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Occupational Therapist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£30,786 to £37,841 a year per annum inc
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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We currently have vacanices for motivated and enthusiastic Band 5 occupational therapists to join our acute and urgent care service line.Our inpatient wards provide safe, holistic and recovery focussed treatment for men and women with mental health difficulties. The successful candidates will aid and oversee the activity coordinator in developing and running ward activities and will facilitate individual treatment sessions. The postholder will also undertake functional assessments, including home assessments, for individuals as required which may include recommendations for environmental adaptations, equipment/aids and support packages to maximise independence. You will be expected to liaise and work closely with the MDT, in particular the discharge coordinator and social services in providing recommendations to ensure and facilitate safe discharges. The successful candidate will carry out short-term specific occupational therapy work to promote recovery goals and facilitate independence, including signposting to external agencies as well as referring to community-run OT groups

Main duties of the job

The friendly and vibrant team on our wards consists of consultant psychiatrists, doctors, mental health nurses, discharge coordinators, activity coordinators and healthcare assistants. We work collaboratively together as part of the multi-disciplinary team aiming to achieve the best outcomes for our service users.

You will join our supportive and friendly group of occupational therapists which includes OTs in our community, learning disability, specialist and forensic service lines. We use the Model of Human Occupation as well as other assessments to review the client's environment, sensory preferences and physical disability.

We work closely with our service-user involvement team who support service-users and carers to co-design and co-produce work within the Trust. We have also collaborated with our colleagues from St. George's Hospital occupational therapy department where we engage in shared learnings.

About us

Trust-wide Occupational Therapy Service:

We are working towards having a menu of high-quality interventions to develop expertise and consistency across the service lines and proactively promote occupational therapy within multidisciplinary teams.

We have regular OT forums for professional support and development and can arrange staff to shadow OTs in other services for development opportunities. You will be the team's Disability Champion to promote awareness within the multidisciplinary team, ensuring client's views and reasonable adjustments are implemented within their care. The successful candidate will be offered supervision from the lead occupational therapist.

We have recently developed our preceptorship programme which now includes: monthly training days, a development and support group and a reflective practice session to aid ongoing CPD learning opportunities and skill development.

Agile and flexible working:

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

About our locations:

Queen Mary's hospital (Roehampton)

Queen Mary's Hospital is based in Roehampton on the border of Banes and Putney, with good transport links close to the A3 and a very short bus ride from Barnes station.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Description:
  • You will manage a defined caseload, using evidence based / client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions in the hospital setting and on home visits.
  • To act as the designated Disability Champion on the ward, leading the multi-disciplinary team in Disability Equality matters within the service and other areas as required.
  • To promote recovery and social inclusion.
  • To contribute to the care pathway from admission through to discharge in keeping with the principles of the team.
  • To plan for robust, sustainable discharge and aftercare, involving clients and their families in this planning and evaluating the care given.
  • To contribute, from an occupational therapy perspective, to individual care plans.
  • To maintain clinical records.
  • To participate in the acute care forum.
  • To develop and evaluate the wards activity timetable
  • To supervise junior staff e.g the activity coordinator

We are a vibrant, friendly and innovative service and we hope that if you share our vision we will be hearing from you soon!

Person Specification Education, Training & Quals Essential
  • Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration to practice in UK
Experience Essential
  • Fieldwork experience in physical and mental health settings at undergraduate level.
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working at undergraduate level
  • Experience of using mental health services as a service users or carer/relative/friend of a service user
  • Experience of individual & group work

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