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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Cygnet Health Care
Closing date
1 Jun 2022

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Are you already an Occupational Therapy Assistant looking for a new challenge, or do you have a keen interest in this area of work and a desire to enhance your knowledge and understanding of Occupational Therapy.

Would you like to explore a more rewarding career in a mental health services?

Post: (Band 4 equivalent) Occupational Therapist Assistant

Base: Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Cygnet Hospital Bury

Responsible for:

Supporting OT service delivery in a male Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Working with other OTA's and OT's across other services within Cygnet Hospital Bury

Responsible to: Head Occupational Therapist

Hours: 22 hours per week

Location: Cygnet Hospital Bury, Buller Street, Off Bolton Road, Bury, BL8 2BS

Join our supportive friendly team and make an application today.

With over 150 OTs in the company, we also work together as a large team providing support to each other across the group, with the opportunity to be part of specialist interest groups & become involved in service development.


Our PICU services are therapy and recovery focused, providing assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for men who are experiencing an acute breakdown of their mental health who cannot be managed within a general acute service due to the nature of the presentation/risks. The aim of the service is to stabilise their mental health to then promote engagement in treatment whilst planning discharge.

As an Occupational Therapy Assistant, you will work under the direction and leadership of a registered Occupational Therapist to complete observations, assessments and interventions to support patients who are experiencing acute episodes of mental illness that require intensive care and treatment. You will co-facilitate a variety of leisure activities to the patients to support their quality of life and also aid skill development. You will be actively involved in generating new ideas for the therapeutic planners and innovative ways to support patient to achieve their goals. You will be involved in contributing to risk management strategies, and will feedback on patient engagement and presentation to the ward Occupational Therapist.

Each of the wards have access to their own Occupational Therapy resources including an OT kitchen and an Activity Room in addition to other shared resources within the building including a gym and the Recovery College.

You will be responsible for providing direct clinical interventions under the direction of an experienced qualified Occupational Therapist. In this role you will assess, implement and develop an Occupational Therapy treatment programme to meet the patients' needs to support them with their recovery in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team.

5 reasons why you should make an application today...

We care about people in our services
Career pathway progression within the company to support your development and skills
You will be 1 of 8 Occupational Therapy Assistants within the Cygnet Hospital Bury Site and 15 experienced Occupational Therapists also on-site
National networks of over 150 OTs & over 300 OTAs and Activity Co-ordinators in the Cygnet Group within different specialisms including Forensic Practice, LD and ASD, Acute mental health, PICU, and inpatient CAMHS.
Low caseload number to support intensive focused interventions.

The Successful Candidate should be/have:

Experienced in the field of mental health desired
An understanding of Occupational Therapy process/interventions and can take a "hands on" approach
Excellent communication and time management skills

In return we will offer you:

A competitive salary of up to £22,500 (pro-rata)
Opportunities for CPD and to undertake further learning and development.
Clinical supervision from an Occupational Therapist
Company pension scheme
NHS Discount Cards & Blue Light Card
Free parking & meals on duty

The successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS and reference check and an offer of employment will be subject to successful clearance.

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