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Occupational Therapist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£37,152 to £43,994 a year pro rata inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Barnet Memory Service for an occupational therapist to work as a key member of the multidisciplinary team. The team consists of psychiatry, mental health nursing, Admiral nursing, occupational therapy, clinical psychology, assistant psychology and social work. This dynamic and friendly team is based alongside the Older People's Community Mental Health Team. The service is accredited through the Memory Service National Accreditation Programme (MSNAP) and all members of the team contribute to ensure that these standards are maintained and further developed.

The post holder will carry out home visits in order to perform ADL assessments. He/she will play a key role in the running of the Cognitive Stimulation Therapy programme, as well as overseeing and evaluating the wider therapeutic programme in the memory service.

The post holder will guide staff in relation to therapeutic interventions and may be required to supervise a junior staff member.

The post holder will be a key member of a small supportive team and will receive regular supervision. The appraisal process will ensure professional development through a wide range of opportunities within and external to the service.

Informal enquiries will be welcomed and should be directed to Eshwan Seedoyal or Caroline Goodfellow on 020 8702 3121 or 020 8702 6189.

Please note interviews will take place on 30th August 2022.

Main duties of the job

Perform comprehensive occupational therapy assessment of patients with diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions, following diagnosis of Dementia. Use this assessment to provide a clinical diagnosis and develop and deliver an individualised treatment program.

To hold responsibility for your own caseload and, working without direct supervision but together with the other members of the MDT, deliver a comprehensive package of care to patients and their carers.

Supervision takes the form of monthly meetings, formal training and clinical reasoning sessions, peer review, case review and joint sessions. Access to advice and support from the wider MDT is available when required.

To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.

With support and guidance from more senior staff, to undertake evidence-based audit and or research projects to further own and teams clinical practice. Make recommendations to clinical lead/manager of service for changes to practice by the team. May contribute to the implementation of specific changes to practice or contribute to service protocols.

To be aware of and to highlight to your line manager any clinical governance issues pertaining to your role and practice

About us

BEHMHT is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health (MH) and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million. In Enfield, we provide a full range of child and adult community health services, which over the last few years has been integrating with its mental health services to provide better and more holistic care.

BEH manages the renowned North London Forensic Services (NLFS) which is the lead provider of forensic mental health services; that managed the devolved New Models of care budget, it delivers MH care across some of the prisons, and provides MH services as HM Young Offenders Institutions in Aylesbury. We are rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC. We also provide one of the largest eating disorder services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services

Job description Job responsibilities

Administrative duties
  • Maintain clear and effective clinical records, using the Trusts electronic patient information system, including progress notes, risk assessment and clustering, in accordance with Trust policy
  • Maintain own personal and professional status by ensuring the requirements laid down by the relevant registration authority are met, eg renewal of registration and continuity of professional development
  • To ensure regular completion of patient and carer surveys and processing of results
  • To assist in the development and monitoring of data bases for patient information
  • To assist with collection of information for audit purposes
  • To assist with compilation of patient information relating to BMS
  • To undertake specific administrative duties as required

  • Teaching Training and Supervision:
  • Receive both managerial and clinical supervision, in accordance with professional practice guidelines
  • To undertake and develop the appropriate skills of practice to widen professional scope, ensuring a period of training and in line with approved policies and procedures
  • Provide supervision to junior staff, as required
  • To ensure up to date competency and skills required for the delivery of current duties
  • To contribute to the training and support of other staff in occupational therapy related topics and other topics as required
  • To be conversant with current occupational therapy training and supervise occupational therapy students on clinical placement as required
  • To ensure a conducive learning environment for all staff in the service and review the through audit in consultation with the team leader and occupational therapy departments/university.
  • To promote the importance of Health Education to staff, patients and their carers. To ensure a good display of materials to increase public awareness of these issues
  • To attend staff development sessions/days and team away days as required by the team leader and service manager and provide evidence of continuing professional development
  • To develop skills and competencies required for the delivery of current duties and update as required
  • To attend mandatory training relevant to role and ensure this is up to date at all times
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes in consultation with the post holders, operational and professional managers

  • Service Development
  • To assist in the design and implementation of service development projects, as required
  • To attend meetings in which service developments are discussed and contribute to the same, as appropriate.

  • Research and Service Evaluation
  • To assist in the design and implementation of audit and service based research projects
  • To undertake data collection, analysis and the production of reports summaries using IT and statistical programs
  • To undertake searches of evidence based literature to assist in providing a basis for evidence-based practise in the occupational therapy aspects of the work of the team.

  • Technical
  • Planning and organisation of range of activities for Cognitive Stimulation Groups and facilitation of these groups

  • General
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes in consultation with the managers
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing in accordance with the professional codes of conduct and procedures
  • To perform other duties of a similar kind appropriate to the grade, this may be required from time to time by their managers.

  • Communication
  • To deal with sensitive and confidential information relating to patients and carers on a daily basis and observe Trust policies and procedures in so doing
  • To communicate with patients, carers and colleagues in a clear and effective way, demonstrating awareness of their needs in relation to this
  • To communicate views in meetings in clear and considered way
  • To represent service as required and communicate clearly aspects of service, as required

  • Patient Care
  • To demonstrate good awareness of needs of patients and carers through face to face contact and telephone contact, as well as in professional meetings
  • To ensure referrals to other services are made, where appropriate, in order to ensure excellent care
  • To ensure patients views are taken into account and encourage their feedback whenever possible

  • Information management
  • To create reports for service, as required.
  • To oversee waiting lists for some aspects of service, as required

  • Service Development
  • To contribute to service development by sharing views and knowledge and experience
  • To contribute to service protocols by sharing views and knowledge and experience

  • Resource Management
  • To highlight needs for resources for service for team leaders, eg materials for Cognitive Stimulation Therapy

  • Systems and Equipment
  • To ensure a sound knowledge of the working systems of the service and guide other staff as required
  • To ensure good understanding of use of all equipment required for this post.

  • Efforts, Mental and Environment
  • To be able to concentrate on and understand the concerns of patients and carers and feed these back to relevant personnel in a clear and concise way
  • To be able to manage distress of patients and carers in a helpful and professional way.
  • To be able to stand for extended periods of time, eg when facilitating groups and able to sit for extended periods of times, often using a computer.

  • Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
    • Diploma/degree in occupational therapy. HCPC registered occupational therapist.
    • Additional study.
    • Post qualification experience in mental health, with some experience of working with older people. Establishing own professional role within a multidisciplinary team. Managing a caseload. Utilising a range of assessments and interventions for people with memory problems, as applied to individuals, carers/families and groups.
    • Knowledge of occupational therapy models of practice and their application to mental health of older people. Knowledge of a range of assessment tools and approaches suitable to mental health practice with older people.
    • Working with other agencies statutory and voluntary.
    • Experience of working with dementia.
    • Supervising student and/or staff.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in individual and group situations. Well organised and computer literate.
    • Experience working with computer databases and spreadsheets.
    • Work autonomously as well as effectively within a team.
    • Be willing to seek advice and supervision from colleagues.

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