An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our innovative and dynamic therapy team at HMP Wormwood Scrubs.
The post is based within the Daycare Service which is an integral part of the overall healthcare provision in the prison. The Daycare service caters for prisoners from across the establishment who are in a mental health crisis and is aligned to the inpatient and in-reach services.
The postholder will work alongside the Lead OT in developing and reviewing the Day Centre programme to ensure that it meets the changing needs of the prison population. You will take a lead on the provision of input into the therapeutic group work programme within the day centre, co-facilitating psycho-ed groups with members of the psychology team, overseeing the work of specialist sessional workers providing creative activities, and the development and running of OT specific groups with support from the Wellbeing Centre manager.
Main duties of the job
You will have a keyworking role to a designated caseload within the day Centre and take on a role as deputy to the team manager with a significant guiding and leading the daily work of the team. You will work closely with the Multi-Disciplinary Team and relevant outside agencies, as well as with OT colleagues to provide a quality service, which is responsive to clients needs.
Successful candidates will have strong engagement and motivation skills and be able to work well with service users with complex mental health needs and a forensic / offending history. A working knowledge of the occupational therapy process applied to the Model of Human Occupation and Occupational Deprivation research are also essential.
You can expect:
- A strong, progressive and supportive OT team
- Preceptorship for newly qualified occupational therapists
- Regular managerial and professional supervision
- A commitment to evidence based practice
- Excellent opportunities for professional development
EHMHT is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health (MH) and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London with over 3000 staff delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million. In Enfield, we provide a full range of child and adult community health services, which over the last few years has been integrating with its mental health services to provide better and more holistic care. BEH manages the renowned North London Forensic Services (NLFS) which delivers MH care across some of the prisons and provides MH services as HM Young Offenders Institutions in Aylesbury. We are rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC. We have also been appointed as the lead provider of forensic mental health services across North London managing the devolved New Models of care budget of £170m from 2018/19.
Job description Job responsibilities
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Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
- Dip. COT, BSc O.T.
- Current Health Professions Council Occupational Therapy registration.
- Evidence of CPD/Reflectiv e practice in application to clinical setting ? e.g. identification of learning and skills developed from clinical practice and evidence of engaging in training and professional development.
- Masters or post graduate papers in relevant area.
- Further relevant courses or areas of study.
- AMPS trained and calibrated.
EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE Essential
- Either: a minimum of 3 years postgraduate clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist, which includes at least 1 year's experience of working with people with mental health problems or a minimum of 2 years postgraduate clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist in a forensic setting.
- Experience of planning and running a range of therapeutic groups.
- Experience working with young people and or in CAMHS.
- Experience in supervising and appraising junior staff and students.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES Essential
- Effective verbal communicatio n skills to include presentation of O.T. information to MD team.
- Effective written communicatio n skills to include assessment and treatment documentation and formal O.T. reports for MD team and outside agencies.
- Experience of presenting at local, regional or national conferences/seminars/ workshops etc.
- Experience in promoting and/or contributing to formal education of OT students e.g. workshops, presenting at open days etc.
PERSONAL QUALITIES Essential
- Ability to be flexible and adaptable to manage fluctuating work demands.
- Aware of own limitations and needs and ability to seeks advice and support appropriately.
- Experience in promoting service user involvement.
- Ability and motivation to network with a range of relevant colleagues regionally and nationally to contribute to personal and service wide professional development.
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