Complex Care Occupational Therapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Thurrock, Southend, Braintree and Chelmsford
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
11 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Complex Care Occupational Therapist Band 6 - £32,306 - £39,027 per annum Full Time - 37.5 hours per week Various Locations - Thurrock, Southend, Braintree and Chelmsford

New funding has created new Complex Care Occupational Therapy (Mental Health) posts in a variety of locations across Mid and South Essex. These posts would suit experienced Occupational Therapists wishing to extend their skills and experience. The posts are located within the locality mental health teams in Thurrock, Southend, Braintree and Chelmsford. You will work as a member of the multidisciplinary team, with close professional supervision and guidance from a senior Occupational Therapist.

The service delivers a range of individual and group interventions aimed towards assessing and treating a person's functional abilities, increasing awareness and knowledge of mental health conditions and how to manage them, helping to regain a level of autonomy and independence.

The post will suit a committed, motivated individual, interested in extending and developing their clinical skills working with those needing input from the mental health services. The post will support your development of Occupational Therapy mental health skills, training and development opportunities.

Main duties of the job

  • To assess service users referred to the service, frequently acting as the first point of contact.
  • To utilise specialist assessments when presented with complex cases.
  • To make decisions on the level of treatment intervention required.
  • To undertake treatment planning, communicating and negotiating treatment plans and clinical reasoning for intervention with service users and their carers.
  • To communicate agreed treatment/care plans to multi-disciplinary team colleagues and partnership agencies and liaise with them at formal and informal meetings.
  • To provide specialist clinical advice and input for service users with complex problems and needs
  • To work in collaboration to optimise physical and social environments in order to facilitate functional performance and empower service users
  • To manage a caseload of complex presentations using evidence based, client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
  • To apply a variety of treatment modalities to meet the needs of service users in individual or group format, utilising clinical reasoning processes to determine the most appropriate setting for intervention.
  • To liaise with in-patient and community based services and system partners to ensure smooth transfer of care through the services.

Please see Job Description for further main duties

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description Job responsibilities

For further main responsibilities and duties please refer to the job description and person specification.

Person Specification Additional Requirements Essential
  • Keyboard and computer literacy skills
  • Car driver - ability to travel across sites and boundaries to attend meetings etc
  • Uphold EPUT's Customer Care ethos
Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Evidence of continuing professional and personal development.
  • Evidence of post qualification study
Knowledge Essential
  • In-depth knowledge of working with people with mental health problems
  • In depth knowledge of wider policy and service issues relating to mental health
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding issues and child protection requirements/legislation and how these apply to the role
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation
Skills/Experience Essential
  • Experience as a qualified occupational therapist in mental health
  • Literate in IT/computer skills
  • Good oral communication skills based on fluency on the English language
  • Experience of providing professional support/supervision and motivation of staff
  • Ability to assess clinical situation quickly and use initiative
  • Experience in of working closely and developing relationships with senior medical nursing social and clinical staff
  • Ability to produce clear, coherent and accurate clinical reports including ability to complete required electronic data systems for a variety of audiences
  • Skills in motivating staff
  • Facilitation skills
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Shares the Trust's beliefs and models this in attitude and behaviour
  • Ensures that the organisational values of open, compassionate and empowering are demonstrated by self and others every day and that any matters of concern are addressed in a timely way, either directly; or raised with the relevant processes within the Trust as appropriate
  • Negotiation skills in the management of conflict across a range of situations, including the resolution of complaints which may involve diffusion of hostility and aggression
  • Ability to empathise with clients, carers and families and colleagues, ensuring that effective communication is achieved
  • Ability to work under pressure and ability to contain and manage the stress of others and oneself
  • Ability to frequently sustain periods of prolonged concentration for data analysis, report writing etc.
  • Ability to balance competing priorities
  • Ability to manage unpredictable work patterns and changing deadlines
  • Ability to deal with exposure to highly distressing situations
  • Ability to contain the emotional impact of working with people with mental health problems
  • Evidence of user focus in the development, organisation, delivery and evaluation of care
  • An understanding and positive regard for the needs and rights of people with mental health problems and their carers
  • Ability to ensure that teams or colleagues are supported to achieve targets

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