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Mental Health Occupational Therapist

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year gross per annum
Closing date
11 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a qualified Mental Health Practitioner to join our evolving MHP team within the Norfolk Wellbeing IAPT Service. This is a varied and interesting role that allows us to meet the needs of a very diverse client group.

There is opportunity to develop specialist interests in specific populations eg; youth, perinatal, long term physical conditions.

We are looking fora dedicated and outcome focused Mental Health Practitionerto join our small team of practitioners. We would welcome applicants that wish to work remotely or part time hours.

The vacancy would suit someone with a core profession with at least 3 years qualified experience as knowledge of the workings of different NSFT teams is valuable. Experience of working within IAPT services is not essential. This role is an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and experience of an IAPT service and would be a good developmental route into psychological therapy training. The wellbeing service would fully support this with a variety of both internal and external training.

The Wellbeing service is an 8-8, Monday to Saturday service which gives the team some flexibility with the hours that we work, as long as this meets the needs of the service. At present the MHP team works Monday to Friday.

Main duties of the job

We are a busy service that invites both professional and self-referrals, and the role of the MHP includes triaging referrals coming into the service.

Opportunities are available to support the staff in the wider service through consultation and training.

Offering specialist screening and assessments as required and ensuring that service users have a positive experience of the service from the time they refer in, whether or not they go on to have treatment with us.

Liaising with other Trust teams and signposting to external agencies where appropriate, to help make treatment journeys as seamless as possible.

Attending interface meetings that happen between IAPT and secondary Mental Health Services, to review clients and make decisions on next steps that will meet their needs.

About us

Within the MHP team, we all have a core profession and have had experience of working within secondary care mental health services. We work closing together supporting each other and sharing decisions..

At present much of our work is taking place remotely, our usual base is in Norwich, however there will be a need for the successful candidate to be able to travel throughout Norfolk as required, applicants will need the ability to travel independently.

There is also the opportunity to become a qualified APT trainer, supporting to deliver risk management training within the Wellbeing service.

Norfolk and Waveney Wellbeing Service Strategy
Our Vision:To improve all aspects of people's lives in the community of Norfolk and Waveney through a service that people feel proud to be part of.

Our Mission:To be a locally and nationally recognised and well-respected IAPT service, that champions the bio-psycho-social model of health and wellbeing and holds the people of Norfolk and Waveney at the heart of everything we do.

Core Principles/Values:
  • Creating an environment of respect, honesty, curiosity, learning, inclusivity and compassion
  • Facilitate opportunities for the people of Norfolk and Waveney, including marginalised groups, to be involved in developing all aspects of our service.
  • Create and utilise best practice
  • Embracing staff and client experience, insight and data/information to inform all quality improvement
  • Caring about everyone's experience of the service

Job description
Job responsibilities

The Mental Health Practitioner role is to enhance and support the interventions that the Wellbeing service offer. The Wellbeing Serviceis an integrated treatment and recovery service which offers a range of psychosocial interventions to Norfolk residents age 16 years and over.

Role Summary

Working collaboratively and effectively within Primary and Secondary Mental Health services as part of the Service specification, providing consultation, training and liaison services to ensure the early intervention of mental health services to people over the age of 16 years.

Providing triage, mental health screenings and assessments to ensure that referrals are allocated to the right pathway and the right service first time.

Attend Multi-disciplinary Interface meetings.

Offer short term therapeutic interventions where clinically indicated, alongside other professionals in order to build their knowledge and capacity.

Have responsibility for the effective management of a small workload of activity and service users referred to the service.

Assisting in the provision of the MHP on-call duty services, that include manning a dedicated MHP email.

Actively participate in personal development of oneself and others including appraisal and supervision processes.

Responsible for supervising the work of students as appropriate and lead in the development of local training initiatives.

  • To provide specialist mental health advice and undertake assessments with frontline workers, where the mental health needs of the individual referred cannot be resolved by primary care non specialist workers.
  • With staff from other agencies, carry out mental health assessments of people, which will include a systemic formulation and advice on evidence based therapeutic interventions
  • To provide referrers and other professionals with written summaries of assessment, formulation and treatment outcomes
  • To undertake direct work where clinically indicated using evidence based therapeutic interventions to improve mental wellbeing
  • Provide professional advice for those working in Norfolk who require specialist advice and information on a wide range of mental health/wellbeing issues, including duty 9 am to 5 pm (Monday Friday)
  • Support the Trust response to external referrals by duty work and by working in partnership with other NSFT clinical teams.
  • To maintain clinical and professional responsibility for a defined workload.
  • To liaise with colleagues and other professionals or agencies as required, including attending case conferences or planning meetings as part of the Multi agency working model
  • To promote clinical effectiveness by the use of clinical protocols and clinical audit.
  • To refer service users to alternative care where detailed assessment indicates a different level of service.

