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Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist

Great opportunity for a Band 6 looking to develop their career in an occupational therapy clinical leadership post or a Band 7 looking for a leadership role within Adult Acute Mental Health Services.

We are looking for an OT who can lead and champion Occupational Therapy and is able to demonstrate the clinical, and leadership skills needed to provide an outstanding service.

You will be expected to demonstrate experience in providing evidence-based treatment interventions.

In return, the role is exciting, rewarding, offered within a positive and supportive culture where your continued professional development will be taken seriously. As well as being a key lead for Occupational Therapy in the Trust you will be able to explore opportunities to advance your career and continuing professional development, including links with local universities, occupational therapy and allied health professional networks.

This is a great job for a dedicated professional and a real opportunity to make your mark and grow people and services whilst being hugely passionate about OT. We welcome applications from OTs with lived experience.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be confident working with a complex caseload of service users and demonstrate their skills applying evidence-based models of occupational therapy to their practice and the practices of the wider team.

They will be able to provide service user centred occupational therapy skills to assess, formulate, implement, and evaluate specialist interventions.

They will provide effective guidance, supervision, leadership, line management and appraisal for OT staff, alongside supervision and development for occupational therapy students on practice placements.

They will have advanced skills in planning, development, and evaluation of occupational therapy services and be able to hold responsibility for defined projects.

They will develop and implement service changes and act as a specialist resource for the occupational therapy team/service and wider trust.

There will also be development opportunities to deputise for the Clinical Lead AHP as required but with full support.

About us

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we're looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

What is it that makes our Trust such a special place to work? Well, it's all about the people. Our staff, service users, carers and families all come from such diverse backgrounds, and all have expertise and stories to share.

It's important that you feel supported in your role, that the people who you work with are as passionate as you are and that your health and wellbeing is taken care of

If you're interested in developing your career, you'll have access to a range of training and education opportunities, including apprenticeships, work experience and placements, as well as the chance to get involved in research.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people's lives each and every day and if that's something that you'd like to be part of we'd love to have you with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

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To select and apply occupational therapy assessments for a caseload of people with complex needs which address occupational performance and skill deficits, and enables the service user in areas of self-care, productivity, and leisure.

To promote evidence-based practice in occupational therapy.

To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of work.

To undertake the comprehensive OT assessment of service users using investigative and analytical skills to formulate individualised care and treatment plans.

To accept a clinical responsibility for a designated caseload with complex presentations, prioritising need and taking on a co-ordinating role within the team.

To plan and implement service user centred, individual and/or group interventions, using clinical reasoning and a wide range of treatment interventions to achieve therapeutic goals.

To contribute to the development of multi-disciplinary best practice guidelines and protocols.

To champion occupational and recovery approaches within the service area.

To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment plans for service users with multiple needs to measure progress and ensure the effectiveness of intervention.

To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service users social and physical environment where applicable.

To provide occupational therapy services in working conditions which may be hazardous e.g., exposure to body fluids, aggressive persons, visits to high-risk areas and associated travel risks

To assess capacity, gain valid informed consent, and work within a legal framework with service users who lack capacity to consent to treatment.

To undertake therapeutic moving and handling of service users and equipment, within clinical and nonclinical settings

To work with service users, carers and relatives who may have distressing social/clinical circumstances.


To establish effective communication networks with service users, carers, other health workers and agencies.

To demonstrate skills in communicating complex sensitive and contentious information to service users and carers/families.

To promote awareness of the role of occupational therapy within the team, locally and nationally.

To demonstrate presentation skills in a variety of settings.

To liaise regularly with the clinical lead AHP on professional and service issues and developments.


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

To provide specialist occupational therapy reports relevant to practice setting.

Professional ethics

To comply with the RCOT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and national and local policies and procedures.

To respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity of service users, colleagues, and carers, and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs.

To demonstrate the ability to reflect on ethical issues and to provide guidance to junior staff as necessary.

Leadership supervision & appraisal

In line with local guidelines review and reflect on own practice and performance through effective use of professional and operational supervision and appraisal.

To provide effective leadership, supervision, and appraisal for junior staff.

To demonstrate leadership skills through the management of designated projects.

To ensure appropriate and safe levels of staffing are maintained.

To support staff through change, encouraging problem solving and leadership skills.

To support the development of Peer Support Work.

To deputise for the Clinical Lead AHP as required.

To provide support and supervision for PSW staff while on the ward.

To supervise and support volunteers on the inpatient wards and work with the Clinical Lead AHP and Volunteer Manager

Training staff & students

To contribute to the induction and training of students and other staff both within or external to the trust.

To provide specialist advice and support to OT colleagues in other clinical areas.

To provide specialist advice and training to carers, service users and other professionals.

To be responsible for the supervision and written assessment of occupational therapy students on practice placement within the trust.

Service development & delivery

To participate in the operational planning, and implementation of policy and service development within the team, leading on delegated projects.

To lead in the delivery of delegated areas of the occupational therapy/AHP development plan.

Professional development

To apply specialist skills and knowledge to establish professional competence and fitness to practise as a senior occupational therapist.

To demonstrate a high level of ongoing personal development through participation in internal and external development opportunities, recording learning outcomes in a portfolio.

To co-ordinate and support the design and implementation of audit tools and research activity within the service.

Clinical governance, quality, standards

To contribute to the trust and team clinical governance arrangements, including the setting and monitoring of practice standards.

To apply national guidelines/legislation relating to health and social care service provision.

To demonstrate a sound understanding of clinical governance and risk management and apply to work situation.


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

To co-ordinate day-to-day activities of the OT team.

To provide advice on resources necessary to maintain and develop the service.

To deputise for the clinical lead AHP as required.

To decide priorities for own work area balancing other patient related and professional demands and ensuring that these remain in accordance with those of the service area.

To be actively involved in the collation of appropriate data and statistics as required.

To manage and support the teams performance of their duties.

Research & practice development

To undertake research and/or audit projects relevant to occupational therapy and/or service area, disseminating findings at local level.

Person Specification Knowledge Essential
  • Extensive clinical knowledge including skills in individual and group work
Training and qualifications Essential
  • Diploma/degree in occupational therapy
Knowledge Essential
  • In depth knowledge of occupational therapy models of practice
Experience Desirable
  • Leadership and first line management experience

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