Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
12 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Have you thought about working within prison healthcare?

Prisons are one of the most challenging, yet rewarding places for healthcare professionals to work - if you're looking for a role where you can develop your existing skills and learn something new every day in an environment that never stands still, then this is it!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a competent, confident, and enthusiastic full time (hours flexible) Band 7 Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist to join our brand-new service within HMP Hull and Humber. This is an expansion for TEWV within this geographical area and is a fantastic opportunity for those wishing for a new challenge within health and justice services.

As a Clinical Specialist occupational therapist in TEWV you will be professionally and clinically accountable for a complex caseload, assessing occupational performance and delivering specialist occupational interventions, providing Trust-wide clinical leadership and advice in own specialist area, demonstrating adherence to the Trust Values at all times and operating as a leader in the team, service and organisation.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job
  • To provide Trust-wide clinical leadership and advice in own specialist area.
  • To provide clinical supervision and specialist training for occupational therapy staff within the designated specialty and other healthcare professionals.
  • To be responsible for managing a highly specialist caseload, triaging and prioritising referrals, completing evidence-based assessments and interventions to address key occupational areas of self care, productivity and leisure.
  • To use client-centred approaches to co-producing negotiated occupational goals and evaluate these with service users collaboratively.
  • To contribute to multi-disciplinary team working
  • To contribute to and lead on service improvement and quality initiatives
  • To use the Trust electronic patient record system
  • To abide by all Trust policies and procedures
  • To be able to respond flexibly and creatively to challenges

About us

This post will both deliver a highly specialist caseload within HMP Hull and HMP Humber, as well establishing occupational therapy services, alongside the Lead occupational therapist and the Trust OT pathway, within this new contract. This includes delivery of occupational therapy within the in-reach mental teams as well as the new regional initiative to support those with the most complex and vulnerable needs within the innovative Wellbeing Unit in HMP Hull. This role will be essential in expanding and evaluating occupational therapy within prison health care, and the post holder will be integral to supporting others within this specialism Trust-wide.

This role is an expansion of occupational therapy within health and justice, which is an exciting and evolving service across the Trust. You will receive support from this close network of therapists within the region including Lead occupational therapist, peers including registered therapists and support staff. This support also extends to national networks through Royal College of Occupational Therapists and informal peer support groups within this field of practice. Monthly Occupational Therapy Learning and Governance Network meetings will provide an opportunity to receive and offer guidance and support to colleagues as well as developing practice and learning.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide evidence-based occupational therapy assessment and interventions as part of the OT Pathway linked to mental illness, learning disabilities and autism within prison healthcare and offer input to individuals, their families and carers within HMP Hull and Humber.

All team members must be committed to providing the best possible care for the people we work with and their families/carers.

The ability to engage and communicate with individuals within prison as well as the parents/family/carers and system around them is essential. They must be able to demonstrate experience of delivery of occupational therapy, keenness to continually develop themselves and others, and a particular interest in this field of OT. We will support use of transferrable skills from a range of clinical settings.

Clinical/Professional supervision is provided by the Trust Professional Head of OT. The postholder will attend OT Learning and Governance Networks to ensure fidelity to core occupational therapy delivery, enhance CPD and contribute to the wider OT service developments.

There are varied opportunities for training and development, with CPD needs being identified and monitored through appraisal.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Masters in Occupational Therapy or related subject (or willingness to undertake within agreed timescale)
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Clinical Supervisory Skills course.
  • Trust training in Appraisal and Recruitment (or willingness to undertake within an agreed timescale)
  • Trust QIS (Quality Improvement System) for Leaders (or willingness to undertake within agreed timescale)
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Accredited Practice Placement Educator (APPLE)
Knowledge Essential
  • Substantial clinical experience in own specialist area
  • Business planning process
Experience Essential
  • Highly specialist clinical knowledge in own specialist area
  • Good understanding of national strategy, guidance and key standards in own specialist area and their application in practice
  • Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act and their application in practice.
  • Participation in research and development

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