Occupational Therapist, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT, Bolton

Job summary

Are you a motivated and enthusiastic band 5 Occupational Therapist? Would you like to be part of our friendly, passionate multidisciplinary team working in a community environment? We are a small specialist team that undertakes assessment, diagnostic and post diagnostic support of people experiencing memory impairments.

In return we are able to offer you

  • Preceptorship for newly qualified members of staff and supervision from a band 6 therapist.
  • 1:1 clinical and peer supervision which includes in service training program.
  • You will be supported to develop your occupational therapy knowledge and skills in this high-quality role, drawing on current evidence based best practice.
  • A great opportunity to enhance and develop skills in memory assessment and diagnostics.

You will work with patients in their own homes and various community settings.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

  • Provide assessment, psychosocial, evidence-based interventions and will be skilled at positive risk management.
  • To hold responsibility for own caseload and undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner, working without direct supervision but you will have access to a senior practitioner.
  • Provide support, guidance and treatment plans for the support time and recovery workers and assist in student supervision.
  • Present the post diagnostic support group working with other members of the wider professional team.
  • You will be good at communicating with patients, family and carers with varying needs, drawing on use of therapeutic communication skills.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world’s most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To participate in the assessment, monitoring and review of patients with possible cognitive impairment or dementia, as defined in the NICE guidance.

To manage a caseload of patients and undertake OT assessments and interventions and to contribute to team assessment processes and making recommendations for future care provision as appropriate.

To select and apply Occupational Therapy assessments for the designated caseload, addressing Occupational Therapy performance and skills deficits.

To select and apply individual and/or group treatment interventions to address patients needs in areas of adjustment to diagnosis, self-maintenance, productivity, leisure and quality of life. Interventions will be undertaken within the persons current care environment e.g. day care, respite care, or patients current home and in the community environment as appropriate to individual patients needs.

To undertake and record comprehensive risk assessments, devise and implement risk management plans for clients at risk of vulnerability, self-harm or risk of physical, sexual or emotional harm to others, using the trust risk screening tool

Participate in Safeguarding Adults process with Mental health Act

Where appropriate, to collaborate with patients when identifying their needs, planning occupational therapy treatments and setting goals as part of their overall care plan.

To plan and implement individual and/or group interventions in collaboration with the patient, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.

To demonstrate a broad level of understanding of the effects of ill health and apply this when making recommendations to address the patients physical, psychological and social needs, including introduction of care packages and the need for moving to a 24 hour care environment.

To monitor and evaluate treatment in order to measure progress and assure effectiveness of the intervention.

To assess for, provide, install and demonstrate small aids and equipment and make recommendations for larger, more complex pieces of equipment and adaptations to Social Services Occupational Therapy Team.

Provide education, information and support as required to carers

See attached detailed job description and person specification:

Staff benefits

  • Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
  • Excellent pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification

Knowledge and Qualifications


  • Degree/diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Multi-disciplinary working
  • Effective communication skills, to include the ability to maintain accurate and contemporaneous records


  • Experience in working with older adults
  • Previous experience in memory services
  • Post diagnostic support
  • Effective networking and signposting skills



  • Degree/diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of person centered care and choice
  • Effective time management skills
  • Risk awareness
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively across a range of disciplines and services


  • Experience in working with older adults
  • Previous experience in memory services
  • Post diagnostic support
  • Effective networking and signposting skills
  • Organise, plan and deliver group work

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

For more information about this job vacancy please contact Amanda Mellor, Team Manager, amanda.mellor@gmmh.nhs.uk, 01204483771.

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Breightmet Health Centre, Breightmet Fold Lane, Bolton, BL2 6N (view map).

Closing date: 20/04/2023Job type: PermanentJob location: BoltonEmployer: Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation TrustAfC pay band: Band 5