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Occupational Therapist – Adult Eating Disorders Service

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year Per annum
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Eating Disorders
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Eating Disorders Services within LPFT provide specialist treatments for all with a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and/or Atypical Eating Disorders in the community on an outpatient basis across the county.

We are looking for a creative and highly motivated Occupational Therapist who wants to join a well-established and rapidly expanding service.The team is a truly multidisciplinary.

The Multi Disciplinary Team as a service provides the latest in evidence based NICE psychological interventions to adults with an eating disorder. The team's multi-disciplinary approach to the assessment and treatment of individuals is a real strength and an Occupational Therapist's contribution would be a positive addition and much valued.

You will have access to clinical and professional supervision on a both 1: 1 and group basis . Mentoring / coaching is available from the Associate Director of Allied Health Professions or Consultant Occupational Therapist. There is an active network of Allied Health Professionals working across the Trust and county you can join.

We offer a comprehensive induction programme and a wide range of CPD opportunities to enable you to further develop your skills in relation to your role and profession.

Staff wellbeing is important to us. We are open to discussing flexible working patterns which enable you to have a positive work / life balance.

This role is subject to job evaluation at the time of advert.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible to lead occupational therapy pathways for the Eating Disorder service and for the assessment and treatment of adults and their care givers who are referred to the Adult Eating Disorders Service. You will be required to deliver interventions/treatment to patients whilst under care of the Team. The post holder will provide specific occupational therapy interventions and professional advice and support to other members of the multi-disciplinary team

The service includes providing individual assessment, therapy and management training, advice and a consultative approach. support and interventions it's work within providing the right support, at the right time, in the right place adhering to the 'Building the Right Support' principles for this cohort of individuals within the NHS long term plan, maintaining and supporting individuals to live well in the community.

The post holder will be expected to work autonomously within the service, and the post holder will be part of the wider AHP workforce within LPFT, and to adhere to Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's and HCPC Frameworks.

The post holder will be required to work across the county and will be expected to work flexibly in order to help provide a county wide service which operates Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.30am to 5pm.

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England, in an area heralded as a fantastic place to live and work. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of 'outstanding' for well-led and 'good' overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We're really proud of this!

We are also leading the way in transforming care, with multi-million-pound transformation of patient environments and radical redesign of community services.

This is the time to join and help redesign our services of the future. We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Job description Job responsibilities

Communication and relationship skillsAlways act in a dignified and responsible manner with service users, carers and colleagues, using appropriate language and communication skills, which acknowledge barriers to understanding, cultural differences and diversity.To provide supportive and sensitive communication, written and verbal advice to patients, carers and staff, whilst demonstrating an understanding of the nature and effects of some information and of barriers to effective communication e .g, sensory or cognitive impairment and unrealistic expectations whilst being considerate of patient confidentiality.Develop and maintain communication (sensitive, complex and contentious) with other teams, external agencies, in order to promote good patient care.To confidentially convey complex written and verbal information on both clinical and non-clinical issues and to support the development of these skills with individuals within the team.Act as an advocate, support patients through their care programme both physically and psychologically to achieve expected outcomes, explaining care, treatment and associated risks (complex information)Provide and receive complex information where persuasive, motivational, negotiating, empathic and re-assurance skills are required to support service users through their recovery period.Maintain strict confidentiality of complex and sensitive patient information at all times.Good leadership skills.Prioritisation and resource allocation, planning and organisational.Good negotiation skills for conflict resolution.Able to use computer i.e. e-mail and word processingAnalytical and judgment skillsAnalyse and interpret complex data and/or information from various sources.Statistics.Complete audit processes and adapt/adjust practices accordingly.Develop and complete assessments, analysing and deciding the most appropriate approach to implementing care plans, agreeing objectives with patients and carers.Planning and organisational skillsAble to plan, prioritise and manage own work comprising of numerous, complex activities that may require adjusting and reorganising to accommodate service need.Provide instruction to support workers to carry out clinical tasks.Able to exercise own initiative when dealing with issues within own specialist area of competence.Attendance at all relevant meetings internal and external, providing feedback to team.Liaising with other services.Ability to evaluate and implement evidenced based practice.Physical skillsAble to use computer i.e. e-mail and word processingAbility to travel across the county independently

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oDiploma/degree in Occupational Therapy
  • oHCPC registration
  • oEvidence of specialised continued professional training at masters level, or equivalent experience in relevant specialist clinical practice
  • oLeadership training
  • oSensory knowledge in assessment and management of sensory needs
  • oMembership of relevant special interest groups
Experience Essential
  • oSubstantial experience as an OT.
  • oDirect experience in working with people mental health needs and /or other transferable experience
  • oEvidence of clinical leadership.
  • oExperience of managing highly complex cases.
  • oBuilding partnerships with outside agencies and volunteers.
  • oService Development and/or project management
Skills Essential
  • oDocumented evidence of CPD Knowledge of Mental Health legislation, Safeguarding, CPA and risk assessment and management
  • oKnowledge of best practice and evidenced based practice in occupational therapy and mental health with a commitment to socially inclusive practice
  • oExperience of supervising, managing and developing staff oWell-developed group work skills
  • oPsychosocial intervention skills

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