Band 6 Specialist Occupational Therapist – Kingswood Civic Centre – Thornbury, Gloucestershire

Band 6 Specialist Occupational Therapist – Kingswood Civic Centre

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Thornbury, Gloucestershire


Band 6 Specialist Occupational Therapist – Kingswood Civic Centre

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Occupational Therapist
NHS AfC: Band 6
Fixed term: 12 months (Secondment)
Part time – 30 hours per week (Between Mon and Fri 9-5pm)
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Kingswood Civic Centre and The Elms
Kingswood and Thornbury
£33,706 – £40,588 per annum pro rata
Salary period
26/03/2023 23:59

Job overview

A rare and exciting secondment opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join the Vocational Services team based in South Gloucestershire. We are an established and dynamic team working across the whole South Gloucestershire area and have bases in Thornbury and Kingswood Civic Centre. We work closely with both Recovery Teams as well as supporting the other specialist mental health teams based in Kingswood Civic Centre.

We are currently looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and forward thinking practitioner to join our team.  Although the post is based within the Vocational Team the candidate will be required to provide care co-ordination for a limited number of vocationally relevant service users with complex mental health needs.

Main duties of the job

We provide specialist vocational and employment related support to adults in the locality, providing a broad spectrum of support. This ranges from Job Retention for those people already in employment to supporting a person to develop meaningful vocational activity, such as volunteering or training.

We also support people to prepare towards readiness for work. We can also support people to remain in their college/university course. The suitable candidate will be involved with our recently established allotment group, which is based in Kingswood and is a project that has exciting plans for being developed further.

See attached Job description and person Specification for full details

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.

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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities 

Manages a complex/specialist OT caseload from assessment to discharge from therapy. Service users may have multiple needs with a combination of physical and mental health or learning disabilities. Service users may demonstrate behaviours that challenge or have difficult family situations of relevance. 

Responsible for ensuring the highest professional standards and attitudes towards the care of service users are maintained at all times and that care is delivered in accordance with evidence based practice by all staff for whom the post holder has designated responsibility. 

Undertakes complex occupational therapy assessments and develops complex therapy programmes. 

Assesses and manages risk effectively in clinical and community settings including the service user’s own home. 

Works with service users and carers to identify occupational therapy goals as part of the overall Multidisciplinary Team plan. 

Develops and implements specialist interventions for individuals or groups, in collaboration with the service user(s) and MDT to achieve therapeutic goals. 

Uses technical and creative skills to engage service users in therapeutic activities and encourages service users/carers in a compassionate manner, to support them in achieving their identified goals. 

Monitors and evaluates occupational therapy treatment in order to measure progress and modifies treatment plans to ensure effectiveness of clinical interventions. 

Provides reports and makes recommendations on service user progress at clinical meetings and participates in the clinical decision-making process regarding service user care programmes as part of the multidisciplinary team. 

Provides specialist clinical advice to other healthcare professionals including those in the acute hospital sector with limited mental health or learning disability experience. 

May provide professional advice, as requested and where appropriate, in relation to subject access requests.

Provides advice, education and training to service users and carers. 

Undertakes health promotion activities. 

Assesses service users for and fits adapted equipment in the home, as appropriate. 

Acts as lead professional for service users on standard care if no other professional is involved in the service user’s care and may undertake care co-ordination for service users on Care Programme Approach where there is an occupational therapy component identified. 

Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of service user harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the service user. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of children who may be at risk. 

Demonstrates safe moving and handling of service users, using equipment as required. 

Demonstrates safe physical interventions in the management of violence and aggression as required. 

Administration Responsibility 

Undertakes administrative tasks in relation to own work.

Uses Microsoft Office applications on a daily basis.

Research and Audit 

Keeps up to date with new developments in the field, critically evaluating available research and disseminating information to inform evidence-based practice. 

Maintains a personal professional portfolio of learning activity in compliance with professional body requirements. 

Demonstrates an understanding of the clinical governance framework and contributes to the setting and monitoring of quality standards for clinical work and implements agreed action plans. 

Participates in research projects and clinical audits in own work area as required.

Responsibility for Information Systems 

Responsible for maintaining accurate and comprehensive service user records using RIO or other electronic systems approved by the Trust and in accordance with the Trust and professional record keeping standards. 

Contributes to MDT reports and writes specialist occupational therapy reports for referring agents and other healthcare professionals involved in service users’ care. 

Records information required for statistical purposes in an accurate and timely manner. 

Uses clustering tools and related assessments accurately where appropriate.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Relevant Professional Qualification


Essential criteria
  • Relevant qualified professional status

Desirable criteria
  • Experience in a Community Team as qualified staff
  • Experience in a Community team Unqualified
  • Experience of Vocational work

We are proud to be fostering a diverse workforce that reflects our communities.  A key commitment to this is improving staff representation from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, those from the LGBTQ+ communities, people with ‘lived-experience’ of mental health conditions and people living with disabilities,– we are a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ offering a guaranteed interview to Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

We encourage applications from people who wish to work on a flexible basis, recognising that flexibility may mean a range of different working patterns and hours, we do our utmost to work with our staff to meet their needs and the needs of our service users.

Please apply to join us, we would love to hear from you. Any personal details you supply to us are kept safe in line with the General Data Protection Regulations. 

Adverts normally close for application a few minutes before midnight on the closing date and we will let you know if we are offering you an interview by email via our recruitment system ‘TRAC’. We contact all applicants within 4 weeks after the closing date, so please check your emails regularly once you have submitted your application; you are welcome to contact us, via the TRAC system, if you have any queries about your application.

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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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jaklyn Fletcher & Paul Broadhead
Job title
Team Manager
Telephone number
01454 271000
Additional information

Please call for an informal chat about the post to either Jaki or Paul

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