Senior Occupational Therapist - Adult Mental Health

The closing date is 28th Apr 2024

Job summary

We are looking for an experienced registered Occupational Therapist who has a passion and interest in adult mental health.

In return you will be joining our supportive, friendly, and responsive Allied Health Professional (AHP) team, with an established commitment to staff wellbeing and professional development. We work hard, deliver great results and you will be warmly welcomed to help us deliver the next steps of our strategy.

Based on the South coast in our mental health services, you will be involved in delivering AHP service's newly redesigned 'One Referral: One AHP' model of care. The model is designed to enable:

- Relational consistency during transitions within mental health services to improve patient experience.

- Access to a varied range of intervention choices including Sensory Awareness groups and the evidence-based Occupation Matters Programme.

- Supporting people with mental health issues to live well in their communities.

We are proud of every member of our established AHP Service and welcome your leadership and continuous improvement skill set in order to realise our new vision.

Main duties, tasks & skills required

The post holder is responsible for the provision of a high-quality Occupational Therapy (OT) service, ensuring that the service delivered meets Trust and professional standards and develops in line with Government, Clinical, Professional, and local guidelines.

Delivering occupational focused assessment, formulations, and interventions for a caseload of patients with complex functional needs at hospital, in their homes and communities.

Be a point of contact within the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment (CRHT) MDT which will include identifying and taking OT referrals from CRHT, attending MDT meetings to add the OT perspective to clinical discussions and updating CRHT team on developments within the AHP service.

To deputise for AHP Team leads and provide cover for the other team members as necessary.

To be responsible for supporting, developing, and evaluating an evidence-based therapeutic group programme.

To be a key resource in facilitating the patients journey through mental health clinical pathways within acute, primary, and secondary care. This will involve supporting patients in their homes and communities to prevent an avoidable hospital admission, and to work with patients in hospital to ensure safe, effective, efficient, and recovery focused discharge.

About us

At Solent, our teams mirror the communities we serve. The Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging plan fosters authenticity, ensuring every Solent NHS Trust member feels visible, validated, and valued.

The Annual Staff survey positions us among top-performing Community and Mental Health trusts in 3 of 9 themes:

  • Compassion and inclusivity
  • Each voice matters
  • Staff Engagement

Our commitment to enhancing diversity, inclusion, and belonging fosters a strong sense of uniqueness, celebrated among colleagues, contributing to excellent patient outcomes.

We welcome applications from underrepresented communities, offering an informal chat for those uncertain about job fit. Our revamped recruitment process prioritizes inclusivity, aligned with Disability Confident and Armed Forces Covenant guaranteed interviews.

Join our 7 staff networks:





Multi Faith

Black, Asian, and minority ethnic


Solent supports flexible working, providing a carer's passport. Our award-winning Health and Wellbeing service, including Employment Disability, Neurodivergent, and Menopause support, makes Solent NHS an inclusive workplace.

We promote staff vaccination as the primary defense against Flu and Covid-19. Join us in contributing to outstanding patient outcomes in a diverse and inclusive environment.

Job description

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description* 

Person specification



Degree level or higher in Occupational Therapy.

Health and Care Professions Council registration.

Training qualification to teach students on placement or equivalent experience

Specialist post graduate training in a range of subjects relevant to mental health/acute mental illness/challenging behaviours



Post graduate experience working in complex and high-risk mental health settings -- managing challenging behaviours.

Experience of applying the Occupational Therapy process in mental health.

Experience of using standardised and functional assessments and activity analysis in a mental health setting.

Experience of supporting and supervising junior staff

Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team

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.

UK Professional Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website.

For help with your application, contact: 

Lee Allen 


Pay scheme

Agenda for Change 


Band 6 


£35392.00  to £42618.00 Yearly



Working pattern

Full-Time, Flexible Working 

Reference number


Job locations

The Orchards, St James' Hospital 
Locksway Road 
PO4 8FE