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Community Occupational Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a.
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Bournemouth Older Persons and Adults Community Mental Health Teams are looking to recruit a committed, dynamic and innovative Occupational Therapist to work within the team to provide a comprehensive locality wide OT service.

The role of the OT will be to provide specialist OT specific assessments and interventions across both the adults/older persons CMHT's within a specified area using evidence based, client-centred assessments and interventions. To promote maintenance of functional independence in self-care, meaningful occupational skills and leisure through the use of occupation.

The post holder will work as part of an established integrated multi-disciplinary team, comprising of a Psychiatrists/Psychologists, Nurses, STR Workers and Social Workers. Working alongside these professionals the OT will undertake assessments of individuals, addressing occupational performance and skills deficits to contribute as part of the overall care plan.

This post has become available at a very exciting time. Significant investment has been made available to review and reconfigure community mental health services through the Access Wellbeing transformation project. Within this post you will have the opportunity to participate in the project, shaping our future services and developing the delivery and scope of occupational therapy in adult mental health.

Main duties of the job

To undertake specialist autonomous assessments, interventions, and management of patients on an independent caseload and as part of the wider multidisciplinary team.

Provide specialist advice to others regarding the management and care of patients / service users.

Providing follow-up and monitoring through clinical assessment and interventions to support people to return and remain at home.

Undertake clinical observations and holistic assessments, acting on findings and liaising with the MDT as required.

Provide a high quality person centred approach to care delivery which always considers people's safety, privacy and dignity

To manage a defined caseload of clients with complex needs, using evidence based / client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions, in order to restore or improve their quality of life and to maintain independence, embedding Recovery Principles into practice.

As this post is a locality role, there is an expectation that the successful candidate operates across the Christchurch, Southbourne and Bournemouth areas, whilst the office is based at Kings Park Community Hospital. You will need to have a valid driving licence and use of a car as you will be required to assess and monitor patients in their own homes/community settings.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification

Knowledge, skills and training


  • BSc/BA Occupational Therapy
  • Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered Occupational Therapist with RCOT/HCPC


  • Post Graduate qualification
  • Membership of Special Interest Group
  • Knowledge of alternative sources of information and supply of equipment and adaptations

Job Specific Experience


  • Previous experience in rehabilitation with adults or older people within mental health settings
  • Experience of developing and implementing Occupational Therapy Programmes for Complex Conditions
  • Experience of supervision of junior staff
  • Previous experience of working in community settings
  • Proven post-graduate OT experience in physical, neurological- disability and learning disabilities

Managerial / Supervisory Experience


  • To attend and fully participate in supervision with the designated professional supervisor
  • Ability to manage a demanding workload to agreed deadlines and timescales

Additional requirements


  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable the post holder to carry out the role effectively

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Kings Park Community Hospital

Gloucester Road



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