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Senior Occupational Therapist - Eating Disorder Day Service

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year Per Annum Inc
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Eating Disorders
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an experienced occupational therapist to work in day services.

You will require a good understanding of how eating disorders impact on individual's lives and be able to work to promote recovery as defined by the service user. You will bring core skills of an OT using standardised assessment and outcome measures.

There is a strong emphasis on group and individual work focused around social inclusion and recovery. The post holder will be expected to deliver interventions which are contextually relevant and may be carried out in a variety of settings relevant to the service user. The ability to work flexibly is required.

The post holder will be expected to contribute to service development and hold an interest in clinical outcomes and research. You will be encouraged to participate in this as part of your CPD.

We offer excellent opportunity for professional and clinical development both within the trust and Eating disorder Day Service.

Our Trust headquarters is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2). We also provide services and operate across other locations, such as London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark; and substance misuse services for residents of Bexley, Lambeth, Greenwich and Wandsworth.

Main duties of the job

To manage a caseload of clients with complex needs, using evidence based / client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions. To provide leadership for students and / or junior staff, through supervision and appraisal. To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of OT / MDT services, holding responsibility for defined projects. To regularly supervise OT students on practice placements

About us

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave
  • Work life balance
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease
  • Accommodation
  • NHS discounts

Job description Job responsibilities

To select and apply Occupational Therapy assessments for a designated caseload, addressing occupational performance and skill deficits, enabling the service user in areas of self-maintenance, productivity and leisure.

To manage a caseload as agreed with Head OT / Team Lead

To plan and implement individual and/or group interventions, in collaboration with the service user using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals

To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment for service users with multiple needs in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.

To demonstrate and apply a broad level of understanding of the effect of disability and recommend adaptations to the service users physical and social environment as needed.

To work with service users in a way which actively promotes their social inclusion an recovery.

To effectively work as a member of the multi-disciplinary

To effectively work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team and contribute to / implement core decisions with regard to service users care programmes

To undertake the supervision and appraisal of junior staff as delegated by a senior member of staff

To demonstrate the ability to / undertake to initiate, plan and implement the induction, training and education of students and other staff

To actively participate in and be responsible for relevant planning, evaluation and audit of practice, clinical pathways and protocols within service area and corporate OT as required.

Co-ordinate day-to-day activities of junior staff, Technical Instructors and volunteer staff where applicable

To engage in and develop or broaden research skills through involvement in local audit and research projects

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Membership of OT professional body and / or special interest group
Experience Essential
  • Extensive clinical experience including individual and group work
  • Working with mental health service users (pre or post qualification)
  • Experience of meal support for those with an eating disorder.
Knowledge Essential
  • Specialist knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions and outcome measures, relevant to client group
  • Skills required to understand the dynamics of a team and have the ability to work effectively within that
  • Effective / high level verbal and written communication skills
  • Training and facilitation skills
Skills Essential
  • Ability to manage own workload / work autonomously and determine priorities

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