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Occupational Therapist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We have a Band 5 Occupational Therapy post within the Warrington & Halton Early Intervention Team, working with individuals aged 14-65 in the community and inpatient who are experiencing their first episode psychosis.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to effectively manage a caseload of patient's co-morbidities, mainly psychosis, as an autonomous practitioner, using evidence based/ patient centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions of the patient group. The post holder will provide leadership for junior staff, when appropriate, through supervision and appraisal. The post holder will participate in planning, development and evaluation of OT services within a designated area/team, holding responsibility for defined projects.

The post holder takes a holistic approach in the assessment and treatment of service users / patients, being responsible for the provision of appropriate, high-quality care to a defined caseload which may be of a complex nature, using the appropriate model of care and evidencedbased practice.Work in partnership with other professional to enable patients / clients to be maintained in an appropriate environment, thus avoiding hospital admission.

To contribute to the maintenance and development of The Occupational Therapy profession within community care and will facilitate effective learning within the area of practice for all students and practitioner.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To read the full details of the role please refer to the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • Registered Occupational Therapist with the Health Professions Council
  • Diploma / Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Enhanced DBS Disclosure
  • Teaching / Mentorship qualification or equivalent work-based experience


  • Membership of professional body
  • Practice placement education Qualification
  • Evidence of post Registration study in a field relevant to post

Knowledge/ Experience


  • Experience of OT functional assessment including activity analysis
  • Experience of successful team working
  • Experience of liaison with internal and external services and agencies
  • Knowledge and ability to express an understanding of Occupational Therapy
  • Process including activity and task analysis and the formulation of intervention plans grounded in clinical reasoning
  • General knowledge of the principles of clinical governance
  • Have an understanding of clinical and environmental risk assessment
  • Evidence of CPD/Short courses


  • Experience of service development audit and research practice relevant to the clinical area
  • Experience of planning and facilitating therapeutic groups for patients/ clients
  • Experience of service development
  • Experience of being involved in clinical audit and/or research
  • Familiar with Electronic Patient Records
  • Management and clinical leadership
  • A basic understanding of relevant legislation including The Mental Capacity Act



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented



  • Up to date knowledge and application of current best Practice in Occupational Therapy relevant Area of Practice
  • Application of Occupational Therapy Outcome measures and Models of practice
  • Application of the process of standard setting, audit, evaluation and review
  • A sound knowledge of the core skills of Occupational Therapy and their application in this field
  • Be able to communicate effectively with service users within the specific client group
  • Have good listening skills
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of the Health Profession Councils standards of Proficiency and Occupational therapists responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base
  • Demonstrate knowledge the concepts of mentorship, and supervision.
  • Evidence active participation supervision and the appraisal process
  • Experience of Group and Individual interventions with the specific client group
  • Experience working in a collaborative way with MDT and service users/carers
  • Good time management skills
  • Apply and promote OT skills, to include carrying out occupational assessments, setting clear occupational goals and facilitating a wide variety of therapeutic interventions via the provision of meaningful activities
  • Able to apply Person Centred Approaches
  • Apply clinical skills and able to reflect on own and others practice
  • Excellent range of communication skills, able to motivate and support other staff
  • Ability to facilitate presentations
  • Self-management and motivation skills
  • Risk assessment skills
  • IT literate
  • Ability to travel across boundaries
  • Awareness of factors contributing to good health and the importance of promoting these in line with organisational public health policy
  • Understanding of partnership working
  • Awareness of local agenda in health and social care


  • Demonstrate leadership skills to be able to initiate, monitor and implement change and fully participate the development of OT service delivery
  • Apply Professional skills to enable MDT working partnerships and liaise with external agencies

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


St Johns Unit

Alforde street



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