The Forensic Mental Health services specialise in the assessment and treatment of offenders with mental health conditions, serving the community of Kent and Medway. The Low Secure service provides 20 inpatient beds for men.
Occupational Therapy staff are recognised as essential, core members of the multi-disciplinary team and as well as personal and clinical development opportunities, we offer regular supervision, preceptorship and support for CPD activities.
Are you someone who would enjoy building and using your core skills as an Occupational Therapist? Would you like to be part of a forward thinking progressive service? We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist with a passion to work in forensic mental health.
Main duties of the job
This post would suit a clinician looking for their first qualified position, or a clinician seeking a new challenge.
The successful applicant will work as a member of the Occupational Therapy team providing care to service users in the in-patient setting. The main responsibilities include working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to manage a caseload of patients and offering OT assessments and interventions. You would help co-ordinate and deliver a programme of individual and group work as part of the OT service. There will be opportunities to develop programmes of therapeutic activities according to need, and to work across a wide range of clinical areas including acute and , rehabilitation services. There will also be opportunities to deliver treatment programmes in conjunction with multi-disciplinary colleagues.
Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.
We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.
The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.
You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.
The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.
Job description Job responsibilities
To identify, develop and provide the Occupational Therapy contribution within the multi-disciplinary service in accordance with the needs of service users and the requirements of the service.
To assess, plan, deliver and evaluate therapeutic interventions for identified service users.
To manage a defined caseload of service users with occupational needs using evidence based, service user centred, hope and recovery, health promotion and relapse prevention orientated principles and practice.
To provide supervision to designated junior staff and students.
To ensure assessment of service users and analyse and interpret information gained to form an accurate formulation of function, strengths, capabilities and occupational needs.
To work collaboratively with service users, staff, and carers to identify goals to determine and deliver an appropriate intervention/recovery plan which maximises occupational engagement and performance whilst balancing risk, and promoting choice and independence.
To monitor, evaluate and modify therapeutic interventions in order to measure progress and increase efficacy for the best possible service user outcomes and experience.
To act as an experienced clinician supporting best practice in line with NICE guidance and professional standards.
Please see job description for full details.
Person Specification Training and Registration Essential
- Diploma / Degree in Occupational Therapy
- HCPC registration
- Registered member of Professional Body
- Trained as Practice educator
- Working in Mental Health Setting
- Evidence of groupwork and individual work
- Experience of caseload management
- Use of functional assessments and activity analysis
Knowledge and Skills Essential
- Ability to work co-operatively as part of an inter-professional team
- Knowledge in the application of relevant OT theoretical models (MOHO)
- knowledge of the importance of enabling people to do the things they want, need or are expected to do
- ethics and their application in practice
- ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing
- Computer literate
- Knowledge of and ability to apply national policies and procedures
Personal qualities, values and behaviours Essential
- Ability to work as a team member
- Ability to form rapport with individuals and groups
- Adaptability, flexibility and resilience
- Professional, calm and efficient manner
- Actively develops themselves
- Self-awareness in managing own wellness at work and confidence
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