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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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Exciting opportunity to join Durham and Darlington Integrated Adult learning Disabilities team.

As a Specialist occupational therapist in TEWV you will manage a complex caseload independently, assessing occupational performance and delivering specialist occupational interventions, demonstrating adherence to the Trust Values at all times and operating as a leader in the team, service and organisation

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a competent, confident and enthusiastic full time Occupational Therapist to join our Integrated learning disabilities team

The successful applicant will work as part of a strong team responsible for receiving requests for occupational therapy, triaging and prioritising these, completing evidence-based assessments and interventions to address key occupational areas of self care, productivity and leisure.

They will use client-centred approaches to co-producing negotiated occupational goals and evaluate these with service users collaboratively.

They will participate in clinical/professional and management supervision

They will make valued contributions to multi-disciplinary team working

They will contribute to and lead on service improvement and quality initiatives

They will use the Trust electronic patient record system

They will abide by all Trust policies and procedures

They will be able to respond flexibly and creatively to challenges

They will be provided with High standards of training to support clinical practice .

About us

We are geographically one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country with an annual income of £423m and a workforce of over 7,500 staff operating from around 160 sites. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability services for the people of County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby, serving a population of around 2 million people. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We deliver our services by working in partnership with 8 local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical area of around 3,600 square miles, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas.
Our alues
The most important way we will get there is by living our values all of the time. These are:
  • Respect - listening, inclusive, working in partnership
  • Compassion - kind, supporting, recognising and celebrating
  • Responsibility - honest, learning, ambitious

Job description Job responsibilities

Manages a complex/specialist OT caseload from assessment to discharge from therapy. Service users may have multiple needs with a combination of physical and mental health or learning disabilities. Service users may demonstrate behaviours that challenge or have difficult family situations of relevance.Responsible for ensuring the highest professional standards and attitudes towards the care of service users are maintained at all times and that care is delivered in accordance with evidence based practice by all staff for whom the post holder has designated responsibility.Undertakes complex occupational therapy assessments and develops complex therapy programmes.Assesses and manages risk effectively in clinical and community settings including the service users own home.Works with service users and carers to identify occupational therapy goals as part of the overall Multidisciplinary Team plan.Develops and implements specialist interventions for individuals or groups, in collaboration with the service user(s) and MDT to achieve therapeutic goals.Uses technical and creative skills to engage service users in therapeutic activities and encourages service users/carers in a compassionate manner, to support them in achieving their identified goals.Monitors and evaluates occupational therapy treatment in order to measure progress and modifies treatment plans to ensure effectiveness of clinical interventions.Provides reports and makes recommendations on service user progress at clinical meetings and participates in the clinical decision-making process regarding service user care programmes as part of the multidisciplinary team.Provides specialist clinical advice to other healthcare professionals including those in the acute hospital sector with limited mental health or learning disability experience.May provide professional advice, as requested and where appropriate, in relation to subject access requests.Provides advice, education and training to service users and carers.Undertakes health promotion activities.

Assesses service users for and fits adapted equipment in the home, as appropriate.Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of service user harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the service user. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of children who may be at risk.Demonstrates safe moving and handling of service users, using equipment as required.Demonstrates safe physical interventions in the management of violence and aggression as required.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Accredited Practice Placement Educator (APPLE)
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of delivering Occupational Therapy including experience working with service users in mental health or learning disabilities with complex needs
  • Experience of participation in quality improvement activities
Knowledge Essential
  • National guidance and key standards in own specialist area
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice
  • Significant knowledge to post-graduate level of the needs and difficulties of service users in designated specialist area.
Skills Essential
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team

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