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Lead Occupational Therapist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 a year pro rata per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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This is an exciting and unique opportunity for an experienced band 6 or existing band 7 to develop new clinical skills and lead the Occupational Therapy services within our Trust. Clinically this role will involve working National Deaf Child Mental Health Inpatient unit, Corner House completing full Occupational Therapy assessments and providing both individual and group interventions to meet the needs of the young people age 7-18.

The unit has a part time band 5 Occupational Therapist and a full time Occupation Therapy Technician who will support delivery of the Occupational Therapy interventions.

Although this post would be suitable for a Deaf or BSL using member of staff, this is not essential and Deaf Awareness and training in British Sign Language will be provided for the successful candidate alongside BSL interpreter support.

Training in Deaf awareness and British Sign Language will be provided as well as regular supervision by an experienced CAMHS OT and membership of the trustwide CAMHS CPD group.

Main duties of the job

  • Provision of specialist occupational therapy assessment, individual, and group interventions to young people on the Deaf CAMHS inpatient unit
  • Providing Occupational Therapy consultation and advice to the ward Multi- disciplinary teams including the school provision.
  • Supervision of junior staff and overseeing of the Occupational Therapy service in the unit.
  • Providing leadership to Occupational Therapists across CAMHS and working with the Deputy Head of Therapies to ensure quality and develop strategy and service innovation in Occupational Therapy across Trustwide CAMHS services.

Hiring manager - please insert the flexible working days and times being offered for the role in the below section highlighted in red:

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 8am to 8pm depending on client need, giving you the very best of good work life balance. Some weekend working may be agreed on occasion

About us

We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To apply a high level of understanding of the effects of disability on occupational performance and provide training and advice on lifestyles changes and environmental solutions to the service users social and physical needs.
  • To promote equality of outcome for service users that reflect their mental health needs and those of ethnicity, gender, culture physical health and age.
  • To promote social inclusion and physical and mental well-being using evidence based practice. This is underpinned by the principles of hope and recovery, health promotion and relapse prevention.
  • To independently manage a clinical caseload of service users with complex mental health needs, taking on the role of care co-ordinator and/or vocational lead where relevant.
  • To identify occupational therapy goals as part of the overall care plan, using specialist mental health and occupational therapy assessments, including Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) tools.
  • To exercise independent clinical professional judgement in complex clinical cases and difficult clinical situation, referring to team members when necessary.
  • To consider both physical and mental health needs as part of the occupational therapy process.
  • To establish and maintain effective communication networks with users and carers, team members, occupational therapy colleagues and other agencies such as PCT, LA, and voluntary organisations to promote a seamless service.
  • To communicate with people in a manner consistent with their culture, background and preferred ways of communicating.
  • To work as a member of the inter-professional team, attending meetings and contributing to decisions with regard to the care and treatment of service users.
  • To provide support, advice and consultancy in relation to issues concerning the target service user group &/ or clinical area of expertise, to other team members, relevant health professionals, and other agencies as appropriate.
  • To develop and maintain effective professional communication structures
  • To promote awareness of the role of occupational therapy within the service, negotiating priorities where appropriate.
  • To have, or to develop, signing skills to a minimum of BSL 2 within two years of appointment

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration to practice in the UK
  • Evidence of post registration training relevant to mental health practice
  • Training in the theory and application of the model of human occupation within the first 4 months of appointment
  • Practice placement educators course within one year of appointment
  • Leadership and/or management training
Experience Essential
  • Experience of carrying a caseload of service users with complex and diverse needs in a mental health setting.
  • Experience of working in an inter-professional team.
  • Experience of working within a multi-agency environment.
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural context
  • Experience of supervising junior staff
  • Experience of maintaining a written record of continual professional development
  • Experience of working in a range of mental health settings
  • Experience of working as an occupational therapist in a forensic mental health in-patient setting.
  • Experience of being a practice placement educator
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed & maintained with service users who have multiple & complex needs
  • Basic word processing and IT skills
  • Ability to enable staff to develop & apply their knowledge & skills in practice
  • Good personal management skills in order to manage a clinical caseload & varied workload
  • Ability to apply equal opportunities & anti-discriminatory interventions that respect the service users' customs, values & spiritual beliefs
  • Ability to use British Sign Language (formal training or native language)
  • Working knowledge of model of human occupation tools

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