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Occupational Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£37,152 to £43,994 a year per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
9 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Prison and Forensic
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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If you are looking for a rare and exciting opportunity of a promoted post or consolidation of current skills, and have a particular interest in Forensic services then this is the position for you.

The Forensic Services based at St Bernard's Hospital on the Ealing site in London are comprised of a number of specialist areas including Women's and Men's services at both low and medium security. The post holder will join an already established Occupational Therapy service and will be joining an experienced and dynamic team.

We have a wider Occupational Therapy service comprising of occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, activity coordinators and Recovery Support workers.

You will be supervised and supported by the Low Secure Clinical Lead Band 7 OT to deliver an occupational therapy program within the Low Secure and Community services.

As a specialist practitioner, at a band 6, you will be a Senior OT and therefore, expected to be operationally aware of the day to day needs of the team, service users and the clinical teams. You will liaise with OT's in other areas of the service as service users move in and around the service and then out into the community.

You will need to be aware of the local community and its resources in order to fully support and integrate our service users into their local boroughs.

Main duties of the job

You will carry a clinical caseload and have responsibilities to provide a range of individual and group activities that develop service user' skills and function in line with recovery principles and practice.

These include social skills, self-catering, transitions, life skills, cyber safety, and leisure management and vocational interventions.

The post also offers an opportunity to develop clinical skills in assessment, case formulations and goal settings. We currently use the Model of Human Occupation; however, we are working towards all Occupational Therapists being trained in the use of the Vona Du Toit Model of Creative Ability. We would ensure that you receive the relevant training and support when you join the team.

We have clear clinical models and pathways for service users moving from our acute wards into rehabilitation and through into the community with occupational performance skills being central to the readiness for transition through each stage of a service user recovery.

You will be instrumental in ensuring service users are referred into the available work roles and gain the qualifications that they need to develop their skills and CV's and move into external work and educational options.

As an Occupational Therapy Service we have a strong commitment to CPD within the trust and provide a range of opportunities for staff with the expectation that learning is shared and clinical excellence is achieved.

About us

Forensic services are interesting and challenging areas to develop a career in Occupational therapy. We have a close knit team who are very supportive and have years of experience and expertise in this clinical area.

We have a wide range of services and facilitate cross service learning, teaching and development. We have a band 6/7 development group monthly that looks at project work and clinical development including Quality Improvement and audits.

As an Occupational Therapy Service we have a strong commitment to CPD within the trust and provide a range of opportunities for staff with the expectation that learning is shared and clinical excellence is achieved. We have regular AHP forums, study days and learning lessons conferences.

The St Bernard's site is well situated with excellent public transport links, adjacent to Southall and Hanwell. Ealing general hospital provides a range of facilities including food, drink options and a WH Smith. Forensic services also have our own food options run by service users and staff called Caf on the Hill for staff and visitors to enjoy.

Our working hours are Monday to Friday 8-4pm or 9-5pm. However, we recognise the need to be flexible and support both compressed hours, full time and part time hours, depending on the role and also school hours 10 till 2pm will be considered

Job description Job responsibilities

Working with multi-disciplinary team members and the wider occupational therapy service. To provide a client-centred occupational therapy service to a defined caseload of service users with complex needs, within the West London forensic Low secure and community services.

To actively develop and implement a framework of care, which reflects a holistic approach to service user needs, and the seven pillars of clinical governance.

To use evidence-based principles to apply clinical skills and reasoning in occupational therapy, assessment, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation which include individual and group orientated approaches.

To be a resource for the team, providing, occupational therapy professional guidance, and to lead on the evaluation and continued development of the occupational therapy service

To provide leadership and taking responsibility for the direct supervision for less clinically experienced staff, support staff and students including conducting Performance Development Review (PDR) as appropriate.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BSc (Hons) or equivalent Occupational Therapy qualification
  • HCPC Registration
  • Membership of a Special Interest Group e.g. COT SS Mental Health
Experience Essential
  • Achieved Band 5 OT KSF sub-set (usually through 12 month preceptorship programme)
  • Achieved full KSF outline for Band 5 OT (usually second year post qualified)
  • Relevant post-qualified OT experience in Mental Health
  • Application of core OT skills and OT process
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Experience of supervising /co-supervising students
  • Involvement in research and clinical audit
  • Experience of supervision of students and staff
  • A minimum of two and a half years post qualified experience as an OT (or equivalent role) in a health or social care or 3rd sector setting
  • Ability to prepare and present papers at study days and conferences

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