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Senior Community Mental Health Occupational Therapist

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa
Closing date
28 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity for a brand new OT post has become available with the further investment and expansion of the Forensic Outreach and Liaison Service (FOLS) in York. The expansion also involves a new psychologist, substance misuse worker and healthcare support worker (HCSW) to join the existing team of mental health nurses, HCSW, social worker and consultant psychiatrist.

The new OT position will involve work in the community with service users under the FOLS caseload and some in-reach work to wards at Clifton House to support the safe transitions of service users from inpatient wards to community settings. Clifton House consists of a male rehabilitation ward, a male assessment and treatment ward and a female mixed (assessment and treatment and rehab) pathway.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work within the multi-disciplinary team to provide OT assessment, treatment and interventions to service user's transitioning from inpatient wards into the community. The successful applicant will be required to lead on, establish and support the development and implementation of a new OT pathway into and within FOLS. LYPFT utilises the Model of Human Occupation framework to inform overall OT assessment and formulate recovery plans for those within the service. The role of occupation is recognised and valued; the assessments and interventions provided by OT are an important part of our therapeutic offer.

The post holder will be offered structured supervision, appraisal and opportunities for professional development within the workplace.

About us

The Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) is the main provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services in Leeds. We also provide specialist inpatient services in York and some highly specialised services across the country. As a teaching trust with strong links to local universities, we are a centre of excellence for teaching,research and development.

There are many benefits of working for LYPFT including fantastic employee wellbeing support, 27 - 33 days annual leave, flexible working and remote working arrangements, the NHS Pension Scheme (LYPFT pays 20.6% into your scheme each year), coaching, support and opportunities for career development and training and education support alongside a range of exclusive discounts and payment schemes including for cars, extra leave days and more organisations such as Blue Light Card, Health Service Discounts and NHS Discount Offers.

We also have an incredible bank department, offering variety of roles in nursing, allied health professions, healthcare support worker and administration clerical. Permanent employees are automatically added to bank. Bank-only workers can choose the hours they want to work and will have the opportunity to gain additional experience, keep skills up to date, develop new ones and earn extra money without having to commit to a permanent role. For an informal discussion or more information please contact the team

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • To work as a member of FOLS in providing Occupational Therapy (OT) in a variety of community settings, including the service users own home, and offer in-reach support to Clifton House Forensic wards pre-discharge to the community.

  • To establish and work within a clear OT pathway; facilitating screening assessment, needs analysis/prioritisation, treatment planning and facilitating interventions.

  • To be responsible for the assessment and planning of occupational and vocational interventions across the FOLS caseload; assessment of care needs, development, implementation and evaluation of interventions/care.

  • To work compassionately and collaboratively with service users to achieve identified goals, promoting social inclusion, independence and well-being.

  • To promote OT values and interventions in the MDT and with service users.

  • To take a professional lead for the overall provision and development of high quality OT provision within FOLS.

  • To promote a positive image of OT and the wider Trust.

  • To establish and maintain good working relationships with other community teams/agencies.

  • To carry continuing responsibility for the setting and monitoring of standards of care in line with Clinical Governance requirements.

  • To actively participate in clinical supervision.

  • To ensure an effective learning environment for students and staff.

Person Specification
  • Relevant core professional qualification that is essential for the post - BSc/Dip/MSc OT and HCPC registration and HCPC registration.

  • Experience of working with mental health.

  • Ability to assess risk/deal with challenging situations.

  • Clear understanding of the Occupational Therapy role within Forensic mental health.

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