Cathleen - Occupational Therapist

Who’s this?

Cathleen is a senior Occupational Therapist working in an adult mental health step-down rehabilitation unit under the Rehabilitation High Support Directorate (RHSD) and working as part of the team at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

What’s the story of their career to date?

Cathleen has been practicing Occupational Therapy (OT) for nearly 7 years in adult mental health and has worked across different under the RHSD. Cathleen specialises in recovery interventions with service users with severe enduring mental illness and complex needs

What do they do?

Cathleen uses a range of activities to help service users prepare for the return and maintenance of a meaningful life in the community, using occupational therapy to help them develop a lifestyle of resilience to prevent further health problems. Cathleen’s duties include completing assessment of functional ability and barriers to participate in self-care, productive and leisure activities. Cathleen also delivers 1:1 and group interventions, developing collaborative strategies to improve function and assist service users to overcome practical challenges in order to reach their goals. Cathleen also supervises five OT teams and has a role in the selection and recruitment of staff and is a co-facilitator at RHSD Health and Wellbeing College.

How has the NHS supported them?

As well as the wide range of training, NHS activities such as charity, award celebration and projects, Cathleen feels that the NHS has provided her with a range of opportunities to excel her skills, share and learn best practice with a wider range of audience

What is the best thing about their role?

Cathleen feels the best thing about her role is having the opportunity to celebrate each person’s unique strengths, supporting service users in unlocking their unlimited potentials to develop a fulfilling life for themselves and others.

Where are they going from here?

One of Cathleen’s goals is to share best practice by producing evidence based practice, as well as sharing best practice through education, such as supporting service users to share their experiences, to better inform future practitioners.

How does a role like this pay?

The role of Occupational Therapist normally starts at a Band 5 on the Agenda for Change Pay Scale.

The National Careers Service have a section for Occupational Therapist where you can find out information about the average pay for the role as well as information about the job and its responsibilities.

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Occupational Therapist section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.