Occupational Therapist

Location Horsham, West Sussex, England
Job type Permanent
Salary £31,534 per year
Reference 164962

Sanctuary Personnel, an award-winning and renowned Recruitment Agency is looking for an experienced and dedicated Occupational Therapist to work in Horsham on a full-time basis.

The pay rate for this locum Occupational Therapist job is £31,534 per annum.


  • Professionally accountable for non qualified occupational therapy staff working in own team

  • Plan and provide a range of occupational assessments and treatments that will promote recovery and wellbeing for the people that the post holder works with

  • Support the promotion of Occupational Therapy within the clinical area

  • Manage a caseload of clients with the regular support and supervision of a team manager and professional supervisor, using evidence based/ client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions

  • Provide occupational therapy interventions for referred clients as part of a multi-agency approach to meeting the health and social care needs of people who use our services

  • Participate in the planning, development and evaluation of occupational therapy and local services within a designated team

  • Contribute to and facilitate occupational therapy interventions including home assessments and group work with regular support and supervision

  • Be a core member of the local clinical team, using mental health and occupational therapy assessments

  • Manage a caseload of clients with mental health needs

  • Plan and implement client centred individual and group interventions, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals

  • Identify occupational therapy goals as part of the overall care plan

  • Monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention

  • Apply an understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyles changes and adaptations to the client’s social and physical environment

  • Carry out carers assessments and implement a plan of care accordingly

  • Establish robust communication networks with clients carers and other health workers and agencies

  • Ensure that up to date written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with Professional and Trust standards and to provide specialist occupational therapy reports relevant to practice setting

  • Adhere to the College of Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and comply with local and national standards of practice

  • Fully participate in the Trust’s performance review and personal development planning process on an annual basis

  • Achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales

  • Review and reflect on own practice and performance through effective use of professional and operational supervision and appraisal in line with local guidelines

  • Delegate appropriate tasks to occupational therapy support staff in the team

  • Contribute to a healthy and safe working environment by adhering to health and safety regulations and Trust policies

  • Be responsible for maintaining stock, advising on resources to carry out the job, including the responsible management of petty cash

  • Participate in the operational planning, and implementation of policy and service development within your team

  • Participate in the delivery of the occupational therapy strategy and development plan

  • Broaden research and development skills through participation in local audit and research projects

  • Contribute to the induction, training of students and other staff both within or external to the Trust

  • Contribute to the supervision and written assessment of occupational therapy students on practice placement within the Trust

  • Apply skills and knowledge in order to establish professional competence and fitness to practice as an occupational therapist

  • Demonstrate ongoing personal development through participation in internal and external development opportunities, recording learning outcomes in a portfolio

  • Contribute in the Trust and professional clinical and social care governance arrangements and quality agenda, including the setting and monitoring of practice standards

  • Ensure that professional standards of practice are maintained within the clinical setting

  • Abide by the standards of behaviour expected by their professional body and the standards of behaviour expected of all staff in the Trust disciplinary policy and procedure

  • Adhere to all Trust policies and procedures and are responsible for making themselves aware of these policies and procedures

Requirements of the Occupational Therapist:

  • Degree or equivalent within Occupational Therapy

  • HCPC registered as an Occupational Therapist

  • Recent NHS experience either pre or post qualification

  • Willing to undertake an enhanced CRB check

  • Have a basic working knowledge of the medication prescribed for the persons in their care

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills with people whose understanding may be impaired

  • Respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity of clients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs

  • Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate current research and apply to practice, disseminating findings at a local level

  • Demonstrate the core principles of safeguarding and protection Human Rights; treating people with dignity, fairness, equality, respect and autonomy

  • Practice education training

  • Evidence of successful completion of a COT standard preceptorship programme

  • Experience of working with people with mental health difficulties

  • Experience working as part of a team

  • Experience running groups/activities

  • Experience of being supervised

  • Experience of training others in technical/leisure/creative skills

  • Lived experience of mental health issues

  • Experience of supervising or delegating work to others

  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists

  • Able to communicate in a sensitive and reassuring manner

  • Able to report to the OT supervisor and wider team in meetings and reviews, on progress with clients personally working with

  • Analytical & Judgement skills

  • Able to delegate work to others in clinical team

  • IT skills

  • Ability to use IT systems including word, internet and e-mail

  • Planning & Organisational skills

  • Ability to prioritise workload with support

  • Able to support individuals in their personal occupational needs which can include supporting them in their creative and physical activities within the service or in community settings

  • Additional technical skills able to use with individuals e.g. gardening, cooking, art or sport

  • Ability to be able to concentrate on complex client assessment and intervention

  • Ability to be able to deal with conflicting demands

  • Ability to deal with a range of clients presenting with mental health difficulties, their supporters and the clinical team on a daily basis

  • Ability to be able to concentrate on specific activities for up to an hour at a time

  • Ability to be able to deal with conflicting demands in an unpredictable work pattern

  • Ability to work flexibly and adapt to each person as appropriate to their needs in a variety of settings

  • Ability to deal directly with distressing or emotional circumstances when they arise

  • Ability to deal with distressing or emotional circumstances due to complex nature of work with service users

  • Ability to report untoward incidents

  • Ability to work in a variety of settings dependent on client need including the community and clients home which may include occasional unpleasant working conditions

  • Demonstrate support for the values and beliefs of the Care Group and those of the Trust

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the practices of Human Rights in the delivery of this role

  • Ability to travel across sites

  • Punctual and flexible across hours of work when required


This Occupational Therapist job is advertised by Sadiq Rahman; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.

Reasonable Adjustments:

If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.