Specialist Community Perinatal Occupational Therapist - AHP

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,574 to £49,587 a year incl. Fringe HCAS (pro rata)
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Perinatal Care
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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Do you aspire to change peoples lives for the better? Would you like to work flexibly in a highly regarded team who strive to provide high quality care primarily to mothers, alongside their babies and partners ensuring women experience positive mental health during pregnancy and postnatally? We offer excellent training and development opportunities to enable you to work in this specialism, including perinatal conferences, simulation training, post graduate opportunities and regular internal training.

We are looking for a highly motivated and skilled Occupational therapist to help grow the occupational therapy team and to provide specialist interventions both individually and in group settings to women across Surrey. The service is currently expanding across Surrey and we are looking to have two specialist OTs and an OTA to work across site, this position has the option to be based in either Epsom or Godalming.

This is a part-time role offering 30 hours per week.

The ability to work across Surrey is essential and a car is required.

Main duties of the job

As a member of the team, you would provide specialist OT and biopsychosocial assessments and interventions to women during pregnancy, delivery and up to 24 months postnatal. The post holder will develop strong links with the Parent Infant mental health service, Health Visiting, Family Nurse Partnership, Midwifery, Adult mental health, Childrens services and the voluntary sector. The team works closely with the mental health midwives and obstetricians from the 4 local maternity units. You will hold a caseload of women for a specified locality and participate in triaging new referrals on a rotational basis supported by experienced team members.

The occupational therapy leadership team is committed to an extensive, coordinated CPD programme including supervision, care group and trust wide training, core competence training, and annual conferences.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of expanding service and to help shape the future of occupational therapy in perinatal mental health care in Surrey. You will be joining a friendly and supportive team with extensive training opportunities along with regular supervision and reflective practice.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities

My job makes better lives by promoting health and independence for Individuals referred to perinatal services by delivering high quality occupational therapy assessments, interventions and consultation, providing clinical leadership, supervision and guidance to occupational therapists. These will be undertaken within an accessible, non-stigmatising, localized service that contributes to the specialist health care of women during the perinatal period within the locality.

Job Overview

To assess and contribute to the diagnosis of individuals referred to the Perinatal service.

To manage a caseload of women in the perinatal period with complex, severe and enduring mental health needs, providing interventions which support and promote improved mental and physical health for mothers, babies and their families.

To evaluate the Occupational needs of individuals referred to the perinatal mental health service.

To plan, implement and evaluate occupational therapy interventions

To supervise and teach staff, including students.

Suitable for someone who is passionate about ensuring a high quality holistic approach to the care and support provided to the women who have been identified as in need of perinatal support to enable them to have a positive experience of pregnancy, childbirth and the first 2 years of motherhood and to enable them to exercise choice over their own lives.

Key Responsibilities

To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005).

To provide compassionate and effective leadership .

To provide high quality and evidence based occupational therapy assessment and interventions and consultation to people with complex needs who access services and their carers/supporters/family members, generic and specialised in line with the occupational therapy and service pathways using a range of occupational therapy models and frame of references

To demonstrate highly specialist expertise and specialist occupational therapy skills in areas such as occupational engagement, environmental adaptation, development and maintenance of skills needed for living an ordinary life

To communicate effectively with a range of clinicians, managers, directors, associate directors, people who access services, carers/supporter/family members, stakeholders and agencies.

To provide supervision and mentoring to occupational therapists, assistants, apprentices and students within the occupational therapy service.

To actively contribute to the continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities within the wider occupational therapy service.

To contribute to the professional leadership and continued development of a team service area.

Contribute to appropriate staff recruitment and contribute to the wider strategic plans regarding occupational therapy recruitment.

To provide and evaluate the effectiveness of evidence based occupational therapy interventions (individual and group), as outlined in the occupational therapy pathway.

To undertake comprehensive risk assessments and develop effective risk management plans.

To hold case load of women with moderate to severe/complex mental health need.

To lead alongside other seniors in the management of referrals and participate in the triage function of the service.

To research national best practice and enable services to benchmark practice against nationally recognised standards.

To participate in developing and conducting clinical audit and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within the perinatal mental health field.

Develop and provide a range of specialist teaching/training packages which can be delivered to a range of multi-disciplinary audiences

To promote shared decision making with service user/relatives/carers, as appropriate, involvement in all aspects of their care.

To regularly lead MDT and referral meetings as required.

To ensure provision of the necessary physical care to the women who use the service and liaising with the appropriate midwifery and obstetric services

To act in a manner to respect the customs, individuality, values, sexuality and spiritual beliefs, actively supporting the individual to fulfil these.

Participate in the education of pre and post registration nursing, social work, psychology, medical and occupational therapy students.

Supervise junior qualified and non qualified staff in the team

To participate in the development and implementation of the specialist teaching/training packages which will be delivered to a range of multi-disciplinary audiences.

To report to the service manager and work in collaboration with the service manager and senior team, to deputise for the service manager and act up into the role in their absence.

To undertake risk assessments and management strategies in line with trust and local policies, and ensure the delivery of care within same.

To recognize potential crisis situations and act responsively and responsibly to resolve the situation, seeking assistance if required.

To identify and address health education issues that cause risks relevant to the women accessing the perinatal service.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • 3 years experience post qualification in mental health services which must include experience of providing supervision
Qualifications Essential
  • HCPC registered Occupational Therapist
  • A driving license suitable for driving in the United Kingdom
  • Additional academic clinical qualification relevant to area of work
  • Leadership training or relevant leadership experience
  • Experience in perinatal mental health care
  • Clinical supervision training
  • Fieldwork educators training

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