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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 28/02/2022.

Occupational Therapist

Job Reference: 348-MNH-736D

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Hazel Ward PICU - North Area - MH
£25,655 to £31,534 pa

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities

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Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust (SHFT) is committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect. As an employee, you are accountable to ensure that you know to how to respond when you are concerned for the safety of a child, young person or adult at risk, applying the principles of the Family Approach to ensure evidence based analysis, risk management and appropriate action and escalation. SHFT require staff to work effectively together using the Family Approach to achieve better outcomes for adults, children and families. The Trust will support you in this duty by providing ongoing training, support and advice and have a Corporate Safeguarding Team who can be contacted for guidance and the provision of safeguarding supervision.

Care to join us? Are you seeking experience working in an Occupational Therapy led inpatient therapy service? Due to service development and investment our team is expanding. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a number of Band 5 Occupational Therapists to join the Inpatient Therapy service. This is an exceptional opportunity to work in a genuinely holistic Occupational Therapy role within an established, friendly, and supportive team.


We are looking for motivated and compassionate Occupational Therapists to help us shape the development and delivery of inpatient mental health services. Parklands Hospital is a recovery focused in-patient adult mental health unit situated in North Hampshire. The hospital provides both Ministry of Defence and National Health Services comprising of acute admission wards and a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).


Your responsibilities will include supporting the service to optimise admission, exploring any problem areas with functioning within and outside of the home environment. You will have access to dedicated Occupational Therapy spaces including sensory rooms, gym, IT Hub, and multi-functional activity rooms. There are multiple therapy garden spaces including a sensory garden for you to deliver your interventions as well.


Focusing on holistic care and recognising a variety of skill sets means we welcome applications from diverse Occupational Therapy backgrounds, whether you’re looking to change direction and develop your career within mental health, or a seeking your first qualified Occupational Therapy role. We will be delighted to answer any questions about the role and encourage you to get in touch with the Therapy Manager for an informal chat. Job share opportunities and flexible working requests are available and can be discussed at interview.  


Are you committed to putting meaningful occupation at the heart of engaging with patients and their support network? If so, we would love to hear from you.


Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust encourages flexible working opportunities and will consider requests for variable working patterns, subject to service needs. We believe our staff are our most valuable asset. Excellent, well trained, motivated staff will help us deliver this service transformation, creating a culture of compassion, collaboration and continuous improvement.  Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has its own unique, internal Academy of Excellence supporting registered staff to gain support throughout their careers to realise their aspirations as well as links to local universities to support further education and development.  We support staff in clinical practice in many ways, and this includes having a team of Practice Educators to support and guide staff as they work alongside them.  We are also increasingly looking to enable staff to move seamlessly into roles that best meet their needs at that time, both within the service and across the division as well as within the local healthcare system.  We are one of only a few NHS Trusts in the country to offer fully funded leadership and management qualifications to staff. 


In return, North and Mid area acute care pathway will offer you:

  • A robust preceptorship development programme.
  • Continuing professional development with bespoke training.
  • The opportunity to have your ideas to be heard and put into action.
  • Access to the wider SI and AMPS forums.
  • ‘Golden handshake’ welcome to those new to the Trust.
  • Reflective practice supervision and individual supervision.
  • New wards, a beautiful therapy garden and much more.



Further details are set out in the Job Description. For additional information, please contact Iain McAloon (Therapy Manager) via


As a registered professional you will automatically become a member of our Academy of Clinical Excellence (ACE) which has a specific focus on the professional development and career progression of our nurses and Allied Health Professionals. As part of ACE’s commitment to you, our development pathway offer for band 5’s includes access to masters level academic study with our partner universities along with a bespoke leadership programme tailored to help you enhance your competence and confidence as a leader during your early career. If you are a newly qualified registrant we will provide you with a structured preceptorship programme to support you in making an effective transition from student to registered practitioner. ACE will support you to progress your journey with us and we offer all our registrants the opportunity to engage in ‘Career Navigation’ conversations which will help you explore your career aspirations and make decisions about your career trajectory.


A DBS check is required by the Employer for this post. The Employer will undertake an initial check at the appropriate level on appointment. As a condition of employment you are required to register with the online DBS update service and maintain this registration throughout employment.

COVID-19 vaccine remains the best way to protect ourselves, our families, our colleagues, and patients from the virus, we therefore encourage applicants to become fully vaccinated. We ask for vaccination status as part of pre employment checks although COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment.

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