Senior Occupational Therapist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Newton Abbot
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
10 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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A great opportunity to join Outside The Box, the Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) team at Channing’s Wood Prison. The national OPD pathway is a collection of services based in prisons and probation, where NHS and HMPPS work together to increase the wellbeing and reduce the risk of offenders, while improving the knowledge and attitudes of staff working with them.

Outside The Box is an intervention service supporting those who are stuck in the system (not willing to engage,multiple releases and recalls) or displaying behaviours that mean they aren’t able to access other services they would benefit them (self-harm, substance use). The service provides individual and group interventions in a range of modalities with a focus on building relationships. This includes the development of a shared formulation with each person on caseload, as well as pro-social groups (gardening,bee-keeping,cooking), psycho-educational groups (healthy self-esteem),and skills groups (DBT skills).

The role will be working on an individual and group basis with those on caseload to support them achieve outcomes jointly outlined on their personal development plan. Working with the team to educate and support those needing specific OT interventions.

You will manage,coordinate and facilitate pro-social groups such as bee keeping,social club,mindfulness,cooking,gardening etc. Alongside the MDT,the post holder will support the development of these group sessions.

Main duties of the job

You will be working in an enthusiastic team made up of prison officers, governors and clinical staff alike. It is important to the service to ensure the team are working cohesively and effectively together. The service dedicates time to team development and you will participate in this through reflective practice, team activities, and mindfulness sessions. You will need excellent communication, reflection and critical appraisal skills when working alongside colleagues in this setting.

The Occupational Therapy role and team within the service is still developing, and you will have the exciting opportunity to develop this further using your own skills and experience from prior roles to shape this.

You will often work under pressure and without direct supervision, so we are looking for someone confident and capable. Working within a prison setting can often be an intense environment therefore it is important that you utilise supervision and reflective practice to support your own wellbeing.

You will be a registered Occupational Therapist with appropriate qualifications and experience. Experience working within a prison or secure environment would be beneficial.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for further details.

We are a bespoke service with lots to offer. If you are interested in applying we would encourage you to get in touch for an informal chat or an opportunity to visit us and meet the team. Please contact Rachel Duncan, 01803 814848,

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Established mental health experience at Band 5
  • Application of health and safety and risk management policies
  • Awareness of the implications of long-term institutional care
  • Understanding of team dynamics
  • Clinical supervision for qualified and/or support staff
  • Application of HR management policies
Qualifications Essential
  • Bsc Hons Degree in Occupational Therapy or Diploma from COT
  • Evidence of Post Graduate Courses, on-going training and development in theory and practice in mental health OT.
  • IT Skills
  • APPLE or equivalent Practice Educator accreditation
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Application of the OT Process
  • Use of standardised /functional assessment and activity analysis
  • Clear understanding of core OT skills
  • Awareness of legal restraints impacting on the rehabilitation of mentally disordered offenders
  • Good working knowledge of health legislation and current practice including CPA and risk assessment and management

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