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Senior Occupational Therapist

Job Description

Would you like to be part of a forward thinking progressive service that is embracing the therapeutic day? Are you someone who has a passion for working with older adults with dementia and/or functional mental illness and who wants to use your core skills as an Occupational Therapist?

We are taking a new and innovative approach to increasing the access to therapy services for our in-patient services in older adult services. In response to our service users’ needs and the demand for access to therapy across the 7 day period we have increased our Occupational Therapy posts to be able to support this new way of working.

As Occupational Therapists we are positioned to shape the culture of inpatient settings to promote a therapeutic day that co-exists to enhance therapeutic interventions and recovery focused ethos on the units. This post will sit within the MDT team and will have support and access to a wider OT team and professional network within the older adult services.

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist, who has an interest in providing care to older adults in the inpatient setting and who is looking to support this innovative approach to the therapeutic engagement of service users.

You will be responsible for providing OT assessments, treatment and advice and will have the opportunity to work within a dynamic and creative environment. You will work closely with the ward manager and clinical lead to implement and provide a therapeutic programme that supports the use of activity and recovery to maximise early discharge.

You will have responsibility for a small team of multi-professional staff, providing supervision, support and leadership on a regular basis. You will also support the ward activity and shift leadership and undertake tasks that support the nursing roles and that maximises service user engagement.

This position would suit an occupational therapist that is looking to consolidate skills acquired from working in the mental health field.
You will need to be a dynamic clinician with good leadership skills and have the ability to recognise the skills of other professions and in order to coordinate the care pathway of the service user.
You will draw on a sound clinical background in mental health, with experience of managing complex caseloads and coordinating workloads. You will need to be flexible and work a shift pattern that supports the 7 day programme of extended hours (this will not include nights).

Occupational Therapists are recognised as essential, core members of the multi-disciplinary team and are in the forefront of developing recovery and therapeutic interventions. KMPT can offer both personal and clinical development opportunities, in addition to regular professional and clinical supervision, Personal Development Plans, and support for Continual Professional Development activities. We also offer a number of clinical and professional development opportunities through our clinical forums and internal professional networks and have good links with the local universities.

This post is subject to a six month probationary period for candidates external to the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.

Employment in this post is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Julie Johnson AHP Lead  ( Phone number removed ) 

Natalie Wanstall  ( Phone number removed ) 

Madelaine Lambie  ( Phone number removed ) 


If you are seeking a new challenge and interested in becoming part of this forward thinking and innovative Trust then we want to talk to you.

What we can offer you
* Career development with our comprehensive range of training & development opportunities to enhance your skills
* Strong Supportive Management committed to provide 1-2-1 support to advance personal development.
* Car Lease Scheme opens to all staff
* Staff discounts for employees and their families
* Relocation Support if you are moving to the area dependent on your circumstances
* 27 days paid holiday plus bank holidays, increasing to 33 days after 10 years’ service
* Pension scheme
* Child Care Vouchers

We take pride in our services – which are underpinned by our values:

- Respect

- Openness

- Accountability

- Working together

- Innovation

- Excellence

We love the work, and we want you to join us.

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 (formerly a Work Permit)

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