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Senior Occupational Therapist

Band 6

Main area
Older Adult Mental Health
Band 6
18.5 hours per week minimum, open to negotiation
Job ref
Fulbrook Centre
£30,401 - £37,267 per annum / pro rata
08/03/2020 23:59

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.


You will be based on Cherwell Ward, our Female Older Adult Acute Inpatient Ward, leading the Occupational Therapy team of a band 5 Occupational Therapist and a Band 3 Activity Coordinator on the ward.

Applicants should be highly motivated and have some working knowledge of working in an acute setting. A good understanding of psychiatric illnesses, risk assessment, care planning, the Mental Health and Mental Capacity Act, de-escalation principles and positive engagement is preferred.

This role is essential in ensuring patients are supported to maintain their occupational identities during this acute phase of ill health. Using evidence-based assessments such as the model of human occupation and the model of creative ability you will assess an individual’s strengths, areas for development and personal occupational goals, to carry out home assessments to aid discharge planning and successful transition from the ward.

If successful you will be working within a well-established and dynamic multi-disciplinary team. The ward offers therapeutic groups and one to one interventions. The role will also require completing Occupational Therapy specific assessments, joint care planning, risk assessment and treatment delivery within the team. This forms a key part of the Multi-Disciplinary Team process and enables service users to move more quickly and safely through from admission to discharge. You will need to demonstrate your ability to effectively manage a caseload on a busy ward and develop, plan and evaluate care provision appropriate to the clients’ needs in a holistic person-centred approach.  It is also essential to have well developed communication skills to be an effective clinician and team player.

You will be required to work flexibly to support the ward and the established 7 day therapeutic activities programme. 

The post holder will be required to provide clinical supervision and support to the Band 5 Occupational therapist and Activity Coordinator. There is the opportunity to work collaboratively with members of the ward team and the wider Occupational Therapy service across the inpatient wards and Community Mental Health Teams. The Inpatient Occupational Therapy team meet regularly to review practice in line with the Occupational Therapy pathway, provide support to one another and to share good practice across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

There is the opportunity for you to engage with practice placement education for Occupational Therapy students from Oxford Brookes and Coventry Universities. Oxford Health Inpatient Occupational Therapy team has a commitment to supervision and continuing professional development with well-established support, training and development available within the Trust.

Full-time applicants preferred although we would consider the right applicant if able to work a minimum of 18.5hrs per week.


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Charmian Blackall, Ward Manager on 01865 9025645 or 07876714262.