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Occupational Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
14 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for something a bit different, a new challenge, a varied role?

Wathwood is an award-winning medium secure mental health hospital and prides itself on providing the highest quality of care to our patients.

We are seeking to recruit an occupational therapist to join our occupational therapy and education team and work with our fantastic multi-disciplinary teams within the hospital to provide assessment, risk management, care and treatment to aid recovery and further the patient journey.

Wathwood Hospital is a purpose-built, 78 bed adult, male, medium secure hospital. Located in its own grounds and surrounded by open countryside and woods, it caters for those aged between 18 and 65 who require assessment and treatment of mental health difficulties in a secure environment. The hospital has excellent facilities for patients and provides a wide range of leisure, sport, craft, vocational and educational opportunities.

This is a full-time position, but part-time applicants are welcome to apply.

Our DBS check is free, you have no fees to pay!

Other benefits include on-site Union representation, substantial NHS pension scheme, free parking and use of the multi-gym, sports hall and swimming pool.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic, compassionate, and highly motivated individual to work in a challenging but rewarding role, to make a difference to the lives of our patients.

Working with the support of a senior therapist, you will be expected to manage a clinical caseload as well as provide group and individual interventions. You will also have opportunity to develop and build skills in group therapy, working alongside psychological therapy and nursing colleagues.

The post is open to newly qualified therapists and experienced therapists wishing to broaden their skills in a new setting. We are a large, friendly and supportive team of registered OTs, assistants, technical instructors and education staff.

Regular clinical supervision, professional support and preceptorship are offered along with opportunities for professional development. There is a clinical lead occupational therapist and an occupational therapy professional manager within the team supporting the delivery of a quality, evidence-based service, continuing professional development and staff wellbeing.

Informal visits and enquires are encouraged. Please contact Emma Parr, Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist 01709 870822 or 01709 870831.

Interviews to be held on 31 July 2024.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

To plan and provide occupational therapy to a defined caseload with the support and supervision of senior occupational therapists.

You must have a degree/diploma in occupational therapy and registration with the HCPC.

You must be able to work flexibly to accommodate the needs of the service.

This post is eligible for a Golden Hello payment of �2,750 for new starters who are external to the Trust. This is payable in 3 instalments over a 2 year period. This payment is only eligible to new starters who do not already hold a contract of employment with the Trust. This post also includes paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during night, weekends and bank holidays.

Person Specification



  • Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Current Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registration


  • Relevant post-graduate qualifications



  • Training in standardised OT assessments and outcome measures


  • OT Practice Field work educator
  • Other relevant training



  • Experience in occupational therapy assessment, treatment planning, delivery and evaluation in a mental health setting with minimal supervision
  • Experience of planning and running a variety of individual and group interventions
  • Experience of effective team working
  • Experience of liaison with other agencies, services and professional colleagues
  • Experience of maintaining written records, databases and producing reports


  • Experience of working in a secure setting, e.g. prison, young offender institute or forensic service
  • Experience of supervising other staff members or OT students
  • Experience in undertaking clinical audit



  • Knowledge of patient-focused approaches and user/care involvement
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act, other relevant legislation and current mental health issues
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practice
  • Able to demonstrate a knowledge of risk and risk assessment
  • Knowledge of assessment, treatment and evaluation approaches used in mental health


  • Awareness of the current issues relating to forensic services
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and audit
  • Knowledge of Wathwood Hospital and its purpose



  • Motivational skills
  • Ability to work independently and prioritise own workload
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and liaison skills
  • Record keeping and report writing skills
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Ability to function effectively within a multi-professional team and develop cohesive working relationships
  • Person centred and non- judgmental approach to working with a challenging patient group

Values and Behaviours


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate at interview that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion as identified within the Trust's Equality and Diversity Policy and associated Equality, Diversity and Human Rights legislation

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Wathwood Hospital

Gipsy Green Lane, Wath upon Dearne


S63 7TQ

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