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Occupational Therapist - Mental Health Rehabilitation

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Epsom, Surrey
£31,163 to £37,875 a year per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking a Band 5 OT to work as part of our mental health rehabilitation OT service based in Surrey.

An exciting opportunity has become available for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join the team at Horton Rehabilitation Service. Based in Epsom, Surrey, Horton Rehabilitation Service provides inpatient rehabilitation to adults with complex and enduring mental health.

The hospital is situated within spacious grounds and is a short distance from Epsom Town providing good transport links, free onsite parking and access to local amenities.

The service consists of 4 ward wards, 2 High Dependency wards, 1 managed access unit and 1 open rehabilitation ward. We provide a service to people across London and and the surrounding area who have a serious and ensuring mental illness and require support to enable them to live in the community.

Newly qualified OTs are welcome to apply and will be supported in their role. We recognise that the step between student and professional needs support so we have invested fully in our Band 5s development through robust supervision, a preceptorship programme and internal training. Success at preceptorship enables them to then be an educator for OT students. Career development opportunities are available both with mental health rehabilitation and CNWL as a whole.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidates will:
  • Be motivated, energetic and a flexible team player with excellent communication skills
  • Be able to use initiative and have some responsibilities towards the management of the day treatment programme.
  • Demonstrate an interest and participation in evidence -based practice and professional development and working with recovery principles.
  • Be familiar with the MOHO and other evidence- based assessment tools in order to establish a baseline functional assessment from which recommendations can determine further ongoing care and treatment to enable optimum functioning.

We have a strong commitment to collaborative working and you will be part of a supportive, friendly multi-disciplinary team. The successful applicant will be self- motivated, able to work to a high standard both autonomously and as part of a team.

In addition, the post holder would support the provision of Occupational Therapy at the onsite Recovery Centre. There is also the opportunity to work alongside the Trust's Recovery and Wellbeing College, liaising with colleagues from the College, co-facilitating courses with peer trainers. Ensuring the provision of a programme of courses onsite, as part of the Horton Spoke.

About us

Personal and professional development is a high priority for the organisation and is underpinned by our OT R&D strategy, R& D specialist groups and OT clinical networks. This enables us to invest in the development of our staff by providing excellent internal training as well as commissioning specialised external training and providing quality supervision; including a robust preceptorship programme. In addition, there is a strong ethos of service development, research as well as Quality Improvement.

OT in CNWL is very fortunate in having a long-established professional structure and this includes an AHP director, Trust wide Professional Head of OT, borough and specialist Head OTs. This has the huge benefit of ensuring representation of our profession at all levels - both strategically and operationally.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide specialist, culturally appropriate, evidence based occupational therapy assessments for service users in order to establish baseline functional assessment from which recommendations can determine further on-going care and treatment, to enable optimum functioning and meet their occupational needs.

To plan, implement and review individually tailored programmes of intervention using individual and group work approaches.

To determine the impact of mental and physical conditions on service users functional ability and undertake assessment/make recommendations with regards to the provision of equipment/aids and adaptations.

To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions against clear aims, objectives and outcome measures in line with evidence-based practice and in conjunction with service users, carers and other professionals.

To establish and maintain effective communication networks with service users, with complex learning, emotional and behavioural needs, their carers, other professionals and agencies in order to ensure a comprehensive and consistent approach to client care
  • To provide full vocational needs assessment, advice and on-going intervention related to an individuals vocational needs.
  • To select and use validated standardised assessment tools routinely and in practice, exhibiting clinical reasoning skills; to include the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) assessments.
  • To apply clinical knowledge and skills to carry out evidence based occupational therapy interventions, both individual and in groups, which are underpinned by relevant theoretical approaches and in line with the Trusts Research and Development Strategy.
  • To plan, implement and review individually tailored programmes of intervention using individual and group work approaches.
  • To support service users and colleagues to ensure that care plans are developed in partnership with the individual and that they reflect recovery goals. These should be strengths-based and oriented towards reinforcing a positive identity and developing valued social roles.
  • To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions against clear aims, objectives and outcome measures in line with evidence based practice and in conjunction with service users, carers and other professionals.
  • To establish links with the CNWL Recovery College and work within the local spoke.
  • To be aware of medication issues in line with the CNWL OT Medication Management guidelines.
  • To proactively undertake and ensure rigorous risk assessment & risk management strategies are applied. To ensure maximum risk tolerance facilitates the individuals recovery, in line with risk policies and local guidelines.
  • To work in partnership with other agencies including MAPPA and MARAC.
  • For Practitioners to be aware of and sensitive to the safeguarding needs of children and adults in their work, and knowledgeable both about potential indicators of abuse or neglect and about what to do if they had concerns about a child's or adult's welfare.
  • To identify carers needs in line with CPA policy and national requirements.
  • To support service users in relation to their physical health, employment, and housing and welfare benefits issues; referring to specialist provider services as necessary.
  • To provide OT consultation to other professionals within the team.
  • To provide all service users on caseload with a full adult mental health assessment and offer regular monitoring of mental state.
  • To facilitate effective links with community resources in order that a socially inclusive focus towards treatment and discharge planning is maintained.
  • To facilitate smooth transitions between the ward and community settings for service users being discharged from the ward.

Person Specification Qualifications & Experience Essential
  • Degree/diploma in OT
  • Health Professionals Council (HPC) registered Occupational Therapist.
  • Post graduate training specific to clinical specialty
  • Practice Placement Educator's Course
  • Good communication skills i.e. written, verbal, listening and proficient use of up to date systems of communication i.e. IT systems, e-mail, fax, telephone etc.
  • Skills in producing timely, accurate and informative reports and notes.
  • Individual and group work assessment and intervention skills.
  • Clear concept of Occupational Therapy and models of practice.
  • Able to work creatively to engage patients
  • Ability to self reflect and actively participate in Supervision and appraisal
  • Ability to adopt a culturally sensitive approach that considers the needs of the whole person.
  • High level of personal motivation./Flexibility and creativity in approach.
  • Knowledge of the theory underpinning the Model of Human Occupation
  • Completion of equipment and adaptation training.
  • Experience in completing the HONOS screening clustering tool.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE Paid/unpaid relevant to job. Essential
  • 1.Undergraduate experience in mental health.
  • 2.Experience in /knowledge of using a range of standardised OT assessments.
  • 3.Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • 4.Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment.
  • 5.Experience of facilitating group work.
  • Post qualification experience in secondary mental health services.
  • Experience of working with service users with enduring mental health problems.
  • Lived experience' of either using mental health services or supporting someone who uses services.

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