Specialist Occupational Therapist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Bishop Auckland
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Full Time
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Exciting opportunity to join a new developing MHSOP Crisis Team

This post is a new post in a growing area for occupational therapy. It is a fantastic development opportunity for both experienced band 5 staff who feel ready to increase their level of added responsibility and challenge, and existing band 6 staff who wish to broaden their expert knowledge further in an alternate clinical area.

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen (fixed term - 12 months) for a competent, confident and enthusiastic full time Occupational Therapist to join our MHSOP Crisis and Home Treatment team

Occupational assessments and interventions will be completed as part of a multi-disciplinary team with a strong commitment to collaborative working, and focus on the provision of high quality evidence based services to individuals with mental health problems

A commitment to core focus on mental health and specifically the assessment of occupational performance and the therapeutic use of occupation is essential.

The post will offer varied opportunities for training and development, with CPD needs being identified and monitored through appraisal. Well defined supervision systems are in place.

In the event that permanent funding is secured for this post the successful applicant will be confirmed in post on a permanent basis.

Applicants must ensure that prior to applying they have agreement from their current line manager that they can be released on a secondment basis.

About us

We are geographically one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country with an annual income of £423m and a workforce of over 7,500 staff operating from around 160 sites. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability services for the people of County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby, serving a population of around 2 million people. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We deliver our services by working in partnership with 8 local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical area of around 3,600 square miles, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas.
Our alues
The most important way we will get there is by living our values all of the time. These are:
  • Respect - listening, inclusive, working in partnership
  • Compassion - kind, supporting, recognising and celebrating
  • Responsibility - honest, learning, ambitious

Job description Job responsibilities

Manages a complex/specialist OT caseload from assessment to discharge from therapy. Service users may have multiple needs with a combination of physical and mental health or learning disabilities. Service users may demonstrate behaviours that challenge or have difficult family situations of relevance.Responsible for ensuring the highest professional standards and attitudes towards the care of service users are maintained at all times and that care is delivered in accordance with evidence based practice by all staff for whom the post holder has designated responsibility.Undertakes complex occupational therapy assessments and develops complex therapy programmes.Assesses and manages risk effectively in clinical and community settings including the service users own home.Works with service users and carers to identify occupational therapy goals as part of the overall Multidisciplinary Team plan.Develops and implements specialist interventions for individuals or groups, in collaboration with the service user(s) and MDT to achieve therapeutic goals.Uses technical and creative skills to engage service users in therapeutic activities and encourages service users/carers in a compassionate manner, to support them in achieving their identified goals.Monitors and evaluates occupational therapy treatment in order to measure progress and modifies treatment plans to ensure effectiveness of clinical interventions.Provides reports and makes recommendations on service user progress at clinical meetings and participates in the clinical decision-making process regarding service user care programmes as part of the multidisciplinary team.Provides specialist clinical advice to other healthcare professionals including those in the acute hospital sector with limited mental health or learning disability experience.May provide professional advice, as requested and where appropriate, in relation to subject access requests.Provides advice, education and training to service users and carers.Undertakes health promotion activities.

Assesses service users for and fits adapted equipment in the home, as appropriate.Acts as lead professional for service users on standard care if no other professional is involved in the service users care and may undertake care co-ordination for service users on Care Programme Approach where there is an occupational therapy component identified.Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of service user harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the service user. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of children who may be at risk.Demonstrates safe moving and handling of service users, using equipment as required.Demonstrates safe physical interventions in the management of violence and aggression as required.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Successful completion of preceptorship year as a graduate occupational therapist
  • Accredited Practice Placement Educator (APPLE)
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of delivering Occupational Therapy including experience working with service users in mental health or learning disabilities with complex needs
  • Experience of participation in quality improvement activities
Knowledge Essential
  • National guidance and key standards in own specialist area
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice
  • Significant knowledge to post-graduate level of the needs and difficulties of service users in designated specialist area.
Skills Essential
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team

Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Auckland Park Hospital

Westfield Road

Bishop Auckland

DL14 6AE

Employer's website
https://www.tewv.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

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