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Occupational Therapist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a newly qualified or experienced Occupational Therapist to join the Adult Learning Disability Service, Intensive Assessment and Treatment Team (IATT) based at either Franklyn House, Exeter or Phoenix Lane, Tiverton Devon.The posts availability due to progression of previous post holders into specialist OT roles within Devon's IATT services.

The IATTs are established within Devon offering a dynamic and friendly Multi-disciplinary approach to supporting Adults with a learning disability. Occupational Therapy is a large and well respected profession within IATT teams, our work integral to the Learning Disability evidence based care pathways that include; Behaviours that Challenge, Dementia, Mental Health and Complex Physical Health. Occupational Therapy contribute to the formulation and planning of Positive Behaviour Support Plans, memory clinics, STOMP and much more. We have a strong role in supporting the development of capable environments around the needs of our client group. Our core business as Occupational Therapists is specialist assessment and intervention to ensure people are meaningfully engaged in their lives to maximise health and wellbeing promoting engagement in meaningful occupations.

Due to the large geographical area of work suitable access to transport will be required.

Consideration will be given as a 6-12 month secondment opportunity for internal applicants to support personal development.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an imaginative, creative and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist to work with adults with a learning disability. You will focus on assessing and providing specialist Occupational Therapy assessment, interventions and/or consultation and advice to support people to be an active member of their home and community, promoting engagement in meaningful occupations.

You will have or willing to develop experience of managing a specialist caseload of adults with severe and complex learning disabilities who have additional health needs in a variety of settings in the community. While working as an autonomous practitioner, you will have access to Specialist Occupational Therapist as required and participate in the Service's formal Professional Supervision & Appraisal Programme.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience and develop your skills and knowledge, in a supportive environment. You will have, or a desire to develop, knowledge and skills in relation to relevant occupational therapy models such as the Model of Human Occupation and/or the Model of Creative Ability. Depending upon experience there is the potential to further develop knowledge in the specialist area of sensory processing assessment and intervention.

You will provide management and clinical support to junior Occupational Therapy staff based within the team alongside Occupational Therapy students and apprentices.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance, professional and ethical issues
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to understand causes of distressed behaviour and adapt responses appropriately
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries
  • Computer Literacy
  • Experience of using a variety of communication strategies
  • Good self-management skills Ability to plan services according to needs
  • Ability to work on own initiative as part of MDT & Occupational Therapy Team
  • Training and presentation skills
  • Multimedia skills
  • Group work skills
  • Ability to educate and inform other professionals about the role of Occupational Therapy in Learning Disabilities
  • Ability to take initiative and develop new ideas
  • Leadership skills
Knowledge Essential
  • Demonstrate understanding of occupational performance and the role of the Occupational Therapy within a multidisciplinary team
  • Knowledge of government law and policy with regard to services for people with learning disabilities including guidance regarding people with complex distressed behaviour (Mental Health Act; DOLS; Safeguarding etc).
  • Knowledge / skills in relation to risk assessment processes
  • Sound knowledge and application of Occupational Therapy theory specific to people with learning disabilities and in particular those with complex distressed behaviour, profound physical disability and complex needs, dual diagnosis
  • Group work
Other Essential
  • General level of fitness
  • Commitment to multidisciplinary working
  • Ability to cope in stressful and demanding situations
  • Access to appropriate transport to cover a wide geographical area, sometimes at short notice.
Experience Essential
  • Application of occupational therapy process
  • Use of standardised /functional assessment and activity analysis.
  • Knowledge and experience of working with people with communication difficulties
  • Knowledge and experience in managing a diverse workload including those exhibiting distress and with complex disabilities
  • Prior experience of working with people with a learning disability
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team including those within the wider support network of service users
  • Supervision
  • Previous band 5 post
Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Good standard of literacy and numeracy
  • Valid state registration with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Evidence of on-going training and development in the theory and practice of Occupational Therapy
  • Further postgraduate training; short specialist courses
  • Clinical supervisors' qualification for student placements

UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Devon Partnership Trust

Phoenix Lane



EX16 6LB

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