Are you an Occupational Therapist with an interest in developmental trauma and attachment-informed ways of working?
Are you interested in being part of an exciting opportunity to join an expanding team, providing a service for Children in Care in Brighton and Hove through inter-agency working with Children's Social Care?
We are looking for an Occupational Therapist to join the Brighton and Hove Children in Care Psychology Service. The focus of this service is to work together to develop positive relationships across multi-agency networks and to make plans for interventions based on a shared understanding of the needs, vulnerabilities and strengths of children and young people in care who have experienced developmental trauma. You would join a small and dynamic led by 2 Clinical Psychologists based within children's social care. Brighton and Hove Children's Social Care Services work to an innovative and relational based model and supports its social work teams in a 'Pod' structure.
Covid-19 full vaccination may be a condition of employment for this role, unless an exemption applies. The successful applicant may have contact with vulnerable service users and we will therefore seek proof of being fully vaccinated during the recruitment process.
Main duties of the job
Identifying with the young person, their family, carers and professional network in supporting the young people to explore and / or return to meaningful and valued activity.
Supporting the holistic assessment of a young person's cognitive, physical and mental health needs and strengths in relation to their functional abilities, considering their identity, routines and habits to establish their care needs.
Providing specialist assessments and treatment through sensory processing and sensory attachment frames of reference and occupational adaptation.
Contributing to the creation and review of a multi-disciplinary formulation about the young person's presenting difficulties and needs.
You will work closely with the wider multi-disciplinary and multi-agency colleagues, including care and education. The children and young people are often aged below 12 years and so an understanding of this developmental age group is advantageous.
We provide mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire. Working in Sussex:
. Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed
. Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London
. With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure
We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.
Other key staff survey results include:
. 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
. 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
. 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their rolesSee the attached 'Partnership Perks' document for details about our benefits package.
Job description Job responsibilities
In order to be a successful Occupational Therapist in our team you will be:
- Registered with HCPC
- Able to provide specialist occupational therapy interventions using evidence based, client-centred principles to consult, assess plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
- Experience and knowledge of working with young people aged 0-18.
- Experienced in risk management
- Adaptable, organised, compassionate and a team player
It would also be advantageous if you have:
- Experience of working with under 12s and these developmental stages.
- Completed post qualifying training within the areas of sensory processing and attachment. We will also endeavour to support individual training in the above as part of the role..
You will receive supervision from the CAMHS Occupational Therapy Professional Lead and have opportunities to network with Occupational Therapists across young people's services in Sussex. Additional support will be available via the CAMHS AHP lead.
This is an excellent time for Occupational Therapists to be joining Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as we have launched our first AHP Strategy and can offer the following to you:
Regular professional supervision
Hove City Council Hodshrove Lane, Brighton BN2 4SE (note office move planned to Portslade in 2022) See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.
- The opportunity to participate in a range of quality improvement work and service innovations.
- Access to a wide range of training and CPD opportunities including:
- o A programme of AHP specific training
o Quarterly Occupational Therapy CPD Hubs
o Communities of Practice (AMPS; Sensory Strategies; Occupational Formulation; Recovery Through Activity)
- Have a look at our AHP strategy and view our film at https://www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/AHP
Interviews date: TBC
Flexible working will be considered as part of the working week.
Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information explore the attachments or contact:
Our offer is for a career not just a job, in a team and a trust focussed on delivering the best care possible to the community whilst being committed to the wellbeing of its staff.
Our last CQC rating placed us good in all areas and outstanding for caring.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy
- Registration with the HCPC as an occupational therapist
- Training in the use of standardised occupational therapy assessment tools
- Management/Leadership training
- Extensive experience as a qualified occupational therapist in mental health
- Broad experience of working with clients with a range of mental health problems
- Experience of both group and individual work
- Experience of multidisciplinary working
- Experience of supervising staff and students
- Experience as a Care Coordinator
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