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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 14/07/2020.

Specialist Occupational Therapist

Job Reference: 367-WEST-3372-J

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Occupational Therapy
Stevenage Mental Health Centre, Saffron Ground, , Stevenage
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire which you can find in the 'Further Links' section of this advert. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form (If you are experiencing problems please call 01707 253878).

The Role

Hertfordshire Crisis Mental Health Services are currently going through a significant period of transformation, with the aim to provide a multidisciplinary, evidence-based package of care to service users, for up to 12 weeks, as an alternative to hospital admission, or to aid the transition back into the community. As part of this, we are looking to recruit an experienced Occupational Therapist to join our busy and dynamic Crisis Assessment and Treatment team at Saffron Ground in Stevenage.

Occupational Therapy will be at the heart of these services and therefore we are looking for enthusiastic and dynamic Occupational Therapists to drive forward the development of the OT role within crisis services. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who would like to be part of building a service from the beginning and contributing to the wider transformation process. These are pure OT posts, so they offer the flexibility of being responsive and creative, without the additional pressures of full generic working. You will work closely alongside other members of the multi-disciplinary team, with the ultimate aim to provide safe and effective treatment options.

We are ideally looking for individuals who have applied OT experience in both acute mental health and a community/and or crisis setting, however we welcome applications from those who have only had experience in one of these areas. Line management and professional supervision will be provided by the newly appointed Band 7 Highly Specialist OT for crisis services, in conjunction with the relevant Crisis team leader.

A sound working knowledge of the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) and its application to practice is essential. There are regular opportunities to network with other OT's in the Trust to share ideas and good practice. We also provide a monthly CPD training event and there are opportunities to apply for external courses.

As a University Trust, we have close links to the University of Hertfordshire, providing excellent learning and development opportunities for staff, as well as strengthening clinical research.

HPFT is committed to help staff to keep a work-life balance, we welcome applications from candidates wishing to work part-time or under flexible working arrangements. HPFT has been rated 'Outstanding' by CQC in May 2019.

In addition to the basic salary, this post may attract a High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of basic salary subject to a minimum payment of £1,017 and a maximum payment of £1,762 per annum (pro rata where applicable).


For further details / informal visits contact:

Claire Kemble, Occupational Therapy Professional Lead, Acute and Crisis Services

07827 843309 or

Elizabeth Harding, Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist,

About us

Work for an NHS trust that’s been rated as 'OUTSTANDING' by the CQC. Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is a successful provider of mental health and learning disability services with ambitions to be the leading provider in the country. We are already delivering services as far afield as Norfolk and North Essex as well as for the population of Hertfordshire. We are a Values Based organisation and our aim is to ensure that we deliver an experience that is consistently welcoming, kind, positive, respectful and professional, because these are the Values that our service users, carers and staff told us meant the most to them. We are currently embarking on a major transformation programme that will change the way that we deliver our services. We are also delighted to be named in the top 100 list of the best places to work in the health service in 2014, which is due to the national staff survey results as well as our range of engagement activities, the diversity of our staff, support for employees with a disability or those who have suffered mental ill health themselves, and our training and development programmes.

Additional Information

HPFT is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and in order to reflect the diversity of its population, positively encourages applications from all areas of the community. We aim to be a representative organisation with regards to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, beliefs and sexual orientation and are fully committed to equality, diversity and human rights and encourage applications from all sections of the community including users of mental health services.

The Trust is committed to helping staff balance work and home life and welcomes applications from candidates wishing to work part-time or under flexible working arrangements.

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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