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Lead Occupational Therapist

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
**We offer a relocation package of up to �8,000** see attached Terms and Conditions.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Lead Occupational Therapist to join the Mental Health Intensive Support Team (MhIST).

MhIST is a Trustwide community rehabilitation service that provides specialist assessment, treatment, interventions & support to help people recover from complex mental health problems & to regain the skills & confidence to live in the community.

The successful candidate will offer clinical leadership and support to the Occupational Therapists across the service, alongside supporting with promoting the role of occupational therapy within the wider MDT and ongoing development of the Occupational Therapy pathway within the service. They will also offer expert clinical knowledge to support with occupational therapy assessment, intervention, and evaluation across the service footprint.

We are looking for an experienced and well motivated Occupational therapist with excellent communication, organisation and leadership skills who has previous community experience to join our multidisciplinary teams. The MhIST team are proactive at pre-empting crisis and therefore the successful candidate must also demonstrate excellent skills in overall risk formulation and management.

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

Main duties of the job

This post is Trust wide and you can be based in either Wirral, Chester or Macclesfield depending on your preference.

Providing expert assessment and interventions to patients within their own environment using a broad range of therapeutic assessment techniques.

To oversee and support a varied clinical caseload and provide person centred and needs led care.

The supervision of junior staff and students.

To provide leadership to Occupational Therapists working across the MhIST teams.

To provide clinical leadership, expertise and advice to the wider MDT.

To support and lead on quality improvement and represent CWP in appropriate internal and external forums.

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/Degree in Physiotherapy/ Occupational therapy
  • Registration with Health Professions Council.
  • Accreditation as Practice Placement Educator.
  • Significant postgraduate training and evidence of continued professional development
  • Forensic risk assessment training (HCR20, RSVP) or be willing to gain within 12 months of appointment.


  • Relevant Master's Degree.
  • CLAIT/Europea n Computer Driving Licence or equivalent.
  • Membership of Professional Body
  • First line leadership or management training.

Knowledge and Expertise


  • Advanced clinical skills relevant to the speciality
  • Good knowledge of clinical governance and clinical audit/research.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good knowledge and awareness of current legislation and guidance pertaining to Mental Health rehabilitation and its implications for Occupational Therapy
  • A good understanding of recovery concepts within Mental Health Rehabilitation services.
  • Ability to work under pressure and set priorities.
  • Good knowledge of effective care management 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.
  • Good knowledge of the principles of Clinical Governance
  • Computer literacy.
  • Skills in handling and moving.



  • Has proven experience and ability to work at post grad level.
  • Clinical experience in a range of community/hospital service settings
  • Experience of organising and leading others
  • Research and audit experience
  • Staff appraisal/supervision /recruitment


  • Physio specific: ? Management of the breathless patient



  • A good level of post registration experience in Mental Health or rehabilitation
  • Experience of working with complex forensic cases.
  • Experience of supervising and supporting junior staff and students.
  • Experience of using Staff Performance and Development Process
  • Documented evidence of Continued Professional Development.
  • Initiating and leading clinical audit.
  • Experience of introducing new and innovative interventions.


  • Experience of working in a rehabilitation setting.
  • Experience of working at the same level.

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Upton Lea Resource Centre

Liverpool Road, Countess of Chester Health Park



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