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Senior Occupational Therapist

Band 6

Main area
mental health ,secure childrens homes
Band 6
Full time: 37.5 hours per week (happy to discuss flexible working)
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St Catherines secure unit/ Barton Moss
St Helens/salford
£30,401 - £37,267 per annum
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Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) is one of the leading mental health trusts in the UK.

Serving a population of 1.2million people, the Trust employs around 4750 people who make a difference across 130 locations. Situated in one of the most exciting and affordable cities in Europe, GMMH provides community and inpatient mental health care, alongside substance misuse services across the North West.

GMMH is one of the most active research trusts in the UK, with one of the highest levels of recruitment to clinical trials for mental health. This puts our staff and service users at the leading edge of new mental health treatments.

The Trust provides a range of specialist services including prison in reach across the North of England, a specialist centre for mental health and deafness and in patient perinatal mental health care.

We have been rated ‘Good’ overall by the Care Quality Commission. Our substance misuse services and leadership were rated as ‘Outstanding’

An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit a senior occupational therapist to a full-time permanent post to join our expanding and dynamic specialist health and justice directorate at GMMH.

The post (37.5 hours) is based at St Catherine’s Secure children’s home in St Helens and Barton moss in Salford. St Catherine’s is a 12-bedded Welfare Secure Children’s Home for girls and boys in St Helen’s. Barton Moss, a Secure Children’s Home for 27 boys in Salford. The post holder will be expected

  • To support young people and the staff who care for them in understanding their sensory needs and to use evidence based/client centred principles to assess needs, then plan, implement and evaluate trauma informed, attachment focused interventions and maintains records of all these interventions.
  • To provide day to day clinical and professional leadership for junior/support staff within the multi-disciplinary team,
  • To provide training and education for staff within the health team and in the care team around children’s functioning and sensory needs.
  • To develop skills and knowledge through participation in the Professional Development Planning process in order to meet the competency framework.
  • To complete (if not completed) training in Sensory Attachment and to develop skills and competencies in this area to support the effective implementation of Secure Stairs.
  • To work within the two secure children’s homes providing a service to young people 10-17 who have complex and challenging needs and are deemed to be high-risk of harm to self or others.
  • To work on specific service developments as delegated by the Lead Clinical Psychologist
  • To regularly supervise Occupational Therapy students on fieldwork placement


Within the Secure Children’s homes we offer therapy as part of Secure STAIRS which is an NHS England led project, being delivered in partnership with DfE, YJB, HMPPS and MoJ. It recognises the significant contact (and therefore influence) that frontline staff, including residential and education staff, have with the young people on a daily basis. Secure STAIRS aim is to support a more stable and consistent group of frontline staff. This facilitates improvement of mental health outcomes for children and young people within the Secure Estate by providing a framework that facilitates theory driven, evidence based, whole system approaches. The main components of the strategy focus on workforce development, therapeutic milieu and care pathway planning.

The emphasis is on collaborative, formulation driven, multi-level ‘intervention’ plans and support for staff in the form of regular supervision, training and support. The Occupational therapist will be expected to be part of this approach and support the  development and implementation, and when requested the evaluation of this service. They will work closely with the other members of the clinical team. in each setting to ensure a developmentally, psychologically and trauma informed system is in place to support the children that work there and the therapeutic parents/frontline workforce that look after them. The postholder will be expected to work with the psychologist and the established mental health in-reach team, and oversee the seamless links to wider GMMH specialist CAMHS.

Our wider services across the Specialist Services Network include a wide range of community and prison based services for adults as well as links to Specialist CAMH services that currently include acute mixed inpatient and outpatient as well as forensic inpatient and community services.

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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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