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Specialist Community Occupational Therapist

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£29,828 to £36,311 per annum (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about Occupational Therapy and looking for a role that offers flexible working and also pays HCAS? Would you like to work for one of the few trusts rated as Outstanding by the CQC?

We are currently recruiting for a qualified Occupational Therapist to join our team supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities in the Windsor and Maidenhead area (WAM).

We are a friendly joint Multi Professional Team of Health and Social Care Staff, who work across a range of settings from people's homes, residential and supported living services and day services. You will cover a wide variety of areas from skill development to equipment provision, both individual and group work and sensory assessments and support.

No two days are the same and we are looking for someone with passion for their work, creative and flexible in thought who is open to working holistically and jointly with our supportive Team. You will be passionate about advocating for and enabling people with learning disabilities to achieve, be healthy and have the same opportunities as anyone else. In response we will provide you with a supportive Team where you can reflect, learn and develop.

The core hours for this role are 9-5 Monday to Friday and we are open to suggestions of flexible working. You will be based at St Marks Hospital, Maidenhead primarily supporting the WAM CTPLD team, however there may be occasions when you will be required to provide Trust wide cover.

Main duties of the job

  • Under the support of the band 6 OT, to work autonomously, but as part of a Team to help plan the development of the Specialist Occupational Therapy Service in WAM CTPLD.
  • To work with all parties to assess, plan, implement and review Occupational Therapy treatment plans for people with Learning Disabilities.
  • With supervision from the Band 6 OT, to manage a caseload of service users with complex needs, using evidence based/person centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
  • To work alongside the client, the families, paid carers and professionals involved to create the best agreed and bespoke care for people with Learning disabilities.
  • Provide specialist clinical advice, training (as agreed) and information to colleagues, carers and other professionals, including students.
  • To identify relevant goals and carry out care plans / outcome measures on each new referral at the beginning, middle and discharge.
  • To maintain accurate client records and an up to date CPD.
  • To work in a multi-disciplinary way with an array of professionals.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme including electric vehicles
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities, the environment and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave
  • Free parking across Trust sites

If you share our values and would like to come and work for us, please submit your application as soon as possible as we'll occasionally close roles early that have a high number of applications.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The4 must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • Professional Qualification in Occupational Therapy (including Masters) and HCPC Registration
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Passion and creativity for working as an Occupational Therapist and working with other professionals
  • Car driver with ability and readiness to travel to multiple sites

  • For further information about the role, please see attached job description and person specification. We strongly encourage you to review how you meet the criteria in the person specification and write about this point-by-point in your supporting statement for the best chance of being shortlisted. For further application tips- see the help with your application document attached once you click apply.

    If you're someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, you belong at Berkshire Healthcare

    We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please don't hesitate to call: Tracy Patterson on 07733225652 or email: who'll be delighted to help.

    We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

    Person Specification



    • Professional Qualification or Degree in Occupational Therapy
    • State Registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council

    Continuous Professional Development


    • Training in Sensory Integration

    Previous Experience


    • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary environment


    • Work with families
    • Work with people who have a learning disability
    • Work with people who challenge
    • Work with people with mental health problems
    • Work with people with complex/profound disabilities
    • To have post qualification experience of working with people with learning disability, for at least one year.

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Highly developed interpersonal skills
    • Ability to work autonomously
    • Awareness of research methods
    • Ability to use a range of assessment tools and therapeutic interventions
    • Ability to assess and manage clinical risk


    • Knowledge of approaches to challenging behaviour and Intellectual and Profound LD
    • Understanding/knowledge of current philosophies of care e.g. Transforming Care, LeDer and other Government Policies
    • Ability to effectively manage self and others e.g. Time management caseload management
    • Ability to demonstrate reflective practice
    • Ability to relate theory/research to practice

    Additional Requirements


    • To hold a driving licence
    • To have access to a car daily
    • Basic computer skills
    • Ability to travel to multiple sites

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    St Marks Hospital

    112 St Marks Road


    SL6 6DU

    Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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