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Community Occupational Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 6

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Community Perinatal Occupational Therapist
NHS AfC: Band 6
Part time: 22.5 hours per week
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Dorothy Pattison Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum pro rata
06/07/2020 23:59

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health, learning disability, and community healthcare services for the population of the Black Country.


Across the whole of the region we provide:

  • Adult and older adult mental health services
  • Specialist learning disability services
  • Mental health services for children and young people
  • Community healthcare services for children, young people and families in Dudley


Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020, after NHS England and NHS Improvement approved the merger of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. Combining resources, strategies and talented workforce enables us to deliver a wider variety of outstanding services that are based on best practice and are continually improving.


We currently employ over 3,000 members of staff and just like the population we serve, we are made up of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Whatever your role, working in a NHS Foundation Trust, like ours, is a demanding and extremely rewarding experience. Knowing that every day you can help to make a positive difference to someone’s life is a very powerful feeling. We know that our Trust runs on this desire to help and support people, and our Trust vision expresses this. Our vision is to improve health and wellbeing for everyone, especially our colleagues to achieve the best possible work/life balance.


We proudly offer supportive, inclusive and family friendly employment and flexible working policies. We have a wide range of professional services and employee networks to help our colleagues be at their best - and find support if they need it. To find more about our staff benefits, please visit our website:




Following three perinatal mental health community services pilot schemes which began in January 2018, the Black Country and West Birmingham Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) has been awarded more funds by NHS England to develop  these specialist services during 2018/19 as part of the Perinatal Mental Health Community Services Development Fund Wave 2.  

 The new Specialist Community Perinatal Mental Health Service is the continuation of the pilot clinics and will be delivered at maternity units at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley, Walsall Manor Hospital or New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton (in addition to an existing clinic at City Hospital, Birmingham) operating as a single service across the Black Country and West Birmingham.  These clinics will provide pregnant women and new mums (up to 12 months postnatal and dependent upon their needs) with individual, high quality and timely mental health care from dedicated mental health professionals to improve their health and wellbeing.

 This service will operate as a hub and spoke whole system delivering services and clinics across the Black Country and West Birmingham STP.  Staff will be based at the new Perinatal Unit in the Walsall locality (base location to be confirmed).As a Community Mental Health Practitioner within our Perinatal Mental Health Service (PMHS) team, you will be part of a dynamic, supportive and diverse multi-disciplinary team. You’ll support the PMHS triage system and be responsible for managing the mental health needs of service users referred to the team. You’ll also lead in the development and implementation of therapeutic interventions underpinned by the care programme approach.

 You will be a Registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker with previous experience of working in a community mental health setting. You will have experience in assessing and formulating individual intervention plans and outcome measures for adults with mental health problems and have current knowledge of NHS policies and practices in mental health. 

You will have a good understanding of the Care Programme approach, with previous experience of a range of therapeutic interventions and psychotropic medications. You will have proven ability to work with partner agencies, able to lead projects and motivate people to deliver them. You’ll have excellent communication skills with a flexible approach.

 The team is committed to providing safe, sound and supportive services. You will receive regular supervision, with opportunities to develop clinical and professional practice in line with service user needs and organisational values.

 If you are looking for a new challenge with a new and developing service, have the requirements for the role and are interested in this post, then please apply now.



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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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Further details / informal visits contact

For informal enquiries, please contact Audrey Williams, Team manager (tele: 07917 535591) or Steve Byng, Head Of Specialist Services (Tele: 07825 115155).

Please note that this post may close earlier than the date indicated on the advert once a sufficient number of application forms have been received.