Occupational Therapist - Rotational Post

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
17 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 5 occupational therapist to work within the Shrewsbury East Community Mental Health Teamin Shropshire.

We are looking to recruit a forward thinking and dynamic practitioner who is recovery-focused and has an interest in supporting patients experiencing a mental illness. There will be an expectation that the post holder will work flexibly, possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and is able to make effective clinical decisions.

The post will involve a responsibility for your own caseload of varying complexity where there will be balance between generic and profession specific work. Your role will involve working with other agencies, families, carers and local communities.

The post-holder will be familiar with occupational therapy models of practice, including the Model of Human Occupation, and will make use of a range of standardised assessments.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of your own car for business purposes is essential due to the large rural nature of our catchment area; for qualifying staff the Trust has a lease car scheme in place.

This post rotates every 12 months across community mental health and inpatient services in Shrewsbury. Different opportunities are offered across our mental health services; and it is a fantastic opportunity to gain a range of skills, knowledge and experience in differing areas of clinical practice!

Main duties of the job

  • Take responsibility for the management of a complex caseload, which includes specialist assessment
  • Responsible for participating in the setting of quality standards, including the auditing, monitoring and reviewing of practice in line with current clinical guidance practice and policy
  • Assess patient's individual care needs, develop, implement and evaluate programmes of care.
  • Deliver a range of non-pharmacological interventions following specific occupational therapy assessments to enable understanding of any expression of an unmet need and to maximise an individual's abilities
  • Complete and contribute, where appropriate to robust risk assessments and risk management plans. Deliver and promote positive risk taking, where appropriate, to improve quality of life and maximise occupational performance/independence
  • Maintain an effective reporting system by observing and reporting verbally and in writing on patient condition
  • Utilise agreed outcome measures to review the effectiveness of interventions, as part of the care planning and evaluation process
  • To liaise with families and carers as appropriate

About us

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is an award winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.

We pride ourselves on the services provided to support with the well-being of all of our employees both physically and mentally and offer counselling support and lifestyle information. Opportunities for flexible working are also available depending on the role.

We encourage career development provided by in house training programs and coaching support.

Demonstrating our strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and in context of our objective aligned to the growth of diversity across the workforce; we are particularly seeking applications from individuals who may be from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals who meet the specific criteria.

We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Responsible for participating in the setting of quality standards, including the auditing, monitoring and reviewing of practice in line with current clinical guidance practice and policy
  • Support in the provision of formal and informal training of pre/post registration students, staff members, carers and service users.
  • Participate in the development of the service to ensure clinical governance processes are actively implemented at team level.
  • Maintain an up-to-date level of professional competence within the specific environment.
  • To ensure care is provided in line with NICE Guidance, COT Recovering Ordinary Lives Mental Health Strategy and COT Care Cluster guidance including other relevant local and national documentation.
  • Maintain timely data collection and regular inputting of information through the use of data collection systems e.g. daily diaries/RIO, Safeguard, ensuring that confidentiality is maintained at all times in accordance with legislation and Trust policy.
  • Ensure knowledge of assistive technology and telecare equipment to maximise individuals opportunities to remain in their own home where possible. To ensure up to date knowledge of other co-morbid physical conditions that may impact on an individuals ability to function.
  • Undertake assessments, culminating in an agreed plan of action and/or care and intervention. Make clinical judgements backed up by clinical reasoning and recommendations regarding appropriate actions/sign posting in consultation with multi-disciplinary staff and in accordance with the clinical pathway and service specification.
  • Undertake an occupational therapy assessment for patients with complex mental health, physical health and social problems to ensure appropriate treatment, support and management.
  • Undertake a comprehensive assessment in conjunction with more senior members of the team, resulting in an individualised care plan.
  • Facilitate the safe and timely discharge or transfer of the service user to other services where appropriate.
  • Be available for individual supervision with agreed clinical supervisor in line with Trust policies.
  • Implement, review and maintain Trust Policies and Procedures.
  • Ensure that the requirements of the Mental Health Act (1983) are observed, adhered to and implemented.
  • Plan and organise own daily activities in line with service need.
  • Communicate sensitive diagnosis and treatment related information with patients, utilising highly developed communication skills to overcome barriers to understanding.
  • Establish therapeutic relationships with service users, and implement evidence based therapeutic interventions with appropriate boundaries in accordance with professional code of conduct.
  • Ensure that all members of the multi-disciplinary team, their colleagues, service users and appropriate others are informed/updated of changes involving current care plans, progress, mental state and psychosocial factors in line with best practice.
  • Liaise with and advise service users and carers, local authority and other statutory bodies and third sector agencies.
  • Responsible for the promotion of carer and service user involvement within the service and for its provision
  • Responsible for participation in the Trust appraisal process, identifying own/others mandatory professional, supervisory, personal development and training needs and in supporting the provision of induction, mentorship, appraisal and clinical supervision to colleagues as appropriate.
  • Teach students by both practical and theoretical instruction. Allow experiential learning to take place following discussion with the Pathway Manager and senior Occupational Therapist, as to individual learners stage of development.
  • Responsible for the effective utilisation of clinical/financial resources to ensure adequate clinical care is provided with a requirement that all incidents, which may compromise care, are reported immediately to a senior manager, and clinicians involved in their care as appropriate.
  • Responsible for accessing and participating in clinical, managerial and caseload supervision.
  • Keep abreast of current trends in mental health care and of Occupational Therapy developments.
  • Responsible for understanding and meeting own professional responsibilities under Child Protection legislation and Adult Safeguarding policies.

What we can offer you:
  • Preceptorship
  • Regular supervision from within the leadership structure of the team
  • Clear and robust AHP governance structures
  • Self-directed professional development with in - house and external training
  • Regular specialist meetings
  • Promote innovations locally and nationally

Person Specification Essential Essential
  • Dip COT or Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Experience of formulating assessments, planning, co-ordinating and supporting adults experiencing mental health related difficulties
  • Experience of integrating care delivery across multi-disciplinary /multi-agency teams
  • Knowledge and experience of occupational therapy models, interventions, specialist assessments and outcome measures
  • Range of Interpersonal skills, (communication, listening, working collaboratively) maintaining good working relationships with service users/carers, other service providers and agencies
  • Ability to demonstrate the positive application of our behaviours
  • Experience of working autonomously in community setting
Essential Essential
  • Registered Occupational Therapist with HCPC
  • Additional Post Graduate Training

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