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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit an Occupational Therapist, part-time or full-time, to join the Multidisciplinary team at Gainsford House. They will be a Band 6 or a Band 5 looking to move into a Band 6 post, with relevant experience. They will join the Band 7 in post and the Assistant Therapy practitioner, working with 12 in-patient clients, within the mental health rehabilitation unit.

Gainsford House is a supportive team, who were nominated for a staff award within the Trust, and have a focus to enable clients to move through their recovery journey, back into successful community life. There is a focus on gaining skills and confidence in their everyday tasks, managing their mental health, accessing the community, building relationships and looking to build a positive future.

The Occupational Therapy team within the unit is linked with the 2 other in-patient teams - also in Hitchin and St Albans, and work closely with the community rehab team -Eros. There is a strong support network in place, including a Rehab OT Consultant, and staff are encouraged to work in developing and improving the service we offer. To support this, training is offered internally and external courses can also be accessed, to support service development.

It is a privilege to be able to support people at this point of their journey, in this post you will have time and opportunity to build strong working relationships both with clients and colleagues.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an Occupational Therapist who is very motivated to work with people in developing their activities of daily living whilst understanding the impact of their mental health upon the clients motivation, symptom management and support them to maintain hope for the future.

Re-engagement with the community is essential for building positive futures and regaining control for their life journeys.

Using a recovery focused approach, and through specialised assessments, based on MOHO, we identify goals that are important to the client, and use a wide range of interventions to facilitate this to be achieved. This may be individual sessions, or group settings and can be on the unit, in the community or the client's own home. The unit is self-catered, so supporting clients to re-engage with this aspect is important. We work closely with the MDT, daily as well as clinical reviews and CPA's to ensure excellent communication. Being able to document and feedback on the interventions you are completing is essential, both for client progress and sharing the role of OT within the team.

Facilitating student placement is essential, both for service development and learning opportunities.

Establishing communication networks outside of the unit is vital, with family and carers, other services within the Trust and also within the community.

About us

At HPFT we provide an exciting and forward-thinking work environment, where staff feel valued and supported to reach their full potential. We are proud to be one of the top five recommended NHS Trusts to work for, and hold a CQC rating of Outstanding, making us one of the highest-rated Mental Health Trusts in the country. What's more, you will also be able to enjoy an extensive range of trust-wide staff benefits including:
  • 27 days annual leave on entry to NHS
  • One of the best pension schemes in the UK
  • Flexible working options
  • Car leasing scheme
  • Childcare discounts
  • Wellbeing events and activities
  • A 24-hour staff support helpline

Within your role an Occupational Therapist you will also benefit from regular supervisions, bespoke training opportunities, and the co-construction of your own personal development objectives to ensure you continue to progress and develop professionally.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This is a Band 6 post, but is also open to those with relevant experience at Band 5 and are looking for development. Below is the Band 6 details, but also attached is the Band 5 role:

Job Summary:

The post is based at Gainsford House which is a 12 bedded, in-patient mental health rehabilitation unit, in Hitchin. There is a mix of male and female clients, who have complex and enduring mental health conditions. This role can be part-time or full-time, please call us to discuss if you require further information.

The rehabilitation service is focussed on engaging and enabling those clients who are impacted by mental health conditions, in many areas of their lives. We work to create an environment which will support and develop a persons skills and potential to achieve an independent and fulfilling life, back within a community setting. Occupational Therapists are able to work closely and intensively with the clients, to identify their strengths and areas to develop and support them on their recovery journey.

The focus of the role is enabling increased independence in all aspects of self-care, productivity and leisure, working with clients to increase their skills, confidence and motivation. The occupational therapist will be part of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of psychiatrist, psychologist, nurse, occupational therapists, assistant therapy practitioners and support workers. Recently a post has been created for Consultant Occupational Therapist in Rehabilitation services, so the role will also be working with them, as they further develop the service.

The role will be to provide Occupational Therapy specialist assessments and treatment interventions for the service user group at Gainsford House, to carry a caseload as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and to develop the Occupational Therapy service provision within the setting. The role also provides input in the transition work from in-patient setting back to their home environments, in the community and some close joint working with the Community Rehabilitation Team-EROS. In conjunction with other members of the team, contribute to the development and implementation of the In-patient Rehabilitation Services and to provide a high quality service to people within rehabilitation services and their carers. To support your development in this role, a wide range of training is available, both internal and external. Training can be identified at appraisal and sourced to support your learning needs to develop within appropriate fields of knowledge, such as sensory, MOHO, and others.

All staff should comply with the Trusts Anti-Discriminatory Statement, Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity.

Key Relationships:

To work with Occupational Therapists within the service and the wider Trust network.
  • To work with other Multi-Disciplinary Team members

To work with service users and carers

To work and liaise with other statutory and non-statutory service providers involved in service user care and Treatment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

To manage a caseload of clients with complex OT needs, using evidence based/client-centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions in clinic and community settings and on home visits.

To provide leadership for junior staff, through supervision and appraisal

To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of OT services, holding responsibility for defined projects where appropriate

To regularly supervise OT students on practice placement, following attendance at an approved Fieldwork Educators course
  • To apply knowledge of the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) and other standardised assessment approaches relevant to the clinical setting.
  • Following assessment, to undertake case formulation in order to highlight occupational strengths and limitations and to inform the intervention plan moving forward.
  • To work collaboratively with service users to identify OT goals as part of the overall recovery plan.
  • To provide interventions in the manner that is consistent with Trust standards and values.
  • To routinely provide feedback to the MDT regarding observed occupational performance throughout contact, which inform ongoing assessment and therapeutic intervention.
  • To provide specialist support and education to service users and carers regarding aspects of occupational therapy e.g. equipment fitting, rehabilitation programmes.
  • To maintain clinical records using the electronic patient record system.
  • To liaise with carers and other professionals as relevant.
  • To exercise good personal time management, punctuality and consistent reliable attendance.
  • To attend mandatory training.
  • To comply with the RCOT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and national and Trust policies
  • To review and reflect on your own practice and performance through effective use of professional and operational supervision and appraisal.
  • To maintain a professional portfolio for CPD, recording learning outcomes through participation in internal/external development opportunities.
  • To actively participate in the Trust OT CPD development programme, as a learner and a facilitator

Clinical Responsibility

To work effectively as a member of a team in providing an occupational therapy service to the designated area.

To provide specialist Occupational Therapy advice, intervention and support given to service users and their carers.

To provide timely feedback to the MDT information regarding the service users wellbeing and occupational performance.

To provide a detailed and specialist occupational therapy report when required, within designated clinical area.

To use evidence-based practice to engage service users in meaningful and appropriate activities, to promote independence, recovery and well-being.

To have a senior oversight of the needs of the service user group and develop services accordingly.

To demonstrate and apply a specialist level of understanding of the effect of disability and recommend adaptations to the clients physical and social environment.

To ensure that up to date written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with Professional and Trust standards.

To undertake risk assessments within clinical area as guided by local/Trust policies.

To report incidents, safeguarding concerns, complaints and compliments.

To actively participate in safety huddles and de-brief sessions as appropriate.

Leadership and Staff Management Responsibility

To review and reflect on personal practice and performance through effective use of professional and operational supervision and appraisal.

To exercise good personal time management, punctuality and consistently reliable attendance.

To co-ordinate the day-to-day activities of the department (under the guidance of senior staff) including delegation of tasks to junior staff where applicable.

To demonstrate leadership skills through the management of designated projects.

To have a senior oversight in the induction, training and education of students and other staff in this setting as appropriate.

To be responsible for the supervision of junior staff as appropriate
  • To deputise for the Band 7 OT or senior equivalent as required.

Person Specification



  • BSc/MSc/PG Dip Occupational Therapy HCPC registration (or applied for


  • Membership of ROCT Experience of working with people with mental health problems and/or learning disability Training in the use of the Model of Human Occupation in practice areas



  • Application of the OT process and use of functional assessment and activity analysis Working knowledge of Recovery principles and how these relate to OT Working knowledge of standardised assessment and outcome measures appropriate to area of practice Experience of the application of an OT model in practice


  • Experience of working with people with mental health problems and/or learning disability Documented evidence of continuing professional development Experience of leading a range of groups and 1:1 interventions in a health or social care setting

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Gainsford House

Pirton Road



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