We are seeking an enthusiastic ceramics instructor who understands the needs of adults with mental health problems and can see the therapeutic possibilities that working with clay can offer.
You will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the ceramics studio, for running regular groups and for supervising volunteers. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an innovative service.
Main duties of the job
To use specialised technical skills to engage service users in ceramics activities to promote personal independence and well-being.
Provide a range of activities, instructing and guiding service users to support them in achieving identified goals.
Facilitate planned groups and individual activities adjusting technical interventions to meet the changing needs of the service users.
To participate in and contribute to the OT assessment of individuals attending the pottery studio.
Assist in the implementation, evaluation and modification of OT and team interventions.
Assess risk and manage it effectively within the pottery studio.
We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer.
Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
- Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
- Work life balance, flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
- Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
- Car lease, our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
- Accommodation, our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
- NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.
Job description Job responsibilities
To use specialised technical skills to engage service users in ceramics activities to promote personal independence and well-being. Facilitate planned groups and individual activities adjusting technical interventions to meet the changing needs of the service users. To participate in and contribute to the OT assessment of individuals attending the pottery studio.
To apply a comprehensive range of communication skills with service users, multidisciplinary and Occupational Therapy colleagues and external agencies. To communicate effectively and appropriately with team members on technical matters both in-person and remotely.
Maintain appropriate, up-to-date, written and electronic records and activity data in accordance with Professional and Trust standards.
Person Specification Qualificatons and Training Essential
- Formal Ceramics qualification e.g. Art degree or equivalent, or demonstrably equivalent skill level.
- Evidence of continuing professional and personal development to ensure skills are updated in line with innovations in the sector.
- Teaching qualification
- Further education qualification in health/mental health related subject or creative therapies.
- Post-graduate training relevant to specialist area.
- Trained First Aider
- Experience of working effectively in paid or voluntary employment or community work.
- Previous experience in either teaching or Health / social care. Understanding of the principles of collaborative working with service users and their supporters.
- Experience of continued professional development. Understanding of professional codes of conduct and their application in practice.
- Detailed knowledge of all aspects of pottery making, firing and glazing. Knowledge of the principles or risk assessment and risk management.
- Experience of working with people with mental health problems or other health needs.
- Experience of running projects or managing events
- Experience of managing a ceramics studio.
- Ability to teach practical skills to a diverse range of people including those with learning difficulties.
- Ability to work single handed with individuals / groups within a supportive environment.
- Ability to manage and de-escalate emotionally charged situations whilst maintaining safety of self, service users and staff.
- Ability to communicate complex and specialist information to service users, colleagues and relevant others.
- Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance.
- Ability to collaborate effectively with others on joint projects
- Effective time management and organisational skills
- Highly developed interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of service users and professionals.
- Skills in dealing with conflict and resolving difficulties in clinical work.
- Open to exploring new ideas and new ways of working.
- Training, facilitation and presentation skills
- Research and auditing skills
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