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Specialist Occupational Therapist

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

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you an experienced Occupational Therapist with a passion for promoting recovery in a mental health setting?

The Specialist Treatment and Recovery Service (STaRS) are looking to recruit a Band 6 Specialist Occupational Therapist to join an established Multi-Disciplinary Team. STaRS is a mental health rehabilitation service and has undergone an exciting review. The team offers intensive, high quality, person-centered interventions for service users in both inpatient settings and the community. This pioneering service is based in Hull and serves Hull and East Yorkshire.

The Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE) model underpins the service ethos. PIE has at its core, safe and secure relationships and environments for staff and service users, delivered through training, supervision, and regular evaluation using the ReQol, Recovery Star and MOHOST tools. Compassion Focused Therapy is the psychological framework adopted by STaRS which is cited as being the sensitivity to suffering in self and others, combined with the commitment to try and alleviate and prevent it.

The STaRS work to their team values identified below:
  • Open
  • Trustworthy
  • Honest
  • Empathic
  • Respectful

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work alongside the STaRS team, in both the inpatient facility (a five bedded, mixed ward) and in the community to support service users in their recovery. The successful applicant will be required to have excellent engagement skills and will be proactive in working with people who may have complex needs and will be expected to plan and organise care for community patients. The candidate will work collaboratively with our service users and their families/carers, and with a range of colleagues from varying professions and partner agencies to support the service users through their ongoing recovery journey from their mental health difficulties. The post holder will be expected to make complex decisions, be aware of risk management and set a positive example to the wider team.

The successful candidate will form part of the occupational therapy team (comprising a band 7 Advanced Occupational Therapist, two band 6 Specialist Occupational Therapists a rotational band 5 Occupational Therapist, two Associate Practitioners of Occupational Therapy and 4 Occupational Therapy Assistants) to develop and establish occupational therapy provision within the service. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, with interests and skills in complex recovery with both an inpatient and community focus.

About us

An award winning & CQC rated good health & social care Trust that delivers integrated health services to communities across Hull, East & North Yorkshire. We are a forward thinking & dynamic Trust with a real commitment to staff development. We value our staff & invest in them to ensure they have the right skills to deliver outstanding care. We recognise the positive value of diversity & promote equality & challenges discrimination. We welcome & encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

It is a great place to live & offers some of the most competitive house prices in the country with access to excellent schools & further/higher education providers.

Benefits available:
  • Free on-site parking
  • Buy/sell annual leave
  • Cycle to work/car leasing schemes
  • Day off on completion of mandatory training & receiving your flu jab
  • Health & Wellbeing benefits

'Humbelievable' Careers

We know that choosing a new role or a new workplace is a big decision so we've made finding out if we're the Trust for you as easy as possible.

Our offer to anyone looking to join out Trust is summarised in our five 'Humbelievable' promises. Our promises are our commitment to you so that you know what to expect from a career at our Trust. You can hear more about what this means for Occupational Therapy here: Occupational Therapists

Job description Job responsibilities

There will be a requirement for the Specialist OT to broaden their mental health skills- set, co-ordinating activities, tasks and staff on the Unit, and to work flexibly in line with rosters and shift patterns.

In addition to delivering core occupational therapy assessments and interventions, there will also be opportunities to play a significant role in the Leadership Team to plan, mould and lead the continuing development of the service.

The candidate is expected to have a high level of clinical knowledge, be adept at using MOHO and its assessments, value recovery-focussed interventions that facilitate and enable people with mental health problems to fulfil their optimum level of personal, social and occupational functioning. The successful candidate will be able to share knowledge around effective evidence-based strategies, and the assessing and creating of enabling environments.

The post holder will be managed by the Team Manager, and professionally supervised by the Advanced Occupational Therapist, with access to the wider OT professional network, and a monthly professional development group to skills-share and meet CPD requirements for HCPC registration.

All teams in the Mental Health Service in Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust are committed to supervision, annual personal development reviews and undergraduate student education.

The successful applicant needs to have the ability to commute within the Trusts geographical area with access to the appropriate means of transport is essential.

It is expected that the successful applicant will have previous experience and training for this post or be willing to work towards obtaining appropriate qualification/experience. The successful candidate will be put on the appropriate salary pay point based on their previous experience in the role or similar role. If you do not have appropriate training we are open to the development of staff. You will be encouraged to engage in your professional development needs

Person Specification Knowledge Essential
  • Full understanding of relevant policy, legislation and guidance relevant to clinical and service area
  • Full understanding/application of relevant clinical practice/standards/audit within identified clinical area
  • Specialist understanding of relevant clinical practice, standards and protocols within identified clinical area
  • Evidence of undertaking audits/surveys
  • Standard IT skills
  • Member of specialist interest group/network, locally or regionally
  • Develop to advanced/expert understanding of relevant clinical practice, standards and protocols within identified clinical area
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of sound post-registration professional practice
  • Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD) relevant to the clinical area at a specialist level of care
  • Experience of multi-agency/professional working
  • Experience of multi-agency/professional working
  • Experience of case load management within specialist service area, some of which may be complex
  • Evidence of promoting/supporting active patient/relative involvement/participation
Qualifications Essential
  • Current HCPC professional registration
  • Post Graduate Diploma in relevant specialist area or Professional qualification to Degree level supplemented by Student Learning in Practice (SLIP) module and experience of case load in specialist field(s) some of which may be complex
  • To provide fieldwork education/student placements (as required by the professional body)
  • Leadership qualification/equivalent experience if required
  • Teaching qualification or equivalent presentation skills/training experience
Personal Attributes Essential
  • Effective inter-personal skills and experience in supervising and fieldwork education/mentorship
  • Able to demonstrate effective communication skills and work flexibly within the team/service
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Work within the culture of improving working lives and working time directive
  • Ability to demonstrate ethical values and attitudes within a culture of equality and diversity
  • Ability to motivate staff to embrace change
  • Working knowledge of Trust policies and procedures
Effort and Environment Essential
  • Ability to effectively commute between the organisations various sites
  • Occasional to moderate sitting in a restricted position, manoeuvring therapy equipment and or patients, active physical movement
  • Requirement for frequent concentration e.g. assessments, group/individual therapy sessions, where work is predictable
  • Occasional to frequent exposure to emotional or distressing circumstances
  • Occasional to frequent exposure to hazards e.g. verbal aggression, bodily fluids

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