Occupational Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£30,786 to £37,841 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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A fabulous opportunity has arisen for a band 5 Occupational Therapist within the Kensington and Chelsea older adult community mental health team.The post holder would work alongside two experienced Occupational therapists and the role would include OT specific assessments and interventions and also care coordination and case management. Candidates would preferably have worked as an Occupational Therapist for at least a year in mental health and have experience of older adult care.The team is an integrated multi-disciplinary team. It is friendly and supportive and welcoming of new staff. Research and service development is encouraged and supported both by the team and the Trust.

You do not need to be car driver for this community post as all visits are done by public transport in this interesting and diverse borough.

The statutory requirement to be fully Covid-19 vaccinated as a condition of deployment from April 2022 is subject to legislative review. The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users and we will therefore be seeking proof of vaccination or medical exemption during the recruitment process.As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings

Main duties of the job

The post holder will manage a defined caseload of older clients with complex, severe and enduring mental health needs living in the community. They will provide a specialist assessment service to meet the needs of individuals referred to the integrated Older Adult's Community Mental Health Team (OACMHT), taking into account levels of risk and clients strengths, in order to protect their rights and promote their inclusion, independence and interests.

The caseload is split of 0.6 wte OT and 0.4 wte Care Coordination. The post holder will use evidence based and recovery principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment offering a variety of therapeutic interventions.

The post holder will attend all relevant clinical reviews. They will provide support and advice to clients, carers and other professionals on mental health issues relating to older people and work closely with primary care and statutory agencies.

They will provide supervision to students on fieldwork placement with the team and to junior staff as appropriate. They will contribute to the learning and development of themselves and others.

About us

There are over 300 Occupational Therapists (OTs) in CNWL. We work in many different teams in both physical and mental health, as well as a number of specialist areas. You could have a career for life with us and maintain your dual skills.

OT in CNWL is very fortunate in having an established professional structure including an AHP director, Trust wide Professional Head of OT, borough and specialist Head OTs. This has the huge benefit of ensuring representation of our profession at all levels - both strategically and operationally.

Personal and professional development is a high priority for the profession and is underpinned by our OT R&D strategy and OT clinical networks. This enables us to invest in the development of our staff by providing excellent internal training as well as commissioning specialised external training and providing quality supervision. This ensures all our OTs reach their full potential at every stage of their career. Our commitment to research, audit and evidence-based practice is made possible by our strong links with local universities.

We actively support the next generation of OTs through apprenticeships, student placements and the promotion of the profession as a career in schools. We are proud of the diversity in our workforce but have invested time in supporting and developing this further through our BAME OT group.

If you are an OT who strives for excellence and wants to develop to your full potential then we would welcome your application.

Job description Job responsibilities

1.1 To provide specialist, culturally appropriate, evidence based occupational therapy assessments for service users within the team in order to establish and meet their occupational needs.

1.2 To select and use validated standardised assessment tools routinely exhibiting clinical reasoning skills; to include the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) assessments.

1.3 To support service users and colleagues to ensure that care plans are developed in partnership with the individual and that they reflect recovery goals

1.4 To apply clinical knowledge and skills to carry out evidence based occupational therapy interventions which are underpinned by relevant theoretical approaches and in line with the Trusts Research and Development Strategy.

1.5 To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions against clear aims, objectives and outcome measures in line with evidence based practice and in conjunction with service users, carers and other professionals.

1.6 To apply a level of understanding of the effects of mental illness and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service users social and physical environment.

1.7 To determine the impact of mental and physical conditions on service users functional ability and undertake assessment/make recommendations with regards to the provision of equipment/aids and adaptations.

1.8 To provide OT consultation to other professionals within the team.

Person Specification Education & Qualifications Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy.
  • Registered with HCPC.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with older adults
  • Experience of working in mental health
  • Previous experience of using MOHO assessment tools
  • Experience as an Occupational Therapist in mental health
  • Experience of working in Community Mental Health
  • Experience of partnership working with 3rd sector and voluntary providers.
  • Research experience
  • Audit experience.
  • Implementing and overseeing research.
Knowledge Essential
  • Has knowledge of OT theory related to practice.
  • Knowledge of mental health conditions
  • Awareness of local and national issues and relevant legislation
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Has an understanding on the Recovery in mental health and Recovery principles
  • AMPS Trained.
  • Supervision of students

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