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Senior Occupational Therapist - Home First

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per annum
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Full Time
New Opportunity!

We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist for our Home First pilot project on Jade Ward at Langley Green Hospital. This is a pilot on one of our adult wards following the award-winning Home First pilot. This is an innovative, new occupational therapy led scheme, designed to help people to return safely their homes at the earliest opportunity.

The role provides a great career development opportunity. You will be closely involved in developing this new role and evaluating its impact.

Main duties of the job

The role is focussed on using the skills of occupational therapy staff to support the service user to get home at the earliest opportunity to prevent loss of skills, confidence, support the person and their family/ carers with the transition from hospital and continued recovery in the community. You will be working with the service user, ward and the community teams to identify those patients who are mentally stable for discharge, where care and assessment can safely be continued in a non-acute setting, to get them home as effectively and safely as possible. You will work with the patient on the acute ward and in the community providing timely assessment and interventions. The Home First team will work alongside the already established Discharge to Assess (D2A) model, support to optimise the step-down model in the city and they will work closely with the patient and their support network for up to 4 weeks post discharge to support the transition.

You will need to effectively manage your time, own caseload and be confident to work autonomously through the O.T. process. You will be expected to carry out specific occupational assessments and recovery-based interventions for individuals with a range of mental health needs, including activities of daily living, community access and relapse prevention. You will need excellent communication skills and work closely with the persons support network and ideally be a car driver as Home First outreach work involves home visits.

About us

You will be joining a friendly OT team with opportunities to work in close collaboration with colleagues, including an OT clinical support worker, medical staff, nursing colleagues, psychology and community practitioners.
  • Regular Professional supervision
  • Access to a wide range of Training and CPD opportunities including:
  • A programme of AHP specific training
  • Quarterly Occupational Therapy CPD Hubs
  • Communities of Practice (AMPS, Sensory Strategies and Recovery Through Activity)
  • The opportunity to participate in a range QI work and service innovations.

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Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details. For further information please contact:

Claire Michie, Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist

Sofia Ivarsson, Lead Occupational Therapist

Job description Job responsibilities

- Operate as a senior occupational therapy practitioner and manage an appropriate complex clinical caseload.- Promote evidence based practice in occupational therapy and the relevant mental health service/ learning disability service.- Provide a specialised range of clinical interventions and demonstrate knowledge of models of practice.- Monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of interventions.- Provide clinical assessment, formulation, intervention, review and where appropriate CPA including care co-ordination for service users, their families and carers.- Contribute to the development of multi-disciplinary best practice clinical guidelines and protocols.- Have a basic working knowledge of the medication prescribed for the persons in their care.- Supervise the work of more junior qualified staff and provide support and guidance.- Ensure that up to date written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with Professional and Trust standards and to provide specialist occupational therapy reports relevant to the practice setting.- To adhere to Trust risk management policies and procedures.- To champion occupational and recovery approaches within the service area.- Be aware of and able to use de-escalation techniques and physical breakaway

Please refer to attached JD for full information

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy
  • Evidence of post graduate level study/training
  • Registration with the HPC as an occupational therapist
  • Practice Education training
  • Training in the use of standardised occupational therapy assessment tools
Knowledge Essential
  • Experience as a qualified occupational therapist in mental health
  • Broad experience of working with clients with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of both group and individual work
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Experience as a Care Coordinator
  • Experience in a clinical area related to the post
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience in applying a range of assessment tools

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