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Band 3 Occupational Therapy Support Worker - Bristol

Job Reference: 342-SEC011-0218

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Occupational Therapy
£16,968-£19,852 per annum

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) is a significant provider of high quality mental health services across a core catchment area covering Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. The Trust also provides specialist services for a wider catchment extending throughout the south west.

Our aim is to enable and empower people to reach their potential and to live fulfilling lives through providing recovery and reablement focused services that yield positive outcomes for our service users and their carers.

Specifically, The Trust provides services for people with mental health needs, with needs relating to drug or alcohol dependency and mental health services for people with learning disabilities. We also provide secure mental health services and work with the criminal justice system.

Increasingly AWP provides treatment and care in people's own homes and other community settings, reflecting the preferences of our service users. Our community services are supported by high quality inpatient services that provide short term assessment, treatment and care.

We have an opportunity for a support worker to join our occupational therapy team, working with mental health service users in a secure in-patient setting.

Fromeside is a 81 bedded medium secure service, providing recovery focussed care. The occupational therapy team is a well-established, integral and valued part of the multi-disciplinary clinical team.

You will have a broad range of ‘life skills’, and should be able to engage, motivate, and support service users with mental health needs in a wide range of activities. In this post, you will work closely with qualified occupational therapists, but you will also have to be able to use your initiative and work independently with people with mental health problems to support them in achieving their potential to function as independently as possible in all aspects of their life. The work involves assisting service-users within the building as well as supporting them to access the community.

On joining the team, you will receive a comprehensive, structured induction package, and you will have the chance to work with a supportive team in a unique and innovative environment. You will receive regular supervision and support in this post.

Although the post is advertised as Full time we are willing to consider applications from individuals looking for part time work.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Nathan Reeve, Occupational Therapy, Adult Education and Active Life Lead, at or on 0117 378 4086.

Closing Date

Adverts normally close for application a few minutes before midnight on the closing date. Interview expenses will not normally be paid.


All applicants who have been shortlisted for interview will be contacted via our recruitment system TRAC so please check your account and emails regularly. If you do not have a TRAC account, one will be created for you. If you have not been contacted within 4 weeks after the closing date please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.


In order to ensure an efficient recruitment process we only accept applications submitted via this website. Unless specifically indicated 'Offline' paper application forms or CVs will not be accepted. All applications will be downloaded from NHS Jobs to our recruitment system TRAC. All correspondence will be sent via TRAC.

Please read the job description and person specification carefully and when you complete your application form make sure that it reflects the knowledge, skills and experience as described in the person specification.

Any personal details supplied to AWP by you will be held on the Trust systems in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.

AWP is committed to Equality and Diversity - we welcome applications from all sections of the community. We are a Disability Confident Employer (Two Ticks) offering a guaranteed interview to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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