Band 3 Apprenticeship Occupational Therapy Support Worker - Wiltshire

Avon and Wiltshire Men
Bewley House, Chippenham
Competitive salary
10 Jun 2021
17 Jun 2021
Role Type
Start Date
Band 3 Occupational Therapy Apprenticeship post

North Wiltshire Community Mental Health Team, Bewley House, Chippenham

Are you looking to start an exciting and rewarding new career as an Occupational Therapist in Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health NHS Partnership Trust?

Do you have strong person-centred values and a commitment to supporting and empowering people?

Do you want to gain 'on-the-job' experience while developing the knowledge, skills and behaviour required to be a competent Occupational Therapist?

We are searching for aspiring apprentices who would like a career within our mental health service. For the first time we are offering an Occupational Therapy degree apprenticeship that will give you the chance to achieve professional registration with the HCPC and will enable you to build a career in one of the UK's most progressive Trusts.

We are offering this apprenticeship opportunity in partnership with The University of the West of England.

You will be employed by the Trust, working in one of Community Mental Health Teams as a band 3 Occupational Therapy support worker and have allocated time to study at the University of the West of England. The degree is part time over 4 years.

Upon successful completion of the course you will have the opportunity to apply for a band 5 Occupational Therapy post. We cannot guarantee that a band 5 Occupational Therapy post will be available at the time of qualifying.

There is no charge to you as the cost of the course is met by the Trust and you will be earning while you learn.

You will spend some time on placement in a different team and will be supported by an Occupational Therapy placement supervisor. When you are not on placement or studying at UWE you will have dedicated time in your working week to achieve the required competencies of the role, supervised by a senior OT.

You will need to be a dynamic, forward thinking, enthusiastic and well-motivated individual. You will be involved in the delivery of Occupational Therapy interventions in the community and will support the Senior Occupational Therapist with assessments and treatment using the Occupational Therapy process.

High levels of professionalism, flexibility and excellent communication skills are required to work effectively in this role and an understanding of the role of an Occupational Therapist and a genuine desire and commitment to train as an Occupational Therapist are essential.

Previous experience in mental health and community work would be desirable.

Qualifications: Maths and English GCSE are essential and you will need to have evidence of further recent study at A' level or above.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

First interviews will be held week commencing 15 to 18 June with second interviews, with UWE, in first week of July. Programmes will commence circa 1 September 2021.

Part Time hours will be considered (minimum of 30 hours per week)

For further details / informal visits contact: Emma Spence (Head Occupational Therapist) on or Louise Stephens (Team Manager)

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We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

We are proud to be fostering a diverse workforce that reflects our communities. A key commitment to this is improving staff representation from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, those from the LGBTQ+ communities, and people living with disabilities - we are a 'Disability Confident Employer' offering a guaranteed interview to Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

We encourage applications from people who wish to work on a flexible basis, recognising that flexibility may mean a range of different working patterns and hours, we do our utmost to work with our staff to meet their needs and the needs of our service users.

Please apply to join us, we would love to hear from you. Any personal details you supply to us are kept safe in line with the General Data Protection Regulations.

You can submit your application via NHS Jobs and TRAC. Adverts normally close for application a few minutes before midnight on the closing date and we will let you know if we are offering you an interview by email via our recruitment system 'TRAC'. We contact all applicants within 4 weeks after the closing date, so please check your emails regularly once you have submitted your application; you are welcome to contact us, via the TRAC system, if you have any queries about your application.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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