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Community Occupational Therapist: Learning Disabilities

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Sturminster Newton
£33,706 to £40,588 a year p.a.
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you an Occupational Therapist wanting to work with People with Learning Disabilities?

The North Dorset Community Learning Disability team, based in Sturminster Newton has the following vacancy;

Are you an enthusiastic, forward thinking Occupational Therapist looking to develop their skills within the Learning Disability service? The Learning Disability Service in Dorset is staffed by a passionate and dedicated team and we are looking for a like-minded Occupational Therapist to join us.

This is an excellent opportunity to practice Occupational Therapy within the challenging and rewarding field of community learning disability.

Working full time the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate their commitment to work proactively and in partnership with people with learning disabilities, their families and carers and support them to live successfully in the community.

The post will require working within the office environment, home working as well as face to face patient visits in the community.

If you are interested in working to increasing your skills through supporting a diverse caseload, within a supportive Multidisciplinary team, and would benefit from in service training; monthly supervision; CPD opportunities; clinical and management support; NHS pension scheme; holiday and sick pay then we look forward to your application.

Main duties of the job

You will be working as part of the integrated multi-disciplinary team in North Dorset with close links and support from the other community learning disability teams in Dorset.

Working in a Learning Disability service will give an occupational therapist an opportunity to facilitate the development of the full range of function (physical, cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal) in the occupational areas of productivity, self care and leisure for person LD who have been referred to occupational therapy for assessment and treatment.

You will also be able to provide individual and group interventions and therapy that facilitate the development of the full range of function (physical, cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal) in the occupational areas of productivity, self care and leisure for person LD who have been referred to occupational therapy.

This is an exciting post which will give you experience in working within a multidisciplinary and multi-agency team. Every day is a new challenge with the unexpected a part of daily life.

We are looking for enthusiastic people who have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots ofways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification Job specific experience Essential
  • Experience of working with clients with complex and additional needs.
  • Knowledge of appropriate standardised and non- standardised assessments.
Job specific experience Essential
  • An ability to produce correspondence and reports of a high standard
  • Experience of delivering training to others.
Personal qualitites/ attributes Essential
  • To respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversities of clients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs
  • Ability to communicate information clearly
Knowledge, skills and training Essential
  • BSc Hons/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Minimum of 3 years of post registration experience, including 1 year's clinical experience relevant to learning disabilities
  • Post Graduate qualifications appropriate to speciality
  • Membership of professional body

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