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Band 5/6 Occupational Therapist - Development Post

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£26,937 - £40,872 inc fringe HCAS
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Occupational Therapy Band 5 with Developmental plan to Band 6

(subject to evidence of competency)

37.5 hours per week

Based at Horizon House, Epsom

An excellent opportunity has arisen to come and be part of our dynamic and awarding winning occupational therapy service. As a service we have developed innovative ways of delivering evidenced based and outcome measured occupational therapy in the Older People Service to support tose on their individual recovery journey, including a variety of occupational focused group programmes. The post will include delivering both individual and group occupational therapy interventions within a clear care pathway, these interventions include:
  • Lifestyle Matters Programme – a 20 session group which utilises Lifestyle Redesign© principles and is referred to in the NICE guidelines (2009) where it is identified as the Occupational Therapy Intervention of choice for Older Adults. The programme has run within the Trust since 2012 for Older People Services and has had a positive impact on the lives of people who access our services.
  • Memory Matters Programme – a 6 session group for people with early stages of dementia and their carers. The group provides an educational element based around promoting a healthy lifestyle for the brain (exercise, diet, mental stimulation, sleep, stress management, an active social life).
  • Individual occupational therapy interventions.
  • Comprehensive occupational therapy assessments.

We use the Model of Human Occupation to guide all our occupational therapy assessments and interventions. We are particularly focusing on embedding occupational science and neuroscience into our practice. The Occupational Therapy Leadership team is committed to an extensive, co-ordinated CPD programme including Trust wide training, core competence training, annual conferences, robust supervision structure, specialist interest groups and Older People’s care groups. Staff are valued for their expertise in occupationally focussed interventions and specialist group therapy.

This post is a Band 5 development post which is an amazing opportunity to develop your occupational therapy skills through participating in the Developing Specialist Scheme provided by the Trust.

The Developing Specialist Scheme includes:
  • Preceptorship programme
  • Core skills training
  • OT forums
  • Regular supervision with peers and supervisor.

Once the agreed competencies have been completed then you will progress to a Band 6 Occupational Therapist within the Mid Surrey sector Older People's Community Mental Health Team. The Mid Sector comprises of three Community Mental Health Teams who are based at Horizon House in Epsom. The Community Mental Health Teams for Older People support people who are 65 and over with functional mental health conditions or dementia.

This post is suitable for anyone who has consolidated their core skills and competencies through the occupational therapy preceptorship process.

This post also provides an opportunity to develop skills in care coordinating individuals with an occupational therapy focus and being part of the assessment team.

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABP) is one of the largest Mental Health Trusts in the South East working collaboratively with, health, social care and voluntary organisations. We also work in partnership with university colleagues to develop research projects and funding streams. SABP’s innovative approach to mental health care has been recognised nationally (HSJ).

If you are creative, committed to lifelong learning, good at using your initiative, and are committed to providing a high-quality occupational therapy service with recovery on your agenda then please apply.

The candidate must have a full and valid driving licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes due to the community element of this role

If you require any further information or would like to discuss the occupational therapy role within the Community Mental Health Teams for Older People, please contact Natasha Braybrook (Lead Occupational Therapist) via or 07825 028196

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