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Community Occupational Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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A unique opportunity has arisen in the North Kensington and Chelsea Community Mental Health Hub.

We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and motivated occupational therapist who is committed to the development of occupational therapy within community mental health and has experience of working in a mental health setting.

Occupational Therapy (OT) in CNWL is very fortunate in having a long-established professional structure and this includes an Allied Health Professional director, Trust wide Professional Head of OT, Borough and specialist Head OTs. This has the huge benefit of ensuring representation of our profession at all levels - both strategically and operationally.

Personal and professional development is a high priority for the profession and is underpinned by our OT Research & Development (R&D) strategy, R&D specialist groups and OT clinical networks. This enables us to invest in the development of our staff by providing excellent internal training as well as commissioning specialised external training and providing quality supervision. This ensures all our OTs reach their full potential at every stage of their career.

We actively support the next generation of OTs through apprenticeships, student placements and the promotion of the profession as a career in schools. We are proud of the diversity in our workforce and have invested time in supporting and developing this further through our BAME Occupational Therapy group.

Main duties of the job

To provide high quality individual interventions and group work, using assessment tools and recovery principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment. You will have the opportunity to provide care at all points in the hub journey.

You will also have opportunities to influence practice through supervision of practice placements to OT students.You will also play a key role in supporting the development of Kensington and Chelsea psychosocial therapies offer. You will work in partnership with other Therapists and senior Clinicians to facilitate groups and support service users allocated to step 1,2 and 3 of the Trusts psychosocial vision.

You will provide the multidisciplinary team (MDT) with an occupational therapy service and expertise; this will include individual and group work, assessment, intervention and evaluation in accordance with the Royal College of OT Code of Ethics.

You will need to have current registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).

We understand the challenges facing our staff and offer flexi working as well as hybrid working to support a better work life balance.

About us

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

The Kensington and Chelsea Community Mental Heath Hubs have a supportive team structure and the Band 6 OT role is highly valued within the MDT. You will also be part of the wider OT team in Kensington and Chelsea as well as Trust-wide, which offers a wide range of training opportunities and a diverse supportive clinical networks. The Kensington and Chelsea network is joint with Westminster and provides an opportunity to connect with OT's in other services i.e. acute, older adults, early intervention, and perinatal.

Why work with our team

An opportunity to work with a close-knit team who look out for one-another and promote wellbeing in the workplace through their social team lunches, catch-up Friday and regular social events.

You will be working in a team that prides itself on promoting innovation and working to the highest standards of clinical care as evidenced by the services on going Quality Improvement Projects

Commitment from the team to develop you as a practitioner by offering coaching, supervision , reflective practice and in-house development sessions.

North Hub is situated near the culturally diverse Portobello Road

Job description Job responsibilities

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Community Mental Health Hubs | Community Living Well

Please refer to the attached documents.

To manage a caseload of service users with complex, severe and enduring mental health needs; using evidence based and recovery principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment.

To Key Work a caseload of service users and specialist occupational therapy interventions for individuals who have identified occupational performance needs within the Team, ensuring that all interventions amplify skills in self-management.

To integrate evidence based practice and skilful use of assessments & interventions with personal recovery principles in order to improve the service users quality of life and to support them to do the things they want to do and live the life they want to lead.

To apply a high level of understanding of the effects of mental illness and physical conditions; providing training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service users social and physical environment. This will include undertaking assessments and making recommendations with regards to the provision of equipment/aids and adaptations.

To contribute to service development of local & Trust wide OT services.

To provide leadership for junior / unqualified staff through supervision and appraisal as required.

To provide fieldwork education to OT students on practice placement.

Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registered Occupational Therapist.
  • Practice Educator training
  • Post qualification training in relevant mental health therapeutic skills.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE Paid/unpaid relevant to job. Essential
  • Extensive post qualification experience working in mental health settings as an Occupational Therapist
  • Experience of working with service users presenting with a wide range of complex mental health conditions.
  • Experience of delivering healthy lifestyle interventions
  • Experience in assessment and interventions related to physical healthcare needs.
  • Experience in using a range of standardised OT assessments.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Experience of drafting group protocols and setting up / facilitating groups / group programme.
  • Supervision of OT students / non-qualified staff.
  • Experience of partnership working in promoting socially inclusive opportunities for patients
  • Experience in completing HONOS screening clustering tool / Risk Assessment Tools.
  • Experience of working in adult mental health community team.
  • Personal experience of using mental health services
  • Experience in audit / research projects.
  • Clear concept of Occupational Therapy and models of practice.
  • Good communication skills written, verbal, listening and use of up to date systems of communication i.e. IT systems, e-mail, telephone etc
  • Ability to work autonomously, as well as part of an MDT
  • Individual/group work skills
  • Ability to prioritise workload and use initiative
  • Able to work creatively to engage patients
  • Timely reporting and record keeping.
  • To actively supervise both OT students and unqualified staff
  • Regularly identify and undertake appropriate learning opportunities as part of ongoing CPD
  • Recovery focused approach to service delivery.
  • Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach that considers the needs of the whole person.
  • Able to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills.
  • To have completed practice placement educators' course
  • To determine the impact of mental and physical conditions on service user's functional ability and undertake assessment/make recommendations with regards to the provision of equipment/aids and adaptations.
  • Good understanding of the application of risk assessment and risk management strategies which facilitates a patient's recovery
  • Good awareness of the principles of safeguarding and how to implement this in practice
  • Research and development at graduate level
  • Knowledge of the theory underpinning the Model of Human Occupation.
  • Completion of OT medication management training
  • High level of personal motivation
  • Ability to work in a team setting i.e. collaborating/facilitating/directing and understanding diversity
  • Good organisational skills and ability to delegate effectively
  • Ability to encourage patient participation and ensure a high delivery of customer service
  • Flexible in approach.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and an ability to use initiative.
  • Ability to manage conflict constructively
  • Demonstrate a willingness to develop knowledge and skills.
  • Ability to take on responsibility
  • To act as a positive role model for junior staff
OTHER Essential
  • Sickness (or attendance) record that is acceptable to the Trust; to be checked.
  • Declared medically fit by the Occupational Health department to perform the duties of the post
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  • Membership of RCOT and Specialist Sections.

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