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Occupational Therapist in Mental Health Liaison, GSTT

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Have you been qualified for a while and need a new challenge?

Looking for a protected OT role?

The mental health liaison team at St Thomas' are looking for a band 7 occupational therapist to work alongside our diverse and experienced MDT.

As the OT in the team, you will co-deliver training to both the MDT and the acute trust, alongside your liaison colleagues, and there is ample opportunity to develop your skills in all areas of practice. The OT also co-leads on the frequent attender work within the trust and works closely with acute colleagues to support those that frequently attend the hospital.

Main duties of the job

This is a full time post, with the opportunity for flexibility, working across the working age and older adult service within the acute trust hospital. The post holder will work across the emergency pathway as well as general acute wards and provide opportunity for extensive joint working with our acute trust colleagues, and 3rdsector providers. You will have the opportunity to develop and build on assessment, supervision and liaison skills, and learn from the amazing colleagues around you too.

About us

There is a robust supervision structure, and support within the team is great, with close working with B6 occupational therapy colleague, psychology and dual diagnosis practitioner as well as nurses and doctors. Occupational therapy is held in high regard within the team and the post is well protected, though there is the opportunity to work more generically at times to support the wider service.

St Thomas's hospital offers care for a wide variety of presentations and specialties, so the opportunity for gaining experience and building knowledge across physical health is huge. The hospital itself is positioned right by waterloo and Westminster, with great access to central London.

Job description Job responsibilities
Job Summary
  • You will be working across working age and older adult
  • You will be carrying out occupational therapy and psychosocial assessments of people referred to the Liaison service from a variety of sources within the general hospital, including the emergency department (ED) and medical
  • To work with people presenting with a range of psychosocial needs arising in the context of physical illness, as well as people presenting to the hospital following self- harm or in a mental health
  • To provide rapid psychiatric assessment and safe discharge planning in the ED.
  • To lead the care for a specified group of service users such as frequent ED attendees
  • To agree on a collaborative plan of care with people who use our services and their carers where appropriate and arrange appropriate after-care
  • To support physical acute services in managing the mental health needs of patients in the acute setting and set robust plans to support their discharge
  • To ensure that the relatives, carers and friends are actively encouraged to participate in care, provided with information, help and support where necessary
  • To mentor, supervise and teach qualified and unqualified staff including students on working with patients who experience mental health difficulties and cognitive impairment
  • To facilitate the teaching and training of mental health topics in the general hospital
  • To assist in the development and maintenance of good working relationships with general hospital staff, local mental health services, primary care and non - statutory organisations
  • To work flexibly as the liaison service develops to ensure the service level agreement is met and the changing needs of people who use the service in the hospital are met

Person Specification Registration, Experience, Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Experience of supervising junior staff and students
  • Substantial post registration experience working with Mental Health service users
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles or risk assessment and risk management
  • Evidence of service user and carer activity
  • 2 years post registration experience at band 6.
  • Experience of working within a liaison psychiatry service.

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