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Lead Occupational Therapist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a highly skilled clinician with excellent communication skills to line manage and provide professional leadership to the OT department, participate in the development of the service through involvement in the Forensic Management Team and coordinate the Forensic Recovery College.

You will have a degree/diploma in occupational therapy and post registration training relevant to mental health practice. You will have highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to lead and inspire others. You will ideally have training or experience in leadership and will be able to represent occupational therapy at management level.

The occupational therapy service is well established and highly respected within the forensic service. The occupational therapists provide evidence based interventions, using the Model of Human Occupation to support assessment, collaborative treatment planning and structured outcome measurement. Occupational therapists, exercise therapists, sensory integration, technical instructors and activity support workers work collaboratively to run a comprehensive program of activities and therapy interventions.

Main duties of the job

  • To lead provision of a specialist Occupational Therapy service to services users within medium and low secure services, providing interventions underpinned by the Model of Human Occupation and the Recovery Approach.
  • To provide OT Clinical leadership and line management for junior staff, through supervision and appraisal.
  • To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of OT services within a designated area/team, holding responsibility for defined projects.
  • To contribute to the Forensic management team holding responsibility for defined projects.
  • To contribute to the maintenance and development of the Trust OT Service.
  • To monitor and maintain standards of OT practice as directed by the Head of Therapies
  • To implement Trustwide Occupational Therapy strategy by overseeing OT Clinical professional development forums and participating in Lead OT activities as directed by the Deputy Head of Therapies for the Specialist services.
  • To manage a caseload of service users with complex needs, using evidence based /service user centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions
  • To undertake regular audit and R&D activities.
  • To oversee the supervision of OT students on fieldwork placements.
  • To regularly supervise OT students on practice placement.

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

  • To apply a high level of understanding of the effects of disability on occupational performance and provide training and advice on lifestyles changes and environmental solutions to the service users social and physical needs.
  • To promote equality of outcome for service users that reflect their mental health needs and those of ethnicity, gender, culture physical health and age.
  • To promote social inclusion and physical and mental well-being using evidence based practice. This is underpinned by the principles of hope and recovery, health promotion and relapse prevention.
  • To independently manage a clinical caseload of service users with complex mental health needs, taking on the role of care co-ordinator and/or vocational lead where relevant.
  • To identify occupational therapy goals as part of the overall care plan, using specialist mental health and occupational therapy assessments, including Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) tools.
  • To exercise independent clinical professional judgement in complex clinical cases and difficult clinical situation, referring to team members when necessary.
  • To consider both physical and mental health needs as part of the occupational therapy process.
  • To plan and implement specialist individual and/or group interventions collaboratively, to enable service users to achieve valued goals and satisfactory occupational performance outcome.
  • To identify any significant risk factors in line with local policies, with support from senior staff

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration to practice in the UK
  • Evidence of post registration training relevant to mental health practice
  • Training in the theory and application of the model of human occupation within the first 4 months of appointment
  • Practice placement educators course within one year of appointment
  • Leadership and/or management training
Experience Essential
  • Experience of carrying a caseload of service users with complex and diverse needs in a mental health setting.
  • Experience of working in an inter-professional team.
  • Experience of working within a multi-agency environment.
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural context
  • Experience of supervising junior staff
  • Experience of maintaining a written record of continual professional development
  • Experience of working in a range of mental health settings
  • Experience of working as an occupational therapist in a forensic mental health in-patient setting.
  • Experience of being a practice placement educator
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed & maintained with service users who have multiple & complex needs
  • Basic word processing and IT skills
  • Ability to enable staff to develop & apply their knowledge & skills in practice
  • Good personal management skills in order to manage a clinical caseload & varied workload
  • Ability to apply equal opportunities & anti-discriminatory interventions that respect the service users' customs, values & spiritual beliefs
  • Ability to use British Sign Language (formal training or native language)
  • Working knowledge of model of human occupation tools

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