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Occupational Therapist - Tamarind Centre

Band 5

Main area
Secure Care
Band 5
37.5 hours per week
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Tamarind Centre
£22,128 - £28,746 per annum pro rata
06/06/2018 23:59
Interview date

Please note that this post may close earlier than the indicated closing date if a sufficient number of applications are received.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. As part of our safe recruitment practice pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. If you have not heard from us within a month of the closing date you should presume that you have not been shortlisted. As part of the selection process you may be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, however all cases of criminal record history are dealt with on a case by case basis.

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is committed to equality of opportunity, and welcomes applications from all areas of the community, who meet the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, gender, disability, religion/ belief or sexual orientation.

All successful applicants will be required to complete the Trust’s induction programme. The Fundamental (Statutory and Mandatory) training will be in an e-learning format. You will be required to complete training modules online (approx. 9-14 hours depending on post) in your own time prior to any unconditional offer being made.

We are seeking to appoint a Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join the Secure and Complex Care OT service.


Description of Job and Essential Requirements


Opportunities are available across the Secure and Complex Care Occupational Therapy Team. You will be based at the Tamarind Centre


This is an exciting time for Occupational Therapy service and the successful candidate will be joining a busy team. We are in the process of implementing new theoretical models of care to support our existing programmes. The service is committed to the development of research, with opportunities to participate. The post holders will utilise their professional skills and creativity to develop therapeutic programmes of care for the individuals within residential units, therapy centre and community across the whole care pathway.


The successful candidate will be expected to work in a challenging and dynamic environment, but will be supported throughout their career and will be provided with a comprehensive induction, and on-going support and training. Supervision and management will be provided by the Lead OT and Senior OT team. An annual development review process is in place to support CPD.


The service users we care for often have very complex mental health needs, and at times may display very challenging behaviour. Therefore, staff will be required to demonstrate a range of skills including effective communication, empathy, self-awareness, and critical self-reflection skills. The individual would need to have the ability to manage their own reactions and responses to challenging behaviours effectively. You will be able to promote the philosophy of Occupational Therapy and evaluate the outcomes of the service.


You will be expected to work flexibly over seven days as service user need determines and show willingness in attending other sites when and where necessary.


Job share and part time working will be considered.


HPC registration is required


Please see additional information for further details regarding the variety of services the Secure and Complex Care Programme provides.


The Secure and Complex Care Programme has a total of 221 beds consisting of the following:-

·  92 bedded men’s medium secure unit for those experiencing mental health problems (Reaside Clinic).

·  14 bedded men’s low secure unit for those experiencing mental health problems (Hillis Lodge).

·  30 bedded women’s medium secure unit for those experiencing mental health problems (Ardenleigh Hospital).

·  89 bedded men’s medium secure hospital for those experiencing mental health problems (Tamarind Centre). A specialist service of 12 beds for people requiring a personality focussed recovery service.

·  In addition the secure service provides a range of Forensic Mental Health Services based in the community.



The Trust is actively seeking to recruit people who are underrepresented in the workforce. This includes people from minority groups and people who have experience of Mental Health or experience through caring.

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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Further details / informal visits contact

Nick Lansbury 0121 301 0714

If you have problems applying, contact

0121 301 1232