We are looking for a compassionate, reflective, recovery-focused Occupational Therapist to support patients in their recovery whilst in the adult acute inpatient wards at Wedgwood House, Bury St Edmunds. Wedgwood House is a 3-ward unit with two adult acute wards and one older adult ward. The successful applicant will lead the provision of Occupational Therapy for the two adult acute wards (37 beds). Supervising the Band 5 OT post and offering consultation to the activity team. The successful candidate would also be expected to support the wider system of Occupational Therapists including mentoring students and working with the AHP wider strategy.
The successful candidate would be a part of the Therapy Team, comprised of Psychologists and Peer Support Workers, who seek to offer evidence-based interventions to enhance recovery, reduce the length of admission, and enhance the person's mental health.
The Therapy team draws on a number of models, however all staff are invited to develop skills and knowledge of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) approach to support people. Full training will be provided. Supervision, professional development and staff welfare are important to the service and time and support will be available to engage in all these important roles.Main duties of the job
The purpose of the Occupational Therapist role at Wedgwood House is to collaboratively work with the individuals admitted to our service to maintain, restore or create a match between the abilities of the person, the demands of their activities and occupations, and the demands of the environment in order to improve function, promote independence and enhance opportunities for meaningful participation in daily life, whilst working collaboratively with all disciplines as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
The post holder will apply an understanding of graded challenge and exposure, education/vocation goals and functional assessments to support the service user to engage in meaningful activity and increase function, skill, enjoyment and well-being, through group and 1:1 sessions. They will also be expected to complete Activities of daily living assessments to support the individual's rehabilitation, either BY identifying needs or developing strategies to meet these needs.About us
The applicant would ideally be well informed about the Green Light approaches and be understanding and adaptive to meet the needs of the neurodivergent population that we often see within the hospital. The service would also seek to support the successful candidate to undertake specialist sensory training.
This post will include providing specialist support, knowledge and advice to inpatient teams, community team members, and relatives/carers who have identified a service user's needs.
We have strong Occupational Therapy Team links with West Suffolk Hospital. Our OTs have always been welcomed at a wide range of additional training and team meetings. Our post holder would be able to attend any meetings and training in order to strengthen their understanding of Occupational Therapy and to maintain their evidence-based practice and CPD hours.Job descriptionJob responsibilities
The post holder will respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity of clients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs.
For further information or an informal discussion about the role please contact:
Oliver Hockley- Clinical Psychologist and therapy Team Manager
We welcome informal discussions and would love you to get in touch to talk about the opportunities available and come and visit to see what we are all about.
Benefits included with this role are:-
- NHS pension
- a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
- career progression
- starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
- staff physio service
- gym membership
- NHS discounts and many more.
Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!
Interview dates are yet to be set; you will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.
**This post attracts a recruitment premium of £3,000 (pro-rata for part time roles). This is a one off payment with half paid on appointment and half paid after the completion of a satisfactory probation period (6 months). The premium is taxable. Please note that should you leave employment, or choose to move to an alternative post within the Trust that does not attract this recruitment premium, you will be required to reimburse all or some of the payment.Please note this recruitment premium is for external applicants only. and not applicable to newly qualified nurses**Person SpecificationQualificationsEssential Desirable
- Relevant post graduate training courses
- Post registration experience in mental health
- Experience of MDT working
- Experience working in a range of mental health settings
- Ability to deliver OT assessment / treatment with designated client group.
- Ability to work under pressure, manage own caseload and prioritise.
- Knowledge of mental health and best practice in OT.
- Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues.
- Knowledge of current legislation including risk assessment and CPA.
- Commitment to patient centred practice and lifelong learning
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