adult Inpatient Unit at the Scarisbrick Unit within our team delivering care to service users who are experiencing mental health problems. The successful candidate will be working alongside senior occupational therapists and therapy assistants as part of providing an occupational perspective to a well-established multi-disciplinary team.

Within the remit of the Recovery Model you will provide occupational therapy assessment and intervention to service users with a range of complex mental health needs. Together you will devise individualised care plans which place recovery through occupation at the heart of the interventions provided. You will have an exciting opportunity to be part of developing a comprehensive group therapy programme as well as chance to cultivate professional skills through involvement in clinical and first line managerial processes.

The successful candidate will receive regular professional supervision from the Senior Occupational Therapist and line management will be via the Team Manager. Learning and development needs will be identified through the Personal Development Process and there will be a wide range of other learning opportunities available through local and Trust wide training and best practice forums.

Main duties of the job

Ormskirk, Scarisbrick In-Patient hospital is designed to meet the holistic needs of service users / patients and carers, in a working environment conducive to staff development and wellbeing. The post holder supports the delivery of Scarisbrick Inpatient Hospital Model through the provision of routine occupational therapy interventions in order to maintain, restore or create a match beneficial to the individual between the abilities of the person, the demands of his/her occupations in the areas of self care, productivity and leisure and the demands of the environment (adapted from Creek 2003). The post holder works alongside more senior experienced therapist(s) to consolidate and develop their skills, through regular contact and supervision from the senior therapist(s). There may be some contribution to the occupational therapy plans for people with complex needs but the post holder is not the responsible therapist in assessing and providing occupational therapy plans for people with very complex occupational needs.

After a period of preceptorship, and following approved training, the band 5 occupational therapist provides fieldwork placements for occupational therapy undergraduates. As confidence and experience grows, the therapist becomes increasingly responsible for the supervision of support staff, and for the delegation of occupational therapy tasks.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Bsc/Msc in occupational therapy (OT)
  • Ongoing registration with Health Professionals Council



  • Some knowledge of current best practice in OT
  • Understanding of professional ethics and their application in practice
  • Basic knowledge of health legislation and current practice, including CPA and risk assessment and management
  • Basic knowledge of the principles of clinical governance Health, safety and risk awareness



  • Broad range of under graduate practice placement experience
  • Positive learning from experience gained in mental health setting pre or post qualification

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


Occupational Therapy Ormskirk


L39 2AZ

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