Occupational Therapist - Band 5-6

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Old Age
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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If you are looking for a transformation in your career pathway, join us and you will be working in a Trust rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC and previous winner of the HSJ Mental Health Trust of the Year award.

An exciting opportunity has come up for a motivated occupational therapist looking to expand their skills working in a community setting for older people with mental health needs. This post would be suitable for an experienced band 5 wishing to progress and work towards becoming a band 6 Occupational Therapist

The post holder will be required to provide high quality Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention to a caseload of service users who present with a variety of complex Occupational Therapy needs, diverse presentations and a range of mental health conditions. You will provide a variety of evidence based occupational therapy individual and group interventions to enable service users optimise their functional performance, increase their sense of well-being, and improve their quality of life.

You will be able to use your core OT skills whilst having the opportunity to strengthen and develop these in a specialist area. A structured development plan would be in place to support you develop in the role over a 12-18-month period. Progression to Band 6 Senior Occupational Therapist would be dependent on meeting the necessary criteria and competencies and a reasonable extension to the development period would be considered.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work in a range of settings including the clients' own home and the local community, as well as providing support to clients who reside in residential and nursing care settings.

The job is rewarding and challenging, providing opportunities to develop skills in autonomous clinical practice, dynamic risk assessments, leadership, and service development.

As an Occupational Therapist in HPFT you will:

Be part of a multi-disciplinary team that values and respects OT, working closely with your colleagues to provide safe and high-quality care.

Have the opportunity to use all your mental health and physical health skills, be creative and work both autonomously and jointly with colleagues.

Be part of a strong and supportive OT service, not a lone professional

Be line managed and supervised by experienced Specialist/Head Occupational Therapists

Receive training, a personal development plan and support as part of an OT network across the trust for development and CPD.

Be part of an expanding service for older people with mental health needs, where we are developing innovations and roles in care homes and primary care for dementia support, discharge to assess and integrated community teams.

About us

We can offer part-time and full-time posts. We aim to recruit and retain a diverse and motivated workforce committed to improving the quality of our service and in return we offer supportive and flexible approach to workforce development and opportunities for career progression. If you are new to the area or considering career progression - we can support, you.

Car driver essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving)

At HPFT we also offer:

- Paid opportunities for OT's Returning to Practice after a break or for those wanting to expand their experience into a new field of practice

- Band 5-6 development posts, enabling you to build on existing skills and experience to progress your career

- Flexible bank work for qualified and unqualified experienced staff.

- Opportunities for bank work if you are currently studying for your OT qualification or considering OT as a career

Job description Job responsibilities

For full details of the role and responsibilities for this vacancy please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification documents attached.

  • BSc/MSc/PG Dip Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration (or applied for)
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office and associated packages.
  • Membership of ROCT
  • Experience of working with people with mental health problems and/or learning disability
  • Training in the use of the Model of Human Occupation in practice areas
  • Application of the OT process and use of functional assessment and activity analysis
  • Working knowledge of Recovery principles and how these relate to OT
  • Working knowledge of standardised assessment and outcome measures appropriate to area of practice
  • Experience of the application of an OT model in practice
  • Experience of working with people with mental health problems and/or learning disability
  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience of leading a range of groups and 1:1 interventions in a health or social care setting
  • Knowledge of key policy, health legislation and guidelines which impact on OT practice.
  • Ability to provide and receive sensitive and difficult information regarding services users care and social situation
  • Strong communication skills written and verbal
  • Ability to work effectively in a team
  • Knowledge of and effective use of appropriate professional relationships and boundaries
  • Ability to grade and adapt practical skills
  • Training and presentation skills
  • Creative problem solving and clinical judgement skills
  • Ability to understand ,respond and adjust appropriately to the changing needs of service users
  • Well-developed Observational skills
  • Knowledge and experience of using the range of Model of Human Occupation Assessment tools and other OT related OT.
  • Ability to Critically evaluate group interventions and outcomes
  • Ability to use case formulation to guide OT intervention plan
  • Involvement in outcome measures, audit and promotion of Occupational Therapy
  • Ability to use a range of IT equipment relevant to the role
  • Ability to engage in a range of physical activities
  • Car Driver(unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving)

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