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Occupational Therapist - AHP

Employer
Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Aldershot
Salary
£33,921 to £40,872 a year incl fringe HCAs
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Profession
Occupational Therapist
Service
Old Age
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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An excellent opportunity has arisen to come and be part of our dynamic Occupational Therapy service. As a service we have developed innovative ways of delivering evidenced based and outcome measured occupational therapy in the Older People Service to support people in their individual recovery journey, including a variety of occupationally focused group programmes.

The post will include delivering both individual and group occupational therapy interventions within a clear care pathway, these interventions include:

  • Lifestyle Matters Programme – a 20 session group which utilises Lifestyle Redesign© principles.
  • Memory Matters Programme – a 6 session group for people with early stages of dementia and their carers.
  • Comprehensive occupational therapy assessments & Individual occupational therapy interventions.


We use Model of Human Occupation to guide all our occupational therapy assessments and interventions. We are particularly focusing on embedding occupational science and neuroscience into our practice. The Occupational Therapy Leadership team is committed to an extensive, coordinated CPD programme including Trust wide training, core competence training, annual conferences, robust supervision structure, specialist interest groups and Older People’s care groups. Staff are valued for their expertise in occupationally focused interventions and specialist group therapy.

Main duties of the job

The North West Sector comprise of four Community Mental Health Teams who are based at Unither House in Chertsey. The Community Mental Health Teams for Older People support people who are over 65 with functional mental health conditions or dementia. Your role within the NW sector would be to provide high quality occupational therapy assessments, individual and group interventions across the four teams and support the wider health and social care system in understanding the occupational needs of service users and their families/carers. You will be working with another Occupational Therapist in delivering the Occupational Therapy service.

This post is suitable if you have had previous experience of working in mental health with older people with mental health or cognitive impairment, you want to consolidate your knowledge of occupational therapy and want to be involved in delivering high quality, evidence-based outcome measured occupational therapy interventions. The post would further provide you with the opportunity to work alongside the Lead Occupational Therapist.

If you are creative, committed to lifelong learning, good at using your initiative, and are committed to providing high quality occupational therapy, then apply today.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country withing easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Overview

1. To provide high quality and evidence based occupational therapy assessment and interventions, both group and individual, to people who access services and their carers/supporters/family members, in line with the occupational therapy pathways.

2. To communicate effectively with people who access services, carers, the multi-disciplinary team and when appropriate outside agencies.

3. To contribute to the generic functioning of the team.

4. To provide supervision and mentoring to more junior occupational therapists, occupational therapy apprenticeships, support workers and activities coordinators (as appropriate)

5. To provide occupational therapy student placements.

6. To contribute to service development and audits.

7. To take on the role of lead professional as appropriate.

Key Responsibilities

Leadership:

  • To contribute to service development and audits.
  • To provide supervision (if relevant to post) and mentoring to junior occupational therapy staff, occupational therapy apprentices, activity coordinators and support workers.
  • To represent occupational therapy within the multi-disciplinary team and locality/sector/wider divisional meetings.
  • To advocate and promote occupational therapy within the Trust.
  • To support the delivery of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities within services and divisions.
  • To provide clinical placements for occupational therapy students.
  • To contribute to the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.
  • To lead on project work relevant to the team/service, with support from the Lead Occupational Therapist.
  • To assist in appropriate staff recruitment and induction and contribute to the wider strategic plans regarding occupational therapy recruitment.


Clinical:

  • To demonstrate expertise and specialist occupational therapy skills in areas such as occupational identity and competency, occupational engagement, environmental adaptation, volition, development and maintenance of occupational skills.
  • To provide high quality occupational therapy assessments for people who access the service, adapting the approach as and when needed.
  • To provide evidence based and outcome measured occupational therapy interventions (individual and group), as outlined in the occupational therapy pathway.
  • To use effective clinical reasoning and formulation skills to devise person-centred occupational therapy care plans, alongside people who access services and their carers/supporters/family members (where appropriate).
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions.
  • To complete comprehensive risk assessment and management plans, raising safeguarding concerns in line with Trust policy.
  • To keep up to date with current evidence-based practice, research and National guidelines within your clinical area.
  • To act as the lead professional or care coordinator for people who access services for the duration of their occupational therapy assessment and/or intervention.
  • To utilise therapeutic use of self skills when providing occupational therapy interventions.
  • To understand group theory and system dynamics and how these impact on delivering services.
  • To communicate complex and challenging issues in an effective and compassionate way with people who access services, carers/family members/supporters, other clinicians and agencies/services.
  • To effectively manage a caseload with people who have complex needs.
  • To be compassionate, inclusive and understanding of the needs of people who access services, carers/supporter/family members.
  • To work in partnership with other community services and providers.
  • To have excellent time management skills and be able to independently manage occupational therapy referrals, triages and own caseload.


Professional:

  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures.
  • To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005).
  • To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation.
  • To engage in your own CPD to ensure that you have the knowledge and skills to deliver high quality occupational therapy assessments and interventions.
  • To document assessments, interventions, evaluations and progress notes in a clear, timely and professional manner, in line with Trust policy.
  • To actively engage in your own supervision and appraisal.
  • To ensure confidentially in line with the Trust’s policies and procedures
  • To contribute to a healthy and safe working environment by adhering to health and safety regulations and Trust policies.


Additional for Older People’s Services:

  • To prescribe equipment, in line with the equipment protocol.
  • To periodically cover the duty system within the CMHT and respond to any urgent mental health assessments and telephone calls as part of the duty system.


Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant post qualification clinical experience.
Desirable
  • Completion of a Fieldwork Educators course.
Experience Essential
  • Relevant post qualification clinical experience.
  • Experience of using multiple occupational frames of reference and approaches.
  • Experience of using relevant occupational therapy assessment and implementing interventions.
  • Experience in applying knowledge of the impact of health and disability on occupational performance, participation and identity.
  • Evidence of an interest and skills in specialist area.
  • Evidence of clinical reasoning skills.
  • UK driving license and access to a car for work purposes.
Desirable
  • Experience of contributing to service development/project work.
  • Experience as a supervisor.
  • Experience of group facilitation.
  • Experience of supporting students on placement.


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