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Occupational Therapy
NHS AfC: Band 6
Part time - 22.5 hours per week
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Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
The Old Vicarage
£32,306 - £39,027 pa, pro rata
Salary period
30/01/2022 23:59

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Senior Occupational Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 6

Want to make a real difference and have a truly rewarding career?  Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of ‘making a positive difference in people's lives’.

We’ve been rated ‘good’ overall by the CQC, with some outstanding services.  The CQC commented at our most recent inspection on how our colleagues “treated patients with compassion and kindness” and “felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

We are passionate about making equality, diversity and inclusion part of our DNA. We take pride in our “People First Culture” which creates a workplace where everyone feels a genuine sense of belonging, difference is celebrated, and people are comfortable to bring their whole selves to work. Our Chief Executive, Ifti Majid, is a national advocate for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. We value the richness that comes from having colleagues that are fully representative of the local community. We welcome people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, protected characteristics, and with all backgrounds and experiences.

 We are committed to ensuring that all Trust colleagues can work safely during the current Coronavirus crisis.  As part of this, the Trust is reviewing job roles in relation to COVID-19 national guidance, in terms of home working, flexibility and safe practice, to ensure positive working environments for staff and the best quality services for patients.  Please note that this post may be subject to adjustments in line with COVID-19 national guidance.

The Government recently announced their intention to make Covid Vaccination for all patient facing staff compulsory from April 2022, unless the person has a valid medical exemption.  Please bear this in mind when making your application as you will need to demonstrate that you meet this requirement by the 1st April 2022. 

Job overview

Band 6 Community Occupational Therapist 

This is a really exciting time to join Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as an Occupational Therapist!

Bolsover Older Adult Community Mental Health Team is looking for an enthusiastic Band 6 Senior Occupational Therapist to join their friendly and supportive team based at The Old Vicarage in Bolsover.

You will ideally need to have recent relevant experience of working with individuals with a range of mental ill - health, preferably in a community setting.

The work will involve managing Occupational Therapy referrals into the team, assessing older adults with mental ill-health who live within their local community around their occupational needs, designing and implementing person–centred interventions to support them in their recovery and evaluating their progress.

This will include liaison with partnership agencies in the community.

As such you will need to have the ability to travel across the geographical area.

Main duties of the job

You will be able to manage a diverse caseload and work closely with the multi–disciplinary team, giving you the opportunity to work with CPNs, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Employment Specialists and Non–Medical Prescribers.

You will utilise the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) assessments that are used trust wide and will receive support and training in this.

You will be involved in service development and quality improvement projects as we develop OT pathways across the organisation, build links with our partnership organisations in the community, and grow our peer support services as we embed the Community Mental Health Framework across our teams.

You will be part of the wider Occupational Therapy Community in Derbyshire Healthcare, contributing to CPD events, practice development opportunities and workforce development.

You will be involved in recruitment of staff and the development of our support staff.

Working for our organisation

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of ‘making a positive difference in people's lives’.

Our trust values of People First, Honesty, Respect and Do your Best are embedded throughout the organisation.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD’ overall, commenting on how our colleagues “treated patients with compassion and kindness”  “felt positive and proud about working for the trust.”

We have a commitment to promoting staff health and well – being and have an ongoing programme of well – being events both as a profession and in the wider organisation.

Our staff survey in 2020 showed that 75% of our staff would recommend working for Derbyshire Healthcare.

Benefits include:

  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years’ service 
  • Yearly appraisal
  • Access to profession specific and other training, both internal and external
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBTI+ network, BAME Network, Women’s Network and Christian Network
  • Active Staff Forum that represents staff views
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities across the profession and the wider organisation


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification.  To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site.  You will need to register if you do not already have an account.

Key responsibilities include:

  • The provision of specialist OT clinical advice on the assessment and intervention of clients’ occupational and functional needs.
  • Interventions provided will be within the practitioner’s sphere of competency and within their major skill set, the practitioner is expected to liaise with colleagues who may be more experienced within a particular field as and when required.
  • Management of a caseload, using OT evidence-based, client-centred Recovery principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions. Assessment and prescription of assistive equipment as required.
  • Development of collaborative partnership working with our external partners within the neighbourhood for example CCGs, voluntary sector, social care.
  • You will play a pivotal role in this work alongside our partner agencies and people with lived experience.
  • Supervision and support of fellow OT members of the team.   
  • You will be offered regular management supervision from your service manager and professional/clinical supervision from the Occupational Therapy Lead to support you with this.
  • Support and develop student placements and newly qualified OTs on our preceptorship programme within the service and across the workforce. Provide regular student placements/shadowing opportunities.
  • You will liaise with our AHP Practice Learning Facilitator and AHP Preceptorship Facilitator regularly.
  • Involvement in trust wide OT service development and innovation.
  • There will be an expectation that the post holder will have knowledge of the Care Programme Approach and to support the Duty rota when needed.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • 3 years experience as an OT
  • 2 years working with in mental health services
  • Degree / Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Knowledge and application of theoretical models of practice including the Model of Human Occupation
Desirable criteria
  • Working knowledge of the principles of CPA (Care Programme Approach) where appropriate.
  • Student educator accreditation/ willingness to undertake the training
  • Clinical supervision training

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria
  • • Computer literate.
  • • Ability to apply core OT skills in a mental health setting, including carrying out occupational assessments and setting occupational goals.
  • • Ability to manage a complex caseload
  • • Ability to work as an effective member of the MDT and promote the role of OT in the team.
  • • Comprehensive range of high-level verbal and written communication skills.
Desirable criteria
  • • Ability to respond efficiently to complex information within tight deadlines.
  • • Partnership working.
  • • Experience of supervising staff.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Fiona Rushbrook
Job title
OT Professional Lead
Telephone number
07909 9211195
Additional information

Caroline Roy, Service Manager, 01246 562080

If you have problems applying, contact

Recruitment Team
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
Walton Hospital
Whitecotes Lane
S40 3HW
07917 464054 / 01332 564856, option 1, option 1
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