The Newham Community Mental Health Team for Older People has an opportunity for a highly motivated and dynamic Band 7 Occupational Therapist to join the team full time, based at First Avenue Resource Centre in Plaistow.
Occupational Therapists are valued members of the multi-disciplinary CMHT. The emphasis for Occupational Therapy in our team is to support individuals to focus on what matters most to them - often this is to remain living at home. Occupational Therapy is provided both in individual sessions as well as groups, delivered in community settings or the service users homes. There are also opportunities to develop the service in line with Mental Health Community Transformation.
The Band 7 Occupational Therapist will take the lead for Occupational Therapy and also is part of the management team. This role requires clear communication and an ability to work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team and with other external agencies.
By joining us, you will have the support of the CMHT, the co-located memory services and the wider Mental Health Occupational Therapy service in Newham.
Main duties of the job
To provide high quality, evidence based and person-centered Occupational Therapy (OT) assessment and intervention to older people with functional and/or organic mental health problems living in the community.
To provide expert consultation to the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) from an OT perspective, raising the profile of OT and the benefit of occupation-based approached
To manage complex clinical situations, provide advice and guidance to colleagues on working with clients with emotional and behavioral needs.
To support the ongoing development of the OT service within Community Mental Health transformation, particularly how to optimize the value of OT, alongside the Head OT for Older Adults and Directorate Lead for OT in Newham.
Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.
Job description Job responsibilities
Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.
Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
- oDiploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
- oHealth and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration
- oMember of Royal College Occupational Therapists
- oRelevant post-graduate training
- oExtensive post qualification experience in clinical mental health setting and/or demonstrable experience highly related to the Clinical Field
- oExperience of CPD and role development
- oExperience of staff supervision
Knowledge and Skills Essential
- oProven ability to independently manage a complex clinical caseload and oversee caseloads of team
- oHighly developed interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed and maintained with clients with complex needs.
- oAnalytical and clinical reasoning skills in order to assess clients' complex needs (including risk assessment) and complete a holistic formulation to guide interventions.
- oAbility to apply specialist skills in individual and group based OT assessments, interventions and evaluations.
- oAbility to plan, prioritise and coordinate a range of complex activities in relation to clinical work.
- o Ability to communicate complex and specialist information with OT staff and other professionals including undertaking supervision, chairing meetings, training and presentations
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