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Occupational Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year p.a, pro rata for part time
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for a full time or part time Occupational Therapist to work within the West Dorset Acute Occupational Therapy Team. You will receive regular supervision, participate in a peer support network, have the opportunity of flexible working, receive ongoing learning and development and regular CPD opportunities.

The role involves providing assessment and intervention for people with a mental illness; supporting men and women in an acute phase of illness and assisting them in their recovery. You will work closely with the multidisciplinary team and be an integral part of the delivery of patient care and service development.

You will be required to undertake a Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression course. It is a condition of your employment that you successfully complete all aspects of this course; if this is not achieved you will not be able to commence working in the post.

We would welcome applications from newly qualified occupational therapists and we provide a very comprehensive and fully supported Preceptorship Programme for newly qualified healthcare professionals.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of this job are Occupational Therapy assessment, intervention and evaluation of people when they are in an acute stage of mental illness. Other duties include working within an MDT, liaising with external services, communicating with family members, Further responsibilities include involvement in quality improvement, attending professional meeting, guiding support workers and keeping training and CPD up to date for self and others.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification Essential Essential
  • Occupational Therapy BSc Hons
Communication Essential
  • ICT basic skills
  • Good communication skills
Continuing Professional Development Essential
  • HCPC registered
  • RCOT membership
Experience Desirable
  • Previous mental health experience

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