The Lambeth Acute Occupational Therapy service is in the process of transitioning to a model of practice using OT apprentices drawn from the local community, whose work and professional development is overseen by Band six senior clinicians. We hope that this will shape the service into one which better represents the communities we serve as well as provide our senior OTs with the chance to focus on more complex cases, develop occupationally focused initiatives on their wards, and gain valuable practice in managing staff.
We are seeking imaginative and assertive clinicians with the commitment and enthusiasm to help us drive this initiative forward. You will take an active role in recruiting our apprentices and supporting them to develop their practical skills in occupational therapy across two acute wards.
Lambeth Hospital wards are due to move to a purpose built site based at the Maudsley in 2023 with facilities including a brand new gym, ADL kitchens, sensory integration room, and a roof garden.
We welcome applications from people with lived experience. We welcome applications from people with links to the local area. We advocate strongly for a culture which values, respects and celebrates diversity. As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage LGBTQ+, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and disabled applicants and value the positive impact and difference this will have on our teams and the organisation as a whole.
Main duties of the job
- Ensure that service users on two wards have access to a comprehensive therapeutic programme with a recovery focus.
- Build robust and supportive relationships with service users and carers for the duration of admission
- Support and guide the clinical and practical skills development of your team of apprentices.
- Maintain professional relationships as a senior team member whilst retaining a sound understanding of the need to ensure a strong occupational therapy presence on the ward.
- Ensure a strong focus on service user employment across the designated ward(s)
The OT team works closely together to maintain a strong professional profile and to support one another across the range of wards served here. There are fortnightly business meetings, protected time for CPD, a regular space to present and discuss cases with community colleagues, and opportunities to develop supervisory skills in taking students and overseeing the recruitment and clinical work of the apprentices.
Job description Job responsibilities
- Undertakecomplex occupational therapy assessments for client and take a lead in promoting service user employment on the ward(s)
- Undertake home visits and visits to community resources where indicated.
- Oversee and supervise the work of the apprentices allocated to the ward(s)
- Ensure that interventions have outcome measures
- Ensure service users have access to a recovery focused, regularly reviewed therapeutic timetable in partnership with Arts psychotherapies, psychologists, peer workers, Alliance partners , service users and carers.
Person Specification Professional Practice Essential
- Some experience of working in mental health services
- Understanding of the challenges of working in an acute setting
- Knowledge of a wide range of mental health conditions
- Experience of working as part of a multi disciplinary team
- Commitment to recovery focussed interventions
- Understanding of co-existing conditions, eg: substance misuse
- Direct experience of working in a ward based environment
- Experience of working in partnership with outside organisations
- Interest in service user employment and support
- Experience of supervising others
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