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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Band 4

Main area
Intensive Integrated Risk Management
Band 4
Fixed term for one year with possible option to extend after one year
Full time: 37.5 per week
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5 Park Place
£21,089 to £23,761 p.a.
05/04/2020 23:59

Want to be part of the new NHS? Health and Care organisations in Dorset are at the forefront of transforming services to provide excellent, patient-centred care.

Dorset HealthCare recently achieved an Outstanding CQC status and is a dynamic forward-thinking Trust operating throughout Dorset. 

Dorset HealthCare plays a pivotal role in the strong partnership of public sector organisations across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. Our community and mental health trust has a caring and committed workforce of around 5,500 staff, serving a population of over 700,000 people.

We are looking for proactive, positive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy people to join us at Dorset HealthCare – we’re the biggest provider of healthcare in Dorset and offer exciting opportunities for people with a range of skills. We want to be better every day – do you?

‘This is an exciting time for us as we continue improving and adapting. I have seen some great innovation, fantastic teamwork and a real willingness to look at how we can do things differently’ – Eugine Yafele, Chief Executive (May 2019)






An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit a Band 4 Occupational Therapy Assistant for our innovative STRIVE Team, a newly developed Intensive Integrated Risk Management Service (IIRMS), which sits within the wider national Offender Personality Disorder Pathway, based at Park Place in Poole.

The role will be as part of a small psychologically led multi-disciplinary team which has been rated as outstanding by a recent CQC inspection and has won national awards for quality and leadership. There is a strong emphasis on supervision, CPD and training.

We are seeking to recruit a motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated Occupational Therapy Assistant who has experience in working with people from a range of diverse social and ethnic backgrounds.  Applicants must demonstrate a genuine desire to work with offenders with personality difficulties and commit to delivering the highest quality care using national quality standards and evidence-based practice.

As a member of the STRIVE Team, the successful applicant will be expected to support the Occupational Therapists in working within community in both 1:1 sessions and delivering groups. We require someone who is flexible and approachable. Effective communication skills, time management and organisational skills are essential, as is the ability to work well with all members of the multi-disciplinary team.

The successful applicant will be required to drive to work related appointments and transport patients to support their resettlement into the community from custody. The Trust is committed to developing staff through training and supervision and offers a range of developmental training opportunities for all staff.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The DBS levies a charge of £40 and the Trust will recover this cost in instalments from your first 3 salary payments. 

Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service and are able to present a valid DBS certificate will not incur a charge.

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Applicant requirements

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

Jenny Stickney - Advanced Occupational Therapy Practitioner STRIVE on 01202 492859 or