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Care Co-Ordinator/ Occupational Therapist/ SW

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are looking for an enthusiastic Mental Health Nurse or Occupational Therapist to join our Sutton OP CMHT, which sits within the wider Older People's Team, including Memory Assessment, Intensive Community Support Team and Care Home Liaison Team. We are based at Cheam Resource Centre in North Cheam with working hours of work Monday to Friday 9-5.The post is available to those seeking a Band 6 position or wishing to develop into such a position within a supportive and extremely experienced team. Applicants need to be professionally qualified and committed to providing responsive and high-quality clinical services to mental health service users and their carers.

Main duties of the job

This role is for a Care Co-ordinator to work with patients with cognitive impairment and functional illnesses and so will need extensive relevant experience of working with Older People within a range of settings. Applicants must have a keen interest in all mental health issues affecting Older People and therefore is required to have up to date knowledge of treatments and protocols. The post holder will be able to work autonomously, exercise clear and coherent decision-making skills and be able to work flexibly to meet the needs of the wider service. The post sits alongside experienced clinicians of various disciplines, both within the CMHT as well as other sub teams.

The role involves working closely alongside the patients and their carers as well as various relevant agencies, including GP's, acute Hospitals, Social Services, Admiral Nursing as well as voluntary support services.

About us

We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking- You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical Skills
  • Working autonomously within the parameters of the role leading and supporting junior staff and wider care team to implement the delivery of quality nursing care, contributing to the physical, psychological, social, recreational and spiritual care in a recovery-focused way through therapeutic engagement and activities, and taking steps to address any issues that arise.

Knowledge and Frameworks:
  • Demonstrating an enhanced understanding of Mental Health signs and symptoms and an understanding of how these may present in practice including recognition of impact on patient presentation and behaviour including risk factors. Supporting and teaching junior staff to develop understanding of mental health signs and symptoms and develop appropriate responses to these in practice.

  • Contributing to an effective communication process with appropriate and accurate information to patients, carers, family, friends and colleagues.Engaging and listening carefully and actively, and responding using appropriate language and accessible communication methods and skills. Developing communication skills to enable and support difficult conversations, acknowledging cultural differences and professional boundaries.

Person Specification Education and Qualification Essential
  • Registered Adult Nurse and/or Registered Mental Health Nurse and/or Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Master's degree
Experience and Knowledge Essential
  • Experience of research-based/reflective practice, e.g. understanding and ability to use supervision to reflect on skills, attitude and knowledge and develop these by using evidence based practice
  • Significant relevant clinical experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience as a preceptor / mentor
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and audit
  • Knowledge of relevant Professional and Clinical legislation
  • Experience of taking responsibility for a ward / clinical unit.
  • Experience of engaging / supporting clinical research projects
  • Experience of supporting practice development in clinical areas
  • Experience of teaching. e.g. lecturer practitioner/preceptorship
  • Experience of recruitment and selection of staff
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Able to provide quality care that is responsive to service user's needs, without close supervision
  • Advocates for all individuals, particularly those with protected characteristics; promotes equality and diversity
  • Teaching ability
  • Resilient: able to cope with difficult interpersonal situations.
  • Problem solving, ability to identify problems, review options and take appropriate action without a predetermined framework

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