County Dementia Outreach Service Occupational Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum (pro rata for part-time)
Closing date
27 Jun 2022
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As a Band 6 Occupational Therapist you will be working alongside CPN and OT colleagues sitting within the local CMHT. Our remit is to support care home residents diagnosed with dementia and challenging behaviour. We follow dementia friendly, non pharmacological, person centred care approaches working collaboratively with our residents, their loved ones and care home staff to enhance wellbeing. You'll have experience and knowledge of working with those living with dementia and understand the relationship between physical health and its impact on mental health. You'll have excellent understanding of the Mental Capacity Act including DoLS.Thorough risk assessment skills and excellent communication skills are imperative to the role as is the confidence to challenge and raise quality concerns if required. We meet regularly for peer support (currently via MSTeams) we encourage CPD and welcome any innovations and improvements/developments for service, colleagues and residents.

Main duties of the job
County Dementia Outreach Service Occupational Therapist

Community Mental Health Team for Older People.

Band 6
22.5 hours/3 days per week
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We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

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Job description
Job responsibilities

The County Dementia Outreach Service aims to improve the quality of care for individuals with dementia living in care homes.

We are looking for a committed and experienced part time Band 6 Occupational Therapist to help deliver the service within the Community Mental Health Team for Older People. You will be based within the Multi-Disciplinary Community Mental Health Team whilst also being a part of the wider outreach service which is managed by a clinical specialist lead.

A key aspect of the occupational therapy role will be advising and supporting care home staff to improve their skills and confidence to manage behaviours and promote person centred care planning. Specialist knowledge of the use of meaningful occupation in a residential setting and a high level of communication skills are crucial.

The County Dementia Outreach service covers the County of Nottinghamshire and operates within a virtual team service model with clinicians being based within locality based community mental health teams.

You must be a registered Occupational Therapist and be registered with HCPC and have experience of working with people with mental health problems in a health or social care setting.

A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post; however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010.

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 have stipulated that From 11th November 2021, all care home workers, and anyone entering a care home, will need to be fully vaccinated (had a full course of an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine), unless they are exempt under the regulations. These Regulations apply to this post and therefore it is a requirement that you provide evidence of your vaccination status or a medical exemption as a part of the recruitment process.

Person Specification
  • BSc/Diploma in OT
  • HCPC registration

  • Practice Placement Educator

  • Good written, verbal and IT skills
  • Ability to undertake specialist OT assessments and assess complex risks with people with mental health conditions and cognitive impairment.
  • Understanding of the diverse needs of older adults
  • Effective time management and organisational skills and ability to work under pressure.

  • Clinical Supervision Skills
  • Ability to undertake initial mental health assessments and experience of care coordination
  • Ability to develop skills in others, including informal teaching skills

  • Experience of working with older people with mental health conditions and dementia as an occupational therapist
  • Experience working at band 5 or 6 level in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of effective, adaptable communication with patients, carers and other agencies

  • Experience of working in a community or primary care team

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