Senior Occupational Therapist *3k Welcome Bonus*

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year gross per annum
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

View more

Occupational Therapist
Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Job Details

Are you an experienced Occupational Therapist with a passion for working with adults with a learning disability?

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to complement our specialist multi-disciplinary team working with individuals with a range of complex needs, including mental health issues, complex physical health needs and behaviours of concern. Occupational Therapy is seen as an essential part of the MDT within our services.

We aim to provide quality specialist services that respect individual needs and promote independence, recovery and social inclusion. You will oversee specific referrals for Occupational Therapy, identifying the level of need and priority for intervention. Delivering a range of interventions which will require you to draw on your knowledge of both mental and physical health within this role.

It is desirable for candidates to have training in Ayres Sensory Integration, however if you have not undertaken any training in this area we will support you to explore this within our team.

As a Trust we encourage our Allied Health Professionals to connect and share experiences, knowledge and resources. We empower our clinicians to take an active role in developing and shaping our workstreams. Our Great Yarmouth and Waveney Care Group AHP Lead will work with you to support with the development and implementation of new ideas.

Main duties of the job

Within this role you will:
  • Take a lead on developing and delivering an effective Occupational Therapy pathway for the service.
  • Work autonomously and liaise with other agencies to ensure the delivery of high-quality care.
  • To embed and utilise OT specific assessment tools and outcome measures to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions within the service.
  • To provide specialist occupation-based clinical advice and guidance to the wider team.
  • Work collaboratively with service users and carers to support the formulation of the service users occupational needs.
  • Participate in Quality Improvement tasks to support the continued development of services.
  • To support the delivery of in service training.
  • To facilitate a minimum of one Occupational Therapy student placement per year.
  • To participate in care group or Trust wide AHP workstreams where appropriate.

You will need to be conscientious and do everything you can to provide patient centred care. You will work within the NSFT trust values and be able to meet deadlines to ensure that the service is delivered safely and effectively making sure service users obtain the support and care they need in a timely manner.

About us
Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing experiences and learning from each other. In addition to ongoing training and development opportunities, we are committed to providing an environment in which you can thrive.

Why work for us?We are an improving Trust, with ambitious aspirations and pushing ahead with exciting transformation work. We have strong, established nursing networks coupled with an exceptional leadership team who will ensure you are truly cared for and cared about.

Why Norfolk and Suffolk?The people here are warm and welcoming, you'll never be far from the beautiful coastline or Broads National Park. We're an hour and a half away from London and have an international airport in Norwich too. Our villages, towns and cities are packed full of history, independent cafes, shops and theatres. We have excellent shopping, eating out, top ranking schooling and affordable house prices too.


Benefits included with this role are: -
  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more
  • Relocation packages.

Job description
Job responsibilities

We welcome applicants for a band 5 position who will be supported on a developmental band 6 pathway within this role.

We are keen to speak to candidates from a diverse clinical background, especially those who have experience working in learning disabilities or mental health services If youre looking for a new challenge and want to find out more about this opportunity - please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Interview dates are yet to be set; you will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

Please visit our Facebook and Twitter page @NSFTjobs

**This post attracts a recruitment premium of £3,000 (pro-rata for part time roles). This is a one off payment with half paid on appointment and half paid after the completion of a satisfactory probation period (6 months). The premium is taxable. Please note that should you leave employment, or choose to move to an alternative post within the Trust that does not attract this recruitment premium, you will be required to reimburse all or some of the payment. Please note this recruitment premium is for external applicants only. and not applicable to newly qualified nurses**

Person Specification
  • Diploma / degree in Occupational Therapy
  • HPC state recognition

  • Ongoing professional development
  • Relevant post-graduate training courses

  • Able to demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of mental health practice from previous experience
  • Effective risk assessment and risk management experience
  • Working in a team delivering person centred treatment packages

  • Delivering group based interventions

  • Ability to deliver OT assessment / treatments
  • Basic computer skills including use of internet / email
  • Risk assessment knowledge and skills
  • Competent and effective treatment skills

  • Knowledge of Psychosocial interventions

  • Knowledge of health promotion

  • Ability to travel independently

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.



Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

N&S Nurse Banner

About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

N&S Leader Banner


For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

Find Us
Norfolk & Suffolk
United Kingdom
You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert