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Occupational Therapist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Prison and Forensic
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to transformation and internal promotion, we have exciting opportunities for Newly Qualified and established Band 5 Occupational Therapists seeking to develop knowledge, skills and experience within a new state of the art MSU service or High Secure environment, working in a specialist role within forensic mental health and/or learning disability practice.

This is across our secure pathway, based at Maghull Health Park. You will work collaboratively with service users, carers, MDT and wider agencies to promote and advocate an occupational perspective in relation to a person's care, utilising evidence-based assessment and treatment models (MOHO and VdT MoCA) underpinned by the implementation of the Occupational Therapy process.

Access to the newly established AHP preceptorship programme, as well as further training/qualifications, Band 5 Peer Support Scheme, clinical supervision and CPD opportunities are available to help develop your career aspirations and the quality of the service.

Shortlisting is planned for 14th December 2022.

Main duties of the job

oTo function as an Occupational Therapist to a defined group of service users under the supervision of senior staff working always to the Occupational Therapy Code of Conduct.

oProvision of Occupational Therapy for service users with complex needs. Practice is to be underpinned by profession-specific theory and evidence-based practice.

oTo consolidate knowledge and skills of Occupational Therapy in line with the Band 5 KSF competencies within the forensic Mental Health and Learning Disability environment - either in High Secure and Medium Secure Services.

oTo complete Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment for service users on a designated case load and to formulate appropriate treatment plans as a result.

oTo undertake a full range of treatment techniques as a member of a multidisciplinary team in a forensic Mental Health and Learning Disability environment.

See job description for full extend of principal responsibilities - in terms of clinical, communication, documentation, health and safety, personal/professional development, appraisal/supervision and professional standards.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

We have an excellent opportunity for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join our High and Medium Secure Services.

These posts are based at Ashworth and Rowan View Hospital, which are secure services, catering to patients with psychiatric health needs that require treatment in conditions of high security and medium secure services.

Through the Occupational Therapy holistic approach and appropriate assessments, you will be able to take on the exciting challenge of managing a complex caseload.

The successful individual will need to be enthusiastic, passionate, values-based, non judgemental, adaptable and highly motivated, with a keen interest in mental health/learning disabilities. You will be part of an established multidisciplinary team, as well as receiving support, direction and supervision from senior Occupational Therapy staff.

This is an ideal career development opportunity for an Occupational Therapist who is looking to develop their expertise within forensic mental health or for a Newly Qualified clinician.

This is an exciting opportunity for an Occupational Therapist to join the service whilst we are expanding the therapeutic provision and embedding a new model of practice (VdT Model of Creative Ability) to underpin the Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment of patients within High and Medium Secure Environments. Training in the VdTMoCA will be available to successful candidates.

We encourage interested candidates to contact the team in advance of the interview to discuss the role and opportunities available.

See job description for full extent of principal responsibilities in terms of clinical, communication, documentation, health and safety, personal/professional development, appraisal/supervision and professional standards.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Occupational Therapist with the Health Professions Council
  • Varied fieldwork experience including Mental Health.
  • Experience of working as a team member.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Sound knowledge of the core skills of Occupational Therapy.
  • Awareness of own strengths and development needs and how to access CPD opportunities.
  • Appreciate the process of standard setting and audit
  • An understanding of the value of the stakeholders within forensic mental health (i.e. carers, commissioners, care providers) and their uses in treatment
  • Some basic understanding of the application of the VdT Model of Creative Ability in practice.
VALUES Essential
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Supportive
Skills Essential
  • Professional Attitude.
  • Flexibility.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Have a caring, empathic approach.

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