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Occupational Therapist (Newly Qualified)
Ref: CYG34810

Maidstone, ME14 5FT
£29,000 per year (increasing to £31,000 per year after Preceptorship)
Full Time
Closing date
Friday 8 March 2024

Are you an Occupational Therapist who would like to explore a rewarding career experience?

About Us

Cygnet was established in 1988 as an independent provider of health and social care services in England, Scotland and Wales.

Your Role:  Newly Qualified Occupational Therapist

Working hours: full-time, 37.5 hrs per week

Salary: £29,000 per year increasing to £31,000 per year on completion of Preceptorship

Service Line: Mental Health Adults Female (Personality Disorder)

Summary of the site:

Cygnet Hospital Maidstone is our state-of-the-art, 63 bed mental health facility for adults situated in the Kent Medical Campus in Maidstone.

Cygnet Hospital Maidstone is purpose built to meet the latest national specifications for improving mental health within a therapeutic environment. The hospital will provide an important and much-needed service for local patients from Kent.

The hospital is split into four distinct wards, each offering specialist mental health services:

Roseacre Ward – Highly Specialised Personality Disorder service for women
Kingswood Ward – High Dependency Rehabilitation service for men
Bearsted Ward – Specialist PICU Service for Men
Saltwood Ward – Male low secure ward

The hospital’s services have been requested and agreed by local and regional NHS bodies to meet the urgent demand for specialist mental health services within Kent. The aim is to ensure that local people can be treated close to home and as near as possible to their friends and family.

Summary of the ward:

Roseacre is Cygnet Hospital Maidstone’s Personality Disorder service for Women.  Roseacre supports women with a history of Personality Disorder, self-harm and trauma. You do not need experience in Personality Disorder services; however a willingness to learn new skills.

As an Occupational Therapist, you will provide direct clinical care which will encompass OT assessments, treatment and management of patients within the service.

In this role you will assess, implement and develop an OT-led service that meets service user’s needs.  This will be based upon the occupational therapy process, of assessment, intervention and review of occupational need.  The focus on this service is community living and functional and coping skills.

MDT: There is a highly experienced Multi-Disciplinary Team is made up of a consultant psychiatrist, specialty doctor, occupational therapist, psychotherapist, assistant psychologist, social worker, registered mental health nurses and healthcare assistants.

Caseload: There are 16 beds on the ward.  You will have the support of a full-time Occupational Therapy Assistant, who you will be responsible for their supervision. 

You will receive monthly supervision from an experienced Occupational Therapist and support from weekly 1:1 meetings with your supervisor.

Other OTs on site: The Occupational Therapy team is made up of 3 other OTs including a qualified OT, Senior OT and a Head OT.  There are in total 4 OT Assistants including your ward, and a Recovery College Lead.  The team is very supportive and is committed to developing you as a person and clinician.

Unique Selling Point: The ward features a sensory room which is a vital part of the ward’s strategy of supporting patients in their emotional regulation.

Occupational Therapy Directorate

Under the leadership of our occupational therapy directors we support over 150 Occupational Therapists. Working together as a large team we provide support to each other across the group, with the opportunity to be part of specialist interest groups & become involved in service development.

Every service line has a clinical lead occupational therapist to lead and develop evidence based practice and agreed occupational therapy pathway.

We ensure our occupational therapists have a voice through participating in service model development, utilising the expertise and support of our clinical lead occupational therapists.

5 reasons why you should make an application today…

  1. We care about people in our services
  2. Expert clinical supervision and protected time for a weekly 1:1 with your clinical supervisor
  3. Induction & service line training in area of specialism
  4. Dedicated CPD time for peer support, skill development and specialist training
  5. We support and develop you to build skills and confidence for the next level in your career.

Cygnet Health Care Benefits

  • Free parking
  • Free meals for staff on duty
  • Relocation package available  
  • Group pension plan helping you save for your future
  • NHS Discount Cards & Blue Light Card (includes big brand discounts)
  • Wellbeing centre with exercises, recipes, financial and mental health advice.
  • Plus much more…

A career at Cygnet comes with excellent benefits. Whether it’s saving you money on the high street, with healthcare, holidays & leisure – or securing your future with professional development and a pension – we support you to be happy both in & out of work.

Apply now to enjoy excellent career prospects while reaping the rewards of making a difference to others – every day.

If you would like to discuss this role with the recruiting occupational therapist or arrange an informal visit, we’d be more than happy to facilitate this. Please contact: Neil Barker (Head of Occupational Therapy) – 01622 580404.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS and reference check and an offer of employment will be subject to successful clearance.


*Recruitment agencies please note: Speculative emails are not to be sent directly to our clinical staff, these need to go via our internal recruitment team. If speculative candidates are sent directly to a member of the clinical team, we will consider these candidates as our own*


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