Lead Occupational Therapist

Solent NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year
Closing date
24 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Solent NHS Trust's Adult Mental Health Acute Care Pathway includes two inpatient wards (Acute and Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit) and a Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team (CRHT). The Acute Care Pathway consists of multi-professional teams including Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Clinical Psychologists, Consultant Psychiatrists and Occupational Therapists. The Acute Care Pathway works closely with other mental health and community services to support people to recover from mental health illness through brief intervention and/or referral to other services.

The Acute Care Pathway is looking to recruit either a Band 6 Specialist Occupational Therapist or a Band 5 Occupational Therapist as a development post in to a Band 6. Occupational Therapy is recognised as having an essential and core role within the multi-disciplinary team and is at the forefront of developing recovery and therapeutic interventions. The successful applicant will be managed by the Allied Health Professional Team Lead and work with other Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physiotherapists and Activity Coordinators.

Main duties of the job

*The successful applicant will be responsible for a caseload of patients experiencing mental health illness; providing person centred assessments and interventions using evidence-based models of practice. They will have responsibility for formulating intervention plans and supporting junior staff to deliver interventions to patients with complex needs in their own homes and communities.

*The post holder is responsible for the provision of a high-quality Occupational Therapy (OT) service, ensuring that the service delivered meets Trust and professional standards and develops in line with Government, Clinical, Professional, and local guidelines.

*Delivering occupational focused assessment, formulations, and interventions for a caseload of patients with complex functional needs at hospital, in their homes and communities.

*To deputise for OT Lead and provide cover for the other team members as necessary.

*To be responsible for supporting, developing, and evaluating an evidence-based therapeutic group programme.

*To be a key resource in facilitating the patients journey through mental health clinical pathways within acute, primary, and secondary care. This will involve supporting patients in their homes and communities to prevent an avoidable hospital admission, and to work with patients in hospital to ensure safe, effective, efficient, and recovery focused discharge.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

*Act as a key resource for the Occupational functioning needs of the wider MDT caseload within the Acute Care Pathway including CRHT.

*To guide the team on the appropriate use of therapeutic risk-taking during MDT discussions, using specialist OT and mental health knowledge.

*To meet the needs of service users in a safe, effective, efficient, and recovery focused approach.

*Provide occupational focused assessment, formulation, care plan, and intervention to patients with complex functional needs in hospital, in their own homes and communities.

*Evaluate Occupational Therapy interventions and consider ongoing needs of the patient and identity opportunities for longer term support when required. For example, within primary care services, third sector or within the Community Mental Health Recovery Team.

*To develop, facilitate and evaluate therapeutic group work programmes.

*To support the wider AMH Occupational Therapy service across the AMH pathways when required

*Provide intervention plans for Junior staff to deliver and to evaluate the outcome and maintain patient records. This will require the use of advanced clinical reasoning skills.

*Support junior staff to deliver specialist crisis interventions to patients with complex needs in their own homes and communities.

*Provide guidance and consultation on specialist therapeutic interventions and model good practice.

*Undertake daily generic clinical tasks, as necessary, to meet the needs of the service.

*Is able to pass the trust fitness test and training in Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression (PMVA)

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree level or higher in Occupational Therapy
  • Health and Care Professions Council registration
  • Training qualification to teach students on placement or equivalent experience
  • Specialist post graduate training in a range of subjects relevant to mental health/acute mental illness/challenging behaviours
Experience Essential
  • Post graduate experience working in complex and high-risk mental health settings -- managing challenging behaviours
  • Experience of applying the Occupational Therapy process in mental health
  • Experience of using standardised and functional assessments and activity analysis in a mental health setting
  • Experience of supporting and supervising junior staff
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team

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