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Occupational Therapist

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist. The service covers the geographical area of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, where you will work as part of the Community Learning Disability Health Team (CLDHT) previous experience of the clinical field is desirable.

We are seeking someone with the confidence to work autonomously, someone who has experience of supervising support workers and an individual who understands the challenges of working within a busy Multi-Disciplinary team.

Our Trust is rated outstanding by the CQC and we support a model of ongoing Quality Improvement so a person with innovative and creativity is important to us.

The service operates from 9-5 Monday - Friday.

If the Job description leaves you with any questions, for further information please contact Sarah Mountford or Claire Lamb (CLDHT Manager) on 0300 123 1152.

Main duties of the job

Be a member of the Health Team, demonstrating the ability to make decisions and influence the development of services, and work with service users in a variety of health / community settings.

Participate in the development of an evolving service.

Participate in the development and provision of Occupational Therapy role in North Staffordshire.

To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of occupational therapy services within a designated area / team holding responsibility for defined projects.

You will possess specialist skills relevant to the clinical area, in order to complete a range of assessments and remains within an M D Framework.

Will be required to teach staff including both students and qualified and unqualified team members.

Provide Occupational Therapy advice to the integrated teams and partnership agencies as required.

Develop complimentary roles as agreed with the Team Manager to meet objectives for improving the health as set out in governmental initiatives. These roles will incorporate health promotion, facilitation, treatment and service development.

About us

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation and we'd like you to be part of it. To excel you will be an enthusiastic, caring and compassionate registered professional who is looking to work within a Trust that is ambitious to perform well and has been told by the Care Quality Commission that it is the fastest improving Mental Health Trust in the Country. Whether you are about to qualify, newly qualified or an experienced practitioner, we want to meet you and discuss the possibility of you joining this great Team.

Our vision is 'To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it.' Our teams pride themselves on compassion, team work and resilience.

Job description Job responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Team Manager be accountable and responsible for a defined clinical caseload that reflects the priorities of the local service by ensuring the assessment of therapy needs, particularly in relation to:

Using highly developed specialist knowledge to independently undertake complex assessments and evaluate interventions with service users with diverse environmental, social, physical and mental health needs; adapting approach to the varying level of needs.

Close working with other services aiming to reduce health inequalities and improve access to universal services.

Opportunities to support access to mainstream health services where relevant to service users.

The provision of timely intervention aimed at promoting and maintaining the health of service users. This will be achieved through individual and group therapy and where necessary the implementation of therapeutic interventions.

Provide assessment, training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service users physical and social environment for the client and carers.

Will undertake a variety of Occupational Therapy assessments to assist in the identification of person centred support needs and intervention, underpinning care plans and risk assessments, highlighting health and safety issues impacting on service.

Plan, organise and supervise implementation of a diverse and extensive range of treatment aimed at enabling service users to achieve their maximum potential in activities of daily living.

Provide a wide range of therapeutic interventions ensuring evidence based practice according to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines to achieve therapeutic goals.

Undertake complex assessment of service users needs and signpost appropriately within the team. OT assessments and interventions which contribute to the multi professional assessment of service users, will focus on promoting function, quality of life and the realisation of potential where there is occupational deprivation, imbalance or alienation.

Lead on the implementation of clear and effective use of outcome measures for all service users to ensure that optimum physical and mental health needs are met / maintained.

To actively support service users in their use of local health services. Identify any inadequacies and take appropriate action to enhance the quality of intervention and access available.

Establish and sustain links with primary care settings and non-statutory agencies facilitating access to universal services for service users.

Where appropriate contribute to assessments of service users eligible for Continuing Healthcare funding using the Decision Support Tool and contribute to the coordination of support packages ensuring person centeredness, high quality standards and value for money to meet the desired clinical outcomes.

Demonstrate the ability to asses plan and provide a strategy for supporting service users, including the adoption of assessments through collaborative working, embracing the process of the Care Programme Approach, (CPA).

Work face to face with individuals who might display physical agitation and who are in psychological distress.

Deliver services in a sensitive, respectful and person centred way adapting systems of communication to meet service users ability.

Keep abreast of developments in current best practice, trends, issues and research in service users related topics in line with the divisional business plan, and national occupational therapy practice within services.

To take responsibility for own Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and facilitate and encourage CPD for those staff for whom they are responsible.

Maintain up to date and accurate individual client records in line with Trust policy and using the agreed IT systems to produce high quality reports as appropriate and to maintain the highest standard of care.

To ensure that all policies, procedures and guidelines are followed, reporting any deviations to senior staff.

Ensure that there is efficient transfer of service users between team members and/or other services in accordance with Trust policy.

To set professional standards of care and to monitor, measure and audit the effectiveness of services provided.

To undertake any other duties commensurate with the post as directed by the relevant managers and as identified as service priority.

To comply with the College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, Health and Care Professional Standards of Proficiency for Occupational Therapists and local policies and procedures.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma / Degree in Occupational Therapy. Hold Health and Care Professional Standards of Proficiency for Occupational Therapists (HCPC) Registration
Experience Essential
  • Experience commensurate with the role Knowledge of current best practice in learning disability Occupational Therapy

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