Head Occupational Therapist (Band 7)

Cygnet Health Care
£42,000 to £47,000 a year + £4,000 welcome bonus
Closing date
12 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

We want to recruit an exceptional OT to be part of a senior management team.

If you have a history of demonstrating clinical expertise & strong leadership skills, with a passion for developing others this could be an opportunity for you.

Main duties of the job

As part of a multi-disciplinary team, you will work as an autonomous clinician, providing specialist assessment and treatment of occupational dysfunction.

You will lead the occupational therapy department and be part of the senior management team.

An integral part of this role will be supporting student education within the team. This role includes opportunities for learning, development and research, supported by a robust appraisal and supervision structure based on RCOTs Career Development Framework.

About us

Cygnet Health Care was established in 1988. Across our 11 different service lines, we have evidence-based established models of care to ensure we provide the highest quality care and support.

Our dedicated and expert teams of over 10 000 employees, support over 2800 individuals in a range of services across England, Scotland and Wales.

We have built a reputation for delivering pioneering services and outstanding outcomes for the people in our care, through co-production, recovery and rehabilitation.

With over 150 Occupational Therapists, we work together as a large team providing support to each other across the group, with the opportunity to be part of specialist interest groups & become involved in-service development.

Job description
Job responsibilities
Are you an Occupational Therapist who would like to explore a rewarding career experience?
About Us

Cygnet Health Care was established in 1988 as an independent provider of health and social care services in England, Scotland and Wales.

Your Role

Head OT Cygnet Bury Hudson Hospital

Service Line

Low and Medium Secure Services - Mental Illness and Personality Disorder


In this role you will carry a case load of one ward of 12 patients, supported by an Occupational Therapy Assistant. You will hold managerial responsibility for the delivery of Occupational Therapy Services to the six LSU and MSU wards in the hospital. In order to do this you will have a team of one full time OT per ward, and one full time OTA for every two wards.

Clinical: You would be responsible for the assessment and treatment of occupational dysfunction for up to 12 service users in our Secure Male Service. Patients in the service have a range of diagnoses including psychosis, personality disorders, bi-polar and ASD. You will work with a full multidisciplinary team in a coordinated way to support each service user develop their skills and move through our clinical model of care from admission to discharge.

Leadership: You would report to and deputise for the Regional Lead Occupational Therapist (on site). You would hold leadership and management responsibilities for the Occupational Therapy Service to 6 wards. You will drive innovation and quality improvement within the Occupational Therapy Services.

Our services are therapy and recovery focused, providing assessment, treatment and rehabilitation. The aim is to effectively progress service users though the Secure Services care pathway or the Personality Disorder Services care pathway. Discharge planning aims to transition our patients into the least restrictive environment possible, while working to reduce the possibility of readmission back into hospital care.

Occupational Therapy Directorate

Under the leadership of our Occupational Therapy Directors we support over 150 Occupational Therapists in the company. Working together as a large team we provide support to each other across the group, with the opportunity to be part of specialist interest groups & to become involved in service development.

Every service line has a Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist to lead and develop evidence based practice and agreed occupational therapy pathway. You will work closely with the Clinical Leads in the Secure Service Line and Personality Disorder Service Line nationally.

We ensure our Occupational Therapists have a voice within the company through participating in strategic service development.

For more insight into life as an OT at Cygnet Health Care visit;https://join.cygnethealth.co.uk/ot-life/- Here you can listen to the opinions, stories and advice from our exceptional OTs it could help the next step in your career.

5 reasons why you should make an application today
  • We care about people in our services
  • Expert clinical supervision and protected time for a weekly 1:1 with your clinical supervisor
  • Dedicated CPD time for peer support, skill development and specialist training
  • We support and develop you to build skills and confidence for the next level in your career.
  • OTs can be offered career development pathways with Level 5 Leadership & Management training funded and options for Sensory Integration training.

Cygnet Health Care Benefits
  • Free parking
  • Free meals for staff on duty
  • Relocation package available
  • Group pension plan helping you save for your future
  • NHS Discount Cards & Blue Light Card (includes big brand discounts)
  • Wellbeing centre with exercises, recipes, financial and mental health advice.
  • Plus much more

A career at Cygnet comes with excellent benefits. Whether its saving you money on the high street, with healthcare, holidays & leisure or securing your future with professional development and a pension we support you to be happy both in & out of work.

Apply now to enjoy excellent career prospects while reaping the rewards of making a difference to others every day.

If you would like to discuss this role with the recruiting occupational therapist or arrange an informal visit, wed be more than happy to facilitate this. Please contact: Ruth Hudson Regional Lead OT ruthhudson@cygnethealth.co.uk Tel: 07540 667679

Please send your CV to our Specialist OT recruiter Hannah Dunlop on HannahDunlop@cygnethealth.co.uk


The successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS and reference check and an offer of employment will be subject to successful clearance.

*Recruitment agencies please note: Speculative emails are not to be sent directly to our clinical staff, these need to go via our internal recruitment team. If speculative candidates are sent directly to a member of the clinical team, we will consider these candidates as our own*

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Empowering people and making a positive difference

Cygnet Health Care was established in 1988. Since then we have developed a wide range of services for individuals with mental health needs within the UK. We have built a reputation for delivering pioneering services and outstanding outcomes for the people in our care. At Cygnet Health Care you’ll have the chance to make a real impact on patients, service users and their families. Our purpose is to care, enable & make a positive difference. Our vision is to be the preferred provider & employer of choice in our sector.

Our great team believe in -

  • Togetherness
  • Patients, service users & their families are at the heart of what we do
  • Making a real difference in people's lives
  • Building caring relationships to improve mental health

Dedicated people who change lives together

At Cygnet, our people work across many different teams that pull together to achieve excellent outcomes for those in our care. So wherever your strengths lie, you can make the most of them with us – and enjoy a rewarding career that makes a significant difference to others.

Join one of our dedicated teams and be part of something meaningful:

  • Leadership Team
  • Doctors & Consultants Team
  • Nursing Team
  • Allied Health & Psychology Team
  • Education Team
  • Care & Support Team
  • Hospitality & Non-clinical Team


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