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Band 5 Occupational Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year p.a.
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a dynamic, enthusiastic Occupational Therapist with a passion for working with people with a complex psychosis??

If so, we need you to join our Mental Health Rehabilitation Service.

Dorset's Mental Health Rehabilitation Service has undergone a recent review and subsequently has had significant investment and modernisation. The service is now comprised of 2 inpatient units and 2 community teams.

This is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate your ability, whilst continually improving services, with excellent openings for personal and professional development whilst actively promoting the development and implementation of evidence based practice.

If you are flexible, recovery focused, self-motivated with good communication and organisational skills this is a chance for you to join our team.

Main duties of the job

This full-time post will be based at Nightingale House, a 13 bedded mixed community rehabilitation unit.

You will be required to provide a high standard of Occupational Therapy assessment, intervention and evaluation for people living with complex mental health problems.

You will be supporting people to achieve their goals and gain the skills and confidence needed to live as independently as possible.

You will be pivotal in a person's discharge planning; supporting people to hold hope and making aspirations a reality.

You will be supported by an STR Worker and the wider inpatient MDT.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.


We would welcome applications from newly qualified occupational therapists and we provide a very comprehensive and fully supported Preceptorship Programme for newly qualified healthcare professionals.


You will be required to undertake a Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression course and it is a condition of your employment that you successfully complete all aspects of this course; if this is not achieved you will not be able to commence working in the post.

Person Specification Knowledge, Skills and Experience Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Membership of professional body
  • Membership of a Specialist Section
  • Post Qualifying Experience of Mental Health
Job Specific Experience Essential
  • Knowledge of Model of Human Occupation
  • Ability to apply the Occupational Therapy process
  • Knowledge and application of standardised assessments
Comunication Skills Essential
  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable the post holder to carry out the role effectively
  • Presentation skills
Knowledge, Skills and Experience Essential
  • Ability to work independently with individuals and groups
  • An understanding of team dynamics

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