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Occupational Therapist Band 7

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year No HCAS
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Occupational Therapist

To provide highly effective leadership, individualised and specialist Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment within the BLMK CAMHS Tier 4 Inpatient Unit. Focus is on engaging on community resources to establish robust activities of daily living to enable the young person to be discharged.

To work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and contribute an occupation-focused understanding of a young person's difficulties and needs.

To provide Occupational Therapy that is sensitive to the developmental, cultural and highly complex mental health needs of the young people in the Service.

To prepare effective pathways to care within the BLMK CAMHS Tier 4 Inpatient Unit.

To provide clinical supervision to qualified staff and students.

Main duties of the job

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) is embarking on a very exciting journey to develop our specialist Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). In 2021, NHS England confirmed additional funding to develop an interim acute mental health inpatient unit for Children and Young People in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

The development of the new service is being done in conjunction with children, parents and carers who have experience of in-patient admission. Young people are helping us plan the ethos of the unit, recruit the staff and think about how we can deliver the best care. Were really proud of the leadership provided by young people to improve mental health services. If you come and join us, you will have a unique opportunity to truly collaborate to improve outcomes.

The space will provide specialist, short-term care for children and young people aged 13-17 with severe or complex mental health difficulties. You will be working alongside a diverse multi-disciplinary team that reflects the population that we serve. Our vision is to make a positive difference in young people's lives by providing the highest quality mental health service to our local communities, to help them overcome some of life's challenges.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations

Job description Job responsibilities

ELFT is working in partnership with Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL), which provides mental health services in Milton Keynes. Work is currently underway to identify a suitable location for the interim unit and we are now looking to recruit into our establishment.

This post will be based in Luton although there will be flexibility at the beginning for some work from home, whilst this is being set up. This set-up period will involve working on the development of the new team, proactively reviewing the care of young people placed in patient units and working with our community teams to enhance intensive packages of care as alternatives to admission.

In the long term, a dedicated and permanent CAMHS unit will be developed in the proposed new build that the trust is developing in Bedford. This post is substantive, as staff recruited into this role will have the opportunity to transition into the permanent unit.

Please see the job description for more information on this particular role.

For further information, please contact:

Jenny Sookraj, Service Manager/Lead Nurse

Or Lawrence Chung, Transformation Project Manager

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • State Registration.
  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy.
  • At least 2 years experience at a senior OT level, Band 6, in a clinical mental health setting and or demonstrates experience in relevant field.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • To have acquired specialist professional knowledge within the field of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health in order to be able to take a lead role in the development of the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.
  • To have highly developed specialist occupational, vocational and sensory assessment skills.
  • To have highly developed specialist clinical skills to carry out therapeutic and activity-based interventions; remedial training and cognitive rehabilitation, behavioural interventions and psychosocial and psycho-educational interventions.
  • To have highly developed specialist health promotion and rehabilitation skills in order to promote social inclusion and prevent relapse and hospitalisation.
  • To have highly developed interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed and maintained with clients who have complex mental health needs.
  • Ability to apply highly specialist interpersonal and communication skills in both individual and group therapeutic interventions with clients with severely challenging behaviour and where there are significant communication barriers.
Experience Essential
  • Ability to use the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills in hostile or highly emotive atmospheres both clinically and with staff.
  • Ability to exercise judgement and make interpretations regarding complex issues where there are a range of options relating to clinical and/or supervisory situations.
  • Ability to communicate highly complex information to Occupational Therapy staff and other professionals.
  • Ability to take the lead in managing/supervising staff on an individual and group basis e.g. management and clinical supervision, chairing meetings, undertaking training and presentations.
  • Ability to assess and manage exposure of self, staff and clients to potential hazards including frequent verbal aggression and risk of physical aggression in acute mental health units and community settings (e.g. clients home, community venues, public transport etc.)
  • Specialist skills in analysing and interpreting relevant information to enable service and staff development.
  • To be able to contribute to a team approach in managing safety
Knowledge & skills Essential
  • To have highly developed specialist knowledge of applied social, health, and medical sciences including psychology, anatomy, physiology and sociology.
  • To have highly developed specialist knowledge of mental health difficulties and their impact upon functioning and performance.
  • To have highly developed specialist knowledge pertaining to the development of the Psychiatric Intensive Care units in Adult Mental Health in the following areas -clinical, research and development.
  • To have knowledge of current National legislation, policies and guidelines. (Mental Health Act 1983 Social Inclusion Unit Policy, National service Framework for Mental Health).
  • Working knowledge of Clinical Governance and its application.
Other Essential
  • Ability to use computer systems to access electronic notes and to have keyboard skills to be able to write up assessment outcomes.
  • Mental effort required to undertake tasks demanding intense and prolonged concentration.
  • To have the mental resilience to be able to move from one complex task to the next, such as attending meetings, carrying out assessments, carrying out therapeutic interventions, managing staff and carrying out development work.

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