Senior Occupational Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year Per annum / pro rata for part time
Closing date
21 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for an Occupational therapist to join our Adult Mental Health Team based in Chichester, West Sussex. We are an experienced, friendly and supportive team who are passionate and committed to providing an excellent service to people with mental health problems and their families/carers.

The role is all about improving outcomes for this patient group, working creatively with patients and their carers to co-create care and risk plans that will help them achieve their goals and to live as independently as possible. You must have a genuine interest in working with people who have severe and enduring mental illness and be able to demonstrate a real commitment to providing high quality and compassionate care to patients and their families. You will play an important role in the team as we aspire to provide excellent patient care and develop our services in line with national and local drivers.

The role will include enhancing the therapy programme through 1:1 work (including assessment, intervention and home visits) facilitating groups and enabling service users to access relevant local community resources which would support their discharge.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive individual who is able to build effective working relationships and be able to demonstrate a commitment to client centred practice.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will have the opportunity to:
  • Provide occupational therapy interventions for service users using evidence based, client-centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions, individually and within a group.
  • Work with a caseload of service users with complex needs, supporting and offering specialist clinical advice and input.
  • Promote and develop the role of Occupational Therapy within the Chichester ATS and lead on Occupational Therapy pathway and service development opportunities across the Rehab pathway.
  • Support the development of Band 5 Occupational Therapist and Band 4 Technical Instructor.
  • Access regular supervision, reflective practice and training and development opportunities including OT specific training offered by the Trust, e.g. Occupational Formulation, Sensory Processing Theory into Practice, Solution-Focussed approaches and external training relevant to the role.

About us

At the Chapel Street Clinic, we have a strong set of values that imbue everything we do. Community Mental Health Clinicians are highly valued. If you work for us, you will be involved in bold and innovative service improvements. You will be given every opportunity you need, to develop professionally; to enhance your clinical skills and to realise your potential. If you are newly qualified, you will join our excellent Preceptorship academy. We recognise that working in mental health can be stressful so we prioritise staff wellbeing, providing regular supervision, reflective practice, mentoring, and any other support that our clinicians need to ensure their wellbeing.

What we can offer you in return

Regular Professional supervision
  • Access to a wide range of Training and CPD opportunities including;
    • A programme of AHP specific training
    • Quarterly Occupational Therapy CPD Hubs
    • Communities of Practice (AMPS and Sensory Strategies)
  • The opportunity to participate in a range QI work and service innovations
  • Varied leadership development opportunities

This is an excellent time for Occupational Therapists to be joining Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as we have just launched our first AHP Strategy

Look at our AHP strategy and view our film at

Find out more about our vision for OT's in West Sussex in our new Strategy.

We welcome informal visits

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for full details.

Previous experience of working within mental health, a qualification in Occupational Therapy and HCPC registration is essential.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy
  • Evidence of post graduate level study/training
  • Registration with the HCPC as an occupational therapist
  • Management/Leadership training
  • Training in the use of standardised occupational therapy assessment tools
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Experience as a qualified occupational therapist in mental health
  • Broad experience of working with clients with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of both group and individual work
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Experience as a Care Coordinator
  • Experience in a clinical area related to the post
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience in applying a range of assessment tools and a comprehensive knowledge of occupational therapy clinical approaches used in mental health

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