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Mental Health Inpatient Occupational Therapist Band 5 or Band 6

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year p.a. pro rata for part time
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for a Occupational Therapist to work within the West Dorset Acute Occupational Therapy Team. You will receive regular supervision, participate in a peer support network, have the opportunity for flexible working, receive ongoing learning and development and regular CPD opportunities.

The role involves providing assessment and intervention for people with a mental illness supporting men and women in an acute phase of illness and assisting them in their recovery. You will work closely with the multidisciplinary team and be an integral part of the delivery of patient care and service development.

You will be required to undertake a Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression course. It is a condition of your employment that you successfully complete all aspects of this course if this is not achieved you will not be able to commence working in the post.

The position offers an opportunity for a newly qualified Occupational Therapist or a current Band 5 Occupational Therapist ready for the next challenge or an emerging Band 6 Occupational Therapist possibly looking for a change. For the right candidate we could consider a developmental role from Band 5 to Band 6. The selection of the suitable candidate would depend on their knowledge and experience and on outcome of interview

Main duties of the job

The main duties of this job are Occupational Therapy assessment, intervention and evaluation of people when they are in an acute stage of mental illness. Other duties include working within an MDT, liaising with external services, communicating with family members, Further responsibilities include involvement in quality improvement, attending professional meeting, guiding support workers and keeping training and CPD up to date for self and others.

Part-time hours will be considered up to 32 hours a week

You will be required to undertake aPrevention and Management of Violence and Aggressioncourse and it is a condition of your employment that you successfully complete all aspects of this course if this is not achieved you will not be able to commence working in the post.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Applications from candidates that require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are unfortunately ineligible to apply for this position.

Person Specification



  • Degree/ Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration with Health Professions Council
  • PMVA and Breakaway Training


  • Membership of Professional Body
  • Membership of Specialist Section of RCOT



  • Experience with functional assessments and activity analysis
  • Experience of group work
  • Documented evidence of Continuing Professional Development


  • Experience of supporting people with mental health problems



  • Knowledge of the Model of Human Occupation
  • Ability to apply the Occupational Therapy process
  • Health and Safety knowledge, awareness of risk


  • Knowledge of MHA (1983)



  • Ability to manage and prioritise own case load
  • Basic ICT skills
  • Effective written and oral communication skills

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Forston Clinic

Herrison Road



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