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Occupational Therapist (Older People, Community)

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Fantastic opportunity for newly a qualified Occupational Therapist or Occupational therapist who is keen for a new challenge.

Have you considered a challenging but rewarding job working with a diverse range of people being involved closely with families, advocating for the needs of others and working with an amazing team?

Then this opportunity is absolutely for you!

An exciting opportunity for a Band 5 Community Occupational Therapist has become available in the South Derbyshire and Dales Community Mental Health Team.

Here are some comments collected from current members of the team about what is great about us here.
  • Working both in urban and rural communities and being able to diversify my approach to meet the needs of these communities.
  • DHCFT has a good reputation I liked the job description Teamwork in the community
  • Open culture. Friendly and supportive. Passionate about what we do.
  • Great team spirit and work ethic. lots of experience within the team. Opportunities for training are good. locality is perfect and helps with stress levels due to be a semi-rural area.
  • Team members are very experienced, knowledgeable, and welcoming.
  • It's supportive. The team is lovely.
  • Most supportive and lovely team I have ever worked with, I enjoy coming into placement!

Main duties of the job

We are an experienced and professional team, dedicated to the goal of providing excellent care for the Older Adult population of South Derbyshire and Dales.

As a team, we are a friendly and supportive ensuring that we operate with professionalism and inclusivity.

Come and join our Team. You won't regret it!

Due to the broad geographical area this post covers the post holder will need to demonstrate that they can travel within the area, transporting Service Users as needed occasionally, without compromising service needs.

Main duties of the job

Work with Service Users with both functional and organic illnesses, with the full support of the MDT.

Carry a caseload of patients with varying needs.

Use excellent assessment skills, risk management skills and communication skills working towards building therapeutic relationships with both Service Users and their families/carers.

Work as part of a knowledgeable, supportive and forward-thinking team who are committed to supporting and guiding learning and development.

Work closely with our Voluntary partners and Primary Care.

Receive regular Clinical, Managerial and Peer supervision and access a wide range of development opportunities.

We welcome applications fromnewly-qualified Occupational Therapists and offer support and guidance and an excellent Preceptorship programme.

Have the peace of mind of knowing the Trust operates a fair and equitable mileage expenses scheme.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the Trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBT+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please review the Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account

Derbyshire Healthcare is committed to supporting flexible working and there are lots of opportunities for Occupational Therapy Continuing Professional Development.

You will also receive regular clinical and professional supervision, and support from the wider OT workforce.

Person Specification



  • HCPC-Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Degree/diploma in Occupational Therapy


  • Membership of OT professional body and/or special interest group
  • Post-graduate training relevant to specialist area
  • L'APPLE accreditation



  • Ability to apply core OT skills in a mental health setting, including carrying out occupational assessments and setting occupational goals.
  • Well-developed motivational and negotiating skills
  • Ability to build effective working relationships
  • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities


  • Skills in applying evidence-based practice.



  • Experience of working with dementia and/or cognitive impairment
  • Experience of working with people who have severe and enduring needs
  • Knowledge and application of theoretical models of practice
  • Understanding of Mental Health conditions and treatment models
  • Knowledge of the principles or risk assessment and risk management
  • Experience working with older adults


  • Knowledge of legislation relevant to Mental Health and Specialist practice where appropriate
  • Evidence of service user and carer involvement activity
  • Evidence of partnership working

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


South and Dales OA CMHT. Dale Bank View

Civic Way


DE11 0AD

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