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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,192 max £2,011)
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Do you want to develop your OT career working in community mental health?

Would you like to know that you have made a difference to people who have a number of challenges to their health and wellbeing?

This is a great opportunity for a band 6 or experienced band 5 Occupational Therapist, to develop their career working in an adult community mental health team.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will:
  • manage a clinical OT caseload, carrying out comprehensive assessments & delivering evidence based interventions using the Model of Human Occupation. Assessments & Interventions take place at the unit, in service users homes, or in the community.
  • have an opportunity to develop both individual & group interventions to help the service user achieve their personal & recovery goals.
  • learn the process of, and develop skills in Community Mental Health Team initial assessments and duty, with a view of undertaking them independently.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout.

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To manage a caseload of clients with complex OT needs, using evidence based/client-centered principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions in clinic and community settings and on home visits.
  • To provide leadership for junior staff, through supervision and appraisal
  • To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of OT services, holding responsibility for defined projects where appropriate
  • To regularly supervise OT students on practice placement, following attendance at an approved Fieldwork Educators course

For a more detailed description, please see attached JD and PS.

Person Specification



  • BSc/MSc/PG Dip Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration (or applied for)
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office and associated packages.
  • Completion of preceptorship and/or evidence of having met the full KSF Gateway for Band 5 OT's
  • Evidence of relevant post grad training.


  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training
  • Practice Placement qualification/APPLE accreditation
  • AMPS/ESI/SI training
  • Broad base of clinical experience
  • Membership of RCOT, including specialist section
  • First line management training
  • Solution Focussed Brief Therapy training.

Experience and Knowledge


  • Post registration experience in relevant clinical setting
  • Applied experience of providing both individual and group work interventions.
  • Specialist knowledge and experience of using the Model of Human Occupation assessment tools, or others appropriate to area
  • Experience of other specialist Occupational Therapy assessment tools, e.g., AMPS, Pool Activity Levels
  • Experience in providing advice, support and clinical supervision to junior staff and/or students
  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Applied knowledge of Recovery principles and how these relate to OT.


  • Previous experience of having worked at Band 6 level.
  • Experience in research or audit
  • Experience of working with people with mental health problems and/or learning disability in a variety of health and social care settings.

Communication Skills


  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal and the ability to persuade and negotiate with peers and senior colleagues
  • Proven track record of working within a multidisciplinary team and an understanding of team dynamics.
  • Knowledge and application of key policy, health legislation and guidelines which impact on OT and mental health/LD practice
  • Ability to provide and receive sensitive and difficult information regarding service users care and social situation.
  • Knowledge of and effective use of appropriate professional relationships and boundaries
  • High level of ability to grade and adapt practical skills.
  • Evidence of delivery of training and professional development sessions

Analytical Skills


  • Ability to apply broad knowledge of current best practice in OT and mental health.
  • A high level of problem solving/clinical judgement/observational skills and the ability to analyse professional and ethical issues.
  • Ability to respond and adjust appropriately to the changing needs of service users
  • Specialist knowledge and experience of using the Model of Human Occupation Assessment tools and or equivalent in area
  • Highly developed ability to evaluate group interventions and outcomes.
  • Highly developed case formulation skills to guide own OT intervention plan and those of others
  • Experience of audits/evaluations of interventions and direct involvement of implementation of any subsequent changes to practice

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


AMH Comm Services Cygnet House

old collage court, 29 Priory street


SG12 0DE

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