Specialist Occupational Therapist

Cygnet Health Care
£33,000 to £39,000 a year
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

Base: Cygnet Hospital Bury, Buller Street, Off Bolton Road, Bury, BL8 2BS.

Are you a Band 5 ready for your next challenge or an emerging Band 6 looking for a change? Would you like to explore a more rewarding clinical and managerial challenge? This could be your perfect opportunity.

Within this role, you will lead the occupational therapy department and provide assessment and treatment of occupational needs on a Female Medium Secure Unit, with robust supervision and support provided by the Lead/Head OT. You will also have the support of an Occupational Therapy Assistant and Activity Coordinators, who will provide therapeutic interventions and meaningful activity engagement for each patient.

At Cygnet Healthcare, we have a strong occupational focus through support and direction from Clinical Leads and our Occupational Therapy Directors. We use evidence-based practice within each of our service lines, as defined by our clinical steering groups, of which Occupational Therapists play a key role.

Main duties of the job

As part of a multi-disciplinary team, you will work as an autonomous clinician, providing specialist assessment and treatment of occupational dysfunction within the Female Medium Secure Unit. You will be an active member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team and will complete assessments, interventions and outcomes to ascertain occupational performance; whilst undertaking robust risk management to maintain safety and support recovery.

You will hold supervisory responsibility for a newly qualified Occupational Therapist, an Occupational Therapy Assistant and also Activity Co-ordinators. You will also take a leadership role in specific projects; both locally and nationally within the Secure Services Service Line. An integral part of this role will be supporting student education within the team.

This role includes opportunities for learning, development and research, supported by a robust appraisal and supervision structure based on RCOTs Career Development Framework.

About us

Cygnet Health Care was established in 1988. Across our 11 different service lines, we have evidence-based established models of care to ensure we provide the highest quality care and support. Our dedicated and expert teams of over 10 000 employees, support over 2800 individuals in a range of services across England, Scotland and Wales. We have built a reputation for delivering pioneering services and outstanding outcomes for the people in our care, through co-production, recovery and rehabilitation. With over 150 Occupational Therapists, we work together as a large team providing support to each other across the group, with the opportunity to be part of specialist interest groups & become involved in service development.

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Are you an Occupational Therapist who would like to explore a rewarding career experience?
About Us

Cygnet Health Care was established in 1988 as an independent provider of health and social care services in England, Scotland and Wales.

Your Role

Service Line: Secure Services Female Medium Secure.

Summary of the site:

Cygnet Bury is a large site with 14 wards. We have a Regional/Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist and three Head Occupational Therapists to support the different services on site.

Clinical: You would be responsible for the assessment and treatment of occupational dysfunction for up to 13 patients within the Female Medium Secure Unit here at Cygnet Bury. You will work with a full multidisciplinary team in a coordinated way to support each patient to develop their skills and move through our clinical model of care from admission to discharge.

Leadership: You would report to and deputise for the Head Occupational Therapist on site as required. You would also hold leadership responsibilities for an Occupational Therapy Assistant and an Activity Co-Ordinator. You would be actively involved in service development initiatives within the Secure service line nationally within the OT Directorate within Cygnet.

Our Female Medium Secure service is therapy and recovery focused, providing assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for females who require robust risk management and support to manage their mental illness and associated risk presentation.

The aim is to effectively progress service users though the Secure Model of Care Pathway, into the least restrictive environment possible.

Occupational Therapy Directorate

Under the leadership of our occupational therapy directors we support over 150 Occupational Therapists. Working together as a large team we provide support to each other across the group, with the opportunity to be part of specialist interest groups & become involved in service development.

Every service line has a clinical lead occupational therapist to lead and develop evidence based practice and agreed occupational therapy pathway.

We ensure our occupational therapists have a voice through participating in service model development, utilising the expertise and support of our clinical lead occupational therapists.

For more insight into life as an OT at Cygnet Health Care visit; https://join.cygnethealth.co.uk/ot-life/ .Here you can listen to the opinions, stories and advice from our exceptional OTs it could help the next step in your career.

5 reasons why you should make an application today
  • We care about people in our services
  • Expert clinical supervision and protected time for a weekly 1:1 with your clinical supervisor
  • Induction & service line training in area of specialism
  • Dedicated CPD time for peer support, skill development and specialist training
  • We support and develop you to build skills and confidence for the next level in your career.

  • Cygnet Health Care Benefits
    • Free parking
    • Free meals for staff on duty
    • Relocation package available
    • Group pension plan helping you save for your future
    • NHS Discount Cards & Blue Light Card (includes big brand discounts)
    • Wellbeing centre with exercises, recipes, financial and mental health advice.
    • Plus much more

    A career at Cygnet comes with excellent benefits. Whether its saving you money on the high street, with healthcare, holidays & leisure or securing your future with professional development and a pension we support you to be happy both in & out of work.

    Apply now to enjoy excellent career prospects while reaping the rewards of making a difference to others every day. Click to Apply.

    If you would like to discuss this role with the recruiting occupational therapist or arrange an informal visit, wed be more than happy to facilitate this. Please contact: Grace Cockroft (Recruitment Team) on 07715055561 or email GraceCockroft@cygnethealth.co.uk

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    Empowering people and making a positive difference

    Cygnet Health Care was established in 1988. Since then we have developed a wide range of services for individuals with mental health needs within the UK. We have built a reputation for delivering pioneering services and outstanding outcomes for the people in our care. At Cygnet Health Care you’ll have the chance to make a real impact on patients, service users and their families. Our purpose is to care, enable & make a positive difference. Our vision is to be the preferred provider & employer of choice in our sector.

    Our great team believe in -

    • Togetherness
    • Patients, service users & their families are at the heart of what we do
    • Making a real difference in people's lives
    • Building caring relationships to improve mental health

    Dedicated people who change lives together

    At Cygnet, our people work across many different teams that pull together to achieve excellent outcomes for those in our care. So wherever your strengths lie, you can make the most of them with us – and enjoy a rewarding career that makes a significant difference to others.

    Join one of our dedicated teams and be part of something meaningful:

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    • Allied Health & Psychology Team
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