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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year Per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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This post is eligible for a £3,000 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of £1,000 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of £2,000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. This will be pro-rata for part-time posts. Internal applicants are not eligible for this bonus. Please see attached Terms & Conditions for full details.

The Community Adult Mental Health Team is a multidisciplinary team providing a Monday to Friday, 9-5 service to service users aged 17 and upwards, residing within Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and who are experiencing symptoms of moderate to severe mental illness. The team assess, provide treatment, and signpost to relevant services and support in the community.

Do you want the opportunity to make a real difference to patients, their families, and whole communities? Do you feel strongly about supporting people with mental health disorders to maintain family relationships, friendships and jobs while receiving treatment in their own home?

Are you a Registered Occupational Therapist looking for a new opportunity to work in an organisation that will help you to develop and achieve your goals in an environment where staff wellbeing matters? We are looking to recruit enthusiastic and motivated Band 6 Occupational Therapists to join our Community Adult Mental Health Team.

Main duties of the job

The role of the Occupational Therapist and specific role of OT is to work in partnership with service users, developing their care plans and recovery plans to enable them to lead fulfilling lives.

Ideal candidates will demonstrate an understanding of clinical interventions relevant to the locality team protocols to include assessments, psychoeducation, risk formulation and management, relevant aspects of social inclusion, recovery, safety planning and discharge planning, working closely with carers, families and partner agencies to facilitate this.

The post holder will always work to promote the safety and the wellbeing of service users and their families/carers, providing specialist OT advice and working in line with the locality NICE interventions and ethos.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • The occupational therapist will provide specialist occupational therapy assessments and interventions underpinned by the Model of Human Occupation and the principles of recovery and enablement/reablement.
  • The occupational therapist will use specialist clinical skills and reasoning to manage a caseload with complex needs, working with a high degree of autonomy and referring to senior staff when necessary.
  • The occupational therapist will apply a high level of understanding of the effects of mental and physical health conditions on occupational performance; providing training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptions to the service user's social and physical environment.
  • The occupational therapist will work collaboratively with service users to promote vocational rehabilitation and act as a team resource/specialist in vocational rehabilitation and employment.
  • The occupational therapist will contribute to the delivery of specialist occupational focused interventions including sensory and enabling/reablement approaches.
  • The occupational therapist will undertake the role of care co-ordinator for a defined clinical caseload of service users with complex mental health needs.
  • The occupational therapist will ensure that all care planning will involve the service user and where appropriate the carer, collaboratively identifying, pursuing and reviewing goals in the context of care planning.
  • The occupational therapist will plan and implement specialist individual and /or group interventions collaboratively, to enable service users to achieve valued goals and desired occupational performance outcomes.

  • Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
    • Minimum Bachelor level equivalent training in OT
    • HCPC Professional Registration as OT
    • Additional clinical training relevant to specialism.
    • Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
    • Leadership skills
    • Additional training in specialist standardised assessments.
    • Management skills
    Experience Essential
    • Working with people with a range of mental health or learning disability challenges.
    • Experience of working with a range of statutory and nonstatutory services.
    • Working with carers or families.
    • Experience of supervising others.
    • Lived experience of mental health challenges
    • Service development or evaluation projects.
    Skills & Abilities Essential
    • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision.
    • Able to record information clearly and accurately.
    • Clear written and verbal communication skills.
    • Good team worker with effective interpersonal skills.
    • Personal time management
    • Ability to prioritise
    Knowledge & Understanding Essential
    • Specialist knowledge of OT assessment, intervention and practise models relevant to the service user group (e.g. MoHO)
    • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act.
    • Knowledge of RCOT and HCPC professional standards.
    Physical Requirements Essential
    • Ability to travel independently in accordance with Trust policies and service need.
    • Routine and regular use of computer.
    Other Essential
    • Car available for work purpose
    • Ability to travel with or without patients throughout Cambridgeshire on a daily basis

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