Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

Occupational Therapist

Source: Talent GB

Job overview

An exciting new opportunity has risen for an enthusiastic Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join the inpatient occupational therapy team at the John Elliot Unit, an acute inpatient mental health unit at Birch Hill Hospital in Rochdale.

This is a great opportunity for someone to develop skills in working closely with individuals with a range of mental health and personality disorder diagnoses within a fast-paced inpatient setting. You would contribute to the provision of a high quality occupational therapy service; working alongside the senior occupational therapist, therapeutic activity co-ordinators, recovery and inclusion workers, and the wider multidisciplinary team.

We welcome applications from newly qualified occupational therapists as well as experienced occupational therapists who would like to gain valuable clinical experience working in an inpatient mental health setting.

This is an exciting time to join the service, the occupational therapy team is a small dedicated department with good links with wider local networks of allied health professionals. To support all members of our team, we offer:

-Weekly OT department meetings; these include business meetings, presentations, case discussions, and peer support opportunities.

-Preceptorship support

-Access learning events such as academic seminars

-Regular supervision

-External training opportunities available

-Support to pursue service development projects under supervision of senior OT

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for providing specialist Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention for the treatment of working age adults within the unit. They will utilise assessment and evaluation tools drawn from the Model of Human Occupation. As part of the multi-disciplinary team your assessments will be essential in informing and planning positive discharge for the client.

You will be expected to have well developed interpersonal skills to establish and maintain relationships with other staff within wider statutory and non-statutory services. You will seek to establish and maintain useful communication with relevant carers/family /friends negotiating appropriate levels of involvement through agreement with the service, and remaining sensitive to the particular needs of the individual and their carers

Working for our organisation

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We’re really proud of our #PennineCarePeople and do everything we can to make sure we’re a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification to support your application for this post. Please refer to the essential criteria in the person specification which will highlight the skills, knowledge and experience you will need to demonstrate in your application, by way of example, to give yourself the best opportunity to be shortlisted.

Person specification

Education / Qualifications

Essential criteria

  • Diploma / Degree in Occupational Therapy.
  • Current State Registration Certificate
  • Desirable criteria

  • Experience working in low secure / rehabilitation settings.
  • Experience

    Essential criteria

  • Experience working in a mental health setting.
  • Desirable criteria

  • Relevant clinical experience, such as clinical placement.
  • Knowledge

    Essential criteria

  • Good understanding of the role of an Occupational Therapist in the mental health setting.
  • Good understanding of MOHO theory and assessment.
  • Good understanding of risk assessment.
  • Desirable criteria

  • Understanding of Psychosocial Interventions (PSI) and the stress vulnerability model (SVM).
  • Skills and Abilities

    Essential criteria

  • Aware of the role of other members of the MDT.
  • Aware of the limitations of Occupational Therapy
  • Able to work as a team member, to manage own time, to complete a task and own caseload.
  • Able to write clear clinical reports for interdisciplinary meetings, CPA and MHART.
  • Able to work under pressure.
  • Flexible to meet the needs of the service.
  • Able to present information clearly in formal situations.
  • Desirable criteria

  • Non-judgemental
  • Able to accept advice and to act on it.
  • Able to set a good example to others.
  • Assertive.
  • Negotiating skills.
  • Able to use initiative.
  • Aware of the needs of others
  • Disclosure Barring Certificate check

    All of our new starters, who are appointed to a post which requires a Disclosure Barring Certificate check (DBS), will be recharged for the full cost of the check (DBS checks for volunteers are free of charge).

    An enhanced DBS check costs £40 and a standard check costs £23 (plus an administration charge of £3.50). If you are a substantive member of staff, the full amount will be taken from your first month’s salary.

    If you are a member of staff on our bank, you will need to repay the full amount from your first salary.

    We encourage you to register with the DBS update service at an annual cost of £13 (this is mandatory for bank staff).


    3 days ago



    Rochdale, England

    £25,655 - £31,540 per annum

    Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

    Full time - 37.5 hours per week (per annum)

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