Head of Occupational Therapy

Posted 3 days ago by Cygnet Health Care
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An opportunity has arisen for a Lead/Head Occupational Therapist to join the team at Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke.

Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke provides an emergency admissions service for men and a pathway for women from low secure to rehabilitation including a specialist service for personality disorder. The hospital provides 58 inpatient beds within a low secure setting, including a male PICU within the same secure perimeter. All bedrooms are single, with en-suite bathrooms, and each of the four wards has its own garden or terrace. There is a fully equipped gym and activities suite.

The Opportunity

We are looking for an enthusiastic and positive Head Occupational Therapist (OT) who has extensive knowledge and experience in working within the field of mental health, to drive through our ethos of recovery-focused provision, with our patients being at the centre of their progress.  The Head OT will also need to be someone who is an inspiration and an excellent role model to OTs, facilitating a culture of collaboration and innovative practice. 

The post holder will be part of the senior management team, and be responsible for raising the OT profile, sustaining a strong OT identity within the hospital, and supporting the recruitment and retention of OT staff.

The Successful Candidate will have:

A Degree / Postgraduate Diploma (or equivalent) in Occupational Therapy, registration with the HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) and a member of the RCOT (Royal College of Occupational Therapy)
Experience in the field of mental health and secure/forensic settings
Experience of leadership and management
An understanding of Occupational Therapy process/interventions and can take a “hands on” approach
The ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team, as well as leading and managing others
Excellent communication / personal management skills

In return we will offer you:

Salary up to £45,000 DOE
Company pension scheme
Expert clinical supervision and peer support allowing for clinical case discussion
Opportunity to attend regular OT meetings focused on CPD, service development, and clinical case discussion
OT email group for peer support and face-to-face service meetings bi-monthly in your specialist area
Opportunities for CPD and to undertake further learning and development
Training days provided by highly experienced and renowned OT specialists – Sue Parkinson and Eadioan Breathnach
Free meals on duty

With over 150 OTs in the company, we also work together as a large team providing support to each other across the group, with various specialist interest groups to tap into, including Autism, Learning Disabilities and Sensory Integration, to name a few.


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.

*Please note - speculative recruitment emails are not to be sent directly to our clinical staff, these need to go via our internal recruitment team. If speculative candidates are sent directly to a member of the clinical team, we will consider these candidates as our own.*

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