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Manchester’s Equipment and Adaptations Partnership (MEAP); professional and friendly Complex Assessment Team are hiring.

Occupational Therapists apply their clinical and theoretical knowledge to recommend equipment and home adaptations to help residents to be independent. The role involves working with children and adults who have disabilities, where the cases are more complex.

The person we’re looking for:

  • You want to make a real difference to the quality of life of Manchester residents of all ages.
  • You have a Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy and at least two years post-registration experience.
  • You’re used to visiting people in their homes and can produce clear written reports with clinical justification for your recommendations.
  • You understand the laws around disability and have experience in the provision of complex equipment and major adaptations for adults, and/or equipment and adaptations for children with complex needs (both physical and behavioural difficulties.)
  • You communicate well with anybody, working closely with your team as well as professionals from partner organisations.
  • You have a car and full license (We pay a car user allowance.)


Why join Manchester?

We value your skills and experience and recognise they’re in demand. And we genuinely believe that Manchester is one of the best places to work and grow your career as an Occupational Therapist.

We’re proud to do things differently - Our plans for the integration of the whole Health and Social Care system are more aspirational and far-reaching than anywhere else in the country.

Here you get the chance to be part of a wider professional community. As a part of Manchester Local Care Organisation (MLCO), you’ll work with colleagues in NHS community services, adult social care, mental health services and primary care organisations. We work as one team across organisational boundaries.

We have a lot to offer, like a structured career pathway, genuine flexible working, 25 days leave (rising to 30 after 5 years) plus bank holidays, and the flexibility to buy more leave. There’s a relocation package and an Employee Assistance Programme for when you need a helping hand. It’s a place where you can do great work, but have the space and support to feel good too. Have a quick look at the full employee benefits package.

It’s a great place to be. But don’t take our word for it...

Occupational Therapist Tanya recently joined Manchester from London.

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“As soon as I got off the train, I could tell how warm people were. People really are friendly up North.”

Tanya was working at a London hospital and had been searching for a role with more flexibility when she came across the ad’ for Occupational Therapist Level 1 at Manchester City Council.

“I work 2.5 hours a week less now than I did at the NHS – and flexible working means I can start or finish earlier or later when I need to. We’re given remote-working technology and can choose to work from home or the office.

I no longer have to work weekends or bank holidays, meaning I have that time back with my family.

The salary here is similar to what I was earning at the NHS (although your money goes further up North.) And there are ways you can earn more, like by requesting extra cases and working overtime.

The month-long induction was thorough and stress-free – I learned at my own pace.

I get support and a supervisor but I also work autonomously, which I like.

My specialism is adult therapy with some experience with children. I have mostly adult cases, but I could request more children / family work to build up my experience and develop myself. My colleagues are incredibly knowledgeable in that field, so I can learn from them.

My team are encouraged to do courses and attend industry-specific conferences during work time, to make sure we stay ahead of the game.

You can get a larger home for less in Manchester, without compromising on all the great things about city living. It’s big and vibrant with that ‘London-factor’ in terms of trendy activities, events, unique and independent businesses and restaurants. And it’s well connected with public transport and the airport.

We’re close to the Lake District and Peak District, so there’s outdoorsy things to do at the weekends.

I like it so much I’ve tried to encourage a few of my friends to move up to Manchester.”