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Occupational Therapist Community Rehabilitation (Mental Health)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
If you are an Occupational Therapist with a passion for innovative, person-centred mental health rehabilitation then we would love to hear from you! This is an exciting opportunity to work in and help shape our newly developing Community Rehabilitation Service supporting individuals with severe and enduring mental illness to access holistic and person-centred rehabilitation.

The Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE) and Somerset Foundation Trust have successfully partnered to jointly deliver transformed community mental health services to the population of Somerset. Building on this is the development of an exciting new Community Rehabilitation team provided in collaboration with our VCSE colleagues, to include Rethink, Second Step and Mind.

Main duties of the job

Our vision is that the new service will offer longer-term support for people, considering the need for a whole-system approach which holistically addresses both physical and mental health care as well as wider social, and housing, needs. This will be person centred and needs-led and will support individuals to ensure that they do not experience a 'cliff edge' when they transition into, out of, and between, services.

As an Occupational Therapist you will have a key role in helping to shape the service , which we plan to launch in March 2023.

You will be assessing individual's mental health and rehabilitation needs and leading the MDT and VCSE colleagues to carry out appropriate rehabilitation interventions for individuals using the service.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

Your main roles will include:
  • To provide a high standard Occupational Therapy Service as a band 6 Occupational therapist within Somerset Foundation Trusts exciting and newly developing Community Rehabilitation Team.
  • Provide advance assessment, clinical reasoning and evidence-based interventions using a collaborative, recovery approach and be skilled at positive risk management.
  • To work flexibly and creatively with individuals who use our service and our VCSE colleagues, to develop dynamic and person-centred pathways for people with a severe and ensuring mental health illness who have rehabilitation needs.
  • To use evidence-based models of practice to inform assessments
  • To develop with professional and operational support the Occupational Therapy service within the new Community Rehabilitation Team, working closely with colleagues and MDT on Willow Ward, our inpatient rehabilitation facility and also VCSE partnership colleagues.
  • To hold responsibility for own caseload and undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner, working without direct supervision but having access to a Senior Occupational Therapist when required.
  • Be a resource and role model for Junior staff, including our colleagues within the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE) seeking opportunities for development as appropriate
  • Participating in the Services formal Professional Supervision & Appraisal Programme.
  • Provide support, guidance and training to staff as required.
  • Support and supervise the Band 5 Occupational Therapist within the wider rehabilitation service.

Person Specification Essentail Essential
  • BEHAVIOURS ALIGNED WITH TRUST VALUES oOutstanding care oListening and leading oWorking together
  • QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING Evidence of Qualifications required oDiploma/Degree/master's in occupational therapy (OT). oRegistration with Health Care Professions Council. oDocumented evidence of Continual Professional Development (CPD).
  • KNOWLEDGE oApplication of the OT process oKnowledge of current best practice in OT relevant to clinical area oUnderstanding of professional ethics and their application in practice oUnderstanding of team dynamics oKnowledge of health legislation and current practice, including risk assessment and management. oKnowledge of the principles of clinical governance oTo have a working knowledge of policies/protocols both locally (Trust) and Nationally (RCOT,NICE, NHSi)
  • EXPERIENCE oEnhanced/advance experience Of Occupational therapy in a varied setting at Postgraduate relevant oTransferrable Occupational therapy skills to different setting oExperience of working with the public, individual, families oEvidence of reflection oCritical appraisal of own performance.
  • COMMUNICATION SKILLS oEvidence of a good standard of Literacy / English language skills oEffective written skills to write clear and concise reports oEffective oral communication skills for clear and accurate verbal reports oAbility to cope with difficult conversation oWord processing and Internet skills
  • Membership of the Royal Collage of Occupational Therapy (RCOT)

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