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
16 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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South West London and St Georges / South London and Maudsley’ Adult Eating Disorders Community service, is one of two specialist eating disorders community services within the South London Partnerships’ (SLP) Adult Eating Disorder Provider Collaborative , providing specialist eating disorders care. The SLP is a collaboration between South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust. The Partnership brings together clinical and service user expertise, working to improve quality, use resources most effectively, and deliver best practice consistently to the service users and families across South London.

Both community services within the SLP are recruiting a number of multidisciplinary roles for an innovative new Enhanced Treatment Team for south London . This Enhanced Treatment Team will work closely with the SLP Single Point of Referral to provide an alternative to inpatient care and will provide support to service users and their families in their own home. The teams will be working across the whole of south London to deliver this innovative approach which enables people to access serives swiftly , potentially avoid admission and to receive care near to home for time limited periods where required.

We also welcome international candidates.

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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