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Specialist Occupational Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 6

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Occupational Therapist
NHS AfC: Band 6
Maternity Cover
Part Time 26.25 hours per week
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Kingfisher Court
£28,050 - £36,644 per annum pro rata
27/03/2019 23:59

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire, which you can find below. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form.


Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is able to offer an 11 month maternity cover opportunity for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist with passion and enthusiasm to develop and specialise in this clinical field. We will also consider applications from current band 5s who want to gain band 6 experience.

 As one of the leading Mental Health and Learning Disability Trusts in the UK, rated “good” by the CQC in 2018, HPFT is on its journey from good to great. Part of that vision involves the further development of the specialist Community Perinatal Team (CPT), which was launched in April 2017, to expand our provision of mental health care and services for women with moderate to severe mental illnesses throughout Hertfordshire. The Community Perinatal Team is a specialist multidisciplinary team covering the whole of Hertfordshire. The team comprises Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Nursery Nurses, a Support Worker and Team Administrators. The CPT has recently expanded to meet the needs of additional women and improve the quality of care and interventions provided.

You would be joining a team committed to:

  • Responding to a woman’s needs in a timely manner, with the capacity to deal with crises and emergencies, as well as supporting routine and preventative care; providing specialist care and support through pregnancy and for up to one year post-natally to women experiencing significant mental health difficulties associated with the perinatal period
  • Working with the families of unwell women, supporting partners and older children and promoting infant mental health and wellbeing  
  • Making assessments in a variety of settings, including service user homes, antenatal clinics, Children’s centres and outpatient clinics
  • Have close working links with our designated, PQN accredited, mother and baby unit at Kingsley Green, Radlett
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues in maternity services, health visiting, children’s centres and Children’s services across the county
  • Work collaboratively with a range of adult mental health services to provide support to women with previous or longstanding mental health problems as well as those presenting for the first time in the perinatal period.


The post holder will join the established team and will ensure, in collaboration with other professional colleagues, that professional practice meets standards as set by HPFT and/or professional statutes and bodies.


The post holder will carry an Occupational Therapy specific caseload and be involved in running groups. They will be supported by more experienced Team members including the Lead Occupational Therapist and Team Leaders.


The post holder will have a sound working knowledge of mental health problems and experience of assessing and working with service users in a community setting, assessing and managing risk. It is desirable that they have knowledge about infant attachment and/or experience of working with young children.


A full local induction, orientation and supervision support will be provided.


There is one part-time post available to cover 11 months of maternity leave (26.25 hours).


The team operates within core working hours (9am-5pm) Monday to Friday.  It may be possible for the hours to be flexible, subject to the needs of the team and in negotiation with the CPT Team Leaders and Consultant Psychiatrist.


The team’s main base is in Kingsley Green, near Radlett, with travel throughout the county and team members will work from our clinical ‘hubs’ to be closer to the communities served.

Being a car driver with access to own vehicle is essential.

 Closing date for applications is 27/03/2019.

 Interviews are likely to be held on 5/04/2019.


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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

Erzsebet Pek, Lead OT, 07826 952965, Dr Sarah Cohen, Consultant Psychiatrist, 07717 693 643 or Linzi Barnes, Team Leader 07342 060122