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Community Mental health Practitioner - Occupational Therapist

Job Reference: 378-CK0617

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
378 DEW OPS - North Kirklees - CMHT - 172241
£30,401 to £37,267 pa

Our Trust exists to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities. We’re delighted you’re looking at this job opportunity and hope you want to join our team.

We’re very proud we were chosen as the ‘best organisation’ in the 2017 Kate Granger awards for compassionate care. We live our values every day:

  • We put the person first and in the centre
  • We know that families and carers matter
  • We are respectful, honest, open and transparent
  • We improve and aim to be outstanding
  • We are relevant today and ready for tomorrow

Our values are very important to us which is why we want to recruit people whose values match ours. Read on to find out more about this job opportunity.

Would you welcome a new challenge? If you are a positive and confident clinician who would like the chance to work in a community setting, then please read on.

An opportunity has arisen within Kirklees Older People’s Mental Health Services which is a service model based on delivering ‘Care Closer to Home’. We currently have a full time Band 6 Community Mental Health Practitioner (Occupational Therapist) post working Monday to Friday 9.00am until 5.00pm at Beckside Court, Batley. The post is predominantly based in North Kirklees but the team works Kirklees wide.


The successful candidate will work within the Locality team to undertake initial assessments of service users providing short term interventions in response to clinical need, to promote recovery and timely discharge. The role involves undertaking a duty worker role to support the effective triage of referrals made to the service.


The post will require the successful candidate to undertake generic mental health assessment of need and risks, with opportunities to use specialist occupational therapy assessments when required. It will involve working collaboratively with service users, carers, other professionals, partner organisations and primary care staff.


The team consists of nursing, medical, social work, health care support and therapy staff. The team works closely with other colleagues from GP practices, social care, expert teams, and voluntary/third sector organisations to provide integrated support for patients and their carers.


This post is an excellent opportunity to develop clinical leadership skills and involvement in service developments.


You will be actively encouraged to access our well established professional networks both locally and at Trust wide level.

The Trust is an Equal Opportunities employer and is also committed to a healthy work life balance. All applicants will be assessed fairly and on merit.

Informal visits are encouraged and welcomed.

Interview Date;  1st August at Beckside Court, Batley.


For informal enquiries or to arrange a visit please contact:

Judith Megson, Team Manager, CMHT OPS, North Kirklees on 01924 316865

As a flexible employer encouraging a healthy work/life balance, we will consider Part-Time working opportunities for all our positions.

Our application process will test your attitudes and behaviours, as well as your knowledge and skills. So that we know we’d be a good match for each other. If you’re successful you’ll then have a 12 months values based induction.

You’ll also have access to a wide range of wellbeing support because our wellbeing at work matters to #allofus. There’s a great range of support for us all including a workplace physio, staff retreats, health checks, counselling, mindfulness and a variety of sports groups. You can take part in our award-winning Creative Minds activities as well as access courses at our innovative recovery colleges.

We know there’s a wealth of talent among people who have a disability as well as those who have experience of mental or physical health problems. So, if you need any support with your application just give us a call on 01226 644081.

A couple of things to note – if you’re shortlisted for interview we’ll contact you via your NHS jobs account, so please check this regularly. Please provide email addresses wherever possible for your references. Bear in mind that we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as you can.

We hope you would like to join our award winning team. Good luck with your application.

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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