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Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Band 7 Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist

Are you excited about implementing change? Over the next five years, community mental health services are going to be undergoing a real transformation in Sussex and you could be part of these exciting developments. Our community mental health teams will become part of a much more integrated network of services and we will be sharing our Occupational Therapy expertise to advise and augment the care and treatment being provided by our primary and third sector colleagues. (See more about our vision

Main duties of the job

As an experienced practitioner in the mental health field, you will be our clinical Lead for Occupational Therapy, providing professional supervision and leadership to our OT team and joining our clinical leadership team to ensure that our service improvements include an occupational perspective. This will entail the implementation of evidence based OT assessment tools and interventions, including our group programme and furthering initiatives around peer support, Vocation and Carers' involvement. As the Lead OT, you will hold a capped caseload of complex cases where your level of expertise is required and be able to consult on and joint work other cases to provide specialist input. Increasingly the role will involve providing consultation to primary care and third sector providers and building effective partnerships.

About us

This post involved working across the West of East Sussex, with our Assessment and Treatment teams, in Uckfield and Newhaven. Newhaven is on the South coast and sits in the beautiful landscape of the South Downs National Park and Uckfield is just below Ashdown forest. We are only a few miles from the cosmopolitan city of Brighton and an hour by train to London.

We have strong Trust values which imbue everything we do. We value our staff and provide all the support and opportunities you need to develop your potential and achieve your professional goals. We provide you with regular supervision, reflective practice time, protected Admin and training time and access to a wide range of training opportunities as well as the perks listed below.
  • NHS Pension contributions
  • 27 days holiday allowance plus bank holidays
  • Flexible Working patterns
  • Child care vouchers
  • Loads of NHS Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Programme

Job description Job responsibilities

To manage a caseload of complex clients, using evidence based, client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions. To provide specialist clinical advice and input for clients with complex problems and needs. To ensure occupational therapy contribution to the provision of quality clinical care and performance standards To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of occupational therapy and local services within a designated team, holding responsibility for defined projects.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy
  • Evidence of post qualification study
  • Registration with the HPC as an occupational therapist
  • Practice Education training
  • Training in the use of standardised occupational therapy assessment tools
Experience/Knowledge Essential
  • Extensive experience as a qualified occupational therapist in mental health
  • Broad experience of working with clients with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of both group and individual work
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Experience as a Care Coordinator
  • Experience in a clinical area related to the post
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience in applying a range of assessment tools and a comprehensive knowledge of occupational therapy clinical approaches used in mental health

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