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Senior Occupational Therapist

Sussex / United Kingdom / Code: EPJ02220

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Fantastic opportunity for a Senior Occupational Therapist to join our Clients Assessment Centre in Sussex
Job description

Senior Occupational Therapist

Main area                    Mental Health

Grade                          NHS AfC: Band 6

Contract                      Permanent

Hours                          Full time - 37.5 hours per week

Location                       Bognor Regis - Sussex

Salary                          £32,306 - £39,027 Per annum


Job overview

The Assessment and Treatment Service works with adults living with mental illness, supporting their recovery and the development of skills and strategies to support them to maintain their wellbeing. We have a great opportunity for a motivated Occupational Therapist, who is seeking to develop their practice within the community setting. The successful candidate will have a good knowledge of working with people with severe and enduring mental health problems and be able to demonstrate clinically effective care management skills and interventions in accordance with the Care Programme Approach.

We are looking for an Occupational Therapist to join our friendly and supportive team. Our vacancy is for a Band 6 practitioner however we will offer Band 5 to 6 development posts to the right candidates.

Main duties of the job

The Assessment and Treatment Service is a lively community mental health team supporting people living with severe and enduring mental health problems. You will hold a caseload of people who are cared for within a recovery focused model of care designed to enable and encourage service users to develop positive coping strategies to maximise their independence and potential. You will work in partnership with a diverse team of clinicians and support staff including psychologists, psychiatrists, support workers and our third sector partners.

Our vision is to provide outstanding care and treatment; the people that we employ are at the heart of making this vision a reality. If you've got the passion, the belief, the drive and the talent to help us achieve our vision then we would like to hear from you.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The role is all about improving outcomes for this patient group, working creatively with patients and their carers to co-create care and risk plans that will help them achieve their goals and to live as independently as possible. This key to success is often about building effective partnerships with GPs, Crisis services, housing and other third sector providers or we might decide to refer patients onto one of our more specialist services, such as our Early intervention in Psychosis or Eating disorders. 

Working in our team includes:

  • Working autonomously as a Lead Practitioner to a defined caseload of clients. This will include offering specific interventions to people diagnosed with mood/anxiety disorders, psychosis or complex emotional difficulties.
  • You will complete initial assessments and work closely with our referrals co-ordinators.

What you will receive from us:

  • Regular Line Management and Professional supervision
  • Access to a wide range of Training and CPD opportunities including;
  • The opportunity to participate in a range QI work and service innovations
  • Varied leadership development opportunities.

Effective communication and leadership skills, a sound clinical knowledge base, and a commitment to caring for patients in the community must be demonstrated. You must be enthusiastic, self-motivated, flexible and able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy
  • Evidence of post graduate level study/training
  • Registration with the HPC as an occupational therapist
  • Training in the use of standardised occupational therapy assessment tools


Essential criteria

  • Experience as a qualified occupational therapist in mental health
  • Broad experience of working with clients with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of both group and individual work
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Experience as a Care Coordinator
  • Experience in a clinical area related to the post
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience in applying a range of assessment tools and a comprehensive knowledge of occupational therapy clinical approaches used in mental health
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