Occupational Therapist, Band 5 Permanent - Full Time: 37.5 hours per week
In-Patient Mental Health Service - Avery Ward, Oxleas House, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, SE18 4QH
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a multi-disciplinary ward team, which is professionally supported by a Senior OT. There is a mix of band 3, band 5, band 6 and band 7 Occupational Therapy staff across the acute and crisis mental health service. It is a friendly and supportive team and we welcome new staff and the ideas and skills they bring.
This post provides an excellent mix of opportunities to develop your occupational therapy career. The aim of the service is to assess and promote occupational functioning and wellbeing on the wards. The post holder will also facilitate safe and effective discharges, collaborating with community colleagues, family and third sector organisations, such as MIND.
Working hours 37.5 hours. Usual work pattern 9am-5pm but also expected to do some late shifts 12-8pm.
Please note that the trust operates a Probationary period
Main duties of the job
The post involves occupational therapy specific work with a mix of opportunities including:
- Carrying an inpatient caseload, including doing assessments and 1:1 interventions to build functional and social skills.
- Working closely with the ward Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) and the outpatient MDT (Home Treatment and Community Mental Health Teams)
- Group interventions.
- Promoting social inclusion and community connections
Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people. Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
- We're Kind
- We're Fair
- We Listen
- We Care
Job description Job responsibilities Key Task and Responsibilities
- To manage a clinical caseload
- To work as a member of the MDT
- To support the development of evidence based OT practice
- To provide OT specific assessment & interventions via groups & individual work related to:
- To contribute to service development
- To carry out home visits when required.
- To participate in research/audit activities
- Work closely with Therapies Assistant and OT students on fieldwork placement as agreed with the Clinical Lead OT.
- Contribute to and carry out risk assessment & risk management plans
- To provide specialist OT advice to the MDT
- To work independently without direct supervision
- To contribute to the induction, training and education of students [both OT & other professions] and other staff in clinical area.
- To be responsible for maintaining stock & advising on resources required to carry out the job, including the responsible management of petty cash
- To contribute to service & policy review and implementation
- To participate in the operational planning, implementation, evaluation and audit of practice, clinical care pathways and protocols within own clinical area
- To raise awareness of the OT service within own clinical area
- To participate in the development of the OT service within own clinical area
- To review and reflect on own practice and performance through effective use of professional and operational supervision and appraisal
Person Specification Training and qualifications Essential
- oDiploma/degree in OT oUK HPC Registration
- Experience in Functional Assessments
- oSome experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
- Evidence of application of the OT Process
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