Specialist Occupational Therapist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Prison and Forensic
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust have an exciting opportunity for a Band 6 specialist Occupational Therapist based at the Low Secure Units (LSU) at Hollins Park Hospital in Warrington.

Chesterton ward is a 16 bedded female LSU and Marlowe Ward is a 15 bedded male LSU unit which support adults with mental illness and who require specialist forensic support.

Occupational Therapy is a valued profession and is an integral part of an established and highly skilled multidisciplinary team, enabling people to achieve successful and safe step/down/community discharge.

This post provides the therapist to work in person-centred collaboration with service user's to promote a meaningful, productive and safe everyday through the implementation of the Occupational Therapy process, underpinned by the Model of Human Occupation.

Shortlisting is proposed for: 7th October 2022.

Interviews are proposed for: 13th October 2022.

Main duties of the job

You will receive a structured induction, active support, direction and supervision from senior Occupational Therapy staff and have access to robust CPD opportunities and further training as part of the Merseycare value- provision of perfect care.

This is an ideal career development opportunity for a qualified Occupational Therapist who holds the relevant qualification and skills and is ready for an exciting challenge.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

Details of the main roles and responsibilities can be found within the Job Description and Person Specification

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BSc Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Current Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registration
  • Post registration training in a therapeutic / intervention approach (e.g. Applied Behavioural Analysis and Intervention, CBT, SI, AMPS)
  • Portfolio of CPD
  • Forensic Risk Assessment (RSVP, HCR, START)
  • Good computing skills (ECDL or Similar)
  • Additional training in specific Occupational Therapy and sensory assessments
  • Accredited Practice Placement Educator (e.g. APPLE)
Knowledge Essential
  • At least two years experience of working as an occupational therapist with people with learning disabilities and/or mental health.
  • Experience of working with people with learning disabilities who offend
  • Experience of managing own complex caseload
  • Experience of using Occupational Therapy assessment tools and completing reports
  • Experience of communicating and liasiing with people including internal and external agencies on complex matters, issues and ideas and/or in complex situations
  • Experience of working with individuals who have complex needs
  • Experience in the use of forensic risk assessment and management
  • A good understanding of the Mental Capacity Act, DOLs, Safeguarding and the legal frameworks

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