Occupational Therapist (Band 5)
Ref: CYG35412

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Victoria House, DL1 2LN
£29,544 (Increase to £31,865 following completion of preceptorship) FTE
Part Time
Closing date
Thursday 4 April 2024

Are you an Occupational Therapist or a student who is about to qualify in Occupational Therapy and would like to explore a rewarding career experience?

About Us

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

We are currently recruiting for an outstanding Occupational Therapist to join our team at Victoria House (PICU & Acute Male Mental Health).

Your Role:

Service Line: Acute & PICU

Post: Band 5 Equivalent Occupational Therapist at Cygnet Victoria House

Hours: 35 hours per week 

Salary: £29,544 (Increase to £31,865 following completion of preceptorship) Full Time Equivalent

Base: Victoria House, Barton Street, Darlington, County Durham, DL1 2LN.

Job summary:

Within this role, you will contribute to the maintenance and development of the Occupational Therapy service at Victoria House, you will work under the supervision of a Specialist Occupational Therapist. You would support service users through the Occupational Therapy Pathway and Clinical Model of Care.

At Cygnet Healthcare, we have a strong occupational focus through support and direction from Clinical Leads, Regional Leads and our Occupational Therapy Directors. We use evidence-based practice within each of our service lines, as defined by our clinical steering groups, of which Occupational Therapists play a key role.  

Cygnet Victoria House:

Cygnet Victoria House is a 26 bed mental health inpatient service for men. The service, split across two wards, provides a safe and stabilising environment for men who are experiencing an acute episode of mental illness and require an emergency admission.

The ethos of our service is about assessing and treating service users in the least restrictive environment and planning for discharge in a robust and timely fashion. With a focus on stabilisation, we will support service users to manage their mental health, reinforce daily living skills and prepare for independent life back in the community.

Our team works closely and collaboratively with service users, their families and the referrer to provide a seamless pathway from referral to discharge. Our approach is recovery focused and supported by comprehensive multi-disciplinary teams, contributing to shorter lengths of stay.

Main duties:

As part of a multi-disciplinary team, you will provide assessment and treatment of occupational dysfunction under the supervision of a more senior Occupational Therapist. You will promote the importance of enabling people to do the things they want, need or are expected to do to support them being well in life. This role includes opportunities for learning, development and research, supported by a robust appraisal and supervision structure based on RCOT’s Career Development Framework.

Occupational Therapy Directorate

Under the leadership of our occupational therapy directors we support over 170 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.

Occupational Therapy Preceptorship & Induction:

We offer an Occupational Therapy 12 month preceptorship programme to support and consolidate core Occupational Therapy Skills.

For more insight into life as an OT at Cygnet Health Care visit; https://join.cygnethealth.co.uk/ot-life/ .Here you can listen to the opinions, stories and advice from our exceptional OTs – it could help the next step in your career.

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: Katie Metcalfe (Specialist Occupational Therapist) on 01325 385240 / 07837082023

What next?

If you care about making a difference – we want to talk to you.

Click the button to apply, or send your CV to KatieDixon@cygnethealth.co.uk


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.

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