Band 6 Occupational Therapist - Longfox Unit

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pro rata
Closing date
26 Jun 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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To provide and supervise the delivery of high standards of occupational therapy to service users in accordance with up to date evidence based professional practice and AWP policies. To provide leadership for junior staff and students on fieldwork placements. To participate in the planning development and evaluation of OT services within a designated area/team.

We are looking for a part time band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our team of OT's. The post offers an exciting opportunity as it would be a rotational post working across 4 different inpatient wards. These include an acute ward working with adults of working age, two older adult wards (functional and organic) and a rehab unit all based within North Somerset.

If this sounds something you would like to know more about please don't hesitate to contact the Matron of North Somerset to find out more.

Main duties of the job

To complete assessments and run activities/groups on the ward. Prioritise workload. Form part of the MDT team, attend ward rounds, CPA's etc. Contribute to the future of the service. Supervise band 5 staff.

Located in North Somerset as part of the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, we are passionate about promoting good health and wellbeing. As an organisation, we strive to use our own expertise and resources as well as those in our locality to deliver high quality services that are patient-focused.

We believe that delivering person-focused care is central to helping our patients improve their mental health, recover independence and return to their community. Our staff are pivotal to everything we do and we are committed to involving them fully in the development of our services.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description Job responsibilities

1. Clinical PracticeTo carry out clinical practice within designated clinical areas ensuring that high quality evidence based occupational therapy assessment, treatment planning, interventions and evaluations for service users are provided. With the aim of enabling service users to achieve their maximum level of function and independence, this will include:-a) Undertaking a comprehensive person centred occupational therapyassessment and prepare treatment plans in consultation with the serviceusers.b) Implementation of treatment and rehabilitation programmes.c) Evaluation of the effectiveness of therapy provided in partnership withservice users.d) Ability to implement research based practice.e) Provide leadership to junior, unqualified staff and students.f) Ability to undertake risk assessment and develop risk managementstrategies for individual service users; CPA/SAP to people who present with mental health problems.g) Ability to undertake risk assessment and develop risk managementstrategies for groups and a variety of activities.h) Demonstrate a working knowledge of the key elements of relevant mental health legislation.i) To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service users social and physical environment. j) To assess the occupational needs of a defined service user group andestablish and evaluate appropriate treatment programmes.k) To be able to act as a care coordinator under the CPA policy.

2. Education and Health PromotionTo use own skills, knowledge and resources to provide learning opportunities for staff and promote positive attitudes towards mental health, this will include:-a) To be responsible for the supervision and written assessment of OTstudents on practice placement within the Trust.b) Support the provision of an appropriate learning environment for students novice practitioners and new team members as directed.

3. Continuing Professional Development ObjectiveTo maintain and develop professional knowledge skills and expertise to ensure that therapy reflects best practice remains evidence based, is current and responsive to meet changing service user and NHS needs to include:-a) Abide by the Code of Ethics and professional conduct for OccupationalTherapists and HPC standards.b) To take responsibility for post registration education and for continuingprofessional development as outlined in HPC standards.c) To receive clinical/professional supervision in accordance with Trustsupervision policy.d) To access management support from the posts line manager.

4. Service Overview and PlanningTo contribute to the development and planning of services specific to the posts designated areas. This will include:-a) Contribute to the planning and development of clinical services, including the review of team establishments, grade mix and skill mix and to be actively involved in the recruitment, selection and interviewing process.b) To have a say in clinical policy development and clinical governancefunctions, working collaboratively.

5. Finance and WorkforceTo play a role in making best use of available workforce and material resources and contributing to provision of best therapy possible. Follow Trust and Service Policies relating to the security of the building/clients, to ensure safe practice and protection of clients, staff, visitors and members of the general public, this will include:-a) Play a part in the service provision that is both safe and therapeutic within span of knowledge.b) Coordinate the day-to-day activities of junior staff and students whereapplicable.c) To be responsible for maintaining resources and delivering a service within financial constraints.d) To provide people management function to identify staff for the designated areas, including the development and implementation of regular appraisal and performance management systems. Maintain accurate records.

6. Record Keeping and AdministrationTo maintain high standards of record keeping and associated administration in accordance with AWP Trust Policy and local joint arrangements and professional guidelines, this will include:-a) The upkeep of contemporaneous, chronological and accurate mental health records in accordance with relevant COT Guidelines and Trust Policy.b) To ensure timely recording of all data required by the Trust

7. Practice Development and Clinical AuditTo contribute to practice development activity and evidenced based mental health occupational therapy this will include:-a) To take part in Trust LDU audits as required.b) To broaden research and development skills through participation inlocal/trust/national audit and research projects.

Person Specification Rating Scale: 3-Excellent, 2-Good, 1-Some, 0-None Essential
  • Qualifications: BSc Hons Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Registration: HCPC registered
  • Knowledge: Understanding of Model of Human Occupation ( MOHO)
  • Experience: Experience of working in Mental Health Settings
  • Clinical Reasoning: Evidence based and reflective practice
  • Written Skills: Application content, organisation, relevance to post

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