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Occupational Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year per annum Inc HCA
Closing date
1 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified Band 6 Occupational Therapist to work with adults of working age, within the inpatient service at Tower hamlets centre for mental health.

You will be based within the Occupational Therapy department and work as part of this experienced team to provide a therapeutic activity programme to inpatient service users. You will also work closely with service users during their recovery, assessing their needs and providing treatment interventions to facilitate their successful discharge. The use of OT assessment and evaluation tools will be a part of your everyday practice. We are also developing sensory integration work within a trauma informed care approach, which you will be able to apply in your practice..

We require someone who is flexible and approachable. Effective communication skills, time management and organisational skills are essential, as is the ability to work well with all members of the multi-disciplinary team.

You will be expected to engage in activities related to your continuing professional development with a comprehensive supervision and appraisal structure. There are excellent opportunities to develop your professional, clinical and managerial skills.

Main duties of the job

To manage a caseload of clients with complex needs using evidence based/client centred principles.

To assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions, with particular emphasis on Millharbour/Rosebank Psychiatric Intensive Care/Low secure Unit, in coordination with other members of the Multi-disciplinary and occupational therapy team.

To take a lead in linking with the Psychiatric Intensive Care/Low secure Unit and the OT department at the Tower Hamlets Centre for Mental Health.

To work in community and in-patient settings.

To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of OT services within Tower Hamlets Centre for mental health.

To contribute to the maintenance and development of the Trust OT Service

To regularly supervise OT students on practice placement and provide supervision to junior staff.

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

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • oDiploma or degree in Occupational Therapy.
  • oState Registration.
  • oMember of the British Association of Occupational Therapy.
  • oExperience of CPD and role development activities
  • oFieldwork Educator Training
Experience Essential
  • oAt least three years post qualification in clinical mental health setting and/or demonstrable experience highly related to the clinical field.
  • oEvidence of Service Development activities.
  • oExperience of working as part of a Multi-disciplinary team.
  • oExperience of managing own caseload.
  • oExperience of individual and group work.
  • oExperience of staff supervision.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oKnowledge of applied social, health and medical sciences including
  • oPsychology, anatomy, physiology and sociology.
  • oKnowledge of how mental health difficulties impact upon occupational functioning and performance.
  • oKnowledge of current National legislation, policies and guidelines relevant to (specific area) and their application.
  • oWorking knowledge of Clinical Governance and its application.
  • oKnowledge of College of OT standards of practice and their application.
  • oOccupational and vocational assessment skills.
  • oSpecialist clinical skills to carry out OT interventions therapeutic and activity based interventions; remedial training and cognitive behavioural interventions and psychosocial and psycho-educational interventions.
  • oSpecialist Health Promotion and rehabilitation skills in order to promote social inclusion and prevent relapse and hospitalisation.
  • oTo have developed interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed and maintained with clients who have complex needs.
  • oAbility to evaluate the effectiveness of OT interventions including knowledge of outcome measures.
  • oAbility to manage a complex clinical caseload.
  • oAbility to undertake clinical risk assessment.
  • oAbility to plan, prioritise and coordinate clinical service provision.
  • oAbility to communicate difficult information.
  • oAbility to assess and manage verbal aggression and risk of physical aggression in hospital setting and community settings, whilst reducing the risk to those involved.
  • oAbility to plan and work with statutory and non-statutory services around clinical issues.
  • oWord-processing/IT skills.
  • oGood organisational and time management skills.
  • oAbility to maintain the profile of OT within a MDT and the organisation.
  • oKnowledge of Equal Opportunities, confidentiality and consent issues.
Other Essential
  • oPhysical skills required facilitating a wide range of activities both on a one-to-one and group basis, including moving and using equipment as required.
  • oMental and emotional effort required to undertake intense concentration required for clinical consultations and interventions on both a one-to-one and group basis.
  • oMental and emotional effort required to undertake intense concentration for data analysis, strategic planning, holistic formulations; report writing etc. with frequent interruptions.
  • oAbility to manage frequent highly distressing clinical interactions with clients who have serious mental health problems.

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