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Specialist Occupational Therapist - Adult Mental Health

Job Reference: 449-AMH508

Solent NHS Trust
Adult Mental Health
£32,306 - £39,027 p.a pro rata

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you’re looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

  • To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access
  • To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work
  • To deliver the best value for money

We have an exciting opportunity for an Occupational Therapist with Adult Mental Health experience to join our Community Mental Health service.

You, as the successful applicant will be working closely with Occupational Therapists throughout the AMH care pathways (inpatient, Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team, Assessment to Intervention Team and Community Intensive Rehab Team) to enable a positive patient experience through the care pathways. The post will involve service development opportunities to enable AMH services to meet the increased demand on their services following COVID.

The Community Mental Health Recovery Teams are a community based multi-disciplinary mental health service located in Portsmouth. We provide assessment and evidence-based treatment for patients with suspected or diagnosed severe mental illness / mental disorder who for reasons of complexity, high risk or functional impairment requiring specialist secondary care input.


Job Responsibilities

  • To guide the team on the appropriate use of therapeutic risk-taking during MDT discussions, using specialist Occupational Therapy and mental health knowledge.
  • To meet the needs of service users with an effective, efficient and recovery focused approach.
  • Provide occupational focused assessment, formulation, care plan, and intervention to patients with complex functional needs in their own homes and communities.
  • Evaluate Occupational Therapy interventions, consider ongoing needs of the patient and identity opportunities for longer term support when required. For example, within primary care services, third sector or another service within the Community Mental Health Recovery Team
  • To develop, facilitate and evaluate a group work programme.
  • Clinically supervise the Band 5 Occupational Therapist and junior team members.


For more information on the post, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Lee Allen (Lead Occupational Therapist) on 03001236620 or or Emma Rozzell (Recovery Team Clinical Manager) on 03001236620 or


Please note that should this post attract sufficient interest, we may choose to close at an earlier date. We strongly suggest that you apply at an early stage. If we have not contacted you within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected. Candidates selected for interview will be contacted within 2-3 weeks; therefore you should check your emails regularly including junk mail folders.

Note about shortlisting/interviews:

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the associated restrictions in place, we are currently unable to schedule interviews as we normally would. Therefore interviews will be held virtually until further notice. Please be assured that we will be in touch with details of the arrangements. We will endeavour to keep delays to a minimum but shortlisting may take longer than usual, dependant on staff availability.Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

The Rewards

Solent NHS Trust offers a competitive starting salary and access to a wide range of employee benefits:

  • 27 - 33 days annual leave plus bank holidays (for permanent staff) - pro rata for part time
  • Pay enhancements to reward out of hours working
  • Ability to join the generous NHS pension scheme
  • Purchase of additional annual leave
  • Training and development opportunities
  • An extensive health and wellbeing service
  • Flexible working options
  • Free yoga, pilates and mindfulness classes
  • NHS discounts from leading retailers
  • Opportunity to purchase a public transport annual season ticket - 11 month repayment period

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion starts with our people; shapes the way we deliver our services and the way we build our teams. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds to help us deliver great care to all of our communities.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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