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Specialist Occupational Therapist- East

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
**We offer a relocation package of up to �8,000**

The relocation package is for anyone in a clinical role at Band 5 or above, who would need to relocate in order to take up employment with Cheshire and Wirral Partnership.

To be eligible for the relocation payment, you must live more than 40 miles from the base/location of the post you are applying for and you would need to relocate to within 15 miles of the new base.

If this applies to you, please state this on your application so we can discuss this with you if you are invited to interview.

We are are recruiting a Specialist Occupational Therapists to join the Mental Health Community Rehabilitation Team (MHIST) based in East Cheshire.

This service provides specialist assessment, treatment, interventions & support, to help people recover from complex mental health problems & to regain the skills & confidence to live successfully in the community.

Main duties of the job

As a Specialist Occupational Therapist, you will work intensively with a small cohort of patients with a range of complex needs offering specialist occupational therapy assessment and intervention, providing high quality levels of care in order to assist these patients to live a meaningful and purposeful life. The Occupational Therapists will work alongside the MDT to ensure effective and needs-led patient care with a strong focus on recovery, goal setting,identifying relapse indicators and promoting independence.

The MHIST team are proactive in pre-empting crisis and preventing admission into hospital, and therefore you must be able to demonstrate excellent skills in risk management, adaptive care planning and communication skills with a genuine attitude of care and dedication to this type of cohort of patients.

As the role involves the assessment and treatment of patient's within their own home, access to transport for work purposes is essential.

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 or BSc in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration with Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Accreditation as Practice Placement Educator or working towards accreditation


  • Postgraduate clinical training relevant to the post
  • Leadership or management training
  • CLAIT/ECDL or equivalent

Knowledge & Expertise


  • Specialist clinical skills relevant to the role
  • Current disability equipment training or be willing to gain as appropriate for the post
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good knowledge and awareness of current legislation and guidance pertaining to Mental Health services and implications for Occupational Therapy
  • Ability to work under pressure and set priorities
  • Good knowledge of effective care co-ordination and planning of treatment packages
  • Ability to manage own caseload and work as part of a team
  • Group leadership skills
  • Excellent negotiation and organisational skills, with individuals and groups
  • Working knowledge of clinical governance principles
  • Computer literacy
  • Skills in moving and handling


  • Training, presentation and facilitation skills
  • Ability to resolve complex professional and ethical issues
  • Research experience



  • At least 18 months experience working in mental health
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Experience of supervising and supporting junior staff and students
  • Experience of using Staff Performance and Development Process
  • Documented evidence of Continued Professional Development
  • Working knowledge of clinical audit
  • Experience of introducing new and innovative interventions


  • Minimum of 3 years post registration experience
  • Experience of care co-ordination

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Jocelyn Solly Resource Centre

Victoria Road


SK10 3JE

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