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Senior Occupational Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Chichester, England
£35,392 - £42,618 pro rata
Closing date
21 Feb 2024

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Contract Type
Part Time

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Job overview

Are you looking to further your Occupational Therapy career in a recovery oriented, occupation-focused, supportive multidisciplinary service?

We are seeking an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist (OT) to lead the OT team at The Chichester Centre, providing mental health care and treatment for men and women, in conditions of low security. The service is dynamic, forward-thinking, and always looking for ways to improve. We are a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services and actively engage in the Peer Review cycle as well as other quality assurance visits.

We offer a commitment to staff support, regular supervision and CPD; an opportunity to gain specialist experience in forensic practice; encouragement and support to undertake training and professional development and opportunities to be involved with research.

Informal discussions and/ or visits are welcome.

Main duties of the job

To manage a caseload of clients with the regular support and supervision of a professional supervisor, using occupation focused, evidence based and client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.

To provide Occupational Therapy interventions as part of a multidisciplinary approach to meeting the health and social care needs of people who use our services.

To contribute to and facilitate Occupational Therapy interventions including individual and group work within the centre and accessing community resources.

Working for our organisation

The Chichester Centre has 49 beds across 3 wards; two wards for men, and one for women. Each ward has a full multidisciplinary team comprising nursing, medical, social work and psychology colleagues in addition to OT. There is also a drama therapist who works across the unit, and we have volunteers who come in to facilitate specific activities. Interventions are offered on an individual and group basis, both within the centre and through accessing the community. This may include community leisure facilities, as well as education/ learning, activity-specific groups, and volunteering.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
  • Clinical
    Operate as a senior occupational therapy practitioner and manage an appropriate complex clinical caseload.
    Promote evidence based practice in occupational therapy and the relevant mental health service/ learning disability service.
    Provide a specialised range of clinical interventions and demonstrate knowledge of models of practice.
    Monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of interventions.
    Provide clinical assessment, formulation, intervention, review and where appropriate CPA including care co-ordination for service users, their families and carers.
    Contribute to the development of multi-disciplinary best practice clinical guidelines and protocols.
  • Communication
    Ensure effective communication with all parts of the service, other agencies and people who use services and their carers.
    Ensure representation in strategic meetings and raise awareness of the contribution of occupational therapy.
  • Leadership
    To fully participate in the Trust's performance review and personal development planning process on an annual basis.
    To provide effective guidance, supervision and appraisals for junior staff.
    Represent the clinical specialist occupational therapist when appropriate at relevant meetings.
  • Staff and Training
    Supervise occupational therapy staff and ensure all staff receive a performance review and personal development plan on an annual basis in conjunction with operational managers.
    To participate in the annual training analysis for occupational therapy staff in the locality care group
  • Research and Development
    Contribute and participate in occupational therapy research and development, working with clinical specialist therapist and education providers and in line with Trust and service area research priorities.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy
  • Evidence of post graduate level study/training
  • Registration with the HPC as an occupational therapist
  • Management/Leadership training
  • 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

Sussex Partnership NHS FT is committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our communities. Our workforce is currently under-represented from Black and Minority, Ethnic and disabled communities and we would welcome applications from these communities.

We regret that we are unable to advise candidates if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy earlier than indicated.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust takes its responsibilities for the safeguarding and protection of children and young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and expects this of all its employees and bank workers. The Trust works with adult and children's social care to ensure that the integrated service has systems in place to equip staff and bank workers with the knowledge and skills to recognize abuse, and take action to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children and young people. It is expected that all staff and bank workers familiarise themselves with the appropriate structures and policies and with the Sussex child protection and safeguarding procedures and the Sussex multi-agency policy and procedures for safeguarding vulnerable adults and undertake the relevant essential training and further training appropriate to their role.

Successful candidates are normally offered salaries at the bottom of the relevant salary range. However, where previous or equivalent NHS experience in a similar role can be demonstrated and evidenced, this may be taken into consideration when setting the starting salary.

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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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Who we are

We provide specialist NHS mental health and learning disability services in south east England. People receive care, treatment and support from us in hospital, at home and from a range of community services. Our services are rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission and ‘outstanding’ for caring.

Where we are

We provide services for people of all ages across Sussex and services for children and young people in Hampshire. There’s something for everyone in our local area, whether that’s the hustle and bustle of Brighton, the scenic South Downs or our wonderful coastline where you can chill out to the sound of the surf.

What we can offer you

When you join us, you’ll be coming to work in an organisation that puts people first. We’ll do everything we can to make you feel valued, respected and included. You will be given plenty of opportunities here for your career to flourish. We’re an organisation which is strong on innovation, research and learning, and we will support your development and help you learn new skills in whichever team or service you work in.

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