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Specialist Occupational Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Mental Health
NHS AfC: Band 6
Secondment: 18 months
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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St Helens/Warrington area
St Helens
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum pro rata
Salary period
27/01/2021 23:59

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations; we have been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

This post is only available to staff from one of the five PROSPECT New Care Model partners - Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, North West Boroughs Foundation Trust, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Elysium Healthcare and Cygnet Health Care

Contract Type – Fixed Term 18 month, secondment will be with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust as the lead partner.

Job Title:  Specialist Occupational Therapist

Band: 6

Location:  St Helens/Warrington area


The PROSPECT partnership is a new care model for adult secure services in the Cheshire and Mersey region.  This is an active collaboration between NHS and Independent sector providers which collectively aim to implement an innovative model of service delivery with the aim of streamlining and enhancing the quality of secure care pathways.  As part of the new model of care the PROSPECT partnership has secured funding to develop a specialist community forensic team (SCFT).  


The SCFT adopts an intensive proactive clinical approach.   It utilises a model of assertive transition to expedite the safe, smooth discharge of forensic mental health patients from secure hospital into the community, by providing earlier support in a person’s discharge pathway and more robust care and support post-discharge.


The teams will consist of multi-disciplinary health and third sector agency and peer support staff to form one integrated service. The team will establish close collaborative working with secure services and community mental health teams, Social Care and other external partners and stakeholders such as the probation service, Police, housing and voluntary agencies.  A fundamental aspect of this work will be to provide forensic expertise and guidance to community stakeholders to enable service users to maintain community placement and prevent readmission to secure services.


This is a pilot project funded by NHS England for an 18 month period and therefore posts will be offered on a secondment basis for staff from the PROSPECT partnership. 


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 and Band 7 Occupational Therapist to join the new teams. The Highly Specialist and Specialist Occupational Therapist will support the delivery of high quality OT assessment and intervention within a forensic community service. The post holder will hold a defined case load and support individuals with complex mental health needs.


Shortlisting is planned for 27th January 2021

Interviews are planned for 4th February  2021


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must 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) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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

Rachel Mercer & Hayley Bannister
Job title
Head of service & AHP Lead
Email address
Telephone number
01254 821645
Additional information

For more information please contact:

Hayley Bannister, AHP Lead


01254 821645