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Occupational Therapist

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £39,027 a year Pa, pro rata
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
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A warm welcome awaits you in the acute in-patient mental health therapy team at the Welland Centre, Kettering

The in-patient therapy team is a supportive and dynamic staff group comprising of registered occupational therapists, physiotherapists, degree level OT apprentices, therapy assistants, a sports and exercise instructor, volunteers, sessional workers and students. We are committed to staff well-being and development, and you will benefit from a comprehensive supervision, appraisal, competency, and training package that helps you achieve your potential.

We encourage applications for individuals looking for part time Band 5 or Band 6 posts as this is a fantastic opportunity for a role that fits in with childcare or other commitments. However if you require full time hours and are interested in this post, please still apply as there could be opportunity to work 37.5 hours through additional regular bank hours until substantive full time funding becomes available.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for providing occupational therapy for the entire caseload of patients on one of the adult wards alongside the therapy assistant or OT apprentice and multi-disciplinary team. You will provide occupational therapy assessment of patients with not only acute mental health conditions, but often with additional varied and complex physical health conditions requiring a broad, holistic approach to develop individualised treatment programmes. You will also provide treatment groups within the central therapy department which is accessed by all acute wards, and support junior staff and apprentices in the team with their caseload. The occupational therapists in the team lead on development of individualised sensory based approaches for patients on their wards and support nursing colleagues' knowledge and skills to use the sensory rooms and spaces on their ward for effective de-escalation.

About us

We pride ourselves in developing our staff to provide the best possible treatment to our patients. You will be fully trained and supported in using the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability (VdTMoCA) to guide assessment and treatment delivery, enabling you to develop a strong occupational therapy identity and person-centred approach. You will also be supported to extend your knowledge and skills in sensory integration, undertaking modules through ASI-Wise as part of your training package.

NHFT is an integrated primary care and mental health Trust, providing physical, mental health and speciality services in both hospital settings and out in the community.

Job description Job responsibilities

If you have a true desire to work in mental health, with a commitment to developing yourself and the service to meet ever-changing needs, we guarantee that this post has a lot to offer you:
  • Work within an occupational therapy structure that supports consolidation of your specialist skills, strengthens individual development needs and promotes a host of exciting learning opportunities
  • Use a truly embedded model of practice that guides your assessment and treatment
  • Feel confident in a strong occupational therapy identity, highly valued by the MDT
  • Become part of a diverse and super supportive therapy team that recognises each others strengths and contributions
  • Enjoy flexibility of working hours
  • Feel reassured that your wellbeing and job satisfaction is a top priority
  • Find a job that patient and staff feedback tell us makes a real difference

For further information on the advertised role, please refer to the job description located under the Supporting Documents heading. The full person specification can be accessed under the About You Section of the document.

Person Specification TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy (or pending if due to graduate this year)
  • Current HCPC registration (or pending if due to graduate this year)
  • Training relevant to mental health e.g Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability, Sensory,
  • Experience and training in low level equipment assessment and prescription.
  • Practice Educator training
  • Masters level qualification in a relevant field
  • Experience of working / placement in a MH setting
  • Experience of working with the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability / Sensory approach.
  • Experience of prescribing low level equipment
  • Additional experience that would benefit the team
  • Knowledge and use of occupational therapy models of practice and frames of reference.
  • Understanding / experience of mental health legislation, risk assessment and management
  • Knowledge of standardised assessments appropriate to clinical setting.
  • Quality Improvement methodologies.
SKILLS Essential
  • Ability to work with patient needs, physical and MH
  • Good standard of IT and digital literacy
  • Additional skills that would benefit the skill mix within the team

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