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Occupational Therapist

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Prison and Forensic
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
A band 6 Occupational Therapy has become available. The post is full time / 37.5 hours a week. Working on Newport House - 6 bedded intensive care unit at Hatherton Centre, Medium Secure Unit at St Georges Hospital Stafford.

The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability (VdTMoCA) is the main model of practice used across the forensic inpatient services in conjunction with a sensory integration approach. These interventions are imbedded and valued by the Multi Disciplinary Team and users of the service so experience in these approaches would be helpful but not essential. Opportunities for further training in these approaches will be available.

Main duties of the job

Delivering a high quality clinical service to patients and their families.

Offering a range of occupational therapy interventions to a group of patients in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team.

Coordinating and leading therapeutic group work programmes.

Provide leadership & clinical expertise in adult forensic mental health, contributing to the delivery of a modern Occupational Therapy Service.

About us

We can offer you a strong commitment to supervision and appraisals to support your CPD whilst you are in post. You will be part of an active AHP team in the forensic directorate made up of Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy and Dietetics and will have this network of experience and support to draw on.

This post is idea for someone interested in working in secure care, looking at moving to the area or looking for a new opportunity.

Job description Job responsibilities


  • To take responsibility for a clinical caseload in forensic mental health. This will include caseload management and decisions on how to prioritise workload and will include clients with highly complex needs who may have difficulties in processing information.
  • To carry out assessments including gathering complex information from clients, carers and other members of the multi-disciplinary team. Assessments will include pre -admission assessments following referral from other services e.g. high secure hospitals, prisons etc and post admission assessments for occupational needs, risk and other needs as identified by the MDT. This may include the use of specialist standardised assessment tools, verbal and non-verbal communication skills and observation of the client and their environment.
  • To contribute to the overall care plan using effective Occupational Therapy treatment programmes and negotiate and communicate these with the client, family, carers and other members of the treatment team. This will include the use of an highly developed clinical reasoning, practical and analytical skills, all of which are underpinned by advanced theoretical knowledge relevant to the specialism. Effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills will be used which demonstrate empathy and leadership appropriate to the management of the situation.
  • To recommend suitable equipment to enable clients activities of daily living , and to organise supply, or advise on other methods of obtaining these
  • To implement, evaluate, analyse and adjust treatment programmes according to individual needs, which may be highly complex. The frequent use of encouragement, motivation, negotiation reassurance and training skills as well as discussing with clients their progress will be essential.
  • To decide on the appropriateness of, and to be responsible for referrals to other agencies / disciplines according to individual client need. This will require written and electronic communication according to protocols in line with local and national standards.
  • To keep relevant, accurate records of treatment programmes and interventions and complete reports. This may involve the decision as to handling and communication of sensitive or contentious information. All information must be clear and contain appropriate language for access to clients and other professionals. These should be written according to agreed protocols in line with local and national standards.
  • To work across multi-disciplinary/multi-agency teams involved in the delivery of care. This will involve liaison and negotiation around highly complex situations, co-operative working and demonstration of knowledge of multi-agency / interagency approaches.
  • To contribute to multi-disciplinary meetings/care and treatment planning contributing the specialist Occupational Therapy perspective. This will include presentation, verbal reporting and negotiating, to achieve agreement on delivery of care.
  • To participate in and provide clinical supervision to designated support staff in order to maintain best practice. This will include discussion of caseload, reflective practice, and the ability to receive and act on constructive feedback.
  • To take part in and lead on clinical audit within own sphere of responsibility. This may include written and electronic communication across the whole Trust and co-operative working with other disciplines. The post will require knowledge of audit methods.
  • To be responsible for planning discharge of clients from own caseload. This will involve analysis of the clinical situation and how the case should be best managed in the future. This will involve liaison and communication with other members of the multi-disciplinary /interagency team, clients and carers. This will be recorded manually and electronically.
  • To ensure effective and appropriate face to face, telephone, electronic and written methods of communication are maintained at all times.
  • To implement highly developed physical skills pertinent to the area of specialism, for example manual handling, equipment management and installation, keyboard skills and driving, DMI.
  • To carry out risk assessments as appropriate, & contribute to the risk assessments of the MDT.

