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Occupational Therapist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We have exciting opportunities for Newly Qualified and established Band 5 Occupational Therapists seeking to develop knowledge, skills and experience within a medium secure environment, working in a specialist role within forensic mental health and/or learning disability practice.

This is across our secure pathway, based at Maghull Health Park. You will work collaboratively with service users, carers, MDT and wider agencies to promote and advocate an occupational perspective in relation to a person's care, utilising evidence-based assessment and treatment models (MOHO and VdT MoCA) underpinned by the implementation of the Occupational Therapy process.

Access to the newly established AHP preceptorship programme, as well as further training/qualifications, Band 5 Peer Support Scheme, clinical supervision and CPD opportunities are available to help develop your career aspirations and the quality of the service.

We also welcomeapplicants with an interest in Researchand Innovation asthere may be the opportunity to progress further in this field. Mersey Care and the University of Liverpool have teamed up to create the first ever Mental Health Research for Innovation Centre (M-RIC), where service users co-design the innovations they need and want, alongside health professionals, researchers, industry partners, and public advisers,making Liverpool a world leader in learning better mental healthcare systematically from research embedded in care.

Main duties of the job

To function as an Occupational Therapist to a defined group of service users under the supervision of senior staff working always to the Occupational Therapy Code of Conduct.

To consolidate his/her knowledge and skills.

To undertake a full range of treatment techniques as a member of a multidisciplinary team in different settings.

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 undertake the assessment and treatment of service users with a known criminal or violent propensity guided by an occupational therapy frame of reference.

To manage a case load as required by the needs of the service.

To use treatment interventions which are up to date and use evidence based practice where possible.

To anticipate in clinical and professional meetings as required e.g. MDT meetings, Basic Grade training and staff meetings.

Undertake additional duties as requested by the Senior Occupational Therapist or Manager.


To work as a member of the MDT and communicate effectively all relevant information either verbally, written or electronically.

Liaise with outside agencies and refer on as appropriate.


To Produce and maintain high quality, accurate and timely reports of assessments, treatment and evaluations.


To comply with the COT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and national and local policies and procedures.

To adhere to the Trust Policy on Confidentiality.

Participating in maintaining standards in Occupational Therapy and in Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Ensure that work is conducted in line with the Trusts Equality and Diversity Policy, reporting on incidents and complaints as required.

Always behave in a manner that upholds the professional stature of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.


Assist in the education of Occupational Therapy students and other students on placement in the trust under the supervision of a practice placement educator.


To contribute to team learning.


Take responsibility for own development through the Trusts PACE, keeping up to date with developments in Occupational Therapy and Mental Health and taking part in mandatory training as required.


To adhere to professional standards both MCT & COT.


To undertake research and/or audit projects relevant to OT and/or service area, disseminating findings at local level.

To broaden research and development skills through participation in local audit and research projects.


To contribute to the safety and security needs of service users, their carers, Trust colleagues and any visitors to Trust premises, being mindful of appropriate standards and relevant policies and procedures e.g. infection control, risk assessment and management.

To have knowledge and practical skills relevant to the NHS safety and security directives as detailed in the Ashworth Hospital Security Procedures Manual.

Person Specification



  • Registered Occupational Therapist with the Health Professions Council



  • Varied fieldwork experience including Mental Health.
  • Experience of working as a team member.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good listening skills.
  • Sound knowledge of the core skills of Occupational Therapy.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Knowledge of Effective Care Coordination.
  • Knowledge of Assessment, treatment and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of Service Governance.
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety and Risk Management.
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act.
  • Awareness of own strengths and weaknesses and how to access CPD opportunities.
  • Awareness of the role of the service user and carer in the development of services.
  • Ability to manage time effectively.


  • Appreciate the process of standard setting and audit
  • An understanding of the value of community agencies/services and their uses in treatment.
  • Demonstrate the concept of the model of mentorship and supervision.



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Supportive
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented



  • Professional Attitude.
  • Flexibility.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Have a caring, empathic approach.
  • Ability to undertake and maintain mandatory training e.g. C& R level 2

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Rowan View medium Secure Hospital

Maghull Health Park


L13 4AW

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