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Occupational Therapist Advanced Practitioner

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum pro rata
Closing date
15 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
A stimulating and inspiring opportunity to lead an Occupational Therapy team to deliver quality and recovery focused care on adult mental health inpatient wards. As part of CPFT's 3-3-3 time limited inpatient person-centred approach means you will be a critical member of the multi-disciplinary team which work with service users, carers and families to help them gain control of their lives and make positive changes to improve quality of life.

The successful candidate will join an experienced and dedicated team of practitioners to promote and implement the role of occupational therapy within the service. The lead role is essential to ensure the provision of occupational therapy assessments and interventions are underpinned by the Model of Human Occupation (MoHO) and the principles of recovery to enhance the service experience, health and well-being.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have proven clinical skills in working with service users with complex needs. They will be responsible for day-to-day delivery and management of the adult Inpatient OT service based at Fulbourn Hospital. The role requires excellent planning and organisational skills including the ability to prioritise effectively.

The post holder will lead on maintaining effectiveness ensuring that high quality practice is delivered that produces meaningful and demonstrable outcomes, based on best evidence and identifying opportunities for development.

The role will have the opportunity to attend an OT mental health strategy forum and OT Leads meeting and receive professional supervision from a directorate AHP Lead.

About us

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health and social care organisation dedicated to providing high-quality care with compassion to improve the health and wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting andempowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services, not only via inpatient and primary care settings, but also within the community. These services include children's, adult and older people's mental health, forensic and specialist mental health, learning disabilities, primary care and liaison psychiatry, substance misuse, social care, research and development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high-calibre candidates who share our vision and values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including people with long term conditions and members of our ethnic minority and LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To provide operational management & professional leadership for the in-reach occupational therapy service, including responsibility for the clinical and professional governance of the service.
  • To take a lead role in the set up and delivery of ward based occupational therapy roles and to contribute to on-going review & evaluation.
  • To take a lead role in articulating the refreshed vision for occupational therapy and standards for the in-reach and ward-based services and to review as required.
  • To support the provision of services which promote recovery, resilience & self-management within in-patient areas, in collaboration with nurse leaders.
  • To apply a recognised model of practice (e.g. MoHO) as appropriate to the service area.
  • To lead the in-reach and ward based occupational therapists to develop and implement sensory approaches on the Inpatient wards with support from the directorate Sensory Integration Occupational Therapy Lead.
  • To use evidence-based practice, to ensure clinical care is effective, efficient and appropriate.
  • To use applicable outcome measure s & performance data, using these to demonstrate positive impact & quality within both ward based and in-reach occupational therapy services.
  • To promote independence & occupational engageme
  • Organise and manage own time, prioritising during periods of change and crisis and delegating work appropriately.

  • Person Specification

    Education & Qualifications


    • Degree or equivalent, e.g. BSc, MSc or Diploma entry level qualification into the O.T. profession.
    • Current HCPC registration
    • Professional knowledge and training to master's level or equivalent.
    • Documented evidence of own continuing professional development and application.


    • Member of RCOT specialist section
    • Management/Leadership Qualification
    • Project Management
    • Practice Educator



    • Post-qualifying clinical experience in mental health occupational therapy
    • Specialist knowledge of occupation and the ability to apply to the role
    • Knowledge of common mental health conditions
    • Evidence of effective leadership
    • Experience in delivering supervision, including to other disciplines
    • Experience in implementing new projects and an understanding of change principles


    • Budget management
    • Leadership across service lines
    • Lived experience of mental health

    Skills & Abilities


    • Ability to assess and treat complex mental health needs using occupational therapy
    • Advanced assessment skills including risk assessment
    • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
    • Ability to work flexibly as part of a team.
    • Advanced communication skills
    • Ability to develop working relationships within a context of change
    • Good report writing
    • Able to assess plan and implement care
    • Standard keyboard skills and ability to communicate through IT using packages such as Word,
    • Time Management and prioritisation Skills.

    Knowledge & Understanding


    • Understands current evidence base for occupational therapy in mental health and can make decisions based on best evidence principles
    • Knowledge of occupational therapy models of practice
    • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act and its application within in-patient areas
    • Knowledge of HCPC standards
    • Understands the differences and interface between management and leadership roles
    • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others
    • Recognises the limits of own authority within the role
    • Seeks and uses professional support appropriately
    • Understands the principle of confidentiality
    • Demonstrates professional curiosity
    • Responsible for maintaining registration with HCPC and/or other professional bodies
    • Knowledge of relevant outcome measures

    Physical Requirements


    • The ability to: Kneel, bend & stoop, and work in cramped environments Move and manoeuvre people and equipment



    • Ability to work within an emerging practice area with elements of uncertainty and take the lead on defining project parameters & scope Shows respect for others' feelings, views and circumstances
    • Has a range of mechanisms for dealing with stress, can recognise when to use them and does so
    • Positive approach to in-patient service provision
    • Recognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
    • Willingness to embrace integrated MDT model and new ways of working.
    • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


    Fulbourn Hospital

    Cambridge Road


    CB21 5EF

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