  • To actively implement, maintain and demonstrate an up-to-date knowledge of national guidelines, standards, legislation and professional developments in current methods in the treatment of clients conditions within the specialism.
  • To initiate and implement strategic plans in forensic mental health.
  • To use an appropriate range of teaching media to assist with clinical support, supervision and teaching of other staff and clients, students and other disciplines where appropriate.
  • To ensure all Trust policies and procedures are implemented and adhered to. Issues pertaining to these policies should be clearly communicated with the Clinical Director or Clinical Co-ordinators as appropriate.
  • To be responsible for own, and others, health and safety, reporting all issues to the Clinical Director / Clinical Co-ordinators and work within The Trusts Health and Safety policies and the Health and Safety at Work Act.
  • To adhere to the College of Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Professional Code of Conduct, and Core Standards for Occupational Therapists.
  • To participate in own appraisal by completing preparation documentation and actively partaking in the appraisal process. This will involve critical analysis and selection of appropriate methods of possible developmental opportunities.
  • To conduct staff appraisals, personal development plans, training plans & reviews..
  • To actively engage in the organisations clinical governance initiatives, for example to participate and lead in audit, clinical supervision & bringing critically evaluated evidence and research into practice.
  • To be involved in research projects within forensic mental health.
  • To undertake own continuing professional development by demonstrating an ongoing reflective learning style in the workplace. This should be clearly and regularly documented in a personal portfolio. The outcome of learning opportunities should be appropriately applied to ensure fitness to practice.
  • To respect the individuality values cultural and religious and diversity of clients contributing to a service to these needs.
  • To be responsible for the supervision of students in own work area. This will entail liaising with Universities and Practice Placement Co-ordinators.

Leadership and Management
  • To ensure the correct procedures are carried out regarding stock control and the sale of equipment or goods, and the handling of money, where relevant, using agreed protocols.
  • To demonstrate leadership skills by ensuring professional standards are maintained in all areas of clinical, organisational and project work.
  • To participate in managerial supervision to maintain best practice. This will include discussion of day to day operational issues and management of self.
  • To provide accurate service, client and workforce activity information as required by the Trust. This will require the use of written and electronic communication according to protocols in line with local and national standards.
  • To deliver an occupational therapy service in line with national/local standards, professional research and purchaser requirements. This will involve balancing clinical, professional and management priorities.
  • To assist in the development of a flexible service which may include evenings and weekends.
  • To be responsible for the management, supervision and coordination of staff within an agreed area of service delivery. This will include carrying out staff appraisals, personal development plans and operational management.
  • To represent the occupational therapy service within the directorate at strategic/ management/ business meetings as a shared responsibility with senior OT colleague and AHP lead.

Systems and equipment
  • Maintain timely data collection and regular inputting of information through the use of data collection systems e.g. daily diaries/RIO, Safeguard.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Dip COT or degree in Occupational Therapy HCPC Registered Member of professional body and specialist section.
  • PPE Qualification Higher degree/relevant post graduate training Leadership qualification, e.g. Leading Empowered Organisations
Experience Essential
  • Experience as a senior clinician in speciality developing services that are clinical governance driven and patient focused
  • At least 4 years relevant experience as an Occupational Therapist
  • Experience of managing and prioritising a clinical caseload
  • Experience of implementing Clinical Governance Activity
  • Ability to manage complexity and conflict Ability to work with clients with complex needs
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of the effects of current local, regional and national guidance on occupational therapy service delivery within this speciality
  • Experience of Practice education.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to delivering a modern and effective evidence-based OT service within the specialty
  • 2 years qualified experience within the speciality
  • Evidence of leading clinical audit
  • Experience of successful partnership working across professionals and agencies outside health
  • Experience of supervising other staff
  • Evidence of delivering Occupational Therapy interventions through group and individual work in a variety of settings e.g. community ward and patient's home
  • Experience of working with challenging behaviour and/or in secure settings.
  • Experience of working with acutely unwell patients.
Knowledge and skills Essential
  • Ability to present relevant information concisely Ability to form clear clinical treatment plans in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team and communicate these to service users, carers, family and team
  • Knowledge of current agenda facing the NHS and profession with specific relevance to speciality Understanding of developments required to support service change within speciality Knowledge of current issues for service delivery e.g. National Service Frameworks and national guidance Clinical Governance and implementation
  • Show a commitment to training and development of OT staff and students including other agencies/disciplines
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary/multi-agency team and contribute to Occupational Therapy specific interventions and generic practice as appropriate Demonstrate a clear understanding of the roles of other disciplines/roles/carers through e

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