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Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year pa
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Horsham Assessment and Treatment Service are looking for an experienced occupational therapist with a passion for occupation and working with people with complex mental health needs. As an experienced practitioner in the mental health field, you will be our clinical Lead for Occupational Therapy, providing professional supervision and leadership to our OT team and joining our clinical leadership team to ensure that our service improvements include an occupational perspective.

This is an exciting time to be working in the community. Over the next few years, the community transformation plan will see new ways of working with our primary care and third sector colleagues. We have also recently received new funding for our Personality Disorder Pathway in West Sussex which will see significant improvements made to the services that we can provide to this group of people. You could have the opportunity to play a key role in these important developments.

Main duties of the job

The Horsham Assessment and Treatment Service is a lively community mental health team supporting people living with severe and enduring mental health problems. You will hold a caseload of people who are cared for within a recovery focused model of care designed to enable and encourage service users to develop positive coping strategies to maximise their independence and potential. You will work in partnership with a diverse team of clinicians and support staff including psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, support workers and our third sector partners.

Our vision is to provide outstanding care and treatment; the people that we employ are at the heart of making this vision a reality. If you've got the passion, the belief, the drive and the talent to help us achieve our vision then we would like to hear from you.

You will be joining our clinical leadership team to ensure that our service improvements include an occupational perspective. This will entail the implementation of evidence-based OT assessment tools and interventions, including our group programme and furthering initiatives around patient flow, peer support, vocation and carers' involvement.

As the clinical specialist OT, you will provide clinical input and expertise around complex cases working alongside the multi-disciplinary team. The role will involve working closely with colleagues in community services and third sector providers, building effective partnerships.

About us

Over the next five years, community mental health services are going to be undergoing a real transformation and you could be part of these exciting developments. Our community mental health teams will become part of a much more integrated network of services and our mental health clinicians will be central in driving the changes, in close partnership with our primary and third sectorcolleagues.

We recognise that working in mental health can be stressful so we prioritise staff welfare, providing regular supervision, reflective practice, mentoring, and any other support that our clinicians need to ensure their wellbeing.

This post will provide the right candidate with the opportunity to develop their career. The team is a lively and friendly team where you will be offered mentorship and supervision from senior colleagues, active management support and the chance to undertake training courses relevant to your professional practice.

We provide you with regular supervision, reflective practice opportunities, CPD forums and access to a wide range of training opportunities including:
  • A programme of AHP specific training
  • Quarterly Occupational Therapy CPD Hubs
  • Communities of Practice (AMPS and Sensory Strategies)
  • The opportunity to participate in a range Quality Improvement work and service innovations
  • Varied leadership development opportunities
  • Look at our AHP strategy and view our film at

Job description Job responsibilities

The role is all about improving outcomes for this patient group, working creatively with patients and their carers to co-create care and risk plans that will help them achieve their goals and to live as independently as possible. This key to success is often about building effective partnerships with GPs, Crisis services, housing and other third sector providers or we might decide to refer patients onto one of our more specialist services, such as our Early intervention in Psychosis or Eating disorders.Working in our team includes:
  • Working autonomously as a Lead Practitioner to a defined caseload of clients. This will include offering specific interventions to people diagnosed with mood/anxiety disorders, psychosis or complex emotional difficulties.
  • You will complete initial assessments and work closely with our referral's coordinators.
  • Providing specialist OT assessments with protected time to complete this vitalwork
  • Opportunities to co -facilitate groups in Recovery College.

What you will receive from us:
  • Regular Line Management and Professional supervision
  • Access to a wide range of Training including a programme of AHP specific training and CPD opportunities including;
  • The opportunity to participate in a range QI work and service innovations
  • Varied leadership development opportunities.
  • We expect you to have booked on to a minimum of one Internal AHP Course in a Training Year
  • We offer Occupational Therapy West Sussex Community CPD Hubs
  • Opportunities to join our AHP Communities of Practice (AMPS, Recovery Through Activity and Sensory Strategies)
  • To provide specialist occupational therapy interventions for referred clients. To promote and develop the role of Occupational Therapy within the clinical area. To act as lead specialist in the team.
  • To manage a caseload of complex clients, using evidence based, client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
  • To provide specialist clinical advice and input for clients with complex problems and needs.
  • To ensure Occupational Therapy contribution to the provision of quality clinical care and performance standards.
  • To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of occupational therapy and local services within a designated team, holding responsibility for defined projects.
  • Mini CAG

Effective communication and leadership skills, a sound clinical knowledge base, and a commitment to caring for patients in the community must be demonstrated. You must be enthusiastic, self-motivated, flexible and able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy
  • Evidence of post qualification study
  • Registration with the HPC as an occupational therapist
  • Practice Education training
  • Management/Leadership training
  • Training in the use of standardised occupational therapy assessment tools
Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • Extensive experience as a qualified occupational therapist in mental health
  • Broad experience of working with clients with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of both group and individual work
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Experience as a Care Coordinator
  • Experience in a clinical area related to the post
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience in applying a range of assessment tools and a comprehensive knowledge of occupational therapy clinical approaches used in mental health

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