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Senior Occupational Therapist (Rotational)

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year per annum inclusive of HCA
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you passionate about working in Perinatal Mental Health?

Do you take an innovative and creative approach when working with service users?

We have an exciting new opportunity for a Senior Occupational Therapist to join the Newham Perinatal Mental Health Team.The Perinatal Mental Health Team is a mental health service for pregnant and postnatal women with severe and complex mental illness. The aim of the team is to detect, prevent and treat perinatal mental health problems to improve the experience of pregnancy and the postpartum period for women and their families. Women at risk of relapse following delivery are assessed early in pregnancy, to allow them time to consider the treatment and support options available. The team works collaboratively with women, their families and other professionals, to plan care for pregnancy and the postpartum period.

The development of all our Occupational Therapists are important to us. You will have access to peer and professional supervision, monthly educational sessions, CPD-sessions, quality improvement training and early leadership development. We really value and celebrate diversity and are interested in any unique skills and life experiences you could bring to the role.

Main duties of the job

The role of the Senior Occupational Therapist is to manage a complex perinatal mental health caseload, with particular focus on the intensive pathway, using the most current evidence based practice to assess, formulate, implement and evaluate interventions specific to perinatal occupational therapy. The Perinatal Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist will provide supervision.

Newham Perinatal Mental Health Team has Intensive Pathway, which aims to provide a higher level of intensive support, but not of an urgent nature to prevent further relapse and unnecessary hospital admissions to minimize the risk of untoward incident. As a part of Intensive Pathway, team can offer daily visits to monitor for indication of relapse in the postnatal period for those women at high risk of relapse. To facilitate supported discharge from mental health hospital beds and facilitating leave for those patients who are deemed to be at higher risk and may need additional support.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • oDiploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • oHCPC Registration
  • oCPD portfolio containing evidence of active involvement in CPD activities
  • oMember of RCOT & RCOT SS
  • oInterest in under taking further relevant studies / training courses
  • oFieldwork Educators training
  • oWillingness to learn and develop skills for research and clinical audit
Experience Essential
  • oExperience which demonstrates competencies to meet the job description
  • oApplying and interpreting standardised OT assessments
  • oClinical experience including individual and group work reflecting patient group
  • oAssessing and providing aids of daily living
  • oExperience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oAbility to establish rapport with difficult to engage patients/carers
  • oAbility to build effective working relationships.
  • oEffective written verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  • oAbility to work autonomously, set own priorities and manage time effectively
  • oRisk assessment and management skills
  • oDetailed knowledge of the principles of clinical quality and its application in practice
  • oSpecialist knowledge and application of current best practice in OT in perinatal mental health
  • oSpecialist knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions relevant to perinatal mental health.
  • oUnderstanding of OT outcome measures.
  • oComputer literacy.
  • oDetailed knowledge of mental health legislation and current practice.
  • oKnowledge of current Occupational Therapy literature, frames of reference and models of intervention.
  • oAwareness and acceptance of diversity.
  • oAbility to engage in physical activity groups and frequent community / home visits.
  • oAbility to meet the demands of a patient group with complex needs which requires a high level of concentration and an ability to adapt quickly to a variety of emotional/ physical situations.

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