Specialist Occupational Therapist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
2 Sep 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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As a Specialist occupational therapist in TEWV you will manage a complex caseload independently, assessing occupational performance and delivering specialist occupational interventions, demonstrating adherence to the Trust Values at all times and operating as a leader in the team, service and organisation

Main duties of the job

  • To be responsible for receiving referrals for occupational therapy, triaging and prioritising these, completing evidence-based assessments and interventions to address key occupational areas of self care, productivity and leisure.
  • to use client-centred approaches to co-producing negotiated occupational goals and evaluate these with service users collaboratively.
  • To participate in clinical/professional and management supervision
  • To contribute to multi-disciplinary team working
  • To contribute to and lead on service improvement and quality initiatives
  • To use the Trust electronic patient record system
  • To abide by all Trust policies and procedures
  • To be able to respond flexibly and creatively to challenges

About us

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a competent, confident, and enthusiastic part-time Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our team. This is a brand new post created as part of a pilot project and the post will be permanent. The ASD IPBS team is based within CAMHS covering the Teesside and Co Durham & Darlington area and is located at the Acklam Road Hospital site in Middlesbrough. The multi-disciplinary team works with young people up to age 18, who have a confirmed diagnosis of ASD and their families to deliver Intensive Positive Behaviour Support to prevent hospital admission or placement breakdown due to high levels of behaviour that challenges.The post holder will provide evidence-based assessment and interventions as part of the OT Pathway and IPBS and offer input to individuals, their families and carers, in the community. We are looking for an OT who can work flexibly to meet service need and has the vision, energy and inspiration to develop creative, imaginative solutions to working with young people and families.

Job description Job responsibilities

We are looking to recruit a dynamic and innovative occupational therapist to undertake assessment and interventions as part of the multi-disciplinary Intensive Positive Behavioural Service (IPBS). The post will be an integral part of an exciting pilot for children and young people with ASD who display functional behaviours of Concern.

The Intensive Positive Behaviour Support team is based within Specialist CAMHS covering the Durham Tees Valley area and is located at Acklam Road Hospital in Middlesbrough. We are looking for an occupational therapist who can work flexibly to meet service need and have the vision, energy, and inspiration to develop creative, imaginative solutions whilst working with young people and families across a range of settings.

IPBS ASD support young people who have autism and their families to provide 12-18 weeks high intensity, high fidelity behavioural support following the positive behaviour support (PBS) framework when there is a risk of hospital admission or placement breakdown; reducing behaviours of concern and enhancing quality of life.

The postholder may be required to work flexible hours across the entire week.

You will access wider support from the occupational therapy network in CAMHS in TEWV, to develop a way of delivering a high quality, needs-led OT service, utilising core occupational therapy skills to ensure all of the people we work with have a robust occupational therapy assessment and intervention plan in place.

Clinical/Professional supervision is provided by the Lead occupational therapist for CAMHS for the Trust. The postholder will attend OT Learning and Governance Networks to ensure fidelity to core occupational therapy delivery, enhance CPD and contribute to the wider OT service developments.

All team members must be committed to providing the best possible care for the people we work with and their families/carers.

The ability to engage and communicate with young people with ASD and behaviours that challenge as well as the parents/family/carers and system around them is essential. They must be able to demonstrate experience of delivery of occupational therapy, keenness to continually develop themselves and others, and a particular interest in this field of OT. We will support use of transferrable skills from a range of clinical settings.

There are varied opportunities for training and development, with CPD needs being identified and monitored through appraisal.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Clinical Supervisory Skills course (or willingness to undertake within agreed timescale).
  • Trust training in Appraisal and Recruitment (or willingness to undertake within an agreed timescale)
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Accredited Practice Placement Educator
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area.
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience in Occupational Therapy including experience working with service users in mental health or learning disabilities with complex needs.
  • Experience of supervising students on placement
  • Experience of participation in quality improvement activities
  • Experience of participation in clinical governance activities
  • Experience of developing and delivering training
  • Day to day supervision of staff
Knowledge Essential
  • National guidance and key standards in own specialist area
  • Health and Safety legislation and its application in practice
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
  • Clinical Governance and its application in practice.
  • Safeguarding and its application in practice.
  • Significant knowledge to post-graduate level of the needs and difficulties of service users in designated specialist area.
  • Significant knowledge of evidence based practice in designated specialist area
  • Knowledge of the Trust's Quality Improvement System (or willingness to learn in agreed timescale)
Skills Essential
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information in a manner appropriate to the individual and situation.
  • Solve complex clinical problems
  • Record keeping and report writing
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Manage own caseload and prioritise effectively
  • Motivate and work positively and constructively with other members of the team.
  • Apply latest research evidence and evaluative thinking in practice
  • Use multimedia materials for presentations in professional settings.

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