Community Mental Health - Occupational Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£38,768 to £46,124 a year pa inc
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity to join a friendly multidisciplinary mental health team based in North Westminster. The OT role will work with service users who require occupational therapy which will include individual and group work, assessment, intervention and evaluation in order to improve clients quality of life and support recovery. In the newly transformed team the OT with this team will not hold a generic caseload however will hold clients who they are actively providing occupational therapy specific interventions to. Opportunity for home working is also available on a 60/40 basis.

Clinical and professional supervision will be provided plus good team support and training opportunities. Supervision of junior staff and offering practice placements to OT students is a part of the role.CNWLNHS Foundation Trust provides excellent support and opportunities for training and development.

The Community team hub is located at Woodfield Road, Westminster, W9 2NW and supports a diverse population. The multi-disciplinary teams is comprised of Medical staff, Nurses, Psychology, Social Workers, Support workers, Peer

Main duties of the job

The Occupational Therapists will support clients with their health and wellbeing goals, set up and facilitate groups/clinics and provide recovery focussed interventions. The work will involve the provision of functional assessments and home assessments to individuals as required which may include recommendations for environmental adaptations, equipment/aids and support packages to maximise independence.

The Occupational Therapists in the teams will play a key role in supporting services users to benefit from the wide range of community opportunities in the borough and have a valuable role in facilitating discharges and transfers. There will be opportunity to work creatively in establishing your role and you should have excellent communication skills and effective team working to establish good relationships with other services and to build partnerships with the many organisations in the borough.

The post holder will have the opportunity to work with the CNWL Recovery & Wellbeing College in co-producing and facilitating recovery focused courses and workshops as a part of the Westminster Recovery College spoke.

About us

OT in CNWL is very fortunate in having a long established professional structure and this includes an AHP director, Trust wide Professional Head of OT, borough and specialist Head OTs. This has the huge benefit of ensuring representation of our profession at all levels - both strategically and operationally.

Personal and professional development is a high priority for the profession and is underpinned by our OT R&D strategy, R& D specialist groups and OT clinical networks. This enables us to invest in the development of our staff by providing excellent internal training as well as commissioning specialised external training and providing quality supervision. This ensures all our OTs reach their full potential at every stage of their career. Our commitment to research, audit and EBP is made possible by our strong links with local universities.

We activity support the next generation of OTs through apprenticeships, student placements and the promotion of the profession as a career in schools. We are proud of the diversity in our workforce but have invested time in supporting and developing this further through our BAME OT group

Job description Job responsibilities

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users and we will therefore be seeking proof of vaccination or medical exemption during the recruitment process.As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings

Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registered Occupational Therapist.
  • Practice Educator training
  • Post qualification training in relevant mental health therapeutic skills.
  • Post qualification experience working in mental health settings as an Occupational Therapist
  • Experience of working with service users presenting with a wide range of complex mental health conditions
  • Experience of delivering healthy lifestyle interventions
  • Experience in assessment and interventions related to physical healthcare needs
  • Experience in using a range of standardised OT assessments.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Experience of drafting group protocols and setting up / facilitating groups / group programme
  • Supervision of OT students / non-qualified staff
  • Experience of partnership working in promoting socially inclusive opportunities for patients
  • Experience in completing HONOS screening clustering tool / Risk Assessment Tools.
  • Experience of working in adult mental health community team.
  • Personal experience of using mental health services
  • Experience in audit / research projects.
  • Clear concept of Occupational Therapy and models of practice.
  • Good communication skills written, verbal, listening and use of up to date systems of communication i.e. IT systems, e-mail, telephone etc.
  • Ability to work autonomously, as well as part of an MDT
  • Individual/group work skills.
  • Ability to prioritise workload and use initiative.
  • Able to work creatively to engage patients.
  • Timely reporting and record keeping.
  • To actively supervise both OT students and unqualified staff.
  • Regularly identify and undertake appropriate learning opportunities as part of ongoing CPD.
  • Recovery focused approach to service delivery.
  • Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach that considers the needs of the whole person.
  • Able to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills.
  • To have completed practice placement educators' course.
  • To determine the impact of mental and physical conditions on service user's functional ability and undertake assessment/make recommendations with regards to the provision of equipment/aids and adaptations.
  • Good understanding of the application of risk assessment and risk management strategies which facilitates a patient's recovery.
  • Good awareness of the principles of safeguarding and how to implement this in practice.
  • Research and development at graduate level.
  • Knowledge of the theory underpinning the Model of Human Occupation.
  • Completion of OT medication management training.
  • High level of personal motivation.
  • Ability to work in a team setting i.e. collaborating/facilitating/directing and understanding diversity.
  • Good organisational skills and ability to delegate effectively
  • Ability to encourage patient participation and ensure a high delivery of customer service.
  • Flexible in approach.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and an ability to use initiative
  • Ability to manage conflict constructively.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to develop knowledge and skills.
  • Ability to take on responsibility
  • To act as a positive role model for junior staff.
other Desirable
  • Membership of BAOT and Specialist Sections.

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