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Occupational Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
Cherry Tree Way LONDON
£29,553 to £36,265 a year per annum Incl HCA
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking a confident and enthusiastic band 5 occupational therapist to join our occupational therapy team at the Newham Centre for Mental Health based in Plaistow, East London. This is an exciting opportunity which will offer you the chance to develop your skills in an in-patient setting, working within acute adult mental health services.

You will work alongside a band 5 and a band 6 in-patient OT and an in-patient lead OT, OT technicians, a sports therapy lead, and the ward MDTs delivering a service for people admitted to a single gender ward. Your role will involve developing the occupational therapy service within the ward and the provision of OT assessments and interventions in collaboration with the wider MDT. There will be an opportunity to develop close links with OTs and MDTs working within our community teams including our community recovery teams, early intervention services, crisis services and primary care networks to support successful discharge from hospital.

The OT team facilitate a number of in-patient groups as part of a unit-wide group programme involving psychological therapies, ward MDTs, and life skills recovery workers. We would be interested in any additional skills or innovative ideas that candidates can bring to further expand this aspect of the service.

Main duties of the job

To provide an occupational therapy (OT) service to patients admitted to the acute treatment wards at Newham Centre for Mental Health (NCMH). To work in collaboration with other members of the occupational therapy and multidisciplinary teams as well as careers involved in patients' care. To support patients' seamless transition from hospital to their communities, focusing on their health promoting social integration goals.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • oDiploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • oCurrent registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • oMember of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy
  • oExperience of CPD and role development activities
Experience Essential
  • oExperience in a related clinical field
  • oEvidence of Service Development activities
  • oExperience of working as part of a Multi-disciplinary team
  • oExperience of managing own caseload
  • oExperience of individual and group work
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oGood interpersonal skills that enable therapeutic alliances to be developed with patients.
  • oAbility to communicate with OT staff and other professionals
  • oAwareness of potential hazards including frequent verbal aggression and risk of physical aggression in settings such as the patients home, community venues, public transport etc.) whilst ensuring safety of self, patient and members of the public.
  • oAbility to liaise with other services, statutory and non-statutory around clinical issues.
  • oWord-processing/IT skills
  • oGood organisational and time management skills
  • oAbility to reflect on and critically appraise own performance
  • oApplied social, health and medical sciences required for the practice of Occupational Therapy including psychology, anatomy, physiology and sociology
  • oApplied psychological perspectives relevant to OT in mental health including behavioral, cognitive, psychoanalytic and humanistic perspectives
  • oThe theory and practice of occupational therapy including occupational science and holistic models of OT practice
  • oTheoretical knowledge of holistic models of OT practice and skills in group work, teaching and counselling
  • oEqual opportunities related to staff and patients and legislation / frameworks in this regard.
  • oAbility to manage a large and dynamic clinical caseload
  • oClinical reasoning skills to assess and address patients' needs (including risk assessment) and guide interventions.
  • oAbility to apply specialist skills in individual and group based OT assessments, interventions and evaluations with supervision.
  • oAbility to plan, prioritise and coordinate a range of complex activities in relation to clinical work.
  • oAbility to manage frequent distressing clinical interactions with patients who have serious mental health problems.
  • oThe needs and rights of services users and/or careers in planning and service development
  • oSpecialist clinical skills in order to carry out OT interventions
  • oThe impact of mental health difficulties upon occupational functioning (self-care, productivity and leisure) and performance components
  • oCurrent National Guidelines by e.g. the Department of Health, NICE and NHS England and their application to practice.
  • oResearch and auditing of risk assessment issues and their application to practice

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