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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/09/2020.

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Job Reference: 267-SS2632563

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Specialised Services
£19,737 - £21,142 per annum

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Occupational Therapy Assistant to work with the Occupational Therapists, supporting the clinical team and patients detained in the Forensic Learning Disabilities Service in Oxford. Your working week will include working 1:1 with the patients offering activities under the guidance of the OT, getting involved in group work, taking patients into the community for skills development, and getting involved with ward staff to work collaboratively on patient needs.

Evenlode is a 10 bed all male in-patient learning disabilities ward, based in the Oxford Clinic where there are 2 other wards for patients with mental health and forensic needs. Although Evenlode has a specific role, and this post is focused on working with the learning disabilities team, the OT staff for Evenlode are also involved with the wider unit, and the wider mental health service, including units on the Littlemore site, in Aylesbury, and also in Milton Keynes.

The Occupational Therapy team is led by the Clinical Lead OT and consists of three other Occupational Therapists, a second OTA for Evenlode, and an OTA for the mental health wards, plus a Health and Fitness Instructor and several external tutors. The team is very supportive, there is a variety of experience within it, opportunities for learning, and great support from the wider multidisciplinary team.

We would recommend you come for a visit or have an informal discussion about this opportunity, so please call to make arrangements.

Interview will include a numeracy and literacy assessment.

Own car or access to alternative travel for business use is essential.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Rhona Oxspring

Job title: Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist

Email address:

Telephone number: 01865 902031

  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.

  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.

  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3-5 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.

  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.

  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.

  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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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