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Occupational Therapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Full Time
The Specialist Community Forensic Team (SCFT) provides a Trust wide service across Essex. We support service users that are currently inpatients in Low & Medium Secure Units across Essex and private facilities to integrate back into the community setting and promoting early discharge from hospital with a high level of intensive support.

This role is to support the MDT with the day to day provision of the occupational therapies ensuring that there is high delivery of care both to the service users we are in-reaching whilst still in the inpatient units and to the service users that we are supporting in the community.

The aim of the service is to promote social inclusion for service users that may have spent many years in inpatient facilities, offering an holistic package that will promote independence and re-integration with the support of the team.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work as a senior clinician within the Specialist Community Forensic Team providing specialist bio-psycho-social interventions. The post holder will be responsible providing effective leadership and standards of clinical practice and services working closely with the other members of the multi-disciplinary Team. Supervision of junior occupational therapy staff and students will be expected in this role.

The senior clinician will work closely with the partnership agency (Phoenix Futures) that works collaboratively with the delivery of the recovery focused interventions, to promote independence and social integration into the community setting.

About us

The Specialist Community Forensic Team was set up in June 2020 as part of the new models of care to promote early discharge for service users back into the community.

We are now moving through the third stage of our development looking at the through flow and capacity of the team. This involves close working relationships with the local Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT's) across Essex.

We work in partnership with Phoenix Futures a third sector agency who supports with the delivery of the service.

Job description Job responsibilities

Responsibilities within this role will include:

Conduct / contribute to the assessment and treatment process, as well as the observation and ongoing assessment, providing accurate and timely feedback, frequently acting as first point of contact. Utilise specialist assessments when presented with complex cases. Undertake treatment planning, communicating and negotiating treatment plans and clinical reasoning for intervention with service users and their carers.

Communicate agreed treatment/care plans to multi-disciplinary team colleagues and partnership agencies and liaise with them at formal and informal meetings. Participate in the planning, implementation / evaluation and ongoing review of treatment plans. Provide formulation, delivery and review of individualised evidence based care/care packages according to NICE guidance including non-medication strategies particularly for complex cases.

Organise and deliver therapeutic activities for service users in the community setting. Apply a variety of treatment modalities to meet the needs of service users in individual or group format utilising clinical reasoning processes to determine the most appropriate setting for intervention, e.g. home visits.

To manage complex service users within the Specialist Forensic Community Team's caseload. Assessing the needs of the service users response to activities in accordance with agreed models of practice e.g. Model of Creative Ability, MOHO, etc. Provide practical support, advice and education to service users, carers and other disciplines. Provide specialist OT advice on equipment, telecare etc. to other disciplines. Assess service users for access and allocation of equipment within their individual needs. Responsible for the recording of all service user related activity information onto the electronic records system. Produce accurate and timely documentation on all service users in line with your Professional Code of Conduct and Trust policies. Carry out risk assessments including any potential hazards in the service users environment. Attend multi-disciplinary meetings i.e. referral / review / business. Report and document incidents as required.

To liaise with in-patient and community based services to ensure smooth transfer of care through the services.Participate in induction of staff and fieldwork education of students. Facilitate and support in group work such as relaxation, health promotion etc. Undertake carers assessment in line with Trusts key performance indicators. Be competent in use of relevant screening and assessment tools. Provide comprehensive assessment, care planning, treatment and review of care in line with the requirements of Mental Health Care Clusters. Participate in the continuing development of a high quality service that is underpinned by evidence based practice, care pathways / packages, NICE and DH guidance. Participate in research where appropriate and contribute to the development of service policies.

Person Specification Education/ Qualifications Essential
  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Evidence of continuing professional and personal development
  • Additional relevant qualifications, e.g. counselling, CBT, etc.
Knowledge Essential
  • In-depth knowledge of working with people with mental health problems
  • Understanding of recovery process
  • In depth knowledge of wider policy and service issues relating to mental health
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding issues and child protection requirements/legislation and how these apply to the role
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation
  • Specialist assessments.
  • CPA process
  • Mental Health Act
  • Model of Creative Ability
  • Recovery College
Skills / Experience Essential
  • Literate in IT/Computer Skills
  • Good oral communication skills based on fluency on the English language
  • Application of advanced/working knowledge in order to plan and achieve realistic outcomes for individuals and groups - physical and mental health
  • Utilise interpersonal skills which motivate individuals including those with cognitive impairment and their carers to take control of their everyday activities of self-care, leisure and quality of life
  • Provide professional support/supervision and motivation of staff
  • Ability to assess clinical situation quickly and use initiative
  • Work closely and develop relationships with other agencies
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Training/Teaching skills
  • Previous experience of working with people with adults with mental health problems in a secure setting / home visits
  • Experience in working with partner organisations
  • Supervision skills for supervising junior staff and students
  • Staff development skills
  • Audit and research
  • Working knowledge of other specialist techniques
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Experience of managing performance issues
  • Shares the Trust's Beliefs and models this in their attitude and behaviour:
  • Ensures that the organisational values of open, compassionate and empowering are demonstrated by self and others every day and that any matters of concern are addressed in a timely way, either directly; or raised with the relevant Line Manager; or through the relevant processes within the Trust as appropriate.
  • Negotiation skills in the management of conflict across a range of situations, including the resolution of complaints which may involve diffusion of hostility and aggression
  • Ability to empathise with clients, carers and families and colleagues, ensuring that effective communication is achieved
  • Ability to work under pressure and ability to contain and manage the stress of others and oneself
  • Ability to frequently sustain periods of prolonged concentration for data analysis, report writing etc
  • Ability to balance competing priorities.
  • Ability to manage unpredictable work patterns and changing deadlines.
  • Ability to deal with exposