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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for Specialist Occupational Therapists to join the Devon-wide Specialist Health Community Learning Disability Service working with adults, in a number of locations
  • Permanent full time substantive position in our East MDT - based in Honiton - with a requirement to work across the cluster into our Exeter MDT.
  • Permanent full time substantive position in our Mid MDT - based from Crediton & Okehampton Hospitals - with a requirement to work across the cluster into our North MDT.
  • Permanent half time substantive position in our Mid MDT - based from Crediton & Okehampton Hospitals - with a requirement to work across the cluster into our North MDT.
  • Permanent half time substantive position based in the South East MDT - based from Newton Abbot - with a requirement to work across the cluster into our South West MDT.

These exciting new posts have become available following service restructuring, supporting career progression.

We welcome applicants looking to develop their skills in this field or therapists who are considering a change and who will bring transferable skills from different areas of clinical practice.

Due to the large geographical area suitable access to transport is required.

If you would like to discuss the positions further please contact
  • Patrick Woodman on 07973 738 319
  • Helen Buswell 07811 176399

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an imaginative, creative and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist to work with people with learning disabilities who are experiencing additional distress and have complex needs. The post holder will focus on assessing and providing specialist Occupational Therapy interventions and/or consultation to support people to be an active member of their home and local community, promoting engagement in meaningful occupations and development of capable environments to maximise health and well-being.

The post holder will have experience of managing a specialist caseload of adults with severe and complex learning disabilities who have additional health needs in a variety of community settings, utilising evidence based care pathways and risk assessment as part of the MDT care plan.

The post holder will have an interest in sensory processing assessment and treatment and experience in utilising specialist evidence based assessment and outcome measurement. Where required we will support clinicians to undertake necessary training to develop these skills.

The post holder will provide management and clinical supervision to junior Occupational Therapy staff based within the team including students and apprentices. Therapists are encouraged to be innovative and motivated in contributing to the leadership and development of the Learning Disability Occupational Therapy service.

Due to the large geographical area of work suitable access to transport will be required.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the full Job Description and Person specification attached to this advert which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Skills


  • Demonstrate understanding of occupational performance and the role of the OT within a multidisciplinary team
  • Understanding of government law and policy with regard to services for people with learning disabilities including guidance regarding people with complex distressed behaviour (Mental Health Act DOLS Safeguarding etc.)
  • Highly developed risk assessment knowledge / skills



  • Experience of working with people with communication difficulties
  • Experience in managing a diverse workload including those exhibiting distress and with complex disabilities
  • Previous experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team including those within the wider support network of service users



  • Ability to travel throughout the geographical area covered by the Trust to meet the demands of the role



  • Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Valid state registration with the Health and Care Professions Council

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Orchard Way,



Ex14 1HU

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