Band 5 Occupational Therapist

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for a committed and creative Occupational Therapist with an interest in working in Mental Health Rehabilitation. Callington Road Hospital is an inpatient facility for service users of all ages who are experiencing mental health problems. The Occupational Therapists at this site work together to provide a comprehensive and inspiring service to all our inpatients. We currently have a vacancy for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist who has a particular interest in working in a rehabilitation setting. The post holder will work closely with the ward OT and MDT Teams to collaborate with service users as they consolidate skills required for resettlement in the community.

Together, the OT Team uses a developmental model and assessment to inform their practice and service. A knowledge of the VdT Model of Creative Ability and the Allen Cognitive Disability Model will benefit any candidates applying for this post.

You will be expected to participate in activities related to your own CPD and also the team development, keeping abreast of and implementing, current evidence based intervention. Regular supervision and appraisal are an integratal part of our practice. There will also be opportunities to supervise other staff and OT students.

Main duties of the job

Professionally accountable for own caseload, working autonomously to deliver occupational therapy in a variety of inpatient/community settings including the service user's own home.

To develop & implement OT treatment plans & provide advice to service users to enable them to maintain, restore or create a balance between their abilities & the demands of their occupation & environment in the areas of self-care, productivity &leisure. Service users have a range of mental health conditions or learning disabilities.

To work compassionately with service users & carers to achieve identified OT goals & to promote social inclusion, independence & well-being through a client-centred approach.

To provide the best possible experience for service users, carers and families.

To develop professional knowledge and skills through participation in preceptorship and competency framework to enable the post holder to take responsibility for service users with increasingly more diverse presentations and more complex problems.

To facilitate others in the team to develop competence by providing clinical advice and training to occupational therapy associate practitioners, assistants and students as appropriate.

To be committed to and involved in activities integral to Quality Improvement.

To promote at all times a positive image of people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities.

To promote at all times a positive image of the Occupational Therapy Service and the wider Trust.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities, Patient Contact

Accountable for designated caseload, working within an evidenced based occupational therapy treatment plan and care programme approach under the guidance of the supervising occupational therapist. Service users may demonstrate behaviours that challenge and have difficult family situations of relevance.

Undertakes occupational therapy assessments, addressing occupational performance and skill deficits.

Assesses and manages risk effectively in clinical and community settings including the service users own home.

Works with service users and carers to identify Occupational Therapy goals as part of the overall Multidisciplinary Team plan.

Develops and implements individual and/or group interventions, in collaboration with the service user(s) and MDT to achieve therapeutic goals.

Uses technical and creative skills to engage service users in therapeutic activities and encourages them in a compassionate manner, to support them in achieving their identified goals.

Monitors and evaluates occupational therapy treatment in order to measure progress and modifies treatment plans to ensure effectiveness of clinical interventions.

Provides reports on service user progress at clinical meetings and participates in the clinical decision-making process regarding service user care programmes as part of the multidisciplinary team.

Provides advice, education and training to service users, carers and other healthcare staff involved in service users care.

Undertakes health promotion activities.

Assesses service users for and fits adapted equipment in the home, as appropriate.

Acts as lead professional for service users if no other professional is involved in the service users care and may undertake care co-ordination for service users on Care Programme.

Approach where there is an occupational therapy component identified.

Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of service user harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the service user. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding thesafeguarding of children who may be at risk.

Demonstrates safe moving and handling of service users, using equipment as required.

Demonstrates safe physical interventions in the management of violence and aggression as required.

Administrative Responsibilities

Undertakes administrative tasks in relation to own work.

Uses Microsoft Office applications on a daily basis.

Responsibility for Information Systems

Responsible for maintaining accurate and comprehensive service user records using RIO or other electronic systems approved by the Trust and in accordance with the Trust and professional record keeping standards.

Writes letters and reports on service users progress for distribution to other healthcare professionals.

Contributes to MDT reports.

Records information required for statistical purposes in an accurate and timely manner.

