Occupational Therapist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist to work within our acute mental health service. Mulberry ward in Macclesfield is a newly modernised 26 bed mixed gender acute mental health ward. There is a small supportive Occupational Therapy team consisting of qualified OT staff and Technical Instructors. We have a developing MDT which includes nursing staff, advanced nurse practitioner, medical staff, psychologists, physiotherapist and therapy assistant.

The role will involve working closely with the whole MDT to assess service users' occupational functioning and to support them in achieving their goals towards safe and timely discharge. There will be access to regular and supportive Occupational Therapy supervision in addition to support from other members of the MDT. We have a clear and well established preceptorship package which includes increased supervision and support, and offer all staff opportunities for training and development.

The post holder will need at times to be able to work independently and to prioritise their own work load as well as being an integral part of the Occupational Therapy and wider team. They will be enthusiastic about working in this setting and have a passion for supporting individuals experiencing mental health difficulties. We welcome anyone interested in finding more about the post to contact us on the number provided to discuss the opportunities available.

Main duties of the job

  • Using the Model of Human Occupation to assess skills and deficits from both a functional and cognitive perspective
  • Undertaking home visits to support positive and safe discharge planning
  • Providing a range of therapeutic activities to support a positive recovery journey, promote functional opportunities and provide positive quality of life experiences
  • Working with the MDT to provide a positive inpatient experience and support a positive discharge process.

About us

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) supports thousands of vulnerable people across Cheshire and Merseyside. We provide physical, mental health and learning disability services to a total population of around one million people.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or you are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

Visit our 'Working for us' pages on our website to find out more about why you should choose CWP.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for a full copy.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

To ensure that we continue to provide Outstanding for Care (as recently been awarded by CQC), CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking aValues Based Interview/Assessment,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. Please note that DBS costs will be waived for applicants who are being recruited for COVID-19 reasons.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies. Please see attached Update Service Applicant Guide document for further information.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100 and quote the vacancy reference number.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma/BSc in Occupational Therapy
  • State Registration with Health and Care Professions Council
  • Membership of professional body
Knowledge and Expertise Essential
  • Some knowledge of current best practice in OT
  • Knowledge of assessment tools and outcome measures
  • Ability to work autonomously with individuals and groups
  • Group work skills
  • Skills in handling and moving
  • Ability to support Occupational Therapy students and support staff
  • Understanding of professional ethics and their application in practice
  • Understanding of team dynamics
  • Basic knowledge of health legislation and current practice, including CPA and risk assessment and management
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Basic knowledge of the principles of clinical governance
  • Training and presentation skills
  • Has practically applied evidence based practice
  • Evidence of research and clinical audit skills
  • Experience of working with people with mental illness.
Experience Essential
  • Application of the occupational therapy process
  • Use of functional assessment and activity analysis
  • Documented evidence of continuing Professional Development

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