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Band 6 Occupational Therapist - Chatsworth House, Swindon

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
9 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our Occupational Therapy Service based at Chatsworth House, Swindon. The professional service provision covers Acute and Rehab in-patient ward as well as Community Recovery Team for adults of working age. This gives a unique opportunity to work across both settings, ensuring continuity of high quality care and a high level of professional work satisfaction.

Our multidisciplinary team across the In-patient and Community Recovery Team services consists of psychology, psychotherapy and art therapy, occupational therapy and medical staff; dietician, nursing health care assistants, advocacy team, housing and community support workers. We work in collaboration to provide appropriate treatment to people experiencing mental health difficulties. This is aimed to be achieved within the community and to the individuals, whose acute health care needs cannot be managed within their own homes, further care in delivered on the inpatient wards according to Mental Health Act (1983). As an organisation, we believe that delivering person-focused care is central to helping our service users improve in their mental health, recover independence and return to their community.

Main duties of the job

You will deliver Occupational Therapy process of assessment, intervention and evaluation with the use of relevant guidelines and legislations and with application of up to date and evidence based practice. You will be line managed by Lead Occupational Therapist and you will be expected to be an active and involved member of the MDT team. You will be offered regular supervision, opportunities for Continued Professional Development and opportunity to contribute to further development of our services.

Transport Routes to Swindon

By Train: Swindon is well situated on the main Great Western Railway line which enables for easy access to and from different nearby towns and cities:

30 minutes- Bath, Reading, Bristol, Oxford

45 minutes- Oxford, Bristol

1 hour- London, Cardiff.

By Car: Bypassed by the M4, you can easily hop on the motorway westbound towards Bath or heading eastbound towards Reading.

15 min- Cirencester

30 minutes- Newbury

45 minutes- Oxford, Devizes, Reading, Gloucester,

1 hour- Bath, Bristol, Winchester,

Bus: Swindon has a number of coach and bus services travelling through the city and beyond. Having recently invested £3m in modernising one of its busiest routes, Swindon's bus services are regular and efficient, able to take passengers to all the surrounding area.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Detailed job description and main responsibilities- Please find attached Band 6 OT JD
  • Person specification- Please find attached Band 6 OT person specification
  • Essential criteria- please see below

Qualification enabling registration as an occupation therapist with the HCPC Practice Placement qualification within one year of appointment Post graduate training relevant to mental health Documented evidence of continuing professional development Extensive post registration experience including within mental health Experience of audit procedures Specialist knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions relevant toclient group Extensive clinical experience including individual and group work Understanding of OT outcome measures Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues Supervisory/appraisal skills Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance Ability to organise and respond efficiently to complex information Computer literacy Ability to build effective working relationships Detailed knowledge of mental health legislation and current practice Detailed knowledge of the principles of clinical governance and its application Presentation and training skills Knowledge of OT models of practice Knowledge and application of standardised assessments Commitment to client-centred, non-discriminatory practice Commitment to lifelong learning State registration with HPC The ability to undertake community visits with or without the service user The therapistwill need access on a daily basis to a suitable insured vehicle that will enable flexibility oftiming to provide responsive home and community visits Ability to undertake light physical effort with the ability to handle moderate weights, e.g.ability to move and handle patients and equipment over distance

Person Specification Qualifications and Experience Essential
  • Diploma level/Degree in relevant health registration
  • Demonstrates substantial post-registration experience
  • Is able to deliver from a range of possible key therapeutic interventions CBT, Psychosocial interventions, Family Interventions, DBT approaches.
  • understanding of the recovery principles, and the role of secondary mental health services in the delivery of care
  • Demonstrates substantial experience of assessing risk and developing risk management strategies
  • Understanding of the relevant legal frameworks/legislation including CPA process, Mental Health Act , Mental Capacity Act, and Safeguarding.
  • Highly developed written communication skills, with experience of compiling and sorting notes and reports,

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