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Occupational Therapist

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
**We offer a relocation package of up to �8,000** see attachedTerms and conditions.

Are you a creative Occupational Therapist with an interest in mental health rehabilitation? Are you passionate about occupational outcomes and being part of meaningful change for a person?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Occupational Therapist to join the Therapy Team within High Dependency Rehabilitation at Bowmere Hospital, as part of the Specialist Mental Health care group. This is a full time permanent position Monday to Friday.

This is an exciting time to join our rehabilitation services as we expand our team currently working with 18 males, 7 of whom are in step down beds from forensic services. Our service provides opportunities for mental health service users with complex mental health and emotional needs, to develop skills in activities of daily living and relapse prevention, and transition towards longer term appropriate placements. Service users stay within the service for up to 12 months which allows opportunity to work on occupational goals and build therapeutic relationships.

We have an established Occupational Therapy service and clinical pathways, and work as part of an integrated multidisciplinary team. Allied Health Professions are a valued part of the team, which includes Occupational Therapy Technical Instructors, a dedicated Physiotherapy service, recruitment for a Speech and Language Therapist in process and a gym run by the fitness instructors.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will be expected to carry a clinical caseload, providing Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions to service users. The role also includes facilitating group therapy activities on the ward and in the community. There is scope to bring your own creativity and ideas to develop the service.

This is an ideal post for an adaptable and creative practitioner who is interested in a career within mental health. It is an advantage to understand person centred care.

The post sits within a supportive team, with clinical supervision provided by a Specialist Occupational Therapist within the team. There is scope to engage with wider Allied Health Profession networks within Bowmere Hospital and the Trust, and excellent opportunities for practice placement education and CPD.

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.

To support this, we offer up to three weeks induction, dependent on role, with our Prepare to Care programme for all new starters. This aims to give you all the knowledge and guidance to help you grow and flourish with CWP.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment ,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the bottom of this page under the job description, or via our website

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If you have a disability that meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme?

Please inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a Silver award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/BSc in Occupational Therapy
  • State Registration with Health and Care Professions Council


  • Membership of professional body

Knowledge and Expertise


  • Understanding of impact of mental health issues on occupation.
  • Some knowledge of current best practice in OT
  • Knowledge of assessment tools and outcome measures
  • Ability to work autonomously with individuals and groups
  • Group work skills
  • Skills in handling and moving
  • Ability to support Occupational Therapy students and support staff
  • Understanding of professional ethics and their application in practice
  • Understanding of team dynamics
  • Basic knowledge of health legislation and current practice, including risk assessment and management
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Basic knowledge of the principles of clinical governance


  • Experience of working with people with mental illness, learning disabilities or autistic spectrum disorders.
  • Understanding of the aims of High Dependency
  • Rehabilitation within mental health.
  • Training and presentation skills
  • Has practically applied evidence based practice
  • Evidence of research and clinical audit skills



  • Application of the occupational therapy process
  • Use of functional assessment and activity analysis
  • Documented evidence of Continuing Professional Development


  • Experience in facilitating therapy activities.
  • Skills and experience in a range of occupations relevant to the role, including domestic and creative activities.

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Bowmere Hospital

Countess of Chester Health Park, Liverpool Road



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