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Occupational Therapist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£38,768 to £46,124 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
11 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are recruiting a Band 6 occupational therapist for Wisteria Ward at Springfield Hospital. If you are a forward-thinking band 5/6 occupational therapist looking to become an expert within a leading CAMHS inpatient eating disorder service, this is an exciting opportunity! We will consider Band 5-6 preceptorship plus role for the right candidate. This is an exciting time to join the team, we have recently had a very successful CQC inspection, and we are preparing to move into a newly refurbished inpatient ward co-designed with our CYP.

The post will develop your skills in providing specialist assessment and treatment of mental and physical health needs, therapeutic engagement, and joint working with multiple agencies / services.

You will work alongside an experienced activity worker providing occupational therapy to clients with complex needs, using evidence based, client-centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions. The Model of Human Occupation is the basis for the Occupational Therapy work in the team. Intervention will be through a mixture of individual work, group work and consultation to the wider team.

Experience of working with people with eating disorders and / or young people is not essential as training and intense supervision will be provided as required.

You will be expected to eat with clients for appropriate interventions including community-based work.

Main duties of the job

  • To manage a caseload of clients with complex psychological and physical needs, using evidence based/client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
  • To provide outcome-oriented group and individual occupation-focused interventions including community work.
  • To provide safe, effective, quality OT interventions that ensure positive client experience.
  • To provide generic keywork or hold a link worker role for a specified number of clients.
  • To provide carer interventions.
  • To work within other parts of the service as required.
  • To supervise junior staff
  • To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of OT services within the eating disorders service, leading on delegated projects.
  • To act as the designated 'Disability Champion' leading the multi-disciplinary team in Disability Equality matters within your area and other areas as required.
  • To contribute to the maintenance and development of the Trust OT Service
  • To regularly supervise OT students on practice placement.
  • To promote recovery and social inclusion.
  • To take responsibility for managing clinical risk and single-handedly implementing OT treatment

About us

We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development, there are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Staff restaurants

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To apply a high level of understanding of the effects of disability on occupational performance and provide training and advice on lifestyles changes and adaptations to the clients social and physical environment.
  • To promote equality of outcome for service users that reflect their mental health needs and those of ethnicity, gender, culture physical health and age.
  • To promote social inclusion and physical and mental well-being using evidence-based practice. This is underpinned by the principles of hope and recovery, health promotion and relapse prevention.
  • To independently manage a clinical caseload of service users with complex mental health needs, taking on the role of keyworker and/or vocational lead where relevant.
  • To identify occupational therapy goals as part of the overall care plan, using specialist mental health and occupational therapy assessments, including Model of Human Occupation tools.
  • To exercise clinical professional judgement in complex clinical cases and difficult clinical situation, referring to senior staff when necessary.
  • To consider both physical and mental health needs as part of the occupational therapy assessment.
  • To plan and implement specialist individual and/or group interventions collaboratively, to enable service users to achieve valued goals and satisfactory occupational performance outcome. To use psychological interventions in conjunctions to occupation-focussed interventions (e.g. CBT, DBT, MBT etc)
  • To identify any significant risk factors in line with local policies, with support from senior staff.
  • To contribute to and work within clinical pathways and protocols.
  • To evaluate effectiveness of therapy interventions and quality of clinical decisions in conjunction with service users/carers, other professionals etc.
  • To fully adhere to defined OT care pathways or protocols
  • To establish and maintain effective communication networks with users and carers, team members, occupational therapy colleagues and other agencies.
  • To communicate with people in a manner consistent with their culture, background and preferred ways of communicating.

Person Specification Training & Qualification Essential
  • Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration to practice in the UK
  • Evidence of post registration training relevant to mental health practice
  • Practice placement educators course within one year of appointment
  • Training in the theory and application of the model of human occupation
Experience Essential
  • Experience of carrying a caseload in a mental health setting
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrable post qualification experience in mental health
  • Experience of individual and groupwork
  • Experience of group work
  • Experience of using mental health services as a service user, or carer, relative, friend of a service user.
  • Experience of writing specialist occupational therapy reports
knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Developed interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed & maintained with service users who have multiple & complex needs
  • Ability to promote & maintain the profile of OT within an MDT & the wider organisation
  • Ability to deliver presentations
  • Ability to work in a way that minimises risks to health, safety & security of self, service user & members of the public
  • Good personal management skills in order to manage a clinical caseload & varied workload
  • Audit skills
  • Working knowledge of model of human occupation tools
  • Specialist clinical skills relevant to client group

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