To participate in the development and offer training packages in Norfolk for multi-
  • agency workers & professionals involved in the care of people who are experiencing mental health/wellbeing problems in response to need and to up skill those workers in mental health issues.
  • To ensure own knowledge and skills are updated by complying with continuing professional development programmes or events and statutory/mandatory training.
  • To undertake training/practice required to maintain accreditation with professional and therapeutic bodies e.g. NMC.

  • To communicate at a high level with key Stakeholders i.e. GPs and other health and social care professionals
  • To convey specialist mental health knowledge and experience to multi-agency professionals through collaborative work and consultation.
  • Communicate the outcomes of mental health assessments and include professional judgments on mental health problems within adults to include levels of risk and formulations or treatment plans to mitigate these risks This may include the provision of reports to other agencies where appropriate.
  • Provide clinical advice on case information presented by other professionals and collaboratively formulating interventions/plans. This will be done in a variety of settings and agencies with pressures on time and resources for all those involved
  • Facilitating appropriate referrals to other pathways in the Service, Integrated delivery teams (IDTs) or signposting to other services.
  • To attend and participate in meetings such as multi-disciplinary community meetings, team training events and other relevant meetings.
  • To work closely with other members of the clinical team to provide an effective service by updating them on locally based community services.


  • Staff that are members of a professional body must comply with standards of professional practice/condu It is the post holders responsibility to ensure that they are familiar with and adhere to these requirements.

  • Actively participate in personal development of others including appraisal and supervision processes.
  • All staff will show a willingness to offer clinical supervision for other staff within the service
  • Actively provide consultation and advice on mental health to service professionals in other agencies.

  • You will have a responsibility to yourselves and others in relation to managing risk, health and safety and will be required to work within the policies and procedures as laid down by the Trus All staff have a responsibility to access occupational health, other staff support services and/or any relevant others in times of need and advice.

  • You are expected to be flexible in the duties you carry out and the Trust reserves the right to vary your duties from time to time in line with service needs and as commensurate with your Pay Band. You may, therefore, be required, during the course of your employment, to work in a different location and/or to carry out alternative duties consistent with your status, role, knowledge and experience, taking account of any professional registration and/or qualification requirements, and which are commensurate with your Pay Band; this may include a temporary.
  • or longer term transfer to work within a different Locality or Service. Arrangements under your Terms and Conditions of Service and Trust policies will apply.

Records management
  • To have responsibility for timely and accurate record keeping where appropriate and in line with professional guidelines.
  • Responsible for the creation, maintenance and storage of records in accordance with trust policy, including email documents and with regard to the date protection Act, The Freedom of Information Act and other relevant statutory requirements.
  • Training will be provided in appropriate information management for the post.

  • Carbon reduction and sustainable development are issues that impact on the lives of everyone and it is expected that all staff will commit to the principles of carbon reducing behaviours and sustainable development to ensure that resources are used efficiently, our carbon footprint is reduced and health services continue to improve.

  • The NSFT expects all practitioners to act in accordance with statutory and local policies regarding recognition, reporting, information sharing, record keeping and joint working in relation to the Safeguarding of Children and Adults as outlined in Children Act 1989/2004, Working Together to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Vulnerable Children 2010 and No Secrets 2002.

  • Ensure that (practitioners / clinicians etc.) when working with service users consider the effects and impact of their mental health and risk behaviours on their families, and provide appropriate support, advice and education for all family members. The needs of children and young people within the household/family should be given special consideration in line with Social Care Institute for Excellences guidance Think Child, Think Parent, Think Family and must always be the priority for NSFT staff across all roles and services.

  • The post holder is required to maintain confidentiality of information in accordance with professional and Trust policy. The post holder may access information only on a need to know basis in the direct discharge of duties and divulge information only in the proper course of their dutie

  • This job description is an outline and account of the main duties required to carry out the post. It will be reviewed periodically to reflect changes and developments in service requirements. The post holder is advised that they have a responsibility to ensure they are familiar with their Terms and Conditions of Service detailed in the Contract of Employment.

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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