Occupational Therapist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£26,937 to £33,110 a year incl fringe HCAs
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Old Age
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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An excellent opportunity has arisen to come and be part of our dynamic occupational therapy service. As a service we have developed innovative ways of delivering evidenced based and outcome measured occupational therapy in the Older People Service to support those on their individual recovery journey, including a variety of occupational focused group programmes. The post will include delivering both individual and group occupational therapy interventions within a clear care pathway. Interventions include;
  • Lifestyle Matters Programme – a 20 session group which utilises Lifestyle Redesign© principles.
  • Memory Matters Programme – a 6 session group for people with early stages of dementia and their carers.
  • Individual occupational therapy assessments and interventions.

We use the Model of Human Occupation to guide all our occupational therapy assessments and interventions. We are particularly focusing on embedding occupational science and neuroscience into our practice. The Occupational Therapy Leadership team is committed to an extensive, coordinated CPD programme including Trust wide training, core competence training, annual conferences, robust supervision structure, specialist interest groups and Older People’s care groups. Staff are valued for their expertise in occupationally focused interventions and specialist group therapy.

Main duties of the job

This post is a Band 5 development post which is an amazing opportunity to develop your occupational therapy skills through participating in the Developing Specialist Scheme provided by the Trust.

The Developing Specialist Scheme includes:
  • Preceptorship programme
  • Core skills training
  • OT forums
  • Regular supervision with peers and supervisor.

Once the agreed competencies have been completed then you will progress to a Band 6 Occupational Therapist within the Mid Surrey sector Older People's Community Mental Health Team. The Mid Sector comprises of three Community Mental Health Teams who are based at Horizon House in Epsom. The Community Mental Health Teams for Older People support people who are 65 and over with functional mental health conditions or dementia.

This post is suitable for anyone who has consolidated their core skills and competencies through the occupational therapy preceptorship process.

This post also provides an opportunity to develop skills in care coordinating individuals with an occupational therapy focus and being part of the assessment team.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country withing easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Overview

1. To provide high quality and evidence based occupational therapy assessment and interventions (group and individual) to people who access services and their carers/supporters/family members, in line with the occupational therapy pathways and with support/supervision from a specialist occupational therapist.

2. To communicate effectively with people who access services, carers, the multi-disciplinary team and when appropriate outside agencies.

3. To contribute to the generic functioning of the team.

4. To contribute to occupational therapy student placements.

5. To participate in service development and audits.

6. To take on the role of lead professional as appropriate.

The job will be within our Older People’s Community Mental Health Team and be based primarily within the Mid Surrey teams. The post holder will be expected to work flexibly within all the Mid Surrey services, as need arises.

Key Responsibilities


· To participate in service development and audits

· To provide mentoring/supervision to support workers/associate practitioners/activity coordinators

· To represent occupational therapy within the multi-disciplinary team

· To advocate and promote occupational therapy within the Trust

· To support the delivery of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities within services and divisions

· To support clinical placements for occupational therapy students

· To contribute to the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways

· To assist in the induction of new staff and contribute to the wider strategic plans regarding occupational therapy recruitment


· To demonstrate occupational therapy skills in areas such as occupational identity and competency, occupational engagement, environmental adaptation, volition, development and maintenance of occupational skills.

· To provide high quality occupational therapy assessments for people who access the service, adapting the approach as and when needed, with support/supervision from a specialist occupational therapist.

· To provide evidence based and outcome measured occupational therapy interventions (individual and group), as outlined in the occupational therapy pathway, with support/supervision from a Specialist Occupational Therapist.

· To use effective clinical reasoning and formulation skills to devise person-centred occupational therapy care plans, alongside people who access services and their carers/supporters/family members (where appropriate), with support/supervision from a Specialist Occupational Therapist.

· To contribute to the evaluation of the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions.

· To complete comprehensive risk assessment and management plans, raising safeguarding concerns in line with Trust policy, with support/supervision from a specialist Occupational Therapist.

· To keep up to date with current evidence-based practice, research and National guidelines within your clinical area.

· To act as the lead professional for people who access services for the duration of their occupational therapy assessment and/or intervention.

· To utilise therapeutic use of self skills when providing occupational therapy interventions.

· To understand group theory and dynamics and how these impact on delivering group interventions.

· To communicate complex and challenging issues in an effective and compassionate way with people who access services, carers/family members/supporters, other clinicians and agencies/services.

· To effectively manage a caseload with people who have complex needs, with support/supervision from a Specialist Occupational Therapist.

· To be compassionate, inclusive and understanding of the needs of people who access services, carers/supporter/family members.

· To work in partnership with other community services and providers.

· To demonstrate effective time management skills and manage caseload with support.

· To prescribe equipment, in line with the equipment protocol

· To periodically cover the duty system within the Community Mental Health Team and respond to any urgent mental health assessments and telephone calls as part of the duty system.


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

· To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, Professional Guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures.

· To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005).

· To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation.

· To engage in your own CPD and the MDT preceptorship to ensure that you have the knowledge and skills to deliver high quality occupational therapy assessments and interventions.

· To document assessments, interventions, evaluations and progress notes in a clear, timely and professional manner, in line with Trust policy.

· To actively engage in your own supervision and appraisal.

· To ensure confidentially in line with the Trust’s policies and procedures

· To contribute to a healthy and safe working environment by adhering to health and safety regulations and Trust policies.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualifications required
  • Occupational Therapy professional qualification and pre qualification.
Experience Essential
  • Knowledge of occupational frames of reference and approaches
  • Knowledge of relevant assessment and treatment models
  • Knowledge of the impact of health and disability on occupational performance, participation and identity
  • Interest and skills in specialist area
  • UK driving license and access to a car for work purposes
  • Previous experience of working with people within Older Peoples Mental Health services including pre qualification

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