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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 21/09/2020.

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Job Reference: 350-SEC2591978

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Occupatonal therapy
Rowan View, Medium Secure Unit, Maguhll, Merseyside
£19,737 - £21,142 per annum

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations; we have been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

We have an exciting opportunity for 12 permanent Band 3 Occupational Therapy Assistants to work with our Occupational Therapy Team within a new state of the art, innovative Medium Secure Unit based in MaghuLl, Liverpool.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust specialises in providing high quality care to men and women with a Learning Disability and Mental Health problems. The Secure and Specialist Learning Disability Division have a number of Forensic and Enhanced Support services that include High Secure, Medium Secure, Low Secure, Step Down and Enhanced beds based within inpatient services or in the community. We also have a dedicated Specialist Support Team that provides support in the community.

Each service is delivered using least restrictive principles, maximising opportunities for service users to work towards more independent living and receive specialist therapy geared to their personalised recovery. The service operates with a strong focus on multidisciplinary team working and the utilisation of all staff in delivering integrated therapy over the 24 hour period.

We are looking for Occupational Therapy Assistants who can demonstrate compassion and empathy to our service users, improving the quality of care services within a Secure/Forensic Environment.

It is essential that you are be enthusiastic, passionate, adaptable and highly motivated, with a keen interest in mental health and learning disabilities in forensic services. This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference in a fast paced and challenging environment and be involved in the ongoing development of provision.

Your role will include supporting the qualified Occupational Therapists and the assistant practitioners to provide Occupational Therapy interventions to service users. You will support Occupational Therapy service through delivering aspects of the therapeutic programme. You will assist in the delivery of meaningful activities of daily living within the Occupational Therapy service.


You will actively engage service users in therapeutic activities to promote independence and well-being within hospital and community environments. The post holder will support service users to attend and participate in sessions that promote recovery through attendance at Occupational Therapy and Life Rooms courses and will provide an update and overview of service user’s participation, engagement level and skills following sessions.

You will be part of an established multidisciplinary team, as well as receiving support, direction and supervision from qualified staff or assistant practitioners in Occupational Therapy.

You will work closely with expert members of the therapeutic team including Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Speech & Language Therapy and social Work to plan and deliver individual and group interventions.

Dedicated support via clinical and managerial supervision will be provided alongside excellent opportunities for continual professional development including taking advantage of the Trusts outstanding Learning and Organisational Development Service.

Continuous Improvement is one of Mersey Care NHS Trust's four values and our aim is to deliver care that makes a positive difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers.

We offer excellent terms and conditions including flexible working, structured pay progression, access to occupational health and staff support services and a genuine commitment to supporting staff to achieve their full potential through training and development.

Shortlisting is planned for: 22nd September 2020

Interviews are planned for: 29th September 2020

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameDeborah HaworthJob titleSpecialist Occupational TherapistEmail addressdeborah.haworth@merseycare.nhs.ukTelephone number01245821969

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Should you require a reasonable adjustment to our recruitment process please contact recruitment on 0151 472 7557 to ensure that measures can be put in place to support you.

We reserve the right to close any vacancy earlier than advertised in exceptional circumstances once we have received a high volume of applications.

The Trust expects all post holders who require an enhanced DBS for their role subscribe to the DBS Update Service. You will be required to enrol for this service for a fee of £13 per year and maintain registration. Trans applicants who require a DBS check and do not want to reveal details of their previous identity can contact the DBS Sensitive Applications Team (01516761452 or email with their application number once they have completed their DBS application form. The team is able to prevent any previous identity showing on the DBS Certificate, unless the applicant has a conviction under their previous details in which case this will need to be disclosed.

We celebrate diversity and promote equal opportunities; we are committed to challenging and eliminating racism and other forms of discrimination and advancing and promoting equality of opportunity in the provision of services and creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who consider themselves to be disabled who meet the minimum (essential) criteria for the role in the person specification. If you would like your application to be considered under the Trust’s guaranteed interview scheme you can indicate this in the personal information section of your online application form.

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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