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Experienced Occupational Therapist - Adult Community Team

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£35,922 to £43,257 per annum
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Hywel Dda University Health Board and Carmarthenshire Local Authority presents an exciting opportunity for a motivated and experienced Occupational Therapist to join our Adult community mental health team (CMHT) in Llanelli.

As a team, we have an excellent reputation for our recent innovation and leadership to unite, transform and evolve our services according to the changing needs of our population.As a versatile postgraduate, you will need to have knowledge of a range of rehabilitation interventions, complex manual handling, and knowledge in diverse conditions, as well as a good understanding of current issues affecting community and hospital services.Successful applicants will require an excellent ability to work autonomously, managing and prioritising a diverse caseload, be a highly self -motivated proactive person, with drive and initiative.Please note, we are not able to offer this post to Newly Qualified OT's.

Main duties of the job

You will be able to demonstrate an aptitude and ability to work with clients with mental health needs and to be proactive in developing your clinical skills and competencies, within this specialist field. You will demonstrate a clinical understanding of holistic, client centred care and effectively contribute clinically to multi- disciplinary team discussions and service development.You will be working collaboratively with the patient, their family / carer and the third sector. This is pertinent in developing services to improve the health and wellbeing of this client group. As part of this, you will be implementing recovery principles to include recovery through activity groups. You will play a key role in capturing Occupational Therapy (OT) outcome measures to demonstrate the value of OT intervention in terms of its effectiveness in treatment, rehabilitation and preventing hospital admission.You will be able to work independently in delivering OT assessment, and intervention.You will require effective communication, organisation and decision making skills with enthusiasm and passion for this specialist field. You will provide clinical support OT assistant practitioners and other members of the team. You will be supported through planned supervision, ongoing personal development plans.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This post is advertised as a Band 6, however applicants who do not currently hold all the necessary competencies to a Band 6 level are encouraged to apply and, if successful, will be appointed under Annex 21 rules whereby 70% of the top of Band 6 will be payable in first 12 months, then 75% from 12 months to 24 months.Applicants would be supported to develop their competencies required to fulfil the role within a 12 to 24 month period. Failure to achieve the competencies in the designated time frame could result in re-deployment.

As part of the Annex 21 process, there is no financial penalty to those who apply for this role where the percentage will cause a reduction in pay, subsequently a local protection would be put in place until the pay has caught up.

If you want to make a real difference to peoples lives, join our team where a warm welcome is waiting for you.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on: 30/07/2024

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Knowledge of relevant current health and social care legislation applicable to role
  • Knowledge and application of Microsoft Office software
  • Understanding of the roles of other staff groups in health and social care
  • Knowledge of a range of rehabilitation interventions across all therapies
  • Understanding and application of clinical governance, including research and audit methodology
  • Understanding and application of relevant outcome measures to demonstrate effectiveness


  • Knowledge of other services that link across primary/secondary/intermediate care
  • Working knowledge of therapeutic equipment.
  • Knowledge of Health Board and priorities.
  • Accredited Practice Educator
  • Accredited Agored Assessor



  • Significant post graduate experience of working as an occupational therapist across a range of settings and variety of conditions
  • Managing a complex and varied caseload
  • Working independently with indirect or arms length supervision.
  • Delegation and Supervision of staff
  • Experience of coping independently with distressing or emotional situations in challenging work environments
  • Working as part of a team.
  • Experience of contributing to service development and implementing service changes
  • Direct involvement with carers and families
  • Self-development and application of learning
  • Use of adapted techniques for improving patient outcomes


  • Experience of working with groups
  • Experience of working in a community setting
  • Experience of using virtual communication platforms for delivering service.
  • Experience in same clinical area as post being applied for

Language Skills


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Brynmair Clinic

11 Goring Road


SA15 3HF

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