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Occupational Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year plus HCAS
Closing date
1 Jul 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Thank you for taking interest in this exciting new opportunity for a newly qualified or experienced Band 5 Occupational Therapist with an interest in Mental health, community services and recovery.

Following the principles laid out in the Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older Adults (2019), the MINT has been developed to provide an innovative, person centred set of interventions focused on individual needs. The post holder will be required:
  • To provide client-centred occupational therapy interventions to service users with varied and sometimes complex needs, within the MINT Team, alongside multi-disciplinary team members and the occupational therapy team
  • To actively develop and implement a framework of care, which reflects a holistic approach to service user needs, and the seven pillars of clinical governance.
  • To work under the supervision of a senior or clinical lead occupational therapist, to apply clinical skills in occupational therapy assessment, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation, which include individual and group orientated approaches.

To contribute to the evaluation and continued development of the occupational therapy service, as well as (after completing appropriate training) taking responsibility for the direct supervision of less clinically experienced qualified staff, support staff and occupational therapy students

Main duties of the job
Main Duties and Responsibilities

To ensure that the professional standards and ethics as set out by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) are adhered to at all times.

  • All interactions with service users should be underpinned with empathy and a clear understanding of the effects of disability in the areas of productivity, leisure and activities of daily living (ADL).
  • All interactions should be sensitive and responsive to the service users' ethnic, cultural and social background, using a range of communication and engagement skills as appropriate to the context.
  • To evaluate referrals to the occupational therapy service for occupational therapy intervention, particularly identifying priorities for treatment intervention.
  • To provide a comprehensive assessment, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation of the occupational therapy programme for the identified service user group that includes risk assessment with particular reference to service user need within the speciality.
  • To analyse, grade and adapt individual and group activities to meet the occupational performance, environmental and vocational needs of service users.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

The regulations mandating vaccination for in-scope roles in the NHS have now been removed. The Trust does however continue to encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. Vaccination data will be collected by our recruitment team during your on-boarding if you are happy to provide a copy of your COVID pass.

Job description Job responsibilities

Post Title: Occupational Therapist, Band 5

Department: Ealing Acton MINT (Mental Health Integrated Network Team)

Responsible to: Lead Occupational Therapist

Operationally: Community Mental Health Services

Responsible to: Service Manager, MINT Team

Accountable to: Associate Director, Community and Recovery MH

Key Relationships: Service Users and Carers, Professional Lead/Head Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Team, Multi-disciplinary Clinical Team (MDT), Supervisor and Supervisee/s, Academic Institutions, Statutory and Voluntary Agencies

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BSc (Hons) or equivalent Occupational Therapy qualification
  • HCPC Registration
Experience Essential
  • Application of core OT skills and OT process
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Work experience in a Health or Social Care or 3rd Sector setting.
  • Experience of working in mental health
  • Involvement in research and clinical audit
Knowledge Essential
  • Mental health diagnoses/presentations
  • Research methodology
  • Core skills of OT process
  • Models of practice
  • Clinical and environmental risk
  • Equality and diversity
  • Awareness of the need to work within appropriate boundaries
  • Principles of clinical governance
  • Relevant current legislation, including NICE guidelines, CPA, risk assessment and risk management
  • Group work theory and practice
Skills Essential
  • Organisational ability
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to build rapport with service users, carers and colleagues
  • Evidence of ability in OT assessment, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation
  • Ability to work independently and under supervision as part of a team
  • Group work skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to prepare and present papers at study days and conferences
  • Ability to apply (research) evidence-based practice
  • Use of standardised assessment tools and outcome measures
  • Contribution to service development and the training of others
  • Supervisory skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
Other Requirements Essential
  • Ability to reflect, identify and take responsibility for continuing professional development (CPD) needs
  • Understand the need for and actively participates in own supervision and constructive use of feedback
  • High levels of initiative, innovation and self-motivation
  • Commitment to client-centred, non-discriminatory practice
  • Able to demonstrate a strong professional identity

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