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Senior Occupational Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£38,768 to £46,124 a year per annum inc. HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Full Time
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Vincent Square Eating Disorders Service is the CNWL specialist treatment providing treatment and care for patients within London, neighbouring counties and across the United Kingdom.

The service comprises of Outpatients & Liaison, Inpatient and Day-patient services. There is an eclectic approach to treatment including the Recovery Approach, Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Family-Based Treatment and enablement interventions underpinned by the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO). Service user and carer empowerment and involvement is actively promoted.

The Occupational Therapy provision currently comprises of a full time Lead Occupational Therapist, (who is the UK national lead of Occupational Therapy in eating disorders and oversees the day-care programme for in and day-patients), a part-time inpatient Band 6 OT, and a part-time Peer Support Worker who acts as an OT Activity Worker.

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a six month fixed term , Senior Occupational Therapist post within Vincent Square Eating Disorders Service for an experienced occupational therapist.

The post holder will be working across the services as follows:

Three days will be within the outpatient Liaison Team, which comprises of highly skilled nurses and OT's who case manage people with severe and enduring eating disorders.

Two days will be across the interlinked inpatient and day patient services which will include patients on recovery-focussed treatment programmes.

It is a fantastic opportunity for an occupational therapist to further their practice and experience within a specialist setting.

About us

You will be well supported in your role by a friendly, dynamic MDT as well as receive regular line management and clinical supervision in various forms. Your primary base will be in vibrant South Kensington in Central London.

Vincent Square Eating Disorders Service is the specialist service provider for patients living in the boroughs of Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Brent and Harrow. In addition the service accepts national referrals for specialist in-patient and day-patient care.

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

Job description Job responsibilities

To work alongside the outpatient nurses and therapists to provide a specialist occupational therapy service and expertise for patients with severe and enduring eating disorders, as well as related physical and psychiatric co-morbidities, outside of hospital. This will include individual assessment, intervention and evaluation in accordance with the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) Code of Ethics using MOHO and other specialist OT assessment tools.

To integrate evidence-based practice and skilful use of specialist assessments and interventions with personal recovery principles in order to improve service users quality of life and to support them to do the things they want and need to do and live the life they want and need to lead to build a healthier, more adaptive life beyond their illness/ mental health problems.

To apply a high level of understanding of the effects of mental illness and physical conditions and disabilities; providing training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to service users social and physical environments. This will include undertaking assessments and making recommendations.

To work alongside the inpatient and day patient-based OTs to providing OT assessments and group and 1:1 interventions taking particular responsibility for service users with severe and enduring conditions plus a few recovery-focussed patients.

To facilitate recovery-focussed groups in the service and community-based settings to support service users to access helpful community resources such as the CNWL Recovery College, voluntary and mainstream agencies.

To contribute to service development of local and trust-wide Occupational Therapy services including developing protocols and procedures.

To liaise with OT colleagues in the In/Day programme to facilitate a smooth and co-ordinated pathway for patients transitioning across the service.

To act as fieldwork educator to students on practice placement within the eating disorders service as a whole.

To work flexibly on a needs-led basis which may include providing occasional evening work.

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registered Occupational Therapist.
  • Completion of mental health-specific workshops and short courses.
  • Postgraduate training specific to clinical specialty.
  • Completion of Practice Placement Educator's Course.
Experience Essential
  • Post-qualification experience in mental health.
  • Experience in using a range of standardised OT assessments including Model of Human Occupation assessments.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Experience of working with those who have a diagnosis of an eating disorder.
  • Experience of care coordination.
  • Supervision of staff, OT students / non-qualified staff.
Skills, Knowledge, Abilities Essential
  • Individual and group work assessment and intervention skills.
  • Good communication skills i.e. written, verbal, listening and proficient use of up to data systems of communication (i.e. IT systems, e-mail, fax, telephone etc).
  • Clear concept of Occupational Therapy and models of practice.
  • Research and development at graduate level.
  • Knowledge of the theory underpinning the Model of Human Occupation.

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