Uses recording tools (e.g. Clustering tool) and related assessments accurately as a key part of the system requirements, where appropriate.

Responsibility for Planning/Organising & Strategic/Business Development

Plans own workload, managing competing demands (e.g. urgent referrals) to ensure care is delivered according to clinical priority.

Delegates work to OT assistants whose competence has been established, whilst maintaining professional accountability and ensuring their work meets required professional standards.

Plans, organises and writes session plans for individual service users or groups.

May undertake care co-ordination for service users on Care Programme Approach where there is an occupational therapy component identified.

Plans training sessions, workshops, seminars and poster displays.Policy Development

Contributes to the development of policies and procedures in own area as part of the Occupational Therapy Team.

Service Development, Project Management

Participates in continual safety and quality improvement activities as part of the Occupational Therapy Team

Financial Responsibilities

Monitors stock levels and may raise requisitions for authorisation, to maintain appropriate levels of supplies.

Uses petty cash for therapeutic activities as appropriate.

Responsibility for Physical Resources, Estates, Hotel Services

Has a personal duty of care to ensure all equipment is used safely and effectively, following manufacturers instructions, immediately reporting any defects in accordance with local procedures.

Responsible for ensuring that staff are competent to use equipment required to undertake the tasks delegated to them.

Maintains required standards of infection control.

Ensures safe transport and storage of equipment and materials.

Ensures own work areas are kept tidy.

Uses available resources efficiently and effectively.

Research and Audit

Keeps up to date with new developments in the field, critically evaluating available research and disseminating information to inform evidence-based practice.Maintains a personal professional portfolio of learning activity in compliance with professional body requirements.

Demonstrates an understanding of the clinical governance framework and contributes to the setting and monitoring of quality standards for clinical work and implements agreed action plans.

Participates in research projects and clinical audits in own work area as required.

Staff Management, Training and Development, HR

Provides training to occupational therapy assistants and students, monitoring and evaluating learning outcomes, providing feedback and assessing competencies to facilitate learning in practice.

Identifies and meets the training needs of carers, volunteers, healthcare staff from other professions and outside agencies regarding occupational performance of service users.

Participates in the induction of new staff to the clinical area.

In the absence of a more senior therapist, may undertake day to day supervision of occupational therapy assistants and students including work allocation, checking record keeping and quality of care delivered and providing clinical advice and guidance as required.

Provides clinical supervision to occupational therapy assistants.


Communicates in a way which recognises difference and ensures that people feel included and their individual communication needs are met.

Uses appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication methods to ensure effective therapeutic engagement with service users who have a range of cognitive and communication abilities. This requires communicating complex or sensitive information using persuasion, motivation and reassurance to achieve collaborative participation in the implementation oftherapy plans.

Communicates information regarding service users needs and progress positively, compassionately and in a timely manner to carers as appropriate having due regard for confidentiality at all times.

Attends clinical team meetings, providing reports and recommendations on service user therapy as required and contributing to the clinical decision making process.

Ensures that effective communication systems are maintained across the multidisciplinary team and strengthens partnership links with GPs, social workers, community and voluntary agencies.

Participates in professional forums and special interest groups.

Uses a range of communication skills to ensure optimal learning for participants in training sessions or undertaking other learning activities.

Ensures that communication with members of the public is professional and courteous at all times.

Deals with initial complaints sensitively, avoiding escalation where possible.

Analyses service users responses/progress when undertaking therapeutic activities. Modifies activities to maximise clinical effectiveness according to the particular circumstances at the time.

Uses judgement to provide appropriate advice to other staff.

Identifies non-routine situations and takes appropriate action.

Decides when to escalate issues to a more senior therapist.

Responsible for maintaining appropriate boundaries with service users.

Person Specification longlisting Essential
  • BSc in Occupational Therapy
  • Knowledge and understanding of Mental Health (work or experience)
  • Understanding of rehabilitation
  • Understanding of risk
  • Experience of working in mental health setting
  • Experience of team working
  • Experience of providing supervision

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