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Senior Occupational Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
11 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Exciting opportunities have arisen following a review of provision of mental health services for older people at West London NHS Trust. We are in the fortunate position of transforming and expanding our service to meet the needs of older people with mild to moderate mental health needs. We are looking for a Senior Occupational Therapist to join our Older People's Mental Health (OPMHS) to join our new team. If you are an Occupational Therapist, either Band 5 or 6, interested to join a team of enthusiastic and committed professionals in delivering the NHS Long Term Plan for Older Adults Mental Health services (2019), this will be an ideal role for you.

We are recruiting three Occupational Therapist for the boroughs of Ealing and H&F We want to hear from you if you are dedicated, flexible, forward thinking with clinical skills and experience in working therapeutically with older people with mental health difficulties and physical healthcare issues.

This post is ideal for experienced B5 who wants to progress to a senior position OR less experienced B5 who can be considered for a Developmental B5 to B6 Post. The Developmental Post means that they will be employed as B5 and will be promoted to a B6 post after all competencies are met, ideally within 6-12 months. We ensure as an employer that the required support for the competencies will be on hand.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be based in one of the community teams in Hammersmith and Fulham and Ealing and they will be undertaking home visits, meetings at the team base and other community sites.

The post holder will work under the supervision of a B7 Senior Practitioner. As a Senior Occupational Therapist, the post holder will carry a defined caseload of patients. They will utilise their clinical knowledge and skills in the assessment and rehabilitation of Older Adults with functional mental health problems in the community.

They will work within a multi-disciplinary team to undertake the facilitation of groups and individual therapeutic activities. They will provide expert advice about falls prevention, patient's handling, equipment and environmental suitability to maintain or improve patients occupational profile, safety and performance whilst in the community. Ultimately, they will work with the team to support patients in reaching their potential and help them live a quality life.

The post holder will be responsible for the supervision of Band 4 SOAMHS Link Worker as well as contributing to departmental and Trust improvement projects. They will help ensure that the occupational therapy services are evidence based, and delivered with compassion and in a person-centred manner.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

The regulations mandating vaccination for in-scope roles in the NHS have now been removed. The Trust does however continue to encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. Vaccination data will be collected by our recruitment team during your on-boarding if you are happy to provide a copy of your COVID pass.

Job description Job responsibilities

The Older Peoples Mental Health Service (OPMHS) is a supportive, caring, integrated service where staff work together closely to support our patients and their families. We have strong links with medical teams, Allied Health Professionals, Carers and the local community. We value diversity and are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability and sexuality. We are immensely proud of our staff and their passion, professionalism and dedication to changing peoples lives. If you share that passion and want to make a difference, then come and join us.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • BSc (Hons) or equivalent Occupational Therapy qualification
  • HCPC Registration
  • Older People's specific post graduate coursed
Experience Essential
  • Post qualified experience within Older people's services
  • Working within NHS Older People's services
  • Application of core OT skills and OT process
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Relevant post-qualified OT experience in Mental Health
  • Experience of supervising /co-supervising students Involvement in research and clinical audit
  • Experience of supervision of students and staff
  • Post qualified experience as an OT (or equivalent role) in a health or social care or 3rd sector setting
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Understanding of Clinical and environmental risk
  • Awareness of need to work within appropriate boundaries
  • Group work theory and practice
  • Evidence of post-qualified training in Mental Health
  • Relevant current legislation, NICE guidelines, CPA, risk assessment and risk management
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Evidence of ability in OT assessment, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation
  • Use of standardised assessment tools and outcome measures
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Ability to reflect, identify and take responsibility for continuing professional development needs
  • Understand the need for and actively participates in own supervision and constructive use of feedback
  • High levels of initiative, innovation and self-motivation
  • Commitment to client-centred, non-discriminatory practice

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