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Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Full Time
Department/ Base: Offender Personality Disorder Service

Band 7 Support, Occupational Therapist

Full time, 12 month secondment/fixed term contract

This post offers an exciting opportunity research, create, develop, and deliver a new occupational therapy service within the Lancashire Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) Pathway as part of the Intensive Intervention and Risk Management Service (IIRMS). The service is jointly commissioned by NHS England and His Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), and is delivered via a joint service model that includes health and HMPPS partners in Lancashire. The service will be complemented by further partnership work with third sector organisations in the locality.

Main duties of the job

The IIRMS service in Lancashire is a community-based intervention and risk management service that will complement, enhance and work within the existing OPD provision in the area. IIRMS will operate as part of a tiered approach to supporting HMPPS in their management of people who present with high risk needs and screen on to the OPD pathway. Those suitable for the service will present with primary needs associated with relational/interpersonal difficulties. They will have genuine resettlement/transition needs, they may be institutionalised and/or may have been absent from their communities/networks for a significant period of time. Alongside screening on to the OPD pathway, they may have co-morbid or historical mental health difficulties, substance misuse and/or associated vulnerabilities. The primary focus of IIRMS is to support people on probation with transition and integration back into local communities.

The IIRMS is currently in development therefore we are seeking an OT experienced in mental health at band 6 or 7 with strong interpersonal skills, an ability to manage own workload and, a person centred, innovative approach to delivering care. A strong clinical knowledge of the theory and delivery of OT measuring outcomes and working in a range of environments is also essential.

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

Please note: This post is subject to an enhanced DBS Clearance

Person Specification



  • Diploma/BSC (Hons) in Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • State registered with Health Professionals Council.
  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development (CPD)



  • Expert knowledge of how personality disorder difficulties impact on occupational performance, and how occupational therapy theory informs practice within forensic services.
  • Expertise in current best practice in IIRMS/personality disorder services, and awareness of relevant government directives and legislation
  • Specialist knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions using expert level clinical reasoning.



  • Three years post registration experience in a relevant setting (with evidence of forensic and/or community mental health experience at band 5/6 level)
  • Familiarity with audit processes
  • Use of evidence-based practice

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


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