The Department of Health is excited to offer two exceptional Occupational Therapist positions, Grade 1 (Mental Health – Psychiatry OT) at Helen Joseph Hospital. 

As a key player in the Clinical Support and Therapeutic Services Directorate, you will play a pivotal role in providing crucial mental health support to patients. Helen Joseph Hospital is deeply committed to diversity, redress, and promoting representation in terms of race, disability, and gender. 

If you are an Occupational Therapist looking to make a meaningful impact and further your career, this is your moment to shine. Be part of the Mental Health revolution as a member of our dynamic team!

Occupational Therapist: Job Details

  • Position: Production Occupational Therapy Post, Grade 1 (Mental Health – Psychiatry OT) 
  • Reference Number: refs/018928 
  • Directorate: Clinical Support and Therapeutic Services 
  • Number of Posts:
  • Package: R359 622.00 Per Annum Plus benefits 
  • Location: Helen Joseph Hospital 
  • Closing Date: 08-09-2023 
  • Enquiries: Mrs. T. Alli 011 489 0292


To qualify for these exciting positions, candidates should meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold a BSc Degree in Occupational Therapy.
  2. Be currently registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as an Independent Practice Occupational Therapist.
  3. Have successfully completed one year of community service.
  4. Possess experience in Mental Health (an added advantage).


As an Occupational Therapist, your responsibilities will include:

  • Providing optimal and evidence-based Occupational Therapy individual and group treatment to in-patients and out-patients in the field of Psychiatry.
  • Administering standardized and clinical assessments to patients requiring Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) and other clinical reports.
  • Facilitating the referral process for in-patients, including down referrals.
  • Offering essential supervision for undergraduate students, pupils, community service personnel, and other clinical and non-clinical staff.
  • Mentoring and training community service therapists and students.
  • Assisting with unit management of Occupational Therapy psychiatric services.
  • Managing departmental administrative functions, including data compilation, stock management, and meeting coordination.
  • Preparing for internal and external audits within the hospital and department.
  • Administering Performance Management and Development System (PMDS) evaluations for junior staff.
  • Implementing the department’s policy on training and continuous professional development.
  • Ensuring that departmental standards align with the Ideal Hospital Framework for effective patient service delivery.
  • Demonstrating a strong understanding of current health and public service legislation, regulations, and policies.
  • Applying sound knowledge of clinical theory, practice, and ethics in the Mental Health sector.
  • Collaborating effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and adapting to a changing environment, even under pressure.

Your interpersonal skills, involvement in ward rounds and meetings, and ability to work under pressure are essential in delivering outstanding patient care.


Helen Joseph Hospital is deeply committed to pursuing diversity, redress, and promoting representation in terms of race, disability, and gender. The Institutional Employment Equity Plan guides the selection process.

Applicants are requested to submit their applications using the New Version of Z83 Form, obtainable from any Public Service Department or at Along with the completed and signed form, please provide a recently updated CV. Copies of documents need not be certified when applying for this post. Only shortlisted candidates will be required to submit certified documents following communication from the HR department.

Successful candidates will undergo Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) medical surveillance as required by HBA regulations within the OHS Act 85 of 1993. Reference checks and qualifications verification will also be conducted.

Applications must be submitted at Helen Joseph Hospital, No. 1 Perth Road Auckland Park, Johannesburg (an application box is available at the hospital entrance; please ask Security Officers on duty for assistance). Alternatively, applications can be posted to Helen Joseph Hospital Private Bag X 47, Auckland Park, 2006, Attention: Human Resources Department.

Please note that the Public Service does not charge any fees for applying for posts. If you are asked for a fee, please report it to the authorities.

Criteria Questions

To expedite the initial screening process, candidates are kindly requested to respond to the following questions:

  1. Do you possess a BSc Occupational Therapy Degree?
  2. Are you registered with the HPCSA as an Occupational Therapist?
  3. Do you have skills/experience in Psychiatric Occupational Therapy?

Application Acknowledgment

Given the expected high volume of applications, please note that individual acknowledgments may not be possible. If you do not receive a response within 3 months, kindly understand that your application was not successful. We appreciate your continued interest in contributing to the healthcare community.