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Job Summary

Main responsibilities-Occupational Therapist job description

Clinical Practice


To carry out clinical practice within designated clinical areas ensuring that high quality evidence based occupational therapy/generic mental health assessment, treatment planning, interventions and evaluations for service users are provided.  With the aim of enabling service users to achieve their maximum level of function and independence, this will include:-


• Undertaking a comprehensive person centred occupational therapy/generic mental health assessment and prepare treatment plans in consultation with the service users.


• Implementation of treatment and rehabilitation programmes.

• Evaluation of the effectiveness of therapy provided in partnership with service users.

• Ability to implement research based practice.


• Provide leadership to junior, unqualified staff and students.

• Ability to undertake risk assessment and develop risk management strategies for individual service users; CPA/SAP to people who present with mental health

Occupational Therapist job description

Knowledge, Skills and Experience-Occupational Therapist job description

We provide for service users with severe and enduring mental health problems that are experiencing a crisis, which has adversely affected their mental health.


To provide and supervise the delivery of high standards of occupational therapy to service users in accordance with up to date evidence based professional practice and policies.  To provide leadership for junior staff and students on fieldwork placements.  To participate in the planning development and evaluation of OT services within a designated area/team.




• To have responsibility for ensuring active participation in continuing professional development (CPD).


Teaching Education & Health  Promotion


To use own skills, knowledge and resources to provide learning opportunities for staff and promote positive attitudes towards mental health, this will include:-

•To be responsible for the supervision and written assessment of OT students on practice plaproblems.


• Ability to undertake risk assessment and develop risk management strategies for groups and a variety of activities.

• Demonstrate a working knowledge of the key elements of relevant mental health legislation.


• To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service users social and physical environment.

• To assess the occupational needs of a defined service user group and establish and evaluate appropriate treatment programmes.

• To be able to act as a care coordinator under the CPA policy.


• To actively participate in both departmental and Trust matters concerning Clinical Governance and audit.

cement within the Organisation.


•Support the provision of an appropriate learning environment for students’ novice practioners and new team members as directed.

Continuing Professional Development Objective

To maintain and develop professional knowledge skills and expertise to ensure that therapy reflects best practice remains evidence based, is current and responsive to meet changing service user and ORGANISATION needs to include:-

• Abide by the Code of Ethics and professional conduct for Occupational Therapists and HPC standards.

• To take responsibility for post registration education and for continuing professional development as outlined in HPC standards.

• To receive clinical/professional supervision in accordance with Organisation supervision policy.

• To access management support from the posts line manager.


Service Overview and Planning Objective


To contribute to the development and planning of services specific to the post’s designated areas.  This will include:-

• Contribute to the planning and development of clinical services, including the review of team establishments, grade mix and skill mix and to be actively involved in the recruitment, selection and interviewing process.

• To have a say in clinical policy development and clinical governance functions, working collaboratively.


Finance and Workforce Objective

To play a role in making best use of available workforce and material resources and contributing to provision of best therapy possible.  Follow Organisation and Service Policies relating to the security of the building/clients, to ensure safe practice and protection of clients, staff, visitors and members of the general public, this will include:-

• Play a part in the service provision that is both safe and therapeutic within span of knowledge.

• Coordinate the day-to-day activities of junior staff and students where applicable.

• To be responsible for maintaining resources and delivering a service within financial constraints.

• To provide people management function to identify staff for the designated areas, including the development and implementation of regular appraisal and performance management systems.  Maintain accurate records.


Record Keeping and Administration 

Objective To maintain high standards of record keeping and associated administration in accordance with AWP Organisation Policy and local joint arrangements and professional guidelines, this will include:-


• The upkeep of contemporaneous, chronological and accurate mental health records in accordance with relevant COT Guidelines and Organisation Policy.

• To ensure timely recording of all data required by the Organisation.














Practice Development and Clinical Audit


To contribute to practice development activity and evidenced based mental health occupational therapy this will include:-

• To take part in Organisation SBU audits as required.

• To broaden research and development skills through participation in local/organisation/national audit and research projects.


Communication and Working Relationships

• To form professional relationships with clients and communicate with them in a way that respects their views, autonomy and culture.  To form working relationships with the following:-

• Multidisciplinary Team

• Visitors

• Carers and family

• Staff from other areas and Organisations

• Partnership Organisations

• CPA Co-ordinators

• Voluntary third sector organisations


SPECIAL TRAINING Qualification enabling registration as an occupation therapist with the HPC


Practice Placement qualification within one year of appointment

Post graduate training relevant to mental health



Documented evidence of continuing professional development

Extensive post registration experience including within mental health

Experience of audit procedures



Specialist knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions relevant to client group

Extensive clinical experience including individual and group work

Understanding of OT outcome measures

Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities












Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues

Supervisory/appraisal skills

Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance

Ability to organise and respond efficiently to complex information

Computer literacy

Ability to build effective working relationships

Detailed knowledge of mental health legislation and current practice

Detailed knowledge of the principles of clinical governance and its application

Presentation and training skills

Knowledge of OT models of practice

Knowledge and application of standardised assessments