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Occupational Therapist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Durham / Darlington
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for B5 Occupational Therapists to join the D&D Occupational Hub based either at Lanchester Road Hospital-Durham or West Park Hospital-Darlington. Our Team works across inpatient and community adult mental health settings with a primary focus on the delivery of recovery focused occupational therapy.

These posts are a fantastic development opportunity for newly qualified occupational therapists ready and able to apply their professional knowledge and experience to a highly specialist clinical area and MDT working.The D&D OT Hub is a centralised service split across the 2 sites.

The primary pick-up point for the team are the acute wards at Lanchester Road Hospital, Durham and West Park Hospital, Darlington.Successful candidates will have the option of nominating a preference for being part of the North or the South Team. Overall the team covers 90 acute beds with the option of post-discharge support for residents of Durham & Darlington therefore providing a seamless transition between inpatient stay and home-based recovery.

The team works as an effective part of the MDT and supports activity coordinators who work into both sites.

Main duties of the job

Occupationally focused assessments and interventions will be delivered as part of a dynamic service delivery model that has a strong commitment to collaborative working at its core whilst recognising the unique skills of all professional groups represented in the team.

Additional focus is on delivering high quality evidence based services that support recovery, occupational formulation and occupational engagement. The delivery of 1:1 and group interventions that are occupationally focused is required.The post will offer varied opportunities for training and development, with CPD needs being identified and monitored through appraisal. Well defined supervision systems are in place

About us

Operationally, the team has been hit hard by COVID, this advert forming part of a 'building back better' strategy to ensure that we are back to full strength. Despite a few setbacks the team has remained clinically focused and highly responsive to the needs of our patients. Professional leadership is strong and we have been lucky enough to develop and recruit to a NEW B7 Highly Specialist OT post that provides additional support and clinical assurance. To work best in the team we are looking for candidates who are highly patient focused, confident in their emerging skills set, dynamic and resilient.

Job description Job responsibilities

The B5 posts are supported by B6 / B7 Supervision with B3 OT assistants in place to ensure that role fidelity is maintained and that each member of the team is working to their optimum.

Successful candidates will be responsible for their own caseloads and will fully interface with the team via formal and informal supervision, bi-weekly huddles & interface with the MDT via all clinical forums available.

Additional contact information

Samantha Minnaar, Specialist Occupational Therapist, 07557085864

Emma Davis, Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist, 07880173205

Siobhan Simpson, Lead Occupational Therapist, siobhan.simpson@nhs.net07810628618

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Willingness to undertake the Preceptorship Programme and Competency Framework
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in a variety of occupational therapy practice areas whilst on student placements
  • Experience of working with service users with mental health conditions or learning disabilities
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience presenting to groups
Knowledge Essential
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
  • Safeguarding and its application in practice
  • Clinical Governance and Clinical Supervision.

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