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Specialist Occupational Therapist CFLDS

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
11 Aug 2022

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Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust have an excellent opportunity for a Band 6 Specialist Occupational Therapist to work as an integral team member in the Community Forensic Learning Disability Service (CFLDs) covering Lancashire and South Cumbria.

This post provides the therapist with an amazing opportunity to work in collaboration with an individual and their circle of support to undertake evidence based assessment and treatment interventions underpinned by person-centred practise principles.

The aim of forensic occupational therapy practise with people with a learning disability is to identify and advocate for a person's unique functional profile, promote quality of life and social inclusion opportunities underpinned by occupational risk mitigation.

You will work in collaboration with an established and highly supportive multi-disciplinary team made up of specialist Nursing, Doctor, Social worker, Speech and Language Therapists, and Psychology.

The successful individual will need to be enthusiastic, passionate, adaptable and highly motivated, with a keen interest/experience in learning disability and/or forensic healthcare.

You will receive excellent support, direction and supervision from senior Occupational Therapy staff with relevant training opportunities.

This is an ideal career development opportunity for a qualified Occupational Therapist who holds the relevant qualification and skills and is ready for an exciting challenge.

Main duties of the job

Through the therapeutic use of self, implementation of the Occupational Therapy process, and appropriate use of assessments and treatment interventions, you will be able to make a positive difference working alongside people with a learning disability who have active forensic needs.

You will hold a specialist and complex case load within a community forensic learning disability provision.

Ensuring the added value of Occupational Therapy is implemented, understood and valued for service users, colleagues and stakeholders alike.

Our new offices are in Leyland, a level of agile/hybrid working is acknowledged.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

Details of the main roles and responsibilities can be found within the Job Description and Person Specification

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BSc Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Current Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registration
  • Post registration training in a therapeutic / intervention approach (e.g. Applied Behavioural Analysis and Intervention, CBT, SI, AMPS)
  • Awareness/experience of Forensic Risk Assessment (RSVP, HCR, START)
  • Good computing skills (ECDL or Similar)
  • Additional training in specific Occupational Therapy assessments
  • Accredited Practice Placement Educator (e.g. APPLE)
Knowledge Essential
  • One years experience of working as an occupational therapist with people with learning disabilities and/or mental health.
  • Experience of working with people with learning disabilities who offend
  • Experience of managing own complex caseload
  • Experience of using Occupational Therapy assessment tools and completing reports
  • Experience of communicating and liasing with people including internal and external agencies on complex matters, issues and ideas and/or in complex situations
  • Experience of working with individuals who have complex needs
  • A good understanding of the Mental Capacity Act, DOLs, Safeguarding and the legal frameworks

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