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Occupational Therapist (Longmoor House)

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and innovative Occupational Therapist to join the therapy team at Longmoor House.

The service is based on a nursing and therapy led reablement model, utilising a holistic and person centred approach in order to support individuals requiring our services.

Our multidisciplinary working with combined expertise, revised pathways and community connections will facilitate a more timely discharge in conjunction with our service users.

Shortlisting date is planned for 5th September 2022

Interview date TBC

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be working as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide an excellent and effective reablement service.

You will be expected to be able to work autonomously and take responsibility for a caseload ensuring that evidence based, individualised and effective treatment is administered with the outcome of a timely and safe discharge.

Excellent time management, clinical reasoning and risk assessment skills are essential for this role.

You will be supported by the senior members of staff and team lead with regular supervision and in service training.

The service will work over 7 days per week on a rota.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Purpose:

The Occupational Therapy role will function as part of the multidisciplinary team within a sub-acute intermediate care setting to provide a seamless service to patients.

The post holder will be expected to effectively manage a caseload of patients co-morbidities as an autonomous practitioner, usingevidence based patient centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions of the patient group.

The post holder will provide leadership for junior staff, when appropriate, through supervision and appraisal.

The post holder will participate in planning, development and evaluation of Occupational Therapy services within a designated area/team, holding responsibility for defined projects.

The post holder take a holistic approach in the assessment and treatment of patients, being responsible for the provision of appropriate, high quality care to a defined caseload which may be of a complex nature, using the appropriate model of care and evidenced based practice.

Work in partnership with other professional to enable patients to be maintained in an appropriate environment, thus avoiding acute hospital admission.

The post holder will participate as an active member of the multidisciplinary team in developing and delivering high quality and innovative services to patients.

The post holder will promote effective teamwork, delegating activities appropriately, to the benefit of the patient and service delivery.

To contribute to the maintenance and development of the Occupational Therapy profession within the team and facilitate effective learning within the area of practice for all students and practitioners.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Occupational Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy.
  • Enhanced DBS Disclosure
  • Teaching / Mentorship qualification or equivalent work based experience.
  • Membership of professional body.
  • Practice placement education qualification
  • Evidence of post registration
  • Study in a field relevant to post.
Knowledge / Experience Essential
  • Demonstrate experience of Occupational Therapy functional assessment including activity analysis
  • Experience of successful team working.
  • Experience of liaison with internal and external services and agencies
  • Knowledge and ability to express an understanding of Occupational Therapy Process including activity and task analysis and the formulation of intervention plans grounded in clinical reasoning.
  • General knowledge of the principles of clinical governance.
  • Having an understanding of clinical and environmental risk assessment.
  • Evidence of CPD/short courses.
  • Experience of service development audit and research practice relevant to the clinical area.
  • Experience of being involved in clinical audit and/or research
  • Experience of being involved in clinical audit and/or research
Skills Essential
  • Ability to prioritise and manage own caseload being able to assess, set goals and evaluate the progress of the treatment plan.
  • Up to date knowledge and application of current best practice in Occupational Therapy and the relevant area practice
  • Application of Occupational Therapy outcome measures and models of practice
  • Application of the process of standard setting, audit, evaluation and review.
  • A sound knowledge of the core skills of Occupational Therapy and their application in this field.
  • Be able to communicate effectively with patients within the specific client group
  • Have good listening skills
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of Health and Care Profession Councils Standards of Proficiency and the responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts of mentorship and supervision.
  • Evidence of active participation in supervision and the appraisal process
  • Experience of group and individual interventions with the specific client group.
  • Experience working in a collaborative way with the MDT and patients/carers
  • Good time management skills.
  • Apply and promote skills to include carrying out occupational assessments, setting clear occupational goals and facilitating a wide variety of therapeutic interventions via the provision of meaningful activities.
  • Able to apply Person Centred approaches
  • Apply clinical skills and able to reflect on own and others practice.
  • Excellent range of communication skills, able to motivate and support other staff
  • Ability to facilitate presentations.
  • Self Management and motivation skills
  • Risk assessment skills.
  • It Literate.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Awareness of factors contributing to good health and the importance of promoting these in line with the organisational public health policy.
  • Understanding of partnership working
  • Awareness of local agenda in health and social care.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills to be able to initiate, monitor and implement change and fully participate in the development of Occupational Therapy service delivery
  • Apply professional skills to enable MDT working partnerships and liaise with external agencies.

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