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Senior Occupational Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year Per annum
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has become available for a band 6 Occupational Therapist in the Eastbourne Assessment and Treatment Service. This a Permanent post within the West Team. We encourage staff who are also looking for a job share/ flexible working, part time post or are interested in a secondment opportunity to apply.

We are a community based mental health service for adults with complex mental health needs across the Eastbourne & Seaford area. Although this role is based at St Mary's House in Eastbourne, there are aspects of the role which involve being able to travel across the area.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist with a passion for working with this client group. You need to be caring, compassionate and a good communicator, with a commitment to improving the lives of our service users through creative, evidence-based practice. You will need to be flexible and adaptable as modern mental health services are constantly changing in response to best practice. As a lead practitioner you will be responsible for working collaboratively with service users and their carers on your caseload to create care plans that meet their needs and maximise their independence.

The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate previous experience of specialist assessment skills, an ability to effectively manage and reduce risk, inclusive care and treatment planning as well as robust caseload management. The interventions offered by the service are time limited and recovery focussed with a plan to transfer the case elsewhere within the service or to an external partner.

You will promote and develop the role of Occupational Therapy within the clinical area with the support of the Specialist Occupational Therapist and the wider MDT. You will be actively encouraged and supported to implement evidence- based practice changes, and develop own knowledge and experience, as well as educating the rest of the Multi-Disciplinary Team on the role of the OT.

About us

The successful candidate will provide effective guidance, supervision and appraisals for junior staff. Previous experience of this is preferred although not essential.

In return the successful applicant will be supported by a professional, highly motivated and caring MDT. You will be provided with regular OT clinical supervision and peer support. You will have access to training opportunities to assist you to realise your potential and achieve a greater degree of job satisfaction. As a Trust employee you will enjoy the standard NHS annual leave entitlement and pension schemes. We offer and support flexible working and part time working, and encourage those looking to develop their own learning and career development to apply.

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/ life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, home-working, part time hours, flexible start/ finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

Job description Job responsibilities

We value our teams ideas and are always working towards improving how we deliver patient care and carer support. We look forward to receiving your application. A detailed job description giving a list of main responsibilities is available with this advert.

For more information call Team Leader Clare Conlon or Specialist Occupational Therapist Lisa OConnell on 01323 747224.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy
  • Evidence of post graduate level study/training
  • Registration with the HCPC as an occupational therapist
  • Management/Leadership training
  • Training in the use of standardised occupational therapy assessment tools
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • 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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