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Senior Occupational Therapist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
9 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust is the health provider for the delivery of an Integrated Mental Health Team (IMHT) at both HMP Liverpool and HMP Altcourse. The service is designed to support the holistic mental health needs of our client group in partnership with our Physical Health providers and HMPPS colleagues.

HMP Liverpool and HMP Altcourse are both Category B, male only, local prisons, in the Liverpool area.

The service provides individual and group-based interventions based on the needs of the population. The service is developing and will adopt the biopsychological model to inform practice and tailor interventions accordingly. These interventions will be individualised and trauma informed, alongside comprehensive risk assessment and management.

Core aims of the service are to improve mental and psychological wellbeing via a range of interventions, build the development of independent core skills, reduce risk, and advocate for mental health within the wider prison.

The post holder will be joining a dedicated team of clinical and from a range of backgrounds and experience. Team members have high levels of skill, passion and enthusiasm (and humour!) and are committed to ensuring the on-going successful development of the service and the opportunities it provides for our population.

Main duties of the job

We are now recruiting 2 Senior Occupational Therapist to join our teams. There is 1 position available within each prison. The post holder will have clinical responsibilities via the provision of OT assessment, individual and group based therapeutic interventions based on the needs of the individual.

This will cover the array of clinical work that would promote occupational, psychological, recreational and supportive activity to meet the holistic needs of the individual. The post holder will also contribute to regular MDT meetings and be involved in the assessment and management of risk.

The post holder should have some experience of working with individuals with complex clinical and risk presentations including within institutional settings and as part of a multi-disciplinary team. This should include work with clients whose needs may mean that they find it difficult to engage with services.

Experience of working in complex service and organisational settings is required alongside an ability to constructively manage the personal, professional and ethical opportunities and challenges such work can involve.

Within the IMHT's, we prioritise the development of our staff team and have proven that we value and nurture diverse clinical interests. We are committed to creating an empowered staff team. We strive to be reflective and support of each other which is vital given the challenges this work can entail.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To effectively manage a caseload of clients with complex needs as an autonomous practitioner, using evidence-based/client-centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.

Newly-appointed post-holders who are working towards the foundation gateway will have increased supervision with cases which are considered more complex.

To provide leadership for junior staff, when appropriate, through supervision and appraisal.

To participate in planning, development and evaluation of occupational therapy services within a designated area/team, holding responsibility for defined projects.

Maintain close links with other team members and liaise with external agencies.

To contribute to the maintenance and development of the Trusts occupational therapy service.

To regularly supervise Occupational Therapy (OT) students in practice placement.

Person Specification



  • Registered occupational therapist with the Health Professions Council
  • Diploma/degree in occupational therapy
  • Enhanced DBS disclosure.
  • Evidence of post-registration study


  • oMembership of professional body
  • oPractice placement education qualification
  • oEvidence of post-registration study in a field relevant to post eg PSI,CBT



  • oHave significant post-qualification experience as a B5 OT or equivalent
  • oExperience of working with the client group applicable to post applied for
  • oExperience in training other professionals and students
  • oExperience of managing case work and liaison with community agencies, both statutory and non- statutory


  • oExperience of research and audit

Knowledge and Skills


  • oUp to date knowledge and application of current best practice in OT and relevant specialty
  • oApplication of OT outcome measures and models of practice
  • oApplication of the process of standard setting, audit, evaluation and review
  • oA sound knowledge of the core skills of OT and their application in this field
  • oBe able to demonstrate a sound knowledge base and rate personal experience of use of: oCPA oAssessment, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation oQuality and clinical audit oHealth and safety oRisk management oMental Health Act oThe application of practical and theoretical knowledge in contemporary health cares, eg application of intervention strategies oA knowledge of national OT strategies, eg recovering ordinary lives oClinical governance
  • oDemonstrate knowledge of the concepts of mentorship, and supervision
  • oExperience in group and individual interventions
  • oExperience working in a collaborative way with the MDT and service users/carers
  • oGood time management skills
  • oEvidence of active participation in supervision and the appraisal process
  • oDemonstrate a good knowledge of the Health Profession Council's standards of proficiency and the OT's responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base


  • oProactive in the implementation of change



  • oContinuous Improvement
  • oAccountability
  • oRespectfulness
  • oEnthusiasm
  • oSupport
  • oHigh professional standards
  • oResponsive to service users
  • oEngaging leadership style
  • oStrong customer service belief
  • oTransparency and honesty
  • oDiscreet
  • oChange oriented

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Liverpool and HMP Altcourse

68 Hornby Road and Brrokfield Drive


L9 3DF

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