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Occupational Therapist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a rare & exciting opportunity for two newly qualified or experienced Occupational Therapists to join the Devon-wide Specialist Health Community Learning Disability Service working with adults in the following locations
  • Permanent position based in North Devon (from Bideford & /or North Devon District Hospitals) with a requirement to work across the cluster (into the Mid MDT - from Crediton and Okehampton Hospitals)
  • Fixed Term (12 months) position in South West Devon (based from Follaton House Totnes) with a requirement to work across the cluster (into the South East MDT - from Newton Abbot).

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

We are looking for an imaginative, creative & enthusiastic Occupational Therapist to work with people with learning disabilities who are experiencing additional distress & have complex needs. You will focus on assessing and providing specialist Occupational Therapy assessment, interventions & /or consultation to support people being an active member of their home & local community, promoting engagement in meaningful occupations.

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

For more information please contact
  • Patrick Woodman on 07973 738 319
  • Helen Buswell 01392 384769

Main duties of the job

Our core business as Occupational Therapists is specialist assessment and interventionpromoting engagement in meaningful occupationsto maximise health and wellbeing.

You will have, or be willing to develop, 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. While working as an autonomous practitioner, you will be supported by Specialist Occupational Therapists, other members of the MDT and participate in the Service's formal professional supervision and appraisal programme.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience and develop your skills and knowledge, in a supportive environment. You will have, or a desire to develop, knowledge and skills in relation to relevant occupational therapy models such as the Model of Human Occupation and/or the Model of Creative Ability. Depending upon experience there is the potential to further develop knowledge in the specialist area of sensory processing assessment and intervention. Where required we will support you to undertake necessary training to develop these skills and more as identified through appraisal processes.

You will provide management and clinical support to junior Occupational Therapy staff based within the team including Occupational Therapy students and apprentices.

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



  • Application of occupational therapy process
  • Use of standardised /functional assessment and activity analysis.
  • Knowledge and experience of working with people with communication difficulties
  • Knowledge and experience in managing a diverse workload including those exhibiting distress and with complex disabilities

Preferred Area


  • Please state your preferred area (North Devon or South West Devon) or whether you wish to be considered for both locations

Knowledge & Skills


  • Demonstrate understanding of occupational performance and the role of the Occupational Therapy within a multidisciplinary team. Knowledge 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).
  • Knowledge / skills in relation to risk assessment processes



  • 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


North Devon District Hospital

Raleigh Park



EX31 4JB

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