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Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata for part time plus 5% hca
Closing date
24 Apr 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Occupational Therapy Clinical Lead - Band 7 (22.5 hours per week)

We are inviting an experienced Mental Health Occupational Therapist to lead our Occupational Therapy service within the Crisis Home Treatment Teams (CRHT) across Mid and South Essex.

Occupational Therapists work as an integral part of the CRHT providing specialist bio-psycho-social interventions. The role of OT continues to develop within our crisis teams and we are keen to promote the unique contribution that OT can bring to urgent care services.

This exciting opportunity requires strong leadership and motivational skills it will provide the right candidate with rewarding managerial, clinical and operational challenges.

The AHP leadership is committed to provide ongoing and continuous professional development for all staff. We offer exceptional education, training and development opportunities as well as a wide range of benefits, which include salary sacrifice schemes and the opportunity to buy or sell up to 1 week of annual leave to support a healthy work-life balance.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will lead on the provision and delivery of Occupational Therapy interventions within the Crisis Home Treatment Teams (CRHT) across Mid and South Essex.

You will work as a senior member of the multidisciplinary clinical team responsible for the assessment and provision of specialist bio-psycho-social interventions of service users with serious mental illness (SMI).

The post holder will lead alongside other senior colleagues in the continuing development and delivery of a high quality service that is underpinned by evidence based practice and care pathways / packages and NICE and DH guidance, providing day to day professional and clinical leadership, evaluation and monitoring across the service delivery pathway.

You will be expected to work collaboratively with key partner organisations, service users, carers, clinicians and other practitioners within the multi-disciplinary team in delivering services providing a 7-day a week, 24-hours a day service for 365 days a year working shifts where appropriate and operationally required.

In delivering your duties you are expected to display behaviours that are aligned with the Trust values and required in accordance with the NHS Constitution at all times.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Duties:
  • Conduct/contribute to the assessment process providing accurate and timely specialist advice and guidance relating to functional ability to service users, carers and other professionals
  • Evaluate, formulate deliver and review treatment, taking into account evidence base, theoretical and therapeutic models, establishing a plan of care to support recovery across the localities
  • To utilise specialist assessments when presented with complex cases
  • Deliver a variety of specialised treatment modalities to meet the needs of service users in individual or group format, utilising clinical reasoning processes
  • Manage and oversee care of service users with highly complex needs
  • Conduct risk assessments and identify potential hazards with respect to the individual and their environment
  • Provide practical support, advice and education to OT staff, service users, carers and other disciplines
  • Responsible for the recording of all patient related activity information onto Paris Remedy
  • Produce accurate and timely documentation records on all service users in line with RCOT Code of Conduct and Trust policies
  • Attend, and where relevant, facilitate multi-disciplinary meetings, i.e. referral / review providing specialist professional advice and recommendations
  • To make clinically informed decisions in order to delegate aspects of client care to assistants, junior staff, students, carers and statutory or non-statutory bodies

  • Non-Clinical Function
  • Act as team lead planning and co-ordinating specialist Occupational Therapy intervention within the localities, continuing to develop and deliver a high quality service that is underpinned by evidence based practice, care pathways and NICE and DH guidance
  • Liaise with the Head OT and Clinical Managers around the daily delivery of service
  • Report and document incidents as required
  • Work in conjunction with the Occupational Therapy Service to deliver AHP strategy within the Trust
  • In conjunction with the Head OT and Clinical Managers, take a lead role in clinical service development and review , leading on projects to meet identified service need
  • Responsible for and lead on induction of staff, manage preceptorship process and fieldwork education of students
  • Identify aspects of the service which need to be improved and implement appropriate changes in conjunction with the Head OT and Clinical Managers
  • Provide clinical leadership and expertise to the team promoting the roles and skills of Occupational Therapy to other professionals, students, service users and carers
  • Deliver training where appropriate for own and other professionals
  • Manage the OT capability processes as necessary
  • Through the implementation of performance management ensure that all key performance indicators and targets identified by the Trust are met and adhere to local and government initiatives
  • Responsible for the coordination and management of the team in providing a safe, effective and therapeutic clinical service, ensuring the delivery of high quality community mental health care packages

  • Employee Management:
  • Collaborate with the Head OT for the recruitment of employees in accordance with Trust Recruitment Policy and NHS Safer Recruitment Guidelines. Ensuring that appropriate Corporate and Departmental Induction is undertaken immediately following appointment and that staff records they retain are accurate and up-to-date.
  • Responsible for the safe and effective deployment of employees, ensuring they have the required skills, knowledge and training for their role. This includes ensuring they receive appropriate supervision, have an annual appraisal and that their own and their employees mandatory training is up-to-date.
  • Support the Head OT with the management of sickness absence, disciplinary, capability and other workforce procedures and policies, seeking advice from the Trusts Human Resources Department when appropriate.

  • Person Specification



    • OT qualification
    • HCPC Registration


    • DBT Training



    • Working in a crisis team


    • Management of staff
    • Evidence of professional development

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


    Basildon Mental Health Unit



    SS16 5NL

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