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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Old Age
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Full Time Band 6 Senior Occupational Therapist to work within the Halton Later life and Memory Service Community Team

The hours for this post are 37.5 hours per week

The operational hours are Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm and we are based on the Brooker Centre at Halton Hospital. The post will involve travel across the borough.

The LLAMS service provides the comprehensive assessment and treatment of people with dementia.

Main duties of the job

To utilise developed specialist knowledge to provide the professional contribution within designated Occupational Therapy Services and to assist in the organisation, development, co-ordination and evaluation of the Occupational Therapy Service in conjunction with the Clinical Principle Occupational Therapist and relevant Team/Service Manager.

The post holder will contribute to an environment that works with local services to provide evidence based assessment and delivery of care, using the Model of Human Occupation, and within the context of Effective Care Coordination. They will continue with their own professional development and assist with that of other OT staff. They will be required to have a flexible approach to working hours to ensure that the needs of their clients are met.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

Work in a professional and collaborative manner with the multi-disciplinary team.

Where required, to be involved in the multidisciplinary team duty system and undertake duty assessments as necessary.

Fulfil the care-coordinator role under ECC framework, including planning and coordinating Case Conferences/Reviews.

Ensure intervention is provided in a range of settings suitable to meet the needs of clients.

Provide information, education and support for family members, carers and other relevant professionals

Participate and promote positive intra-agency working.

Participate in case load supervision to monitor the standards of service user care and ensure record keeping is in accordance with Professional and Trust standards.

Participate in regular clinical supervision with Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist, as per Trust policy.

Contribute to the development and implementation of integrated care pathways, including appropriate service user assessments/referrals and models of care.

Contribute to client related developments and therapeutic interventions carried out by the whole team e.g. cognitive behavioural therapy, psycho-social interventions.

Compile and maintain effective client records and record outcome measures in conjunction with clients and in accordance with Professional and Trust policies, procedures and standards.

Participate in the induction, training or education of a variety of staff, students or volunteers attached to the team/service.

CLINICAL Occupational Therapy Specific

Undertake occupational therapy assessments, addressing occupational performance and skill deficits in areas of self-care, productivity and leisure.

Plan and implement individual and/or group interventions, using selected and graded activity to develop the clients skills in identified areas of deficit.

Undertake comprehensive risk assessment with clients, and record the rationale for therapeutic risk taking in the OT care plan.

Provide specialist reports to inform statutory bodies i.e. Mental Health Act Commission.

Undertake specialist assessments, and compile OT reports, on behalf of the MDT to inform interventions, diagnosis and outcomes for clients with complex needs.

Contribute to ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the occupational therapy process in line with sound evidence based practice.

Provide advice on issues related to ADL for other professionals and carers.

Work closely with OT colleagues from other clinical settings / teams, providing individual and peer group support.


Assist in the organisation and planning of OT service delivery e.g. OT recruitment panels, ensuring OT staff/service cover

Provide professional advice as required, for performance management of OT staff e.g. competency monitoring.

Participate in Serious Untoward Incident investigations/reviews as required

Deputise for the Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist, as required.

Contribute to the writing and implementation of practice guidelines, policies and procedures, and use specialist knowledge to propose service changes.

Contribute to staff participation in the formulation of new ideas/suggestions to improve service user care and service delivery.

Ensure the principles of Clinical Governance are incorporated in service delivery by maintaining a high quality service based on agreed clinical standards.

Contribute to the strategic development of the OT services

Manage and prioritise designated occupational therapy referrals according to need, risk and service capacity.

Provide specialist professional/clinical leadership to occupational therapists and support staff

Liaise with and develop effective working links with the wider multi-disciplinary team.

Attend professional meetings as required.

Maintain an effective supervision structure, and provide professional supervision for designated OT staff, addressing clinical, personal and professional issues.

Assist in the induction of OT staff to the service.

Participate in the performance monitoring of services in accordance with national and local targets.

Provide statistical information on workforce and service user activity as required.

Be responsible for the care, maintenance and monitoring of equipment used by clients and bring any defects or deficits to the attention of the appropriate authority. E.g. ADL equipment

Ensure requirements for health and safety and safe working practice are met through formal and regular risk assessments and communications as required. E.g. Cascade of HSA alerts.

Assist in the maintenance and updating of the units equipment inventories and service schedules. Ensure regular servicing, maintenance, repair or replacement as required adhering to Health & Safety, COSHH and Medical Devices Agency regulations

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant professional OT qualification
  • current HPC registration
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Previous experience in relevant health settings
  • Supervision of staff
  • Effective team working within a multi-agency framework
  • Experience of service development
  • Experience using both group and individual treatment skills
  • Demonstrate experience of problem solving approaches
  • Audit and research practices relevant to clinical area
  • Assisting with effective budgetary management
  • Evidence based and experience of reflective practice
  • Recovery Model of Care
  • Model of Human Occupation
  • Safe Guarding Children
  • Mental Health Act 1983
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Effective Care Coordination
  • Relevant national policies and guidance
  • Up to date clinical knowledge relevant to the care environment
  • Audit and research methods
  • Vulnerable adults guidelines
  • Able to discuss/explain specialist OT role
  • Awareness of own strengths and limitations
Values Essential
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented
Skills Essential
  • Ability to utilise assessment skills and tools effectively
  • Ability to communicate in a variety of settings
  • Ability to formulate relevant reports
  • Delegation and coordination
  • Ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Mentorship skills
  • Accurate Record keeping
  • Flexible approach/ creative thinking
  • Able to move and handle clients
  • IT skills

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