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Occupational Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year pa
Closing date
29 Jun 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking to recruit a passionate, knowledgeable and dynamic Occupational Therapist to join our Specialist Older Adults Mental Health Service (SOAMHS) providing community treatment to older adults based in the High Weald Lewes and Havens area.

This exciting role would be suitable for an enthusiastic band 5 Occupational Therapist with a passion for working with older adults who wants to work towards developing their competencies required for a band 6 post. We will provide you with the necessary support to develop your professional and clinical skills along with support and protected time to utilise and deliver occupational therapy specific assessment and intervention. We can offer you development opportunities that include developing your group planning and facilitation skills, utilising occupational formulation. You will have access to the Trust's AHP training (which includes sensory assessment and intervention, and ADL masterclasses).

You will be an integral member of the MDT supported by a strong professional leadership structure with regular OT clinical supervision, regular management supervision with your operational lead as well as regular peer support.

This is a full-time post on a permanent contract. We encourage staff who are also looking for a job share/ flexible working or part time post to apply. This post would suit experienced staff looking to extend their experience of working in the community in a mental health setting.

Main duties of the job

As an Occupational Therapist in our busy multidisciplinary team you will be responsible for providing OT specific assessments, interventions and generic mental health interventions for older adults with a diagnosis of dementia or functional mental health problems either visiting them in their own homes or care homes. You will manage your own caseload and where appropriate be responsible for covering duty. You will be an important part of the MDT , contributing to the MDT discussions and team meetings.

About us

The Trust provides mental health and learning disability care for all ages across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Living & Working in Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns

We'd love you to join our Trust, rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, recent staff survey results told us that 82% recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work in their team

77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Job description Job responsibilities

To manage a caseload of clients with the regular support and supervision of a team manager and professional supervisor, using evidence based/ client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.

To provide occupational therapy interventions for referred clients as part of a multi-agency approach to meeting the health and social care needs of people who use our services.

To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of occupational therapy and local services within a designated team.

To contribute to and facilitate occupational therapy interventions including home assessments and group work with regular support and supervision.To be a core member of the local clinical team, using mental healthand occupational therapy assessments.

To manage a caseload of clients with mental health needs.

To plan and implement client centred individual and groupinterventions, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.

To identify occupational therapy goals as part of the overall care plan.

To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measureprogress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.

To apply an understanding of the effect of disability and providetraining and advice on lifestyles changes and adaptations to theclients social and physical environment.

To carry out carers assessments and implement a plan of careaccordingly.

Have a basic working knowledge of the medication prescribed for thepersons in their care. To include usual dosage, common side effectsand the need for any special monitoring. Any reported or observedside effects must be brought to the attention of the prescriber.

To establish robust communication networks with clients carers andother health workers and agencies.

To demonstrate effective communication skills with people whoseunderstanding may be impaired.

To ensure that up to date written and electronic records and activitydata are maintained in accordance with Professional and Truststandards and to provide specialist occupational therapy reportsrelevant to practice setting.

To adhere to the College of Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics andProfessional Conduct and comply with local and national standards ofpractice.

To respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity ofclients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to theseneeds.

To fully participate in the Trusts performance review and personaldevelopment planning process on an annual basis.

To achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal andprofessional development within agreed timescales.

Review and reflect on own practice and performance througheffective use of professional and operational supervision andappraisal in line with local guidelines.To contribute to a healthy and safe working environment by adheringto health and safety regulations and Trust policies.

To participate in the operational planning, and implementation ofpolicy and service development within your team.

To participate in the delivery of the occupational therapy strategy anddevelopment plan.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy
  • Registration with the HPC as an occupational therapist
Experience/Knowledge Essential
  • Experience of working with people with mental health difficulties
  • Experience working as part of a team
  • Experience running groups/activities
  • Experience of being supervised

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