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Community Mental Health Professional, Occupational Therapist

Employer
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Taunton
Salary
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Profession
Occupational Therapist
Service
Community
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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We are currently transforming Mental Health Services in Somerset and have an exciting opportunity for you to be part of an expanding Community Mental Health Service. This is an exciting time for Occupational Therapists to join the Community Mental Health Service in Somerset.Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has been one of the early implementer sites of governmental transformational policy and for the last two years has been drastically changing the design of mental health services and matching service users to the most appropriate team and/or professional within a wide network of available support.

Within that context, we are creating OT specific interventions which will complement the existing intervention options available to our patients and the MDT. The post holder will have the opportunity to support the design and implementation of OT specific interventions and will be part of a team focused on the continued review and improvement of our service. There will be wider opportunities that stem from this piece of work if they are of interest; for example, presenting our work to colleagues, attending and presenting at conferences and developing and reviewing our referral pathway and any corresponding paperwork or processes.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will deliver a high quality, comprehensive mental health service for patients with severe and enduring mental health difficulties within the Community Mental Health Service. The role involves managing a defined caseload, with a focus on working with individuals who experience a complex range of needs and difficulties, and supporting their significant others.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will work towards holding a partially specialist OT caseload, carrying out specific OT assessments and interventions that are underpinned by the Model of Human Occupation. You will contribute to the clinical leadership of the team, promote awareness of the role of Occupational Therapy within multi-disciplinary and multi-agency team, and provide supervision for other team members, as agreed with the Team Manager. It will be expected that the post holder will regularly supervise OT students on practice placement.

The OTs within CMHS are part of the wider OT network within the trust, which provides plenty of opportunity to connect with and learn from others. There is an OT leadership structure in place across the Trust to provide support and supervision, including an OT Clinical Lead within CMHS who will provide direct support to the post holder.This is a very exciting time to join a thriving and innovative Mental Health Trust that has received significant investment for mental health services in Somerset and is a trailblazer site for the Community Mental Health Framework.

This enables us to offer an excellent service to people with mental health difficulties ensuring that people can have the right help at the right time, in the right place, operating a no wrong door' ethos.

We have recently been recognised for this dynamic way of working and have been awarded the Collaborating for Improvement National Improvement Award from the NHS Big Conversation for Improvement as well as Mental Health Trust of the Year.

The post holder will deliver a high quality, comprehensive mental health service for patients with severe and enduring mental health difficulties within the Community Mental Health Service. The role involves managing a defined caseload, with a focus on working with individuals who experience a complex range of needs and difficulties, and supporting their significant others.

Acting as a key member of the multi-disciplinary team, the post holder will provide assessment, psychosocial, evidence-based interventions using a collaborative, recovery approach and will beskilled at positive risk management. The post holder will contribute to the clinical leadership of the team, providing supervision for other team members, as agreed with the Team Manager, and participate in team and service development and evaluation. Liaison with a wide range of agencies is central to the role.

The post holder must hold a full driving licence and have permanent access to own transport and have appropriate insurance.

Please see attached Job Description for more information on the role

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Relevant professional qualification within Mental Health
Desirable
  • Evidence of recent relevant training
Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • Post qualification experience in mental health
Desirable
  • Working with clients in their own homes.
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of current developments in community mental health and assertive outreach
Desirable
  • Psychosocial intervention skills
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Speaks to distressed patients, and their relatives, by telephone phone and in person.
other Essential
  • car driver essential


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