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Occupational Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Due to internal development, an opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join the Bedfordshire and Luton Early Intervention Service, based in Twinwoods Health Resource Centre, Milton Road, Clapham, Beds MK41 6AT.

The Early Intervention in Psychosis service aims to provide early and sustained engagement to people experiencing a first episode of psychosis. The service works with these people to achieve their social and personal recovery goals by delivering a range of evidence-based interventions within a collaborative framework. This helps to reduce the impact of a first episode of psychosis, foster hope that recovery is possible and maximises the quality of life of service users and their families. This is an area where you can really make a difference to the lives of others.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the care coordination of a defined caseload of service users experiencing a first episode of psychosis in the community and will work closely with them and their families. The post holder will be required to complete specialist and comprehensive assessments of needs and develop and implement an evidence based plan of care. They will work as part of and be supported by a multi-disciplinary team focusing on recovery and social inclusion. The role will include the use of a range of psycho-social interventions and raising awareness initiatives. You will also have dedicated OT-specific time within each week where you can utilise those skills unique to your profession. Occupational Therapists work as an integral part of Community Teams providing specialist bio-psycho-social interventions.

You will be part of a large OT service, with a focus on investment in staff and staff wellbeing. A planned, supportive induction period will be developed to enable you to reach your full potential in your role. Regular managerial and professional supervision will be provided and you will have monthly opportunities to participate in the services OT CPD events and shape service development through quality improvement. Professional development and training are actively encouraged through the appraisal process.

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

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy for further information.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • State Registration
  • UK Driving license with access to a car
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable post-qualification experience highly related to the clinical field
  • Experience of working in a community setting
  • Experience of using evidence based assessment tools
  • Experience of CPD and role development activities
  • Experience of staff/student supervision
  • Evidence of working as part of a MDT.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Ability to independently manage a complex clinical caseload.
  • Applied social, health and medical sciences required for the practice of Occupational Therapy including psychology, anatomy physiology and sociology
  • Applied psychological perspectives relevant to OT in mental health including behavioural, cognitive, psychoanalytic and humanistic perspectives
  • Understanding of the impact of mental health difficulties upon occupational functioning (self-care, productivity and leisure) and performance components (i.e. inter and intra personal, cognitive, physical)
  • Applied psychological perspectives relevant to OT in mental health including behavioural, cognitive, psychoanalytic and humanistic perspectives
  • The theory and practice of occupational therapy including occupational science and holistic models of OT practice
  • Clinical skills in order to carry out OT interventions (e.g. psychotherapeutic, interactive and activity based interventions, cognitive behavioural interventions, psychosocial and psycho-educational interventions )
  • Theoretical and working knowledge of holistic models of OT practice and skills in group work, teaching and counselling.
  • Current legislation and National Guidelines and their application and be able to impart this to others

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