Senior Occupational Therapist

Senior Occupational Therapist

Schoen Clinic York


The post holder will be responsible for assessing and treating patients for professional occupational therapy services in a specialist setting. They will manage the caseload whilst prioritising patient needs and will provide occupational therapy advice to other disciplines where needed. This role may also take part in departmental research. The post holder will supervise the Occupational Therapy department team at the York site.

Key Accountabilities

Undertake occupational therapy assessments, addressing occupational performance and skill deficits enabling the patient in all areas of self-maintenance, productivity and leisure. Work with patients to identify occupational therapy goals as part of the overall care plan. Plan and implement individual and/or group interventions, in collaboration with the patient, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals. Monitor and evaluate treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of the intervention. Supervising the site based Occupational Therapy team. Engage in and contribute to service development activities. 


  • Work with peers and patients to provide and receive complex and sensitive information concerning patient’s history. 
  • Recommend special equipment, such as wheelchairs and sensory equipment, and instruct patients on how to use that equipment.
  • Take a 'whole person' approach to each patient's physical and mental wellbeing by considering all their needs – physical, social, psychological and environmental.
  • Plan and organise the site based OT department schedules and activities for patients.
  • Develop a treatment plan for patients, laying out the types of activities and specific goals to be accomplished.
  • Follow departmental, hospital and organisational policies.
  • Work within the parameters of current mental health legislation (e.g. utilising the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended 2007)
  • Be responsible for the safe use of equipment by themselves and others. 
  • Supervise the work of the OT department, including OT students. 
  • Ensure any concerns with or changes to a patient’s care are communicated to the appropriate member of the clinical team.
  • As required, participate in clinical audits or testing of different types of aids.
  • Be an autonomous practitioner who works within codes of practice & professional guidelines.
  • Work in collaboration with other departmental senior members of the team to ensure robust systems and process are in place to deliver high quality care standards. 
  • Support
  • Regularly undertake equipment testing, and ensure the appropriate records are kept up to date.
  • To actively participate in clinical audit, programme review and the implementation and analysis of outcome measures
  • Engage in clinical supervision with the company appointed Lead OT.
  • To carry out any other duties within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by management.


  • Administer and manage all patient and budgetary records for the caseload 
  • To assist with maintaining stock control levels and orders supplies as required or directed.
  • Write reports and care plans and attend multidisciplinary case meetings to plan and review ongoing treatment
  • The Key Accountabilities detailed within Section 2 of this job description are not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope and role.

Key skills & Experience 

  • Professional knowledge acquired through degree or equivalent.
  • Have a good working knowledge of UK mental health law.
  • HCPC registration
  • Dexterity, co-ordination, ability to use specialist equipment, manual and mobilising skills.
  • Strong understanding and respect for confidentiality 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work within and support a team to achieve organisational goals.
  • Ability to work as part of a team to ensure that the company values are upheld and its goals are met.
  • The ability to work alone and take a lead when hurdles arise or when tasks require completion.
  • Be able to adapt to the ever changing environment and reacting quickly to meet challenges.
  • Well-developed observation skills
  • The ability to think outside the box and work under pressure.
  • Decision-making skills and the ability to organise and plan your workload
  • Assessment and report writing skills.
  • An understanding of the models of practice adopted in mental health settings (e.g. MOHO)
  • The ability to explain, encourage and build confidence, and develop rapport with your patients.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Strong interest and/or experience of patient group/specialism underpinned by theory.
  • Self-motivated and self-starter with the ability to prioritise and schedule work independently
  • Highly organised, detail-oriented and analytical.
  • Flexible in terms of working times and responsibilities e.g., out of hours work may be required with due notice.
  • Always maintains a professional conduct, remaining calm and in control.
  • A flexible approach to work.
  • Enthusiasm, sensitivity and patience to deal with a range of needs.

What's on Offer

  • Salary up to £38,000 with an annual salary review
  • 25 days holiday + 8 bank holidays
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Contributory pension scheme 
  • Enhanced Private Medical Insurance with BUPA including access to a private GP service, free screening & the inclusion of pre-existing conditions. 
  • Eye care scheme with Specsavers
  • Online benefits portal with high street and online shopping discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Group Life Assurance
  • Enhanced maternity & paternity pay
  • Paid emergency leave
  • Occupational Sick Pay above SSP
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Employee Assistance Programme with wellbeing support


Schoen Clinic York

Permanent, Full Time


up to £38,000

Closing Date
31st December 2021