Band 6 Occupational Therapist

Job details
Posting date: 25 November 2020
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: Agenda for change
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 31 January 2021
Location: Various, BR3 3BX
Company: NHS Jobs
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: J11-37217-OTSP00

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POST TITLE : Occupational Therapist

Band : 6 | Hours : 30 Hours/Week | Department/Ward : Occupational Therapy | Reports to : Occupational Therapy Supervisor | Accountable to : Professional Head of Occupational Therapy | Location : Various


The post holder will oversee and provide occupational therapy assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation to a designated group of people accessing the (local information) service to promote well-being, recovery and social inclusion.

To achieve this, the post holder will hold and integrate both the occupational therapy specific and generic elements of their job, whilst complying with the College of Occupational Therapists’ Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.


The post holder is expected to achieve the following outcomes:

Delivering Clinical Excellence

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To undertake occupational therapy assessments for a designated caseload, assessing health and well-being from an occupational perspective.

To contribute to assessing and completing risk assessments within the multi-disciplinary team to support a person’s recovery.

To hold an up to date knowledge of a range of occupational therapy standardised assessments, the models on which they are based and how to carry these out.

To identify occupationally focused goals taking into consideration the mental, physical, spiritual, psychological and social needs of the service user and that it is sensitive to age, culture, race, gender, ethnicity, social class, sexuality and disability.

In collaboration with the service user, to plan and implement individual or group therapeutic interventions using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals which support their recovery.

To use outcome measures that give clear evidence that occupational therapy has made a difference to people’s occupations and ultimately support social inclusion and promote recovery.

To hold an up to date knowledge of safeguarding principles and know how to respond to any safeguarding concern related to the service user.

To display an understanding of the potential for distress caused by, and social and personal consequences of mental illness for the service user, their families, carers and support networks.

To interact with service users, families, carers and support networks in an empathetic fashion and demonstrate a clear understanding of the effects of disability in the areas of productivity, leisure and activities of daily living.

To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service user’s social and physical environment.

To assess and prescribe small aids and equipment and recommend adaptations to maximise independence for service users in home and community environments, where appropriate.

To analyse, grade and adapt individual and group activities to meet the occupational performance and participation, environmental and vocational needs of service users.

To routinely implement occupationally focused pathways that clearly identify what service users can expect from their occupational therapy interventions whilst working collaboratively with individuals to ensure treatment is targeted to their specific needs.

To ensure all occupational therapy equipment and materials are maintained and stored responsibly and advise on resources needed to carry out group and individual treatments including financial.

Communication and working relationships :

To use electronic recording systems to document high quality interventions that enhance occupational performance.

To participate in local and corporate requirements of data collection.

To provide occupational performance data or other reports as required.

Service and practice development :

To participate in service and occupational therapy evaluations, clinical pathways development and implementation, benchmarking and audit activities and to contribute to implementation of service modernisation and improvement projects as required.

To actively participate in the delivery of the Trust Occupational Therapy Strategy and via the specific occupational therapy implementation plan in the relevant Clinical Academic Group.

Other information:

All Band 6 occupational therapists will have access to study days, CPD sessions, specialist training (where appropriate) and be introduced to the flexibility of the role of occupational therapist. There are also opportunities to get involved with students, as well as access to other Trust-wide initiatives.

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