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Senior (Specialist) Occupational Therapist

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Profession: Occupational Therapy
  • Location: Northampton
  • Salary: £35,989 - £37,989 plus benefits

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Senior (Specialist) Occupational Therapist

Hours: 37.5 hours per week.  

We are looking for a driven, passionate and experienced Occupational Therapist who is committed to delivering effective patient focused care. We are looking for someone who is attentive on the quality and development of clinical outcomes, as well as supporting the overall management and leadership of the Occupational Therapy service within the division.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate specialist skills which they will have developed over their career. The successful candidate will be expected to support the Lead Occupational Therapist and Senior OT’s in driving the Occupational Therapy strategy forward; contributing to continual quality improvement and service development and innovation. They will also require the skills to role model and energise the workforce with a ‘can do’ approach; understanding that the health and wellbeing of our staff is critical to the care and treatment of those using our service.

Our Charity

We are St Andrew’s, a mental health Charity which inspires Hope. We working together with a number of organisations to transform the lives of people with complex mental health needs. We provide specialist mental healthcare and deliver a range of inpatient and community mental healthcare services, education and research that helps to improve lives.

Our vision for the future is a society in which everyone living with mental health need is heard, valued and has hope for their future.

As a charity, all of our profits are re-invested into new services and new facilities. And because we’re independent, we have the flexibility to make a real difference. Joining us is your chance to make a big contribution to amazing work that is transforming the lives of some of society’s most vulnerable people.

The Low Secure and CAMHS (LSC) Division

The LSC and CAMHS division comprises of 6 inpatient units, 3 rehabilitation houses and a small community service spanning across low security, specialist rehabilitation, acute services and community facing services.  This role will be focused on supporting our CAMHS service which is a 10 bedded ward and will have direct support and mentorship from the Highly Specialist OT in the team and will line manage the Technical Instructor currently working on the ward.  Within the Occupational Therapy team we offer comprehensive treatment through the medium of meaningful occupation.  Our aim is to equip patients with the life skills required to live a life worth living through improved health and wellbeing, independence, purpose and balance within their daily living.

The Person and Role

As an experienced registered OT, you would be joining a highly motivated, knowledgeable and innovative OT team.  You will contribute to a multi-disciplinary 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 members of the MDT. As stated above there will also be some additional requirements to the role as this is a senior position within the team:

Applicant requirements:

  • Minimum of 12 months experience as an occupational therapist.
  • Evidence of line management responsibilities
  • Willingness to continue to works to standards of proficiency identified by HCPC and regulatory bodies.
  • Deliver clinical treatments to a specialist standard and to enhance engagement outcome measures.
  • Experience working in DBT / low security / CAMHS service would be desirable.
  • Experience of sensory integration would be desirable but essential.
  • Evidence of supporting and development within quality assurance; continuous quality improvement projects, auditing, service development.

As an employee of St Andrews you will adopt an inclusive and ‘can do’ attitude in approaching your work.  You will demonstrate good understanding of OT within secure 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 OT students.  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
  • Pension and life assurance
  • Sickness policy on par with the NHS
  • 35 days annual leave, increasing to 41 with service (including bank holidays)
  • Huge retail discounts and cashback schemes from Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Free parking
  • Paid DBS application


Closing Date – Sunday 14th July 2024