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Lancashire & South Cumrbia NHS Foundation Trust

Occupational Therapist

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£27,055 - £32,934

Posted Date

12 January 2023


Closing Date

26 January 2023

Are you looking for a role which will give you experience in both physical and mental health occupational therapies? Is excellent clinical supervision and continuous learning important to you? Do you want to work for a Trust which will support you to progress to senior posts?

A unique opportunity has arisen to join Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (LSCFT) to work as a Band 5 Occupational Therapist on an acute mental health unit. 

You will get the opportunity to attend LSCFT’s well established preceptorship programme as well as support to develop your training and qualifications further through our learning academy. All band 5s will work with and receive supervision from skilled therapists to ensure they get the best experience in their new role. Peer support is also integral to the success of these posts. There are plenty of opportunities for professional development including evidence based practice forums and an AHP research forum.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS Disclosure and the successful applicant will be required to pay for their DBS check

If you would like to discuss this post further, please contact:

Margaret Quinn, Inpatient Service Manager, 07790 555075 or orJoanne Waterson, Ward Manager, Dova Unit, 01229 404543 or
Main duties of the job

LSCFT is an exciting place to be an Occupational Therapist and be highly valued in our Trusts approach to multidisciplinary care. We are committed to delivering excellent services, putting occupation at the centre of our work and championing people’s rights for occupational needs to be recognised and addressed.

We are looking to appoint a dynamic, enthusiastic and forward-thinking Occupational Therapist to join our team. You will need excellent communication skills and be able to demonstrate sound clinical assessment skills whilst having the ability to work autonomously as well as part of the wider MDT team.
Working for our organisation

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area. 

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information, please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.
Person specification
Essential criteria

- Diploma/Bsc/Msc in Occupational Therapy (OT)
- Ongoing registration with HCPC

Essential criteria

- Some knowledge of current best practice in OT
- Some knowledge of current best practice within mental health rehabilitation
- Understanding of professional ethics and their application in practice
- Understanding of team dynamics
- Basic knowledge of health legislation and current practice, including CPA and risk assessment and management
- Basic knowledge of the principles of clinical governance
- Health, safety and risk awareness

Essential criteria

- Application of the OT process Broad range of under graduate practice placement experience
- Use of functional assessment and the analysis of occupation
- Positive learning from experience gained in mental health setting pre or post qualification

Please note that further communication from Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (LSCFT) will normally be to the email address given on the application form. You should also ensure that email addresses and telephone numbers are provided for your referees, to enable LSCFT to contact them.

Please ensure that you read the Person Specification attached below as your application will be measured against this document. Applications from job share partners are welcome and other forms of flexible working will be considered for all posts.

For all posts which require a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check please be aware of the Disclosure & Barring Service Code of Practice, a copy of which is available by logging on to the DBS website. If the post is subject to DBS disclosure, a charge will be made to the successful candidate(s).

You are advised to consider applying for LSCFT vacancies as soon as possible as in some instances vacancies are closed as soon as a sufficient number of applications have been received. If you are not invited to interview within three weeks of the closing date then please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful, as it is not possible to contact all unsuccessful candidates.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Care is committed to celebrating difference as an asset and we know that recruiting talent from diverse backgrounds helps to create a more flexible, creative and effective workforce. We actively challenge discrimination and welcome applications from people regardless of age, disability (especially those with experience of accessing mental health, or Learning Disability Services or caring for someone who has accessed mental health services or Learning Disability Services), ethnicity, gender, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Our goal is for the Trust to be truly representative of the communities we serve so we are particularly keen to receive applications from people in under-represented groups. The organisation is proud to be listed as one of the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers and our HR department holds the Lancashire LGBT Quality Mark. If there is anything you’d like to discuss in relation to your application then please ask.

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