Senior Occupational Therapist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
13 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a Senior Occupational Therapist to join the Occupational Therapy team based at Langdon Hospital, in Dawlish.

You will be joining the team of Occupational Therapists, our Assistants and our Engagement & Involvement team (E&I) and will work as part of the MDT to provide specialist Occupational Therapy assessments, to assess individual occupational needs and provide group and individual interventions to promote recovery. You will support the Band 5 to manage their caseload and will also hold a small caseload of your own which will include the more complex patients.

This Band 6 role will give you an opportunity to further develop your professional and clinical skills, lead small scale projects and includes line management responsibilities.

You will be given excellent professional and clinical support as you develop your skills and ideas in this post.

We will support you to grow and develop in your role. We are keen to support people to achieve their career potential and this is in part offered through a wide variety of training opportunities. In return, you will need to be motivated, forward thinking, and flexible.

Main duties of the job

You will be a qualified Occupational Therapist (OT) with evidence of post-graduate courses or on-going training and development in the theory and practice of mental health occupational therapy. In addition, you will have demonstrable OT experience at Band 5.

You will be required to foster close effective working relationships with the senior leadership team and you will become an important part of the team, working to ensure that every patient receives high quality care. The role is dynamic and challenging and you will be expected to take on clinical leadership responsibilities to support the delivery of occupational therapy assessment and interventions.

A positive and open attitude to multidisciplinary working is vital as is a strong patient focus and a desire to provide excellent support to people who use our services to establish hope for the future and facilitate individuals to learn and practice skills that support their goals and discharge to community life.

It is an exciting time to join us; our team is developing as we strengthen the role of Occupational Therapist at Langdon Hospital. Our goal is to deliver a recovery focused service that supports our patients hopes for the future and facilitates opportunities for individuals to learn and practice skills that will underpin their return to community life.

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

For further information relating to this role, please see the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Comprehensive understanding of the application of the Occupational Therapy Process.
  • Use of standardised /functional assessment and activity analysis.
  • Clear understanding of core Occupational Therapy skills.
  • Awareness of legal restraints impacting on the rehabilitation of service users of forensic mental health services.
  • Good working knowledge of health legislation and current practice including CPA and risk assessment and management.
  • Excellent computer literacy.
  • Training and presentation skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Group work skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, such as the ability to have difficult conversations
Experience Essential
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision for qualified and/or support staff
  • Understanding of current challenges within secure mental health services, clinical governance issues, practice education and implications for Occupational Therapy.
  • Application of health and safety and risk management policies.
  • Awareness of the implications of long-term institutional care.
  • Understanding of team dynamics and how to manage conflict.
  • Demonstrable Occupational Therapy experience at Band 5, minimum 2 years.
  • Application of HR management policies.
Qualifications Essential
  • Bsc Hons Degree in Occupational Therapy or Diploma from RCOT - HCPC Registration
  • 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.

UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Langdon Hospital

Exeter Road



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