Occupational Therapist

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
16 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Due to funding changes we now have the exciting opportunity to advertise for two band 6 Occupational Therapists to join our established multi-disciplinary team working in the Acute Womens Service at the Becklin Centre. This role was previously one post which would cross over our two wards. We are looking for a skilled, compassionate, and motivated Occupational Therapists who have the desire to work with individuals experiencing an acute episode in their mental health.

We are at an exciting time in the acute service where the Occupational Therapy role can be re established and developed post pandemic. Occupational Therapists are no longer being asked to work within the staffing numbers and we are looking at a reset and recovery plan for the Occupational Therapy provision. The post holders will have an active role in shaping and evaluate the OT Pathway across our Acute Inpatient Service. As a service we are in the process of reinitiating the use of MOHO assessments to aid our assessment and screening process. The post holders will bring valued experience and skills to our teams and have the opportunity to share their specialist knowledge in our OT development sessions.

These roles will be based on Ward 1 and Ward 5 of the Becklin Centre. These are both 22 bedded wards for people who present with acute and complex mental health difficulties. Providing 24 hour care to manage risk and promote recovery for clients who have experienced deterioration in their mental state.

Main duties of the job

Both wards have a band 5 Occupational Therapist and an Occupational Therapy Assistant currently in post.

The post holder will work within the MDT to provide assessment, treatment, and discharge planning. They will utilise Occupational Therapy theory and evidence-based practice to provide effective treatment to individuals admitted to the ward. The post holder will work autonomously and provide specialist assessments which will form part of team formulations and treatment decisions, and through the use of person-centred interventions enable recovery and support effective discharge from hospital.

In addition to providing 1:1 assessments the post holder will aim to lead on the therapeutic group programme establishing an effective group timetable that facilitates the growth of functional and social skills.

The post holder will also contribute to on-going service development within the wider OT team. This will include supervising of band 5 Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants within the women's service, delegating responsibilities where appropriate.

Whilst the posts are ward based, you will have close links with the Occupational Therapy Team and will work to provide a 7 day service.

We strongly recommend contacting the service prior to making an application.

You will be supported in your personal and professional development via clinical supervision, training and other Continuing Professional Development opportunities.

About us

We are a high quality, high performing NHS foundation trust. We are the main provider of specialist mental health and learning disability services in Leeds. We also provide specialist inpatient services in York as well as some highly specialised services across the country.We employ around 3,000 staff and every year we have contact with over 25,000 service users. Our vision is to provide outstanding mental health and learning disability services as an employer of choice. Our ambition is to support our service users and carers, our staff and the communities we serve to live healthy and fulfilling lives. We need people like you to help us achieve our goals; to live our lives free from stigma and discrimination; and to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and mental ill health. We perform well againstlocal and national targetsand inour most recent CQC inspection, 85% of our services were rated good or outstanding.As a teaching trust with strong links to local universities, we are a centre of excellence for teaching,research and development.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holders are expected to demonstrate articulate and effective written communication skills within the Trust and on occasions contribute with senior staff.

Within the Trust
  • Ensure effective communication with the team and Band 6 team members during the planning, implementation and evaluations of care.
  • Close liaison with other members of the team providing regular updates of client work.
  • Participate in managerial supervision and participate in performance review/PDP with identified supervisor
  • To participate in clinical supervision as per Trust Policy.
  • Participate in team meetings as and when the need arises.
  • Participate in training/education to other members of Acute Inpatient Services.
  • To build collaborative relationships with Service Users and significant others that will promote engagement in the therapeutic process.
  • Will be able to adapt to barriers in communication that Service Users may present with e.g. emotional, psychological and physical, utilising a high level of expertise in communication skills or seek support/supervision as required
  • To support the co-ordination of clinical care within the inpatient units ensure key working teams work within the defined care pathway
  • To ensure the diverse needs of our service users and those who come into contact with our services are considered and supported
  • To adhere to all professional and Trust policies including the reporting of Trust incidents, complaints procedure and information governance.
  • Adhere to the Lone Working policy.
  • To provide advice, support and information to service users and carers.

External to Trust
  • Liaise with other agencies, providers, service users/carers during the planning implementation and evaluations of care.
  • The post holder with senior staff and on occasion without senior members, participate in training/education to service users/carers and other teams in the LYPFT and Voluntary Sector organisations who want to know about Acute Inpatient Services.

Reporting and Recording
  • Post holder will maintain and produce detailed contemporaneous and accurate records and reports at all times in accordance with agreed procedures.
  • Assist with data collection and the daily completion of statistical information
  • Use of computer to aid work.
  • Contribute data for local performance indicators.
  • Follow integrated care pathways as specified for Acute Inpatient Services and to report on variances and feedback as necessary.

The post holder on occasions may be involved in project work or contribute ideas/participate in sub groups to provide feedback on specific topics that they currently have experience with in their scope of professional practice.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Post qualification experience working in mental health
Skills Essential
  • Leading in implementing OT practice
Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Occupational Therapist

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