Job summary

This is an excellent opportunity to practice Occupational Therapy within the challenging and rewarding field of forensic mental health. If you are passionate about working in Forensic mental health and supporting individuals to achieve their goals and live more fulfilling lives, this could be the perfect role for you.

We are currently recruiting a senior occupational therapist to join the Dorset Forensic Service, working autonomously across the community and low secure inpatient setting. We are a proactive and progressive team; we value our staff and want to create an environment of service and staff development. The includes further developing our Bright Bean caf strategy which is part of the vocational pathway to increase social inclusion and paid employment opportunities to our patients. This post will require working within Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, and Dorset areas.

Main duties of the job

Providing appropriate vocational opportunities for patients in a secure environment and in the community through individual activity programme, group treatment programme and worksite visits.

Providing leadership for staff and students, to line manage staff and carry out supervision and appraisal.

Build high quality relationships with voluntary and statutory agencies to support patient vocational opportunities.

Participating in the planning, development, and evaluation of vocational services within Dorset Forensic Service, holding responsibility for defined projects.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we’re on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We’re a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here – it’s one of the reasons the CQC rated us ‘outstanding’ in 2019. It’s also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you’re looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We’re all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We’re an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you’ll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don’t know. And you’ll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Date posted

25 April 2023

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 6


£33,706 to £40,588 a year



Working pattern


Reference number

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Job locations

St Ann’s Hospital

69 Haven Road


BH13 7LN

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Dorset HealthCare is in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we offer an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support.

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