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Senior Occupational Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year Per annum
Closing date
29 Jun 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Connolly House is a dynamic 14 bed inpatient Recovery Unit for Service Users experiencing Psychosis.

An exciting opportunity has come up for a Band 6 OT to lead the Occupational Therapy Team at Connolly House.

The individual will be professionally responsible and working alongside a Band 5 OT, OT Technician and peer support worker in the OT team, and as part of Connolly House's excellent and committed multi-disciplinary team.

The role will include enhancing the therapy programme through 1:1 work (including assessment, intervention and home visits) facilitating groups and enabling service users to access relevant local community resources which would support their discharge.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive individual who is able to build effective working relationships and be able to demonstrate a commitment to client centred practice.

We offer a commitment to support staff with regular supervision and CPD; an opportunity to gain specialist experience in recovery based practice; support to undertake training and professional development opportunities.

We are happy to discuss flexible working opportunities. Please contact Sarah Cramp Matron on 03003040060

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will have the opportunity to:
  • Provide occupational therapy interventions for service users using evidence based, client-centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions, individually and within a group.
  • Work with a caseload of service users with complex needs, supporting and offering specialist clinical advice and input.
  • Promote and develop the role of Occupational Therapy within Connolly House and lead on Occupational Therapy pathway and service development opportunities across the Rehab pathway.
  • Support the development of Band 5 Occupational Therapist and Band 4 Technical Instructor.
  • Access regular supervision, reflective practice and training and development opportunities including OT specific training offered by the Trust, e.g. Occupational Formulation, Sensory Processing Theory into Practice, Solution-Focussed approaches and external training relevant to the role.

About us

The Connolly House is a modern purpose built Inpatient Rehab and Recovery unit specialising in the assessment and treatment of people with complex and enduring mental health needs.

You will be offered regular managerial/clinical supervision and supervision with a professional Lead.

Monthly meeting for Continued Professional Development. Peer supervision with Occupational Therapists working within the Rehab services in the Trust.

Access to Allied Health Professionals Training Programme.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for full details.

Previous experience of working within mental health, a qualification in Occupational Therapy and HCPC registration is essential.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy
  • Evidence of post graduate level study/training
  • Registration with the HCPC as an occupational therapist
  • Management/Leadership training
  • Training in the use of standardised occupational therapy assessment tools
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Experience as a qualified occupational therapist in mental health
  • Broad experience of working with clients with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of both group and individual work
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Experience as a Care Coordinator
  • Experience in a clinical area related to the post
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience in applying a range of assessment tools and a comprehensive knowledge of occupational therapy clinical approaches used in mental health

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