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Band 5 Occupational Therapist - Secure Services, Bristol

Band 5

Main area
Allied Health Professions
Band 5
Permanent: Substantive
Part time - 22.5 hours per week
Job ref
Blackberry Hill Hospital
£25,655 - £31,534 per annum
Salary period
28/10/2021 23:59

Job overview

Band 5 Occupational Therapist – Secure Services – Bristol

22.5 hours per week – Substantive post

An opportunity has arisen to join our large and enthusiastic occupational therapy team here in secure services. Fromeside is a regional medium secure unit, which provides a service to 80 in-patient service users with mental health needs. Wickham unit is a 29-bedded low secure service, providing recovery-focussed care.

The occupational therapy team is a well-established, integral and valued part of the multi-disciplinary clinical team. Within the role, you will work closely with colleagues from the multi-disciplinary team to provide a direct clinical service to in-patients with mental health needs in either of our low or medium secure units.

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. 

Main duties of the job

This post is for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist for 22.5 hour per week. Working as a key part of the team, you will routinely undertake all aspects of the OT process, including assessing each service user’s occupational functioning; planning, implementing and reviewing appropriate interventions and treatment methods. You will be able to employ a range of individual and group interventions, which embrace social inclusion and recovery principles at their core.

On joining the team, you will receive a comprehensive, structured induction package, and the chance to work with a supportive team in a unique and innovative environment, as well as the support you need, with regular supervision and appropriate training. We offer a preceptorship package for newly qualified Occupational Therapists and run regular CPD sessions for ongoing development. The service actively promotes all aspects of continuing professional development.

Working for our organisation

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.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To utilise Occupational Therapy specific knowledge to provide the professional contribution within designated Occupational Therapy Services and to assist in the organisation, development, co-ordination and evaluation of the Occupational Therapy Service in conjunction with senior Occupational Therapy staff and relevant Team/Service
The post holder will contribute to an environment that works with local services to provide evidence based assessment and delivery of care, using the Model of Human Occupation and within the context of Effective Care Coordination. They will continue with their own
professional development and assist with that of junior staff and students. They will be required to have a flexible approach to working hours to ensure that the needs of their clients are met.
The post holder will demonstrate an attitude which respects and values service users’ choice and works along side them and their carers to ensure they are at the centre of care planning.

Person specification

Essential and desirable

Essential criteria
  • Relevant professional OT qualification
  • Previous experience in relevant heath setting
  • Ability to utilise assessment skills and tools effectively
  • Experience using both group and individual treatment skills
  • Ability to communicate in a variety of settings
Desirable criteria
  • An understanding of Model Of Human Occupation (MOHO)
  • Accurate record keeping
  • Knowledge of mental Health Act 1983
  • Supervision of 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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sian Heard
Job title
Lead for Occupational Therapy, Ed and Active Life
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