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Occupational Therapist

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
9 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Old Age
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Intensive Dementia Support Service (IDSS) is a countywide crisis service for people with dementia and cognitive impairment with bases in both Yeovil and Taunton.

We are seeking a Band 6 Occupational Therapists to join this exciting and innovative team based in the East team in Yeovil. The team serves Yeovil, Chard, Crewkerne, Wincanton, Glastonbury, Wells ,Frome and surrounding villages.

You will have an Occupational Therapy qualification and experience of working in a community setting is essential. You will work closely with the Band 6 Mental Health Nursing colleagues to provide functional assessment of patients with dementia in their own homes.

Main duties of the job

The aims of the teams are to be reactive and responsive to assess and treat patients at points of crisis in their usual place of residence or to support them whilst in a non-mental health inpatient environment. This includes within patients own homes, within our community hospitals, nursing and residential homes and in Acute Hospitals.

The IDSS provides a 7-day service between 8am and 8pm with the opportunity to work either 8 hour or 12 hour shifts.

Before making an application, why not find out more about how this role this may benefit you by contacting the Team Manager

About us

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is proud to provide community, mental health and learning disability services and acute hospital services from Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. Our mission is to deliver outstanding care through a culture of listening, learning and continuous improvement. Over 9,000 colleagues work for our trust in a very wide range of services and we aim to provide a supportive, inclusive environment in which our colleagues can thrive. We are working towards merging our trust with Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in order to provide consistent and accessible services across Somerset and better supporting people in our county to maintain their health and wellbeing. We are proud to be the Health Service Journal Mental Health Trust of the Year.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will have a genuine opportunity to help shape, formulate and promote the service, providing you with a unique opportunity to develop your own professional portfolio.

You will have the opportunity to further develop andutilise your risk assessment skills, use recognised assessment tools, be involved in the implementation of risk management plans, and demonstrate the ability to react to the changing needs of our patients.

You will be part of a duty worker rota undertaking some generic mental health work and will also supervise the Band 5 Occupational Therapist.

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • HCP qualification
Qualification Essential
  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Evidence of ongoing CPD
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with people with dementia and challenging behaviour
  • Experience of community working
  • Experience of working as the duty worker
  • Experience of triaging of referrals
Skills Essential
  • Risk assessment skills
  • Developing of behavioural support plans
Experience Essential
  • Utilising standardised OT assessment tools
  • Providing supervision to junior staff members
  • Providing professional supervision to Band 5 OT/preceptorship

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