Senior Occupational Therapist

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

To work as a member of the Home treatment team, providing intensive home treatment to patients and support for their families using evidence based, profession specific and general mental health knowledge providing client centred, recovery orientated principles and practice for individuals, families and carers referred to the Service.

To work in accordance with Trust and Home treatment team Policies and Procedures and the Care Programme Approach. To provide an alternative to inpatient admission treating patients in their home environment who are presenting in a crisis with significant distress.

Main duties of the job

To work collaboratively with MDT members to contribute to a flexible and effective interdisciplinary team approach to clinical care.
  • Communicate face to face with clients on a daily basis, some of which display challenging behaviour.
  • To effectively establish a therapeutic relationship with service users and their relatives/carers.
  • To assess capacity and obtain informed consent from service users and work within a legal framework with those clients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.
  • In conjunction with colleagues to undertake, record, review and work within individual risk assessment and management plans in line with service and Trust policy.
  • To provide mental health assessment of clients with acute mental health needs discharged from inpatient wards clearly assessing and managing risks.
  • To ensure service users are involved in the planning and prioritisation of their care plans wherever possible.
  • To adapt practice to meet individual service users' circumstances, including regard for cultural and linguistic differences.
  • To work collaboratively with service users, staff, and relatives to identify goals and determine and deliver an appropriate intervention plan which aims to maximise engagement and performance whilst balancing risk, and promoting choice and independence.
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify interventions in order to meet needs and to measure progress and increase efficacy for service user outcomes.

About us

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) provides mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and other specialist services for 1.6 million people across Kent and Medway. We pride ourselves on providing high quality clinical services, innovation and partnership working. We are one of the larger NHS trusts covering an area of 1,450 square miles, employing over 3,600 staff and operating from over 100 buildings across Kent and Medway.

The range of services offered by KMPT offers unique opportunities for your professional development. We are committed to delivering integrated, community-based health and social care services and our strategy isunderpinned by a 'recovery and wellbeing model' delivered in partnership with service users, their families and a wide range of organisational stakeholders.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Working with service users referred to Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Service
  • To provide short-term specific psychosocial interventions for those who would benefit from crisis interventions
  • To ensure documentation is reviewed and updated in line with quality improvement standards
  • To contribute to the planning and implementation of induction, training and education of students and staff.
  • To contribute to the delivery of specialist/ professional training packages of in-service training and staff development when necessary.
  • To assist the band 7 senior practitioner by identifying personal and professional training needs in order to appropriately plan for future training and development.
  • To provide effective supervision, support, and guidance for support /STR/ peer workers and any work delegated to them.
  • Responsible for the delivery of individual care plans for a caseload
  • Expected to implement policies as directed by the trust/directorate for the department, ensuring awareness throughout the department.
  • Participate in leading service developments.
  • Knowledge and expertise in the application of relevant professional theoretical models, and approaches relevant to client group.
  • Communicate complex, sensitive and emotional information using a variety of mediums; being able to adapt methods/style/approach as appropriate.
  • Awareness of clinical governance and its relationship to clinical effectiveness and patient safety and patient experience.
  • To have effective organisational /planning and decision-making skills to manage workload
  • Good knowledge of IT skills

  • Based in the HTT team Shared office space.
  • Full drivers license with business insurance to allow ability to move between locations in a timely manner.
  • Conduct home visits with all patients unless risks determine to meet at a community site
  • May be redeployed to work within acute inpatient wards which may require individual to Restrain patients using approved techniques as part of trust contingency planning.
  • Counsels clients with mental health needs on a daily basis.
  • To be able to work a 24hr shift pattern including day shifts, nights shifts and weekend shifts


Most challenging parts of the job:
  • Demonstrates ability to work as a team member as well as alone making autonomous decisions in a fast-paced environment.
  • Supporting Band 7 to manage a case load of service users who have complex acute/crisis needs
  • Balancing all aspects of the job role.
  • Being flexible and responsive to competing demands

Person Specification



  • Qualified OT


  • Experience of working in mental health



  • must drive

Experience in menta health


  • Qualified OT


  • Experience of working in mental health

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