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Senior Occupational Therapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata for part time
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
If you are looking for a change and a new challenge this could be the opportunity you are looking for. A vacancy has arisen for a part-time Band 6 Senior Occupational Therapist working within theCRISIS RESOLUTION & HOME TREATMENT TEAM based at Rochford Acute Mental Health Unit.

This post will particularly suit a motivated, experienced, treatment focused and skilled Occupational Therapist, who is competent in the management of clients with a focus on utilising Occupational Therapy approaches and interventions that support recovery through this time of crisis care.

This is an ideal opportunity to promote the role of OT within a busy, multidisciplinary team, including nurses, support workers and psychiatrists. We are seeking a resilient, enthusiastic individual with good people skills, an ability to work flexibly, positively and autonomously with clients. A good sense of humour also helps!

You will be managing your own caseload and there may also be some opportunity for developing group work across a care pathway.

Main duties of the job

To work as a Senior Occupational Therapist within the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team. Occupational Therapists work as an integral part of the team providing specialist bio-psycho-social interventions.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As an individual you will have commitment to continue your own development and actively participate in providing a variety of learning opportunities for the team and service. In return we offer excellent training and development through our Workforce Development Department and within the service. Support is maintained through regular supervision, an OT support forum and yearly appraisals to assist you, the successful candidate, in setting realistic objectives enabling you in maintaining a positive attitude towards delivering quality customer care.

As the sole Occupational Therapist in the team, we are keen for the successful applicant to develop the OT role, in particular taking responsibility for running groups focusing on recovery and coping skills. We have a number of OTs in our crisis teams throughout the Trust and there is the opportunity to link in to a monthly support forum to share good practice and feel connected to your profession.


Clinical Duties:
  • To assess clients referred to the service.
  • To undertake specialist ADL assessments when required.
  • To make decisions on the level of treatment intervention required and undertake treatment planning communicating and negotiating treatment plans and clinical reasoning for intervention with clients and their carers.
  • To communicate agreed treatment/care plans to multi-disciplinary team colleagues and partnership agencies and liaise with them at formal and informal meetings.
  • To work in collaboration with others to modify aspects of the environment in order to empower clients and facilitate optimal functional performance.
  • To liaise with in-patient and community based services to ensure smooth transfer of care through the services.
  • To provide OT specific interventions to meet the needs of clients using individual or group formats, utilising clinical reasoning processes to determine the most appropriate method of treatment.
  • To make clinically informed decisions in order to delegate aspects of client care to assistants, junior staff, students, carers and statutory or non-statutory bodies.
  • To regularly review clients progress in order to evaluate and interpret effectiveness of treatment plans, and amend treatment or discharge clients accordingly.
  • To ensure that treatment offered is based on the best available evidence for effectiveness in the specialist area where it is applied.
  • To develop and initiate interventions based on the integration of theoretical knowledge in order to meet unique client needs.
  • To keep up to date clinical records in line with professional standards and local record keeping policies.
  • To provide written and verbal reports as required at any stage in the treatment process in line with Occupational Therapy Clinical Governance Standards.

  • Indirect Clinical Duties:
  • To attend clinical case discussions at meetings or ward rounds.
  • To participate in clinical audit, research and evidence based practice.
  • To undertake day to day clinical prioritisation and work planning for small teams.
  • To identify clinical service needs and initiate projects, which could be developed in order to meet challenges.
  • To promote the roles and skills of Occupational Therapy to other professionals, students, clients and carers.
  • To contribute constructively to multi-disciplinary team working.

  • Profession Specific Duties:
  • To attend professional Occupational Therapy meetings as required.
  • To take responsibility for developing as a professional.
  • To maintain a continuing professional development portfolio.
  • To undertake annual appraisal.
  • To contribute constructively to the supervision process.
  • To provide supervision to junior staff and students.
  • To occasionally represent the Occupational Therapy profession at service development forums.
  • To comply with policies and agreed procedures for annual leave, sickness and time owing.
  • To supervise a minimum of one student per year.

  • Any other duties as delegated by your Director or Chief Executive commensurate with the responsibilities of this post.

    Person Specification

    Qualifications & Prof Reg


    • HCPC Registration
    • OT BSc/MSc Degree

    Skills & Experience


    • At least 2 years post qualification experience in relevant service
    • Experience of carrying out individual interventions and group work


    • Experience of working in a crisis team

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


    CRHT, Rochford Hospital

    Union Lane


    SS4 1RB

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