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Occupational Therapist

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum pro rata
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist to join our Stepped Care Therapy Team within Older Peoples' Mental Health Secondary Care Services in Huntingdon.

The successful candidate will work alongside a senior occupational therapist, as well as other members of the team including an occupational therapy assistant and psychologists.

The role would include using occupational therapy specific skills to assess and implement treatment plans for older adults with mental health needs. The role includes using evidence-based models of practice (e.g. Model of Human Occupation) and would provide opportunities for the candidate to further develop occupational therapy knowledge and skills. The role would involve multidisciplinary working with mental and physical health staff.

The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic, sense of accountability, and have a passion for working with older people in the community. There will be CPD opportunities to be involved in wider occupational therapy developments as well as other CPD opportunities across the service.

Main duties of the job

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

The post sits within the Stepped Care Therapy team, which is made up of Psychologists and Occupational Therapy staff. Supervised by a senior OT with the same specialism you will coordinate with others in similar posts. Training is provided and there are fantastic opportunities to use occupational formulation and treatment planning. You will work closely with other members of the MDT, including psychiatrists, mental health nurses, support workers and social workers. Ability to drive is essential.

*DVLA have a number ofreciprocalarrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

About us

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

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison Psychiatry, Substance Misuse, Social Care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • In partnership with the individual, the Occupational Therapist maintains, restores or creates a match between the abilities of the person, the demands of his or her activities and occupations, and the demands of the environment in order to improve function and access to opportunities for participation in daily life.
  • The post holder will apply a level of understanding of rehabilitation provide the skilful use of specialist assessments, advice and interventions to support the service user to engage in occupational activity and increase function. This will include providing specialist support, knowledge and advice to neighbourhood team members who have identified a service user with dementia or other mental health conditions needs.
  • The post holder will contribute to the delivery of an Occupational Therapy service as part of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) providing specialist Occupational Therapy interventions underpinned by the Model of Human Occupation and the principles of recovery and enablement. Interventions will be delivered in a range of settings and include individual and group work.
  • The post holder will apply a level of understanding of the effects of cognitive impairment and disability on occupational performance and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service users social and physical environment.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Occupational Therapy bachelor level qualification.
  • HCPC registered OT



  • Clinical placement experience of working with people with a range of mental health problems or learning disabilities.
  • Clinical placement experience of working with a range of statutory and non-statutory services.


  • Experience of group and/ or family work.
  • Lived experience of mental health problems

Skills & Abilities


  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision.
  • Good communication skills and ability to summarise information and communicate with colleagues
  • Understanding of the needs of carers
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people in distress or with communication difficulties
  • Able to maintain own professional standards
  • Able to network and effectively liaise with a range of people and professionals
  • Basic IT skills and a willingness to learn


  • Knowledge of OT assessment, intervention and practice models relevant to the client group

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Understanding of statutory framework including: safeguarding, Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity act
  • Understanding of research in field
  • Knowledge of national Occupational Therapy and dementia care developments.

Physical Requirements


  • Ability to travel in community
  • Able to use a computer



  • Positive approach to older people
  • Recognise peoples right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Newtown Centre


PE29 3RJ

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