Senior Occupational Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£37,152 to £43,994 a year pa, inc HCAS
Closing date
5 Jul 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for enthusiastic and experienced Band 6 Mental Health Occupational Therapist's to join our growing Occupational Therapy team with Hillingdon CMHT. This role is also a fantastic development opportunity for B5 occupational therapists with the relevant skills and experience who are looking for their next steps in their career

We recognise that Band 6's are often the backbone of our clinical teams and we will therefore support their development both clinically and managerially. You will have opportunities to supervise staff, be an educator and have access to both internal and external training. We are committed to supporting staff growth within the team , therefore Band 6 staff are encouraged to develop skills in leadership and will be support to explore area of clinical specialism

This post come with the existing opportunity to explore training opportunities for Advance Clinical Practice roles within the team

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination and would like to know your status 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

  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and effective clinical reasoning
  • Working on duty at least twice a month to complete assessment, formulating risk assessment/ safety plans (this is due to reduce during CNWL Transformation)
  • Working with other agencies, families, carers and local communities. Experience of working within a community mental health setting is desirable
  • The post-holder will be familiar with occupational therapy models of practice, including the Model of Human Occupation, and will make use of a range of standardised assessments
  • Additionally, applicants should be willing to undertake further training to meet the needs of the client group. A commitment to continued professional development is essential
  • You will have the opportunity to take on your own caseload of service users, with serve and enduring mental health conditions
  • Facilitating groups such as Coping Skills, the Recovery Through Activity group. There are also exciting opportunities to create groups of interest based on service demands. Previous group experience are desirable
  • Provide culturally competent practice in all interactions with patients and in the preparation and design of all clinical intervention
  • Support students and provide practice placements at least once a year
  • Provide supervision and complete appraisals for junior staff members as well as taking an active role within your own supervision and professional development

About us

Come and join us and be one of the friendly and supportive 1500 AHP's 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

CNWL is very fortunate in having a long-established professional structure and this includes a Head of Therapies, an AHP associate director, Trust wide Professional Leads for all professional groups and borough and specialist professional leadership. This has the huge benefit of ensuring representation of our profession and therapies as a whole at all levels

Personal and professional development is a high priority for the profession 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 therapists AHP's 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 and our CNWL AHP Research Network.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are a priority for us in CNWL we expect staff to be culturally competent, reflective and open to culturally diverse CPD opportunities. We are working hard support the recruitment and development of staff from all protected characteristics and welcome applications from any interested applicants

Job description Job responsibilities

To complete assessments and making recommendations with regards to the provision of equipment/aids and adaptations

To provide the multidisciplinary team (MDT) with an occupational therapy service; this will include individual and group work, assessment, intervention and evaluation in accordance with the College of OT Code of Ethics

To manage a caseload of service users with mental health needs; using evidence based and recovery principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment

To integrate evidence based practice and skilful use of assessments & interventions with personal recovery principles in order to improve the service users quality of life and to support them to do the things they want to do and live the life they want to lead

To understanding the effects of mental illness and physical conditions; providing training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service users physical environment and making recommendations with regards to the provision of equipment/aids and adaptations and external referral if needed

The role will also include some generic duties in line with the functions of the CMHT team including duty and generic assessments

To contribute to service development of local & Trust wide OT services

To provide leadership to unqualified staff and peer support workers through supervision and appraisal as required

Person Specification PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE Essential
  • Postgraduate occupational therapy experience including experience in mental health.
  • Experience in group facilitation
  • Involvement in service development, within OT and mental health service.
  • Experience of working in a multi cultural environment
  • Experience of MDT working.
  • Basic knowledge of management principles
  • Involvement with recruitment process.
  • Previous community experience
  • Previous experience in a MH generic role
  • Previous experience of duty
  • Can demonstrate an application of OT process.
  • Is able to undertake complex caseload management
  • Clear understanding and experience of risk assessment and management
  • Clear understanding of the assessment process and use of assessment tools.
  • Demonstrates reflective practice
  • Demonstrates service user centred practice
  • Interest and skills in a variety of therapeutic approaches and techniques: practical/creative/psycho-educational and psychodynamic
  • Ability to work creatively to engage service users.
  • Ability to prioritise workload/use own initiative
  • Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach, which considers the needs of the whole person
  • person. Ability to build constructive working relationships (colleagues and service users)
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Teaching skills
  • Conference presentation skills
  • Car driver (or other motorised transport)
  • Has knowledge of OT theory related to practice
  • Can demonstrate clear clinical reasoning skills.
  • Evidence of additional relevant training
  • Knowledge of specialist mental health conditions
  • Experience of supervising/supporting junior staff/students
  • Awareness of local and national issues and relevant legislation
  • Has a clear concept of clinical models of practice and up to date knowledge of developments relevant to the service.
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Has an understanding of Recovery principles
  • AMPS Trained
  • Supervision of students
  • Audit experience.
  • Experience of use of standardised assessments and outcome measures
  • Experience of Integration of models of practice.
  • Research experience
  • Implementing and overseeing research
  • Experience of MOHO
  • Publications
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Postgraduate diploma / equivalent in relevant subject
  • Working towards MSc in relevant subject.
  • Fieldwork education/student supervision course

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