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Occupational Therapist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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The post holder works alongside more senior experienced therapist(s) to consolidate and develop their skills, through regular contact and supervision from the senior therapist(s). There may be some contribution to the occupational therapy plans for people with complex needs but the post holder is not the responsible therapist in assessing and providing occupational therapy plans for people with very complex occupational needs.

After a period of preceptorship, and following approved training, the band 5 occupational therapist provides fieldwork placements for occupational therapy undergraduates. As confidence and experience grows, the therapist becomes increasingly responsible for the supervision of support staff, and for the delegation of occupational therapy tasks.

Main duties of the job

The post involves working alongside experienced Occupational Therapists, Therapy Assistants, Health and Wellbeing Workers and the Multidisciplinary Team with inpatients experiencing acute mental health problems.

The successful candidate will be responsible for caseloads, assessing patients within the hospital, community and home environments and supporting with patient centered care and timely discharges to home or the most appropriate placement. They will also be expected to undertake supervision of support staff and assist in local developments related to the Occupational Therapy department and wider hospital community.

We are looking for an Occupational Therapist who is enthusiastic about working in mental health with excellent communication skills and who wants to to develop their clinical skills in this exciting area. They will be supported to consolidate and develop their skills through regular contact and supervision from senior therapists as well as well as being supported and encouraged with their own professional development.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma/Bsc/Msc in occupational therapy (OT)
  • Ongoing registration with Health and Care Professionals Council
Knowledege Essential
  • Emerging knowledge of current best practice in OT
  • Understanding of professional ethics and their application in practice
  • Understanding of team dynamics
  • Basic knowledge of health legislation and current practice, including CPA and risk assessment and management
Experience Essential
  • Application of the OT process
  • Broad range of under graduate practice placement experience
  • Use of functional assessment and the analysis of occupation
  • Positive learning from experience gained in mental health setting pre or post qualification
Abilities Essential
  • Ability to work single-handedly with individuals and groups
  • Group work skills
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
Other Essential
  • Ability to travel around organisational footprint
  • Commitment to client centred, non-discriminatory practice

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