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Occupational Therapist

Employer
South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
Location
London
Salary
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum inclusive of outer London HCAS
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Profession
Occupational therapist
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
This satisfying and rewarding role, sits within Richmond borough and is part of the Community Service Line. This Service Line includes all community based mental health teams, such as our Integrated Recovery Hubs, Recovery and Support Teams and Early Intervention services. Our teams are expanding with new and exciting roles following a period of Transformation, resulting in new opportunities for Occupational Therapists (OTs) to work as pure OTs, fully using their innovation and creativity, to support clients with complex mental health needs to recover and step down from Mental Health Services.

We are using the Model of Human Occupation to provide standardised assessments. We have a manualised evidenced based treatment called GLOW (Graduated Living Outside of the Ward), to provide an individualised intervention and have developed an 8-week group intervention based on Recovery Through Activity, to promote recovery goals, with the focus of stepping down from services and reconnecting our clients with community resources. We are committed to ensuring that all our community OTs receive basic training in Sensory Profiling, so that we can support clients with additional sensory needs.

The post involves working closely with our colleagues in the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT), in particular, working with Recovery Support Workers and Employment Specialists, with whom we have a close professional relationship, invested in supporting clients with their occupational goals.

Main duties of the job

The Occupational Therapy team across the Trust is well managed with a thought through leadership structure. OTs joining the Trust, have commented favourably about the accessibility and responsiveness of senior OT managers, who are committed to developing and supporting staff. We also have a dedicated Allied Health Professional Workforce team and Practice Development team. As such, we can offer:
  • Good quality and regular supervision and appraisals
  • Evidence- based practice to ensure the clinical effectiveness of our interventions.
  • A menu of high-quality OT interventions, which deliver consistency and clarity across the Community Service line.
  • A centralised online system to access MOHO manuals and assessments, and helpful guidance to support staff with building confidence is using MOHO tools.
  • Quarterly learning events for OTs. Recent events have included sensory profiling, vocational work and dynamic ways of utilising the Model of Human Occupation, focusing on volition and motivation.
  • Special interest peer supervision groups for sensory profiling and physical health/equipment assessments.
  • Regular forums for Community OTs, to discuss professional development and to keep updated with relevant business matters.
  • Regular organised opportunities to discuss career progression with senior members of the OT management team.
  • A supportive Preceptorship / Preceptorship Plus programme for developing OTs.


About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

Come and join our inclusive teams and help our patients on their recovery journey.

About Location

Barnes Hospital, Barnes

The base for this role will be Barnes Hospital. However, staff members will be temporarily located at Livingstone House in Teddington while Barnes undergoes redevelopment (expected to open in 2025).

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide Occupational Therapy four days a week with a maximum of one day duty cover in the team.
  • To manage an OT caseload of clients with complex needs, using evidence based /client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
  • To take responsibility for completing standardised assessments using The Model of Human Occupation and other frameworks as agreed by the Therapy Leads.
  • To offer manualised interventions, both group and individual for example, GLOW (Graduated Living Outside of the Ward) and IPEL (Increasing Participation in Everyday Life)
  • To offer Sensory Profiling to clients with sensory challenges
  • To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of OT services within the Community Team, holding responsibility for defined projects.
  • To engage with the OT referrals process, identifying and prioritising the need for OT specific interventions.
  • To provide leadership to junior staff through supervision and appraisal.
  • To regularly supervise OT students on practice placement (expected standard is two students per year).
  • To provide professional leadership to the Recovery Support Workers and engage in co-working pathways.
  • To promote recovery and social inclusion.
  • To work alongside the Involvement Team to actively promote service-user engagement and co-production.
  • To work collaboratively with the Employment Specialist in the team, to enhance a positive vocational outcome for clients.
  • To contribute to the maintenance and development of the Trust OT Service
  • To contribute to streamline working from admission to discharge in keeping with the principles in the Adult Services Recovery Care pathway.
  • To advocate for and promote the contribution of occupational therapy as a valuable resource with helping people to manage the impact of their symptoms on their ability to cope with daily occupations.
  • To act as the designated Disability Champion leading the multi-disciplinary team in Disability Equality matters within the service and other areas as required.


Person Specification

Education, Training & Qualifications

Essential

  • Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration to practice in the UK
  • Evidence of post registration training relevant to mental health practice
  • Training in the theory and application of the model of human occupation within the first 4 months of appointment


Desirable

  • Practice placement educators course within one year of appointment
  • Apple registration


Experience

Essential

  • Experience of carrying a caseload in a mental health setting
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of maintaining a written record of continual professional development
  • Experience of individual and groupwork
  • Experience of writing specialist occupational therapy reports
  • Experience of participating in a service development project


Desirable

  • Experience of working in a range of mental health settings
  • Experience of supervising junior staff
  • Successful completion of preceptorship
  • Experience of being a practice placement educator
  • Experience of using mental health services as a service user, or carer, relative, friend of a service user.


Knowledge and Skills - Communication

Essential

  • Developed interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed & maintained with service users who have multiple & complex needs
  • Basic word processing and IT skills
  • Proficient standard of written communication skills
  • Ability to promote & maintain the profile of OT within an MDT & the wider organisation


Knowledge and Skills - Personal and People Development

Essential

  • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities
  • Ability to reflect upon and critically appraise own performance
  • Ability to role model positive professional behaviour


Desirable

  • Ability to deliver presentations


Knowledge and Skills - Health, Safety & Security

Essential

  • Ability to work in a way that minimises risks to health, safety & security of self, service user & members of the public
  • Ability to monitor work areas & practices to maintain a healthy, safe and secure working environment.


Knowledge and Skills - Quality

Essential

  • Applied knowledge of confidentiality & consent issues
  • Applied knowledge of current national legislation, policies & guidelines relevant to clinical area
  • Good personal management skills in order to manage a clinical caseload & varied workload
  • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues
  • Ability to work effectively within a team and understanding of the importance of collaborative working in the delivery of good quality services


Employer details

Employer name

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust

Address

Barnes Hospital

S Worple Way

London

SW17 0YF

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