Combat Stress

Combat Stress – Senior Occupational Therapist

Status:         Permanent

Salary:         Band 6, £31,350 – £38,652, per annum, dependent on experience (Pay Award pending)

Hours:         Full-time, 37.5 hours per week

Locations:          England South hub, England Central hub, England North hub and Northern Ireland Hub


Do you want to be part of an innovative, research-informed team, spearheading the development of OT with veterans across the UK?  We have 4 vacancies at our Belfast, Leatherhead and North and Central hubs.

This is your opportunity to specialise in the areas of veterans and trauma. The Occupational Therapy team at Combat Stress has been a finalist in the Healthcare and Rehabilitation Award Category of the Soldiering On awards. We have also secured funding for a 3-year research post to evaluate the effectiveness of the service. We aim to add to the evidence base for the use Occupational Therapy with veterans struggling with complex trauma as a result of their service. We are working collaboratively with international occupational therapists in the veteran mental health field; to stay up to date with the latest evidence and influence occupational therapy input with this unique client group.  We offer great opportunities to Occupational Therapists interested in developing their practice and development.

Would you relish the opportunity to practice true occupational therapy and deliver unique occupational therapy interventions?

At Combat Stress we are passionate about ‘What matters to veterans’ and believe that occupational therapy can help to rebuild veteran’s lives. As an Occupational Therapist in the team, you will be responsible for empowering veterans to engage fully in meaningful occupations that matter to them and support their participation in life situations. Interventions are based on enabling veterans to make choices, build resilience and include the use of coping strategies based on sensory interventions. We make use of Occupational Case Formulation to support clinical reasoning and to guide treatments, which are delivered through individual and groupwork interventions. All our interventions are developed to be offered in person or through a virtual platform.

Working at Combat Stress offers you the opportunity to work autonomously within an established occupational therapy framework, with regular supervision. The development of our occupational therapy staff members are a priority and training is offered on a regular basis – including sensory modulation training and trauma-informed approaches.

As one of the members of our Occupational Therapy team said:

‘This is the first time that I feel that I can do real occupational therapy, which is very rewarding.’

This role is subject to a DBS check.

About Us:

Combat Stress was established in 1919. We are the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. For a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women deal with trauma-related mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression.

Today we provide UK-wide support to veterans from every service and every conflict, on the phone and online, in the community and at our treatment centres. We’re on a mission to raise awareness that invisible injuries can be just as hard to cope with as physical ones. So, when a veteran is having a tough time, we’re there to help tackle the past and to take on the future.

What we offer:

You will work within a reputable charity that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our veterans, that has a fantastic cause and a committed follower base.


•          25 days paid holiday plus bank holidays

•          Competitive stakeholder pension scheme – contributions matched up to 10% of salary

•          Discount shopping vouchers

•          Cycle to work scheme

•          Access to the Employee Assistance Programme

Plus many more.

How to apply:

To apply, send an up to date CV and covering letter to

For further information about the role please contact Jolandi du Preez, Head of Occupational Therapy on

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