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Head Occupational Therapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience + 5% of basic salary
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The post holder will provide leadership and management for the team based at Kingfisher Court, as well as for the OT's based on Thumbswood Mother and Baby inpatient unit, with the support of the Lead OT and the other Head OTs. The Head OT will coordinate and oversee the OT input across the acute wards, offer support and expertise to the team and will have the opportunity of holding a small caseload of people who require more intensive OT interventions.

Due to the location of this post and the need to travel across the county to network with and support other OT's, a car driver, or use of other motorised transport e.g. moped or motorbike is essential for this role (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving).

If you have any questions , or if you are interested in the established Return to Work scheme, please do contact Caroline Finch 07798 623 534

Main duties of the job

Due to promotion, we are looking for an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist to lead our lovely therapy team. The post holder will have the opportunity to hold a complex clinical caseload, as well as provide leadership for a team of therapists and therapy assistants with the support of the Lead OT. Training will be offered to develop leadership skills as well as specialist clinical skills (such as Sensory Integration, Positive Behavioural Support, AMPS, CQI etc depending on interest).

You will join a team of Head OTs who lead the inpatient wards and the crisis teams. You will be an integral part of the team to take the various quality improvements forward, as well as continue to develop and establish the OT pathway and interventions across the teams.

The team at Kingfisher court includes, OTs, Assistant Therapy Practitioners, Recreational Workers and a Horticultural Therapist. We work closely with Psychologists, Art Therapists and other voluntary organisations.

A sound working knowledge of the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) and it's application to practice is essential. There are regular opportunities to network with other OT's in the Trust to share ideas and good practice. We also provide a monthly CPD training event and there are opportunities to apply for external courses.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

The Head OT will have the opportunity to support the Trauma Informed Care approaches on the wards, and will have a focus on Positive Behavioural Support and Sensory Integration. Training is available and personal development is actively encouraged. It is an exciting time to be coming into Acute Mental Health inpatient services, as the agenda is to increase the therapeutic interventions on the inpatient wards. There are many opportunities to become involved in leading parts of this development. There is also a focus on the physical health agenda and integrating this into our practice.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BSc/MSc/PG Dip Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration
  • Evidence of clinical post registration training
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office and associated packages.
  • Practice Placement qualification/APPLE accreditation
  • Membership of RCOT, including specialist section
  • First line management training
  • Solution Focussed Brief Therapy training
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training
  • AMPS/ESI/SI training
Experience Essential
  • Post registration experience in acute mental health
  • Applied experience of providing both individual and group work interventions.
  • Highly Specialist knowledge and experience of using and applying the Model of Human Occupation assessment tools, or others appropriate to area
  • Experience of other specialist Occupational Therapy assessment tools, e.g. AMPS, Pool Activity Levels
  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience in providing advice, support and clinical supervision to junior staff and/or students
  • Applied knowledge of Recovery principles and how these relate to OT

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