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Community Occupational Therapist

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year Pro Rata
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have a wonderful opportunity for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join South and West Community Mental Health Team.

You will be joining a highly skilled team of Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Therapists, Support Workers and consultants in our integrated team, working with adults with severe and enduring mental health needs.

You will be encouraged to work both agilely and from the office base . We offer regular clinical supervision, caseload management and 1-1 support.

An interest and experience in working in mental health is ideal, however the right candidate will be given support and training to gain these skills.

Closing date - 21st August 2022

Shortlisting date - 22nd August 2022

Proposed Interview date - W/C 5th September 2022

Main duties of the job

The Band 5 Community Occupational Therapist will provide community-based care to clients with severe and enduring mental health needs who have been referred into the integrated Community Mental Health Team. They will work as an autonomous practitioner working under supervision of senior colleagues to manage and prioritise their own caseload and will act as a Care Co-ordinator for those with Occupational Therapy needs within the Care Programme Approach. The post holder will be responsible for the assessment of Occupational Therapy needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of therapeutic interventions for a defined caseload of people with mental health and/or social care needs.

The job purpose is to manage a case load with the support and supervision of a senior occupational therapist:

  • Utilising the evidence base and specialist occupational knowledge and skill
  • Prioritising own workload and managing time effectively
  • Contributing to team and service development
  • Being involved in supporting students and assistants with their development and learning
  • Adopting working hours in accordance with the team requirements

About us

Bradford District Care Trust is an award-winning Trust that provides a range of innovative services that have been recognised as best practice nationally. As a provider of care for people of all ages who have mental and/or community health needs we are dedicated to providing a high-quality service, close to where people live and as much as possible tailored to an individual's needs.

The Trust's purpose is to create connected communities and help people to feel as healthy as they can be at every point in their lives and our vision is to connect people to the best quality care, when and where they need it and be a national role model as an employer and provide our staff with the best place to work.

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values:

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

Job description Job responsibilities

Main duties:3.1 Communication and relationship skills:3.1.1 Use effective communication skills to establish good working relationships with colleagues, service users and carers3.1.2 Take account of the particular communication needs of individuals and groups in order to overcome communication barriers3.1.3 Provide advice regarding occupational therapy related issues to individuals and groups3.1.4 Facilitate links with local statutory and voluntary organisations3.1.5 Maintain written clinical records adhering to quality standards set3.1.6 Use efficient and effective written communication methods and appropriate use of electronic communication e.g clinical patient records, email and SMS.3.2 Responsibility for patient / client care:3.2.1 Engage in supervision to assist with prioritisation and management of the changing demands within the team and in the service3.2.2 Carry out initial assessment(s) as required by the service3.2.3 Carry out relevant evidence based occupationally focused assessments3.2.4 Reflect on situations presented and use clinical reasoning and judgment skills to consider options for occupationally focused interventions, and preferred outcomes3.2.5 Plan and implement occupationally focused interventions/ care packages in partnership with the service user if possible, with the carer if necessary and in consultation with colleagues3.2.6 Monitor and evaluate the outcome of interventions/ care packages in partnership with the service user if possible, with the carer if necessary and in consultation with colleagues3.2.7 Carry out assessment and interventions in the most appropriate setting e.g. hospital, home, community3.2.8 Participate in care coordination processes, taking responsibility for selected aspects as discussed with supervisor3.2.9 Be prepared to respond to unforeseen situations that take precedence over planned work4. Working as part of a Team4.1 Be an integral part of the team, taking responsibility for delegated tasks and proactively supporting the functioning of the team4.2 Be prepared to work flexibly in terms of time and workload according to the needs of the Team4.3 Evaluate individual and group interventions through the use of outcome measures and audit, providing feedback for service governance and development

Page 3 of 94.4 Plan, organise, and facilitate group interventions with colleagues.4.5 Adhere to Trust policies and propose changes that might improve working practice4.6 Work with senior staff to implement any new or updated procedures within in own work-place as a result of any findings from audit or evaluation4.7 Work with senior staff to ensure that practice and service improvements are evidence based4.8 Be prepared to participate in ethically approved research projects aimed at improving the service4.9 Be prepared to contribute to service governance and participate in team or service wide audits and collect data as required by the Trust5. Managing Self5.1 Participate in regular supervision5.2 Attend all mandatory training5.3 Participate annually identifying, developing and agreeing your own development plan with your line manager using the Trust Appraisal process5.4 Comply with all Trust policies, procedures and protocols5.5 Pay regard to materials and equipment5.6 Carry out duties with due regard to the Trusts Equal Opportunity Policy5.7 Seek advice and support from your line manager whenever necessary5.8 Maintain registration with Health Professions Council (H.P.C.) and provide evidence for the organisation6. Staff Supervision and Support6.1 Provide support and guidance to junior staff within the team as agreed6.2 Contribute to practice placement education of occupational therapy students through involvement in placements within the workplace6.4 Work towards achieving Accreditation of practice Placement Education7. Financial Responsibility7.1 Occasionally handle petty cash7.2 Be aware of the need for judicious use of resources

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree or equivalent pre-registration award in occupational therapy
  • Registered (or pending registration) with the Health and Care Professions Council
Experience Essential
  • Experience in area of Mental Health in practice.
  • Experience of working in a Community Mental Health Team

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