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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 25/02/2019.

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Team Leader (OT) Vocational Service - Adult Mental Health

Job Reference: 798-8704

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
New Opportunities Worcestershire (NEW)
£33,222 to £43,041 pa pro rata

Please note that applications are welcomed from all suitably qualified/experienced individuals. However prior consideration will be given to applications from individuals who are ‘at risk’ and employed by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. If an appointment is made from that at risk group, the post will be withdrawn.


Our Trust is a great place to work and we are keen to ensure that all our employees have the right values in order that we can provide the best service to our patients. These values are very important to us, and as a potential candidate you should be made aware that we test for these throughout the whole assessment/recruitment and selection process, and will only interview and recruit individuals who demonstrate these values through their application and behaviour.

Details of our Values can be found on our website link 'Working together for outstanding care - our vision'

An opportunity has arisen for a forward thinking occupational therapist with sound leadership skills and a passion for innovation and change within occupational therapy practice in adult mental health services.

This role will be to effectively lead and manage an Occupational Therapy led service, offering and delivering new opportunities for people recovering from serious and enduring mental illness and disorders.

Whilst the role will be clinically active it will also be responsible for leading and managing an existing team delivering a variety of activities and therapeutic groups via a “hub and spoke” model operating across the county.

The post holder will:

  • Develop, implement and evaluate vocational programmes and the day to day deployment and management of staff both in the main base and outreach projects.

  • Contribute to the planning and development of the service, networking with internal staff groups and other agencies and organisations to enhance service delivery and promote recovery.

  • Provide leadership for the staff group, through clinical and/or line management supervision.

  • Work as part of the Employment and Reablement Pathway to move service users through vocational services at an appropriate pace to enhance their life experience and satisfaction.

  • Carry responsibility for the assessment of client need using evidence based/client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions, commissioning services where required.

  • Provide specialist clinical interventions led by evidence based practice to enhance patients’ recovery and sense of wellbeing through engagement in occupation

  • Committed to personal and professional development for yourself and staff group.

Skills and Experience:

Minimum of 2 years’ experience of working in mental health setting

Experience of working in at least a Band 6 or 7 role (a leadership role is desirable)

Experience of supervising or line managing staff

Post Graduate Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy

Current and valid registration with HCPC

Excellent communication skills and ability to prioritise and manage time effectively

Proven experience of leading and facilitating individual/group sessions.

For further information please contact: Karen Ingram on 01905 734586 or 07435 761 616 or

PLEASE NOTE: All new appointments are subject to 6 months’ probation period.

If the same or similar vacancy arises within the recruitment period of this post or up to 3 months afterwards, the Trust may chose not to re advertise, but to select a suitable candidate from this interview pool. The new post may differ in terms of the base, hours available (full or part time) or contract type (permanent or fixed term) and therefore you are encouraged to apply for advertised posts but specify on your application form your preferences.

In the event of exceptionally high levels of response, we reserve the right to close the post before the date stated in order to prevent the number of applications received being unmanageable.

Applicants must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats.

**If the position being applied for requires a DBS check to be undertaken on you, it will be a condition of your employment that you have subscribed and continue to subscribe to the DBS Update Service. New employees to the Trust are required to pay the fee for the initial DBS check (this will be deducted from their first months’ salary) and the annual subscription (£13) to the DBS Update Service. Internal applicants are required to pay the annual subscription fee only (£13). Further information on the update service can be found on our website link ‘DBS Update Service.’

The Trust offers a preceptorship year for newly qualified nurses and AHP's and attendance at preceptorship programmes is a condition of employment.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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