Specialist Occupational Therapist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Ellesmere Port
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
19 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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Due to a retirement within the team we now have a fantastic opportunity for an Occupational Therapist to join our age inclusive service that supports patients with a mental health disorder to achieve recovery & live a fulfilling life in their community. We are a growing team that is expanding our multidisciplinary approach to the delivery of community mental health care. We are passionate about the care we give to patients and the environment in which we operate as a team. We are keen to nurture & enhance our clinical skills through sharing of knowledge & experience, internal training , supervision, and access to a wide range of professional and accredited courses. We are a welcoming team of varying professions with a common goal & shared values.

We are looking to recruit an Occupational Therapist who is an enthusiastic and self-motivated team player, who is able to actively support further development of integrated working within the service. Good communication skills, an ability to work in partnership with service users and carers, and being able to work within a multi-disciplinary team setting are essential qualities. In addition to the OT Assessments you will also carry a care coordination caseload appropriate to your skill set, working with service users with a severe and enduring mental illness on therapeutic goals. Supported by our current care coordinators & wider MDT, you will develop the skills to autonomously manage your caseload.

Main duties of the job

You will be an enthusiastic, adaptable and highly motivated OT with a keen interest in mental health. You will be part of an integrated multidisciplinary team and play a key role in supporting people in the community . This is an ideal role for a candidate who enjoys creative problem solving, teamwork and values person centred care. Support is provided from senior Occupational Therapy staff

You will be able to take on the challenges of managing a caseload , including care co-ordination, conducting specialist OT assessments, providing OT consult to members of the team from a different discipline, and be committed to the 6 Cs, team working and person-centered care.

About us

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) supports thousands of vulnerable people across Cheshire and Merseyside. We provide physical, mental health and learning disability services to a total population of around one million people.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or you are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

Visit our 'Working for us' pages on our website to find out more about why you should choose CWP.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification)andvalues.

To ensure that we continue to provide Outstanding for Care (as recently been awarded by CQC), CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking aValues Based Interview/Assessment,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. Please note that DBS costs will be waived for applicants who are being recruited for COVID-19 reasons.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies. Please see attached Update Service Applicant Guide document for further information.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100 and quote the vacancy reference number.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma or BSc in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration with Health Professions Council
  • CLAIT/ECDL or equivalent
  • Postgraduate clinical training relevant to the post
  • Leadership or management training
  • Accreditation as Practice Placement Educator or working towards accreditation
Knowledge Essential
  • Specialist clinical skills relevant to the role
  • Current disability equipment training or be willing to gain as appropriate for the post
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good knowledge and awareness of current legislation and guidance pertaining to Mental Health Services and Implications for Occupational Therapy
  • Ability to work under pressure and set priorities
  • Good knowledge of effective care co-ordination and planning of treatment packages
  • Ability to manage own caseload and work as part of a team
  • Group leadership skills
  • Excellent negotiation and organisational skills, with individuals and groups
  • Working knowledge of clinical governance principles
  • Computer literacy
  • Skills in moving and handling
  • Training, presentation and facilitation skills
  • Ability to resolve complex professional and ethical issues
  • Research experience
Experience Essential
  • At least 12 months experience in mental health
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Documented evidence of Continued Professional Development
  • Working knowledge of clinical audit
  • Minimum of 3 years post registration experience
  • Experience of care co-ordination
  • Experience of using Staff Performance and Development Process
  • Experience of supervising and supporting junior staff and students
  • Experience of introducing new and innovative interventions

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