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Band 5 Occupational Therapist – Cardiff

  • Location: Cardiff
  • Salary: £28,400

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Are you looking for a rewarding career? If you are a caring, energetic, enthusiastic individual, we have an exciting new opportunity for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join our well-established team at Iris Care Group.

Employing over 1,600 people, Iris Care Group is the largest independent health and social care provider across the Southwest of England and South Wales. We provide innovative, effective, and forward-thinking care for adults with specialist mental healthcare needs.

With over 90% of staff saying they enjoy their job; we are proud to have created environments where our staff feel rewarded and fulfilled. Work for us and you’ll go home knowing that you’ve made a difference.


What will you receive?

  • Annual salary of £28,400
  • Industry-leading training
  • Employee Assistance Program – free 24/7 confidential helpline (domestic, financial, legal, health support, etc.)
  • High street retail discount scheme
  • ‘Recognise Me’, our new staff benefits, wellbeing and recognition platform
  • Free on-site parking and uniform
  • Friendly and supportive work environment
  • No zero-hour contracts
  • Overtime opportunities
  • Death in service


Iris Care Group also offers a ‘refer a friend’ scheme: where you could earn as much as £1000* for every new staff member you successfully introduce.


Role Description

We are looking for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist who wishes to work in a fast and challenging environment and who would like to develop their clinical knowledge in the areas of learning disability and autism.  The post is a spilt role over 2 sites. Pinetree Court is a Learning Disability Service based within easy reach of local facilities in Cardiff. Pinetree has a clear model of delivery that supports the service users journey using positive behavioural approaches and active participation. Occupational Therapy underpins this approach through use of MOHO explore and sensory assessments as well as supporting community and vocational opportunities. The second site is at Beechwood, a college set in extensive grounds in Sully. The Occupational Therapist will also be part of a team providing sensory and functional assessments.

The post involves good organisational skills and a keen interest to develop sensory sessions for students. Both sites have dynamic MD professionals who are supportive and within the post we offer regular supervision, HCPC fee paid, access to training and working alongside a consistent clinical team.


Role Responsibilities


  • To provide Clinical related Occupational Therapy intervention guided by the service users specific needs.
  • Input into PBS plans
  • To develop and implement treatment programmes either in groups or to individuals in close liaison with other disciplines involved in the service users care, having emphasis on multi-disciplinary teamwork.
  • To demonstrate best practice interventions within specialist area.
  • Regularly monitor and evaluate the Occupational Therapy service within Pinetree Court.
  • To be involved when appropriate in the assessment of aids/ adaptations to enable the service user to improve/ maintain own level of functional daily living skills.
  • Practice in accordance with legislation according to your clinical area.
  • Ensure that all service users within Pinetree Court have a comprehensive assessment that assists in the planning of their programme based on the service users needs.
  • Evaluate and modify interventions using appropriate outcome measures.



  • Communicate with service user, using the most appropriate verbal, written or pictorial method, in a way that respects their view, autonomy and culture.
  • Translate key Occupational Therapy messages into simple ideas and language that can be easily understood by the service user.
  • Work collaboratively with all members of the clinical team and share information with the team members formally and informally, e.g. M.D.T., C.P.A’s.
  • Share relevant information and knowledge within the professional group.
  • Liaise with other departments within the service and beyond.
  • Actively support the Senior OT in the running of staff meetings.



  • Complete all necessary clinical documentation in accordance with Ludlow Street Healthcare Group and professional standards.
  • Provide Occupational Therapy plans and/ or goals to support the care plan.
  • Provide written reports in accordance with hospital and professional standards for reviews.
  • Take a leading role in the professional documentation, as required by the organisation.
  • To participate in the control of the allocated budget including petty cash and purchase order system.


Clinical Governance and Quality Standards

  • Initiate and contribute to Clinical Governance and Quality Agenda Activity within the organisation.
  • Attend statutory and mandatory training.
  • Actively undertake measures to meet targets for organisational Key Performance indicators.
  • Participate in Clinical Audit Programme.


Research and Practice Development

  • Promote and engage in practice development, evaluation, audit and research activities to implement evidence based practice.
  • Share and disseminate research findings with professional colleagues in the interest of practice development.
  • To act as a source of expertise in relation to Occupational Therapy for the multidisciplinary team.



  • Participate in the specialist education and training of professional and clinical colleagues and students,
  • Participate in and contribute to continuing professional development activity.
  • Lead education and training events for colleagues.


Professional Ethics

  • To adhere to relevant HCPC regulations and other codes of professional conduct.
  • Adhere to al organisational policies and procedures.
  • To work within the provisions of the Mental Health Act (1983)


Service Development

  • Initiate and participate in development activities within the clinical area.
  • Ensure where possible service users are involved in the future service planning and delivery.


Professional Development

  • Demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional development through participation in internal and external development opportunities identified in supervision and IPDR.
  • Maintain professional portfolio in line with HCPC requirements.
  • Develop and maintain links with others in specialist filed of work, utilising regional and national networks.
  • Keep abreast of new initiatives and recommendations from relevant organisations ensuring that practice is evidence based and current.


The above list of duties is not exhaustive and may be modified from time to time in accordance with the development of the service and the employee.


Role Requirements

  • Registered to practice by HCPC.
  • Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy.
  • Evidence of ongoing CPD training
  • Experience of specified client group


  • Students Supervisors Course
  • Member of relevant RCOT specialist Section.
  • Valid UK Driving licence
  • Evidence of additional work experience.
  • Experience in supervision of staff.
  • Experience of liaising and negotiating with a range of mental health professionals.
  • Experience in provision of simple aids and adaptations.
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