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Senior Occupational Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for an Occupational Therapists, either an experienced Band 5 or 6, interested to join a team of enthusiastic and committed professionals in delivering the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia (2015) and the NHS Long Term Plan for Older Adults Mental Health services (2019) in Hounslow.

West London NHS Trust, Cognitive Impairment and Dementia services deliver specialist care to patients in the locality (both community and in-patients) who are experiencing cognitive problems & dementia and those 70+ years old who are experiencing other mental health issues that impacts upon their abilities to carry out activities of daily living.

This role is ideal for an experienced B5 OT wanting to have an opportunity to progress as a B6 or for those currently on a B6 role wanting to develop specialism within Older People's Mental Health and Dementia services.

Main duties of the job

This is a B6 post based in Hounslow.

The post holder will be an integral part of the multidisciplinary team and the wider occupational therapy team within the older people's mental health service line. Patients who are referred to this service are those with cognitive impairment who are requiring for dementia screening and potential diagnosis.

Occupational Therapy service also provide post-diagnostic supports including cognitive rehabilitation, advise on dementia design, equipment provision and advise to carers/family. They will also work alongside activity co-ordinators and psychology colleagues in facilitating group and individual therapeutic activities either in the clinic or through electronic platforms.

The over 70s patients with other mental health problems under this service will require occupational therapy to help them manage their activities of daily living independently or with minimum support and remain in the community as long as possible.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

The regulations mandating vaccination for in-scope roles in the NHS have now been removed. The Trust does however continue to encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. Vaccination data will be collected by our recruitment team during your on-boarding if you are happy to provide a copy of your COVID pass.

Job description Job responsibilities

Our organisation is driven by our strategic objectives and organisational values and we look for people who are strongly aligned with them.

Our Team is tight knit and work well together. The team has a dedicated Professional Lead OT who provides support in maintaining high quality service, identifying gaps and service improvements. We also organise social outings to maintain our close relationship as a team.

We have an excellent supervision and CPD program, relevant trainings and courses offered internally and externally. We welcome new and innovative ideas as part of our growing quality improvement (QI) culture as a Trust.

Learning and personal development is extremely encouraged and we have a well-established appraisal system and funding for relevant external and internal courses.

Free parking for staff is available on site as well as a subsidised staff restaurant which is open 7am-11pm 7 days a week.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • BSc (Hons) or equivalent Occupational Therapy qualification
  • HCPC Registration
  • Attendance at specialist short courses relevant to the post e.g Dementia Care, Older People's Mental health
Experience Essential
  • Post qualified experience within Older people's services
  • Working within NHS Older People's services
  • Application of core OT skills and OT process
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Relevant post-qualified OT experience in Mental Health
  • Experience of supervising /co-supervising students Involvement in research and clinical audit
  • Experience of supervision of students and staff
  • Post qualified experience as an OT (or equivalent role) in a health or social care or 3rd sector setting
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Understanding of Clinical and environmental risk
  • Equality and diversity
  • Understanding of team dynamics
  • Awareness of need to work within appropriate boundaries
  • Principles of clinical governance
  • Group work theory and practice
  • Evidence of post-qualified training in Mental Health
  • Relevant current legislation, NICE guidelines, CPA, risk assessment and risk management
  • Organisational ability
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to build rapport with service users, carers and colleagues
  • Evidence of ability in OT assessment, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation
  • Use of standardised assessment tools and outcome measures
  • Ability to work independently and under supervision as part of a team
  • Group work skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Clinical/case supervision training
  • Use of Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) and International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
  • Practice placement education training
  • Research methodology
  • Ability to prepare and present papers at study days and conferences
  • Ability to apply (research) evidence-based practice
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise others' performance
  • Contribution to service development and the training of others
  • Supervisory skills
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Ability to reflect, identify and take responsibility for continuing professional development needs
  • Understand the need for and actively participates in own supervision and constructive use of feedback
  • High levels of initiative, innovation and self-motivation
  • Commitment to client-centred, non-discriminatory practice
  • Membership of a Special Interest Group e.g. COT SS Mental Health, COTSS older people
  • Able to demonstrate a strong professional identity

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