Lead Occupational Therapist - AHP

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Leatherhead House
£43,574 to £49,587 a year Inc. 5% Fringe HCAS (pro rata)
Closing date
26 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Part Time
This is an excellent opportunity to develop or expand your clinical and leadership skills as a band 7 Occupational Therapist in community mental health. This role is being offered as a fixed term or secondment role until 1st April 2024.

If you wish to apply for a secondment we will need agreement of you current manager/employer.

This role provides clinical oversight and leadership to the community mental health occupational therapists working in CMHRS in East and Mid Surrey as well as our Rehabilitation service Margaret Laurie House in Reigate.

The role has 25 % clinical time and 75% leadership time.

You would be a member of the Trusts Occupational Therapy leadership team and the community mental health services leadership and be able to influence and develop the service at a time when we are undergoing an exciting mental health transformation programme.

Main duties of the job

Job Overview

1. To provide compassionate and effective leadership to the occupational therapists within the service/locality/sector.

2. To contribute to the overall leadership of the service/locality/sector.

3. To provide high quality and evidence based occupational therapy assessment and interventions, both group and individual, to people with complex needs who access services and their carers/supporters/family members, in line with the occupational therapy pathways.

4. To communicate effectively with a range of clinicians, managers, directors, associate directors, people who access services, carers/supporter/family members, stakeholders and agencies.

5. To provide supervision and mentoring to occupational therapists within the occupational therapy service.

6. To ensure the delivery occupational therapy student placements.

7. To lead on service development and audits both within individual services and the wider occupational therapy service.

8. To be an active member of the overall occupational therapy leadership team.

9. To actively contribute to the continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities within the wider occupational therapy service.

The position provides leadership across the following services Mid and East CMHRS teams and will be based across these as suits. The postholder will be expected to work flexibly within all the communityservices, as need arises.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities


To plan, support and deliver high-quality and highly complex occupational therapy assessments and interventions

To lead on service development, evaluations and audits relevant to occupational therapy

To provide high quality supervision and mentoring to occupational therapy staff, including appraisals and addressing performance issues as required

To represent and advocate occupational therapy within a range of forums within the Trust, ICS and regionally

To deliver effective continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities within services and divisions to enable occupational therapy staff to deliver the identified occupational therapy pathways

To ensure that placements for occupational therapy students and apprenticeships are offered within the clinical speciality

To lead on the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways

To lead on occupational therapy recruitment and induction, and contribute to the wider strategic plans regarding the occupational therapy workforce

To contribute to the strategic planning of the occupational therapy service within the Trust

To be part of the wider MDT leadership team within the locality/sector/division, providing support as part of the seniors team within the service e.g. caseload reviews, MDT discussions, assessment feedback meetings.


To demonstrate highly specialist occupational therapy skills in areas such as occupational identity and competency, occupational engagement, environmental adaptation, volition, development and maintenance of occupational skills for people with very complex needs.

To have an excellent knowledge of occupational therapy models and frame of references

To provide high quality and comprehensive occupational therapy assessments for people who access the service, adapting the approach as and when needed.

To provide evidence based and outcome measured occupational therapy interventions (individual and group), as outlined in the occupational therapy pathway.

To use highly effective clinical reasoning and formulation skills to devise person-centred occupational therapy care plans, alongside people who access services and their carers/supporters/family members (where appropriate).

To evaluate the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions.

To complete comprehensive risk assessment and management plans, raising safeguarding concerns in line with Trust policy.

To keep up to date with current evidence-based practice, research and National guidelines within your clinical area, sharing this knowledge with the wider occupational therapy service

To act as the lead professional for people who access services for the duration of their occupational therapy assessment and/or intervention

To utilise therapeutic use of self skills when providing occupational therapy interventions.

To have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of group theory and dynamics and how these impact on delivering group interventions.

To communicate complex and challenging issues in a highly effective and compassionate way with people who access services, carers/family members/supporters, other clinicians and agencies/services.

To effectively manage a caseload with people who have highly complex needs.

To provide services which are compassionate, inclusive and understanding of the needs of people who access services, carers/supporter/family members.

To actively forge effective working relationships with partner organisations, stakeholders and other community resources.

To practice within the Positive Risk-Taking Framework


To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures.

To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005).

To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation.

To engage in your own CPD to ensure that you have the leadership and clinical skills and knowledge to deliver high quality occupational therapy assessments and interventions.

To document assessments, interventions, evaluations and progress notes in a clear, timely and professional manner, in line with Trust policy.

To actively engage in your own supervision and appraisal.

To ensure confidentially in line with the Trusts policies and procedures

To contribute to a healthy and safe working environment by adhering to health and safety regulations and Trust policies.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Occupational Therapy professional qualification
  • Clinical supervision training
  • Fieldwork educators training
  • Leadership training
  • Additional academic or clinical qualifications/training relevant to area of work
Experience Essential
  • Extensive and relevant post qualification clinical experience with people who have complex needs
  • Extensive experience of applying occupational frames of reference and approaches
  • Demonstrates evidence highly effective clinical reasoning skills
  • Highly specialist knowledge of relevant assessment and treatment models
  • Evidence of an interest and skills in specialist area
  • Experience of contributing to service development/project work
  • Experience of providing supervision
  • Experience of supporting students on placement
  • Experience of representing occupational therapy within a service and Trust
  • UK driving license and access to a car for work purposes
  • In depth knowledge of group therapy and experience of facilitating groups

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