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Highly Specialist Senior Occupational Therapist

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Profession: Occupational Therapy
  • Location: Northampton
  • Salary: £41,250 - £44,805 DOE

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Highly Specialist Senior Occupational Therapist

Location: Northampton

Learning Disability & Autism Division

Salary: £41,250 - £44,805 DOE

Hours: Ideally 37.5 per week but open to flexibility

We are looking for a driven, passionate and highly experienced Occupational Therapist who is committed to those who require our services and the staff in our teams. We want someone who is focussed on the quality and development of clinical outcomes, as well as the overall management and leadership of the occupational therapy service within the division. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the highly specialist skills they have developed over their career as well as evidence of their ability to manage and lead others. The successful candidate will be expected to support the Lead Occupational Therapist in driving the occupational therapy strategy forward; contributing to continual quality improvement and service innovation. They will also require the skills to role model and energise the workforce; understanding that the health and wellbeing of our staff is critical to the care and treatment of those using our service.

The Charity

St Andrew’s Healthcare is a charity providing specialist mental healthcare services. We work in partnership with a number of NHS, voluntary, educational and research organisations to deliver a range of specialist inpatient and community mental healthcare services, education and research that helps to improve the lives of people with complex mental health needs.

The ASD & LD Division

Our aim is to provide high-quality assessment, care and treatment, helping patients to progress to the least restrictive setting by equipping them with the skills required to live as independently as possible, closer to communities of their choosing.

Our teams are multi-disciplinary with extensive knowledge, skills and experience of working with individuals with ASD and learning disability. We include patients in planning their care, valuing and embracing each and every individual’s unique qualities.

The Person and Role

As a highly experienced registered occupational therapist, you would be joining a motivated, knowledgeable and innovative OT team.  You will contribute to a multi-disciplinary clinical team; taking responsibility for a clinical caseload, and offering OT specific assessment and treatment to groups and individuals within your care.  Strong communication skills are essential, both written and verbal, with the ability to develop good professional relationships with your clinical team and the wider senior leadership team. Alongside your clinical workload you will be responsible for a small team and the overall development of the occupational therapy service within the division.

Applicant requirements:

  • Ideally 5 years experience as an occupational therapist.
  • Ideally 2 years of line management and leadership responsibilities.
  • Experience working in secure services, mental health or LD/ASD Services.
  • Evidence of an ability to undertake quality assurance tasks; continuous quality improvement projects, auditing, service development within the unit and division.
  • Ability to independently undertake tasks related to HR, investigations and safeguarding.
  • Evidence of working on divisional level initiatives/ research/ leadership projects.
  • Evidence of leading and inspiring other in their career.

As an employee of St Andrews you will adopt an inclusive and ‘can do’ attitude in approaching your work.  You will demonstrate excellent understanding of occupational therapy within secure/ Learning Disability / Autism services, including an application of risk assessment skills.  In sharing your experience of applying the OT process, you should also emphasise how you promote our specialism as a profession.

Continued professional development is encouraged, with access to a range of in-house CPD events, as well as an expectation to support the development and training of others.  Further opportunities include networking opportunities with colleagues of the same and different grades within the service and the Charity. 

We offer an excellent package that includes:

  • Excellent professional and career development and training opportunities
  • ‘Transform’ our Leadership development program
  • Relocation allowance (eligibility criteria applies)
  • Pension and life assurance
  • Sickness policy on par with the NHS
  • 38 days annual leave, increasing further with service (including bank holidays)
  • Access to huge savings through retail discount and cashback schemes from Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Free parking
  • Paid DBS application

If this sounds like you then we’d love you to get in touch. If you would like an informal and confidential discussion about the role please contact or 01604616624

Closing Date: Wednesday 23rd November 2022