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Senior Occupational Therapist - Specialist Autism Team

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pa
Closing date
25 Jun 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an exciting opportunity for a passionate OT with a specialist interest in Autism to join our innovative SAT (Specialist Autism Team) within Derby and South Derbyshire.

This is a newly commissioned and expanding service to support adults with Autism for whom life is becoming challenging; with an emphasis on making 'real life changes' and preventing hospital admissions.

We are looking for individuals who share our strong value based approach and have a keen interest in and understanding of the support needs of people with Autism to help develop, shape and deliver this brand new service.

The post offers an opportunity for you to develop into the clinician you aspire to be; with training, supervision, and an ethos promoting innovative practice.

We are proud of our MDT approach to healthcare and the value we place on each staff member's unique knowledge and skills.

Main duties of the job

You will work intensely with people with Autism to support them at times of crisis and prevent placement breakdown or hospital admission.

You will promote person-centred practice and work creatively to improve people's quality of life.

The work is mainly community based with some in-reach work into hospitals when required.

As the Occupational Therapist in the team you will be responsible for assessing and supporting the functional needs of people accessing the service; using and developing your skills in ADLS, Autism and sensory integration.

You will lead and develop the team by sharing your knowledge and skills to create a truly integrated approach to care.

The Trust is working closely together and in collaboration with the wider Joined Up Care Derbyshire organisations.

You will work closely with partner agencies, the voluntary sector and the SAT team in the north of the county to ensure a holistic approach to service user care and positive outcomes across all areas of individuals' lives.

The working hours are currently 9am -5pm Mon- Fri with the aim of the team providing support 8am-8pm Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat-Sun at a later date. Once the team is established, you will also contribute to the 24 hour Neurodevelopmental Crisis On Call Support.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBTI+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma/Degree in O.T.
  • State registration with HCPC
  • Basic level of sensory training
  • Practice placement qualification
  • Membership of and engagement with relevant professional OT forums (e.g. RCOT, SIGs)
  • Relevant post graduate qualifications (e.g.AMPS)
  • Qualification in Sensory integration and modulation disorders.
Knowledge/ Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with people with Autism
  • Experience of working with people with mental health needs.
  • Experience of working with people whose behaviour may challenge
  • Experience of working within the Transforming Care Agenda.
  • Knowledge of Autism and main service drivers.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply OT standards of practice and guidance.
  • Experience of community working
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working
  • Experience of working in crisis situations
  • Knowledge of prescription and use of aids and adaptations.
  • Experience in developing and leading staff

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