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Occupational Therapist

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

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Norfolk & Suffolk Secure Services Forensic Community Mental Health Teams provide recovery-focused community care. This is for offenders who have been, or are being, discharged from a secure unit.

This is an exciting opportunity following being commissioned to provide an expansion to our forensic community teams, this role is based at Cedar House in Ipswich, we are looking to recruit an Occupational therapist at band 6 who is highly skilled, motivated, and passionate to enhance our service provision and deliver on outcomes identified by the collaborative. This is to focus on service user progression and achieving the best for the service user by reducing the risks of re admission, shorter stays in hospitals and supporting with more community resource to aid recovery. The role will work closely with the inpatient wards to provide a meaningful and collaborative approach to the, appropriate management, risk assessment and treatment of the Service User group. Including the providing of support and assistance to inpatient facilities, while linking in with other statuary and non-statuary agencies; incorporating full/joint working as appropriate. The aims are to:
  • Reduce length of stay
  • Supporting step-down and recovery in the community at the earliest appropriate opportunity
  • Preventing re-admissions where possible

Main duties of the job

We are openly welcoming people from a diverse clinical background who poses a vast experience in different areas of mental health. Your wealth of skills and expertise in metal health and occupational therapy will be valued and career progression will be supported within our line management and appraisal structures.You will be expected to complete collaborative assessments and review CPA with Service users and their friends, family, and carers.The MDT is recovery focused and works with a mixed caseload of male and female service users who have complex mental health needs. Working with carers, relatives and other third-party agencies will be a very crucial part of your role.In addition, this role will focus on supporting reintegration back into the community by in reaching services users placed in inpatient areas and proactively supporting plans to discharge into the community.

About us

Our team has a good reputation in retaining staff and values and embrace a culture of mutual respect, transparency, integrity, and collaborative working. We are a friendly and ambitious team, welcoming of new clinicians who may or may not have previous experience in this field.

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

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

By joining our team, you will be well supported to develop further your knowledge and skills to deliver evidence-based interventions for the group of service users. Personal development will be supported through meaningful Appraisal and via a bespoke training package (a comprehensive in house & external training programmes). On a monthly basis you will be offered reflective practice sessions, mandatory clinical supervision, and Line management supervision. You will also have an opportunity to actively take part in Quality improvement projects within the service.

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 confirmed; 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.

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Person Specification
  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Professional Registration with Health Care Professionals Council

  • Working clinically in a Mental Health setting

  • Clinical Assessment
  • Risk Assessment
  • Effective time management
  • Problem solving
  • Familiarity with standard ICT

  • Data inputting
  • Basic skills for running therapeutic groups

  • Basic understanding of Mental Health Act 1983 and any updates
  • Specialist Knowledge and application of Occupational Therapy Assessments and interventions relevant to this client group

  • Understanding of applications of brief therapies
  • Understanding of the principles and application of the recovery model and social inclusion

  • Able 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.

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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.

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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.

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