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Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Occupational Therapist

Job Type



North West



£25,655 - £31,534

Posted Date

29 September 2022


Closing Date

13 October 2022

We are seeking a dynamic occupational therapist to work in the Acute Adult Inpatient Unit at the Chorley within our team delivering care to service users who are experiencing mental health problems. The successful candidate will be working alongside senior occupational therapists and therapy assistants as part of providing an occupational perspective to a well-established multi-disciplinary team.

Main duties of the job

Within the remit of the Recovery Model you will provide occupational therapy assessment and intervention to service users with a range of complex mental health needs. Together you will devise individualised care plans which place recovery through occupation at the heart of the interventions provided. You will have an exciting opportunity to be part of developing a comprehensive group therapy programme as well as chance to cultivate professional skills through involvement in clinical and first line managerial processes.

You will be expected to have well developed interpersonal skills to establish and maintain relationships with other staff within wider services where service users are linked in. 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 his/her carers.
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 Health Professionals Council

Desirable criteria

- Some knowledge of current best practice in OT
- Understanding of professional ethics and their application in practice
- 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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