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Occupational Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 6

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Occupational Therapist
NHS AfC: Band 6
37.5 hours per week
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Orchard House Day Hospital
£30,401 to £37,267 pa
26/08/2019 23:59

About the Trust

We are proud to provide high quality mental health, learning disability and community services across six boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop and Trafford.

Our vision is to enable a happier and more hopeful life for each and every person within our communities.

Our 5,500 staff work tirelessly to deliver the very best care and we receive excellent feedback from our patients. We’re really proud of our #PennineCarePeople and do everything we can to make sure we are a great place to work. 

Many of our staff and teams have brought home high profile national and regional awards and we are privileged that some of the most talented professionals in the country choose to work for us. This includes some prominent national mental health experts.

We are one of the first NHS organisations in the country to launch a Just Culture approach. This aims to get to the heart of what, not who, was responsible for an error.

Instead of blaming staff for honest errors, we will support them to come forward and share their experiences to allow lessons to be learned.

We also offer a dedicated staff wellbeing service. This provides lots of help and support for staff experiencing mild to moderate psychological difficulties that are impacting on their work.

Pennine Care is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce.

Our ambition is to work together to promote an all-inclusive environment which attracts all candidates and signals our ongoing commitment to both celebrate and promote diversity. We encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

As a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ we offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the minimum selection criteria at each stage of the selection process.

We are committed to improving the working lives of our employees and developing the Trust as a Great Place to Work.  We offer the a range of family friendly inclusive employment policies and services to support our staff from different backgrounds. In addition we offer the following benefits: 

  • 27 days annual leave rising to 29 (after 5 years) and 33 (after 10 years) plus 8 bank holidays- pro rata
  • NHS Pension scheme
  • A dedicated Staff Wellbeing Service
  • Annual personal development review and support for continual personal and professional development
    A number of NHS discounts across retail, leisure and travel
  • Flexible Working
  • Staff Discount with Stagecoach and First Buses

We consider ourselves lucky to be based just a few miles from the wonderful city of Manchester. If you’re looking to re-locate, there’s no GREATER place to live and work than MANCHESTER.                                                  

Our city offers an outstanding, yet affordable quality of life. Where else does vibrant nightlife and diverse culture meet the peace and tranquillity of the rolling Pennines?

Future plans

We are currently developing our future strategy, which will focus on providing the highest quality mental health and learning disability services.

As part of this, our community (physical health) services in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale (adult services) and Trafford will be moving to a new NHS provider in 2019. For Bury, Oldham, Rochdale (adult services), this will take place on the 1st July 2019

We have been very proud to run community (physical health) services over the last seven years, but we believe there are other provider organisations better positioned to enable these community services to achieve more for the benefit of local people. We are working closely with our staff and colleagues in the new provider organisations to ensure the smoothest possible transfer.


Service/Ward/Department Summary:

Orchard House Day Hospital works with people over 65 years old who are living in the community, but whose lives are significantly affected by functional mental health problems. All of the patients attending Orchard House are open to secondary mental health services, and are reviewed regularly by Consultant Psychiatrists. The service aims to act as an alternative to admission, avoid admission to an acute mental health ward whenever possible and to work with people who are being discharged from the ward to support them and ensure a successful discharge. 

The service is managed by an Occupational Therapist, will including this post have two senior Occupational Therapists and a Technical Instructor. 

 We aim to support our patients, and help them to maintain their independence, develop their skills and confidence to contribute to and play an active role within their family and the community in which they live. Orchard House Day Hospital has a multi-disciplinary team of 9 staff and is located in Royton near Oldham. The service opens Monday to Friday and offers a range of individual and group based therapeutic activities. Occupational Therapists and Nurses provide assessments, group work, act as key workers, and care co-ordinators when necessary. We work closely with the in patient wards, home treatment team and community mental health teams, psychology and Consultant psychiatrists. The service is open Monday to Friday 8.15 am until 4.15 pm 

Role Summary

The successful candidate will be a confident Occupational Therapist with experience of working in mental health. As a senior member of the Orchard House team you will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of the service, carry a caseload of patients and supporting junior members of the team to develop their skills.

Key responsibilities of the post 

  • Responsible for the assessment, treatment and evaluation of patients referred to the day hospital
  • Able to work across all functions of the day hospital
  • Work as part of the MDT, and implement individualised programmes of care and interventions
  • Assess OT need and plan therapeutic OT interventions
  • Lead on the development of group based interventions to aid recovery and promote social inclusion
  • Deliver a range of therapeutic interventions both individual and group
  • Responsible for managing a caseload
  • Support junior staff including; Technical Instructor, Nursing assistant and Assistant Practitioner and Occupational Therapy students.
  • Ensure patients, families and carers are directly involved in decisions which affect their care.
  • Document all activity in the multi-disciplinary notes.

Key Requirements of the Person Specification: 

  • Must hold a diploma /degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Substantial experience of working with people with mental health problems
  • Experience of MDT working
  • Extensive knowledge / experience in social inclusion and recovery model of care
  • Comprehensive knowledge of mental health conditions and how they impact on an individual’s wellbeing and occupational functioning.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of a broad range of interventions required to support individuals with severe and complex mental health needs 

No smoking policyDisability confident employer

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Liz Lawton - Manager or Stephanie Leeks - Senior Occupational Therapist on 0161 716 3610