Occupational Therapy Assistant

Staff group: Additional Clinical Services
Location: The Cedars, Exeter, EX2 5AF
Salary: £17,787 - £20,448 per annum pro rata
Date posted: 8th March 2019
Closing date: 22nd March 2019

Job description and person specification

Job Description:

The role

  • Are you willing to work as part of a dedicated team committed to delivering high quality mental health care?
  • Are you committed to supporting recovery through engagement in meaningful activity?
  • Have you always had that rural dream whilst still seeking access to the amenities of a city?

We are seeking to recruit a confident, enthusiastic and highly motivated Occupational Therapy Assistant to work in our adult acute mental health wards at The Cedars, Exeter.

Working as part of a team, you will help to deliver recovery-focused treatment programmes, including group and 1:1 work.

We are looking for experienced Occupational Therapy assistants as well as individuals who have not yet achieved their QCF/NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care, or have an equivalent qualification and are prepared to train.

This post may be a training opportunity for candidates who do not already hold a QCF/NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care or have an equivalent qualification. Where this is offered as a training post, the starting salary will be at £14,313.60, and will increase to £15,336 after 12 months. You will be supported to complete the qualification within 18 months, after which your salary will be adjusted to £17,787, the starting salary of someone who already holds the qualification.

This Level 3 qualification forms the first step in the career development pathway for those joining the Trust who are wishing to progress onto completing the Level 5 Foundation Degree as a gateway to developing your career pathway within the Trust.

This is an exciting role where you will have the opportunity to make your mark. You will play a key role in helping patients with complex needs from across Devon to recover.

About you

You will have experience of working in a challenging and demanding mental health environment and have a sound understanding of recovery and self-management principles. You will recognize the importance and benefits of positive risk taking in helping people with their recovery.

The ability to work well within a team is essential. You will be required to carry out duties as directed by the qualified Occupational Therapy staff. You will be excited by the opportunity of helping patients from across Devon to overcome their mental health problems, and recover.

You will be expected to undertake flexible working patterns, adapting to service needs. As part of the role you will be expected to work daytime, evening and weekends as part of your standard working pattern.

Our offer to you

Benefits of working at Devon Partnership NHS Trust include:

Commitment to career development

  • Wide range of leadership development opportunities
  • Up to 41 days of paid leave per year, depending on length of NHS service, includes bank holidays
  • Generous NHS pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 14.5% of pensionable pay
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption leave over and above the statutory minimum requirements
  • Sick pay up to a maximum of six months full pay and six months half pay
  • Childcare vouchers – annual savings of up to £1,19
  • Commitment to flexible working
  • 24/7 free confidential advice and support service
  • Refer a friend and both earn £500 - available for selected posts. Terms and conditions apply.
  • Freedom to speak up ‘Guardian Service’, enabling you to safely discuss any concerns impacting on patient care
  • Preceptorship schemes
  • Exclusive health service discounts for NHS staff
  • Stagecoach – bus transport discounts
  • Salary sacrifice cyclescheme
  • Access to free recovery and wellbeing courses

Living here

Exeter is a thriving city with fine dining restaurants, excellent schools and flourishing art scene. Alongside a dynamic city lifestyle, as the third largest county in England, it’s no wonder Devon can also offer people the space to contemplate, to relax and reinvigorate yourself.

The beauty and quality of our landscapes are unsurpassed with over 1/3 of the county designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are over 450 miles of coastline along 2 stunning and distinctive coasts, the rugged wildernesses of 2 National Parks, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, England’s first natural World Heritage Site – the Jurassic Coast, 5,000km of public rights of way and over 250km of off-road cycle paths. Our natural outdoor playground offers you the chance for a fantastic work-life balance.

Contact information:

Contact Name:

Lindsay Rook

Email Address:



01392 539122

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