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Occupational Therapist

Livewell Southwest
£28,407 to £34,581 a year p.a, pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
37.5 hours per week.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist, either newly qualified or experienced, to come and join our team at Tavistock.

We are based at Abbeyrise in the centre of the historic and beautiful town of Tavistock and our offices are alongside the river, providing a relaxing and scenic environment for those lunch time breaks. We are a close and friendly team who are all passionate about providing an excellent service to the people in our area and pride ourselves on this.

Abbeyrise is also home to our Devon Adult Social Care colleagues, Healthy Ageing team and District Nursing Managers and this has created a collaborative environment where you will work closely with Professionals from all of the teams. It is a very supportive and friendly environment to work in.

This post is for a full time Occupational Therapist, to work within our Therapy team both in the Community and at Tavistock Hospital, alongside Physiotherapists and Therapy support workers.

The majority of hours would be expected to be office based due to the varied and complex nature of the work we do however, we do offer flexible / hybrid working as well. Please contact the Manager for a discussion prior to applying if you require further information around working arrangements.

Main duties of the job

To work as a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Community Therapy Team treating patients within their own homes and other relevant community settings.

To work as a community based practitioner under the guidance of more senior practitioners.

To manage a defined caseload using evidence based / client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions and contributes to the service provision.

To regularly supervise OT students on practice placement.

To provide leadership for support staff as delegated by supervisor.

To demonstrate a high level of understanding of the illness and conditions which may impact on the function and quality of life of those patients referred to the Community Rehabilitation Team.

To participate in the planning development and evaluation of OT services.

This role may not be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route, please refer to the Direct Gov website for more information with regards to eligibility.

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities


1.1 To work as a member of the multidisciplinary team, maintaining good clinical liaison with health and non-statutory care providers, attending all relevant meetings.

1.2 To provide the full range of Occupational Therapy assessments, treatment interventions and evaluation in accordance with identified needs within an Occupational Therapy framework.

1.3 To act as Named Occupational Therapist for designated patients within Lee Mill and those that are outreached.

1.4 To carry out a range of individual and group based interventions using a range of treatment techniques as necessary under the supervision of the Lead OT and within the most appropriate setting.

1.5 To plan and execute occupationally therapeutic interventions over seven days as per low secure standards.

1.6 To record interventions, providing verbal and written reports under the supervision of the Lead OT in accordance with College of Occupational Therapy standards and agreed Care Programme Approach procedures.

1.7 To gain an understanding of Mental Health Act 1983 and other national/local policies and procedures.

1.8 To assist with the assessment of risk within the work environment and of individual patients.

1.9 To participate in local and professional Clinical Governance initiatives such as audit and use of evidence based practice.

1.10 To provide direction to technical Instructors, as necessary and as delegated by the Lead OT, in the implementation of the OT programme.

1.11 To develop and maintain effective communication systems and networks appropriate to the needs of the patients and the service in general.

1.12 To arrange for patients to access other mental health services and community resources as appropriate to the needs of the patients.


2.1 To ensure that contemporaneous, written and electronic records are maintained in accordance with Professional and PCHC standards including clinical notes, CPA and other relevant paperwork.

2.2 To be aware and handle unit petty cash and patients money in accordance with unit policies.

2.3 To take responsibility for other unit administration tasks as directed by unit manager.
3.1 To be individually accountable for maintaining standards of own practice in accordance with the Occupational Therapy and HCPC Codes of Professional Conduct and PCHC policies and procedures.

3.2 To actively participate in Clinical / Professional / Line Management Supervision and regular Appraisals.

3.3 To attend relevant profession meetings as necessary e.g. Band 5 support group, and Occupational Therapy Forum

3.4 To participate in clinical governance activities within clinical area e.g. clinical audit and use of evidence based practice.

3.5 To contribute to the development of the Occupational Therapy Service within Lee Mill, under the supervision of the Lead OT.


4.1 To participate in multi and uni professional teaching programmes for staff.

4.2 To ensure continuing professional development continues in keeping with job and personal requirements.

4.3 To attend all mandatory training as required.

4.4 To contribute to the supervision of Occupational Therapy students.

4.5 To keep up to date with developments in Occupational Therapy and Recovery generally.


The responsibility for engaging in CPD activity and for producing and maintaining a professional portfolio ultimately lies with the individual. The Line manager / Professional Lead have responsibility to ensure that Occupational Therapist have the opportunity to undertake CPD activities and document them effectively.

Plymouth Community Healthcare will support the Occupational Therapy profession with their continuing development activity through the professional supervision and appraisal process.

The individual professional should endeavour to take advantage of training and other CPD opportunities that the PCHC offers. Training and CPD needs should be clearly identified by the individual when developing the Personal Development Plan in the appraisal process.

Person Specification

Additional requirements


  • An Enhanced DBS Check will be required for this role.
  • HCPC Registration
  • Documented evidence of Continuing Professional Development with commitment to lifelong learning


  • BAOT Membership



  • Bsc Hons Degree in Occupational Therapy or College of Occupational Therapy Diploma, MSc Hons Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • IT Skills
  • Driving licence

Knowledge and Skills


  • Broad knowledge of current best practice in OT neurological orthopaedic and physical medicine
  • Application of OT process
  • Experience of planning co ordination and evaluating treatment plans
  • Ability to manage own workload and prioritise
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Application of health and safety and risk management policies
  • Knowledge of a range of standardised and non standardised assessment
  • Knowledge of varied intervention media
  • Clinical conditions relevant to OT area of practice
  • Computer literate
  • Specialised skills in clinical assessment intervention and evaluation.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills.


  • Supervisory skills
  • Knowledge of NSFs Professional and Government agenda
  • Knowledge of Outcome Measures
  • Standard wheelchair provision



  • Working as member of MDT with the ability to work flexibly
  • Rehabilitation treatment planning
  • Working with groups
  • Documented evidence of CPD
  • Multi pathology assessment
  • Home assessment and discharge planning


  • multi-disciplinary documentation
  • experience of risk assessing patients in the community setting
  • student supervision
  • assessment and provision of standard wheelchairs postural seating and pressure care
  • orthotics / splinting
  • training and facilitation skills
  • supervision skills

Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest


Devon County Council

Whitchurch Road



PL19 9AS

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