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Occupational Therapist

Pennine Care NHS FT
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Ramsbottom Ward is a 10 bedded unit for female older people with organic mental health problems such as dementia and cognitive impairment. We provide specialist assessments and treatment and aim to offer the best care we can provide to both patients and those that support them.

Patients may be admitted to the ward voluntarily or detained under the Mental Health Act. This may come through consultant psychiatrists, the older people's community mental health team, mental health liaison team or A& E.

We work to actively promote independence, whilst undertaking a comprehensive assessment of mental and physical health needs.

Our team includes mental health nurses, doctors, healthcare support workers, pharmacists, a physiotherapist and technical instructor. We also work with other health professionals, such as speech and language therapists, community psychiatric nurses and social workers.

We work with patients and carers to develop a discharge plan, ensuring that appropriate services are in place upon discharge. We aim to return patients to their own home and where this is not possible, to assist in a smooth and dignified transfer into permanent care.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to undertake all aspects of the role identified in the job description and meet the requirements of the person specification.

The core purpose of this role is to work across the older peoples' inpatient mental health service to embed the Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention pathway across the service within the framework of MOHO, in collaboration with the wider MDT staff.

The post holder will function as part of the MDT to deliver the Interventions required to support individuals through their recovery pathway and equip them with the skills and confidence to enable a safe discharge from the service and to support assessments and decision making within the MDT.

The post holder will be highly skilled and competent in conducting OT assessments developing outcome based needs led care plans, facilitating the implementation of the agreed plan of care and evaluating its effectiveness utilising evidence based outcome measures.

The post holder will provide a range of highly skilled interventions that will be delivered on both a group and individual basis and share those skills with other team members.

The OT will be responsible for developing treatment plans and intervention to be delivered by the team's Technical Instructor and therapy support workers.

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our#PennineCarePeopleand do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

Our ambition is to maximise people's potential and we aim to promote an inclusive environment and improve the diversity of our workforce so our people truly represent the communities we serve.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be responsible for the assessment treatment and evaluation of patients referred specifically for OT intervention from the inpatient service.

To be able to work across all functions within the inpatient service and support patients to achieve their individually agreed goals.

To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to, assess, plan and implement individualised programmes of care/interventions in accordance with CPA (where appropriate).

To assess OT need and plan therapeutic OT interventions using the Model of Human Occupation.

To lead on the development of group based interventions to aid recovery and promote social inclusion.

To facilitate the development of peer support networks as part of the discharge pathway from the service.

To deliver a range of therapeutic interventions in line with professional requirements and in accordance with the job specification.

To write reports using MOHO outcome measures and to ensure up-to-date and accurate records are maintained regarding all patient contact.

To use a comprehensive range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients, their carers and families and colleagues. This may include people who may have difficulties with understanding or communication.

To be responsible for managing a caseload of clients as required.

To manage patient discharge in a safe and timely manner, ensuring liaison with relevant professionals, to ensure that family and carers are, where appropriate, advised of the patients discharge arrangements, with timely completion of documentation.

To develop partnership working with all relevant agencies/services/individuals to support optimal care for patients.

To work in partnership, direct, support and supervise the teams Technical Instructor and therapy support workers.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • Diploma / degree in Occupational Therapy Registration with HCPC



  • Clinical experience of working with older people
  • Experience of MDT working


  • Experience of managing a caseload



  • An understanding of the needs of older people with functional and organic mental health problems.


  • Ability to carry out cognitive assessments

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to communicate with and develop supportive relationships with patients, carers and other professionals
  • Ability to deliver a range of evidence based interventions on both an individual and group basis


  • Ability to audit outcomes of assessments and OT service provided

Work Related Circumstances


  • Use of a car or access to a means of mobility to travel across the Trust footprint in line with service needs

Employer details

Employer name

Pennine Care NHS FT


Fairfield General Hospital

Rochdale Old Road



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