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Perinatal Occupational Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Perinatal Care
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Margaret Oates Mother and Baby Inpatient Unit for a Band 6, part time Perinatal Occupational Therapist.

The Mother and Baby Unit has the capacity to admit 8 mothers and babies, with a serious mental illness in the third trimester of pregnancy and up to one year post-partum. Babies are admitted with their mothers to build and maintain the mother/infant relationship. The Unit is accredited by the Perinatal Quality Network.

You will be part of a dedicated MDT delivering high quality care to women and their babies. You will be an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team, providing a high standard of care. A good working knowledge of child and adult safeguarding is essential. Experience of working within an acute setting is preferable, however a full induction programme is provided for the successful applicant. Supervision and learning opportunities are actively encouraged.

Applicants should have a warm and friendly disposition with good communication and interpersonal skills. You must be robust and resourceful and willing to work outside their comfort zone in an environment which can be demanding and stressful.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic experienced Occupational Therapist, registered with the HCPC, that has an interest in working closely with women and their carers in the perinatal period. Sound therapeutic strategies, combined with the ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing are essential. You will have experience of working with people with serious mental illness, preferably in an inpatient setting. A sound working knowledge of safeguarding is also required.

You will support the development and introduction of treatment options and have oversight of their implementation and evaluation, collaborating and coordinating with all members of the MDT.

This post offers a supportive team working environment, with a commitment to professional and clinical supervision.

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

Do you want to make a difference?
Do you believe in Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork?

Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career. Join our team of nearly 9000 who are making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description
Job responsibilities

  • To be professionally and legally responsible for all aspects or own work, ensuring high standard of care for the patients under your management
  • To be responsible for assessment, evidenced based interventions / treatment and evaluation.
  • Understanding of patients needs relating to active rehabilitation and impact on functional ability.
  • To evaluate interventions and ensure effective outcomes.
  • To prioritize the needs of the patients and to ensure appropriate service delivery.
  • To utilize core specialist OT skills (as appropriate to area of work).
  • To work across health and social care boundaries.
  • Implement and co-ordinate a range of group work and individual work on the in-patient unit
  • To use expertise to deliver therapeutic interventions to patients with complex needs.
  • To carry out effective discharge planning.
  • To work with patients and families with diverse needs.
  • To represent all patients occupational therapy needs at MDT producing reports to support the work carried out.
  • To assist in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the activities programme produced for the ward
  • To supervise junior members of the Occupational Therapy Team

Person Specification
  • BSc Hons Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Current HCPC registration

  • Member of College of Occupational Therapy
  • Formal accreditation for student practice placement education

  • Experience of working with people with serious mental illness.
  • A working knowledge of a range of assessments and interventions appropriate for peri-natal services
  • Experience of working in an acute mental health setting.
  • Experience of Multi disciplinary team working
  • Knowledge of mental health issues relating to perinatal services

  • Clinical experience of working with women with mental illness in the perinatal period.
  • Recovery focused practice

  • Team working
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Sound judgement and decision making skills
  • The ability to problem solve
  • Ability to prioritise workload
  • Effective risk management skills
  • Motivate clients and staff
  • Keyboard skills and an ability to use a range of IT
  • Use and provision of clinical supervision
  • Ability to lead and support colleagues
  • Ability to work independently

  • Clinical Supervision skills
  • Understanding of appropriate national and local drivers

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