Mersey Care NHS Trust is the health provider for the delivery of an innovative prison-based assessment and treatment service for residents with personality related needs.
This service is based within HMP Garth which is a category B men's adult prison based in Leyland, Lancashire. The service is part of the National Offender Personality Disorder Strategy and is delivered as a partnership between HMP Garth and Mersey Care NHS Trust.
The service provides 1:1 and group based interventions based on Professor John Livesley's framework and model of interventions for individuals with personality related needs. These structured interventions are provided as part of a therapeutic milieu which involves a focus on attachment, trauma and systemic approaches, alongside comprehensive risk assessment and management.
Core aims of the service are consistent with those of the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway in improving psychological wellbeing, reducing risk, improving staff skills and competencies and pathway focussed intervention.
The post holder will be joining a dedicated team of clinical and prison officer staff from a range of backgrounds and experience. Team members have high levels of skill, passion and enthusiasm (and humour!) and are committed to ensuring the on-going successful development of the service and the opportunities it provides for our population.
Main duties of the job
We prioritise the development of our staff team and have proven that we value and nurture diverse clinical interests. Members of our team have been trained in DBT, sensory integration, mindfulness, yoga as well as specific training related to the client group (e.g. trauma and attachment) and leadership training. We are committed to creating an empowered staff team. We strive to be reflective and support of each other which is vital given the challenges this work can entail.
Newly qualified / Band 5 applicants will be appointed to Band 5 with a guaranteed offer of interview 12 months later where they will be interviewed against the Band 6 job description. Those with suitable qualification, knowledge, skills and experience will be appointed directly to the Band 6 position. Supervision and training will be offered throughout the year to work towards these competencies.
Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.
We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.
At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.
Job description Job responsibilities
The key responsibilities include the following:
- To effectively manage a caseload of clients with complex needs as an autonomous practitioner, using evidence-based/client-centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
-To provide leadership for junior staff, when appropriate, through supervision and appraisal.
- To participate in planning, development and evaluation of occupational therapy services within a designated area/team, holding responsibility for defined projects.
- To maintain close links with other team members and liaise with external agencies.
- To contribute to the maintenance and development of the Trust's occupational therapy service.
- To regularly supervise occupational therapy (OT) students in practice placement.
The post holder should have some experience of working with individuals with complex clinical and risk presentations including within institutional settings and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
This should include work with clients whose needs may meet criteria for a diagnosis of personality disorder and who may find it difficult to engage with services.
Experience of working in complex service and organisational settings is required alongside an ability to constructively manage the personal, professional and ethical opportunities and challenges such work can involve.
Full details of the main responsibilities of the post can be found in the job description and person specification. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss the post further or would like to visit the service.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Registered occupational therapist with the Health Professions Council
- Diploma/degree in occupational therapy
- Evidence of post-registration study
- Membership of professional body
- Practice placement education qualification
- Evidence of post-registration study in a field relevant to post eg PSI,CBT
- Have significant post-qualification experience as a B5 OT or equivalent
- Experience of working with the client group applicable to post applied for
- Experience in training other professionals and students
- Experience of managing case work and liaison with community agencies, both statutory and non- statutory
- Experience of research and audit
Knowledge and Skills Essential
- Up to date knowledge and application of current best practice in OT and relevant specialty
- Application of OT outcome measures and models of practice
- Application of the process of standard setting, audit, evaluation and review
- A sound knowledge of the core skills of OT and their application in this field
- Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts of mentorship, and supervision
- Experience in group and individual interventions
- Experience working in a collaborative way with the MDT and service
- Proactive in the implementation of change
Personal Attributes Essential
- Professional attitude
- Good interpersonal skills
- Possess a caring, compassionate and empathic approach
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