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Senior Occupational Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro rata for part-time)
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This exciting post is for a Band 6 Senior Occupational Therapist to work in the Memory Assessment diagnostic Service (MAS) providing cognitive and functional assessment that will aid in the diagnostic pathway for individuals over 65 years of age referred to the service with a suspected Dementia. You will be a valued part of a Multidisciplinary team and contributing to the diagnostic assessment.

MAS is a city/county wide service, based at Lings Bar Hospital and operating Monday to Friday. The candidate will need to be able to work autonomously and with flexibility across Nottinghamshire, utilising trust bases as required.

This post is eligible for a Golden Hello payment of �2,750 for new starters who are external to the Trust. This is payable in 3 instalments over a 2 year period. This payment is only eligible to new starters who do not already hold a contract of employment with the Trust. This post also includes paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during night, weekends and bank holidays.

Main duties of the job

As a senior member of the team you will be able to:
  • To work as part of the Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) to triage and assess referrals to the service.
  • Contribute to Point of contact role.
  • To share information amongst the MDT and create appropriate and person-centred care plans.
  • To complete functional/cognitive assessments of individuals with a cognitive impairment to aid the diagnosis of Dementia.
  • To complete risk assessment and escalate/refer on when required.
  • To be part of a weekly/Monthly MDT meetings and feedback your assessments as part of the diagnostic pathway.
  • Liaise with Community teams to support referrals.
  • To complete accurate records/reports.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire.

Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

This role is working within Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust within the Mental Health Services for Older People directorate.

To complete functional assessments of individuals with a cognitive impairment to aid the diagnosis of Dementia.

To utilise core specialist OT skills within older adult mental health care.

To use expertise to deliver therapeutic interventions to service users with complex needs.

Create care plans following functional assessment and feedback in the teams weekly MDT.

Liaise with Community teams to support referral's

To complete accurate records

To work with service users / carers with diverse needs.

Person Specification



  • Degree/diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Maintains current HCPC registration
  • Specialist knowledge / post registration experience in a mental health setting


  • Demonstrate continued professional development to maintain professional registration
  • Experience of working in a mental health setting in the community
  • Member of OT Professional body LAPPLE Trained



  • Flexible
  • Able to work independendtly, knows own limits
  • Creative and willing to learn and try new things
  • Good written, verbal and IT skills with patients, carers and other professionals
  • Ability to undertake specialist OT assessments and assess complex risks with people with mental health conditions and cognitive impairment
  • Ability to apply the OT process and plan, carry out and evaluate treatment for this client group according to needs and best practice evidence
  • Effective time management and organizational skills and ability to work under pressure
  • Positive attitude to working with adults with mental health conditions/dementia
  • Leadership skills


  • A high level of emotional intelligence
  • Clinical supervision skills
  • Ability to undertake health assessments and experience of care coordination and CPA
  • Presentation skills

Contractual Requirements


  • A driving licence is required for this post, however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the equality act 2010
  • Ability to work to meet the needs of the service
  • Must be flexible and work around the City/County as required
  • Willingness to work as an active part of the MDT



  • Understanding of the diverse needs of adults
  • Knowledge and understanding of OT Professional Code of Conduct and OT core skills and their application in practice
  • Knowledge and understanding of current legislation including mental health and mental capacity act and understanding of clinical risk assessment
  • Excellent skills in Occupational Therapy assessment, intervention and evaluation of OT practice


  • Knowledge of local & national priorities



  • Experience of working with adults with mental health conditions and/or dementia
  • Experience of MDT working at band 5 or 6 level equivalent


  • Recent experience of working with adults with physical conditions
  • Experience of working in a community or primary care team
  • Experience of supervising and leading staff
  • Experience of service improvement/audit



  • Demonstrate continued professional development to maintain professional registration relevant to the post.
  • Willingness to undertake clinical practices, education and training that will enhance service delivery

Physical Requirements


  • Has the physical ability to perform the full range of Occupational Therapy duties including assisting patients with activities of daily living with/without the use of equipment.

Values and Behaviours


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Memory Assessment Service

Lings Bar Hospital, Beckside



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