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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 24/09/2020.

Senior Occupational Therapist

Job Reference: 354-AC-20146

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Mental Health
Meadowfield, Worthing
£31,365 - £37,890

We are a large NHS Mental Health Trust in South East England and are looking for people to help us provide high quality services for the patients, carers and local communities that we serve.

We want patients and staff to recommend our organisation as a place where they would be happy for their friends and family to be treated. You can help us to do this by bringing your skills, experience and commitment to Sussex Partnership.

Sussex Partnership is an equal opportunities employer, with a sincere commitment to our people’s health and emotional wellbeing and as such, we have signed the Time to Change pledge and provide a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme.

In addition, our workforce is currently under-represented by people from Black and Minority Ethnic and Disabled communities. We welcome applications from people of these communities as we want our workforce to reflect the communities we serve.

The Trust is committed to providing opportunities for flexible working.

Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s job share, part time or another flexible pattern.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated our services good, following their most recent inspection, and outstanding in the caring domain.

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and dedicated Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join the Rowan Ward multi-disciplinary team.

Rowan Ward is a 17 bed acute inpatient Psychiatric ward for adults experiencing mental health issues.

Rowan Ward is at Meadowfield Hospital in Worthing just a short distance from Brighton and Chichester.

Although primarily based on Rowan Ward from September 2020 to April 2021 there is an expectation for the post holder to provide O.T cover if the need arises to Maple Ward at Meadowfield Hospital - adults ward and Larch Ward at Meadowfield Hospital- older adults ward.

The Occupational Therapist role will primarily be based on Rowan Ward providing occupational assessments and interventions with a focus on relapse prevention, establishing roles and routines and promotion of recovery, meaningful activities, psychoeducation and facilitating discharge from the Inpatient ward.

The role includes assessments in home environments to identify O.T interventions and equipment needs as part of discharge planning.

The Occupational Therapist role will include providing Professional / Clinical Supervision to O.T support staff and Activity Worker.

We are passionate about improving outcomes for our patients by actively listening to them and promoting co-production. We are dedicated to ensuring continued professional development for staff as evidenced by our high supervision rates, training and development programmes. We also have great links with our community services, charities and volunteers.

Who are we?

We’re a large NHS Mental Health Trust in South East England. We’re looking for people to help us provide high quality services for the patients, carers and local communities we serve.

We want patients and staff to recommend our organisation as a place where they would be happy for their friends and family to be treated. You can help us do this by bringing your skills, experience and commitment to Sussex Partnership N.H.S Foundation Trust.

You would be part of a supportive and friendly multidisciplinary team with opportunities to work in close collaboration with colleagues including:

O.T Support Staff, Nurses, Doctors, Social Workers, Psychologist and also community practitioners to support people in their recovery and live their lives outside of the hospital.

Who are you?

We are looking for an Occupational Therapist with a passion for working with people with mental health difficulties. Experience of working in mental health services would be helpful.

What would you be doing?

A significant part of your time would be supporting discharge planning through occupational assessments and interventions including the use of: O.T Screening tool, O.T assessments informed by the Model of Human Occupation, Menu of O.T Interventions and Sensory interventions.

Group work is an important aspect of the therapeutic programme at Meadowfield Hospital and you would have the opportunity to be part of the development and coordination of this.

We value your skills and knowledge in physical health as we ensure people’s physical well-being is integral to their mental well-being.

We are committed to working with people using our services and their family and carers and we work alongside them as experts by experience to deliver group intervention in an Acute Recovery College model at Meadowfield Hospital.

Why work for us?

We believe that staff who feel valued by their employers and are truly engaged provide a better outcome for people who are admitted to Wards.

We are committed to investing in our staff in order to provide you with further training and development to enhance your skills.

We have a strong AHP and OT network with excellent research and professional development opportunities.

If you want to work somewhere where your ideas are heard and your development supported please apply and/or contact us. We actively encourage and welcome informal visits to Rowan Ward at Meadowfield Hospital alongside your application.

What we can offer you in return

  • Regular Professional supervision
  • Access to a wide range of Training and CPD opportunities including;
    • A programme of AHP specific training
    • Quarterly Occupational Therapy CPD Hubs
    • Communities of Practice (AMPS and Sensory Strategies)
  • The opportunity to participate in a range QI work and service innovations
  • Varied leadership development opportunities

This is an excellent time for Occupational Therapists to be joining Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as we have just launched our first AHP Strategy


Find out more about our vision for Occupational Therapists in West Sussex in our new Strategy - embed attached document

We actively encourage and welcome informal visits

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameJohn RogersJob titleWard ManagerEmail numberTel: 01903 843222 Mob: 07391 415567Additional contact information

Fliss Boulton
Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist
Mobile: 07768 841766
E mail:


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Successful candidates are normally offered salaries at the bottom of the relevant salary range. However, where previous or equivalent NHS experience in a similar role can be demonstrated and evidenced, this may be taken into consideration when setting the starting salary.

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We welcome and appreciate every application that we receive but regret that we are unable to advise every candidate if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date then it is likely that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion, however please do not be discouraged from applying again.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust does reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than indicated.

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