Occupational Therapists

Is caring for someone second nature to you? Do you find empathy comes easily and treat everyone respectfully without thinking? As an Occupational Therapist at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, you will use your ability to engage in meaningful occupation to promote good mental health, assist recovery and help service users live more fulfilling lives. At Leeds and York, together we create careers for people who naturally care.

In 2022, the OT rotation programme at LYPFT grew from 18 positions to over 25, with services increasing the number of OTs they employ. It is a fantastic development and offers occupational therapists more opportunities within mental health care.

New services added to the OT Rotation include CAMHS at Red Kite View, PICU at Newsam Centre, Locked Rehabilitation at Newsam Centre, Inpatient Learning Disabilities at Woodlands Square 2 and 3 and The Willows providing additional support for individuals with Dementia.


Our mental health rotation offers a great start to a career in mental health Occupational Therapy, with opportunities to work with various groups of service users at different stages in their care pathway.

Each rotation is usually for nine months, and we offer a 27-month contract for rotational posts.

A glimpse into Occupational Therapy

Responsibilities and Expectations

Although each rotation setting differs, there are common expectations and responsibilities for you as a graduate OT:

  • You will utilise your core occupational therapy skills to provide occupational therapy treatment appropriate to the team.
  • Be responsible and accountable for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of treatment for defined Service Users, individually and within a group setting.

Occupational Therapy (OT) Rotation

Download your need to know guide.Occupational Therapy (OT) Rotation Your need to know guide. Includes photo of three people stood talking.


LYPFT Trust wide Occupational Therapy Event

What a great morning LYPFT OTs had when they all came together for OT week in Leeds. Excellent and inspiring sessions and discussions on strengthening the OT community, investing, growing, and making great connections.

We had presentations from Sam and Michael from Aspire Sailing Adventure sharing their story or inspiring the possible. And Lyndsey Charles, Clinical Director of Learning Disability Services & Older Peoples Services – Developing strength through community, empowerment & influence.

Hear from the event organisers

Tamsyn Richardson, Occupational Therapist:

“Wow! It’s days like this that reignited my passion and love of OT. The event has been such a positive and energising space for sharing our OTs’ amazing work across the trust. The event provided space to reflect on how essential our OT core skills are, regardless of our job title or environment. I want to thank everybody who participated by attending the event or submitting a poster. I am so proud to be part of the OT community in LYPFT and excited to see what we do next…”

Rebecca Wharton, Practice Development Lead Occupational Therapist, Older Peoples Services:

“I am completely overwhelmed by the passion and dedication shown by the OTs who attended the event today. It was the start of something bigger in strengthening the community of OTs within LYPFT. I am proud to be an occupational therapist, and today, I have been inspired more by the stories that were shared about the importance of occupations and the impact this has on people with lived experience.”

Each service prepared its own posters sharing what occupational therapy is in their service and what they achieve. These were collected and brought to the OT Show in Birmingham.