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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Band 6

Main area
Older Persons Mental Health
Band 6
37.5 per week
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Atherleigh Park
£26,565 - £35,577 per annum
20/06/2018 23:59

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (formerly known as 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust until 1st April 2017), provides physical health, mental health and learning disability services across the North West region. The Trust employs around 4000 staff across our sites and also has a Temporary Bank which offers the flexibility of working shifts around other commitments.

We are committed to providing safe, compassionate care and look to appoint people who are as passionate about patient care as we are.


We have a position for a Specialist Occupational Therapist in our older person inpatient mental health service based at Atherleigh Park, Leigh. The post will cover a mixed gender dementia unit (Golborne Unit) and mixed gender functional / frailty unit for older people with mental ill health (Parsonage Unit). In the same building are adult wards which are also covered by other therapists.

We provide Recovery based services and have close links to community services in Wigan and Leigh to provide smooth transitions for our clients. You will be working with a variety of Medical, Nursing, Social Work and Therapy staff.  The Therapy Team consists of Psychologists, Occupational and Pysiotherapists, Activity Co-ordinators and Therapy Assistants. There are therapy facilities on the wards and in a Hub with Gym, Sports Hall and Therapy rooms in order to provide services for a wide range of clients and their carers. We are aiming to do this over 7 days week and a degree of flexibility is needed, at this time we are working Monday to Friday .

In the unit you will support the development of Therapy Assistants, Activity Co-ordinators so that they are able to develop and contribute effectively to the care pathways so we all provide a high quality service. You will provide clinical supervision for a band 5 Occupational Therapist who is on rotation and based on Parsonage Unit.

You must;

  • Commit to the 6C’s as this will be core to the measures of quality we use.
  • Have post-graduate experience working as an Occupational Therapist in mental health.
  • Be flexible in your approach as we are committed to developing an Outstanding service

Management supervision will be provided by the Team Manager. Clinical Supervision is available through the Occupational Therapy network in the Trust. Research and input into service development is actively encouraged. We train and assess undergraduate Occupational Therapists and this will be part of your duties.  

There are Trust-wide professional forums in place and joint education with colleagues from the other boroughs to address continuing professional development as well as service developments.

As an employee of The North West Boroughs NHS Foundation Trust, you will receive the following benefits:

    • Free 24 hour access to our Health and Well-being Centre and gym at the Atherleigh park site site.
    • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays (29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years’ service
    • Access to the NHS pension scheme
    • The opportunity to access a range of NHS discounts, such as Salary Sacrifice Car and Bikes for Staff Schemes.
    • Regular supervision and access to a range of training courses at our Education centre
    • Access to our Library at Hollins Park House, providing resources to support you in your development and/or research.

This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. Successful candidates will either have a valid DBS check with the Trust or will be required to pay for the cost of the DBS Disclosure which is £47.50 for an enhanced disclosure, the cost of which will be deducted from first salary.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jan Siwek, Therapy Manager / Advanced Occupational Therapist, Bedford Suite, Atherleigh Park Hospital, Atherleigh Way, Leigh, WN7 5AR

Tel:  01942 636387 or 01942 636475



If you have problems applying, contact

01925 664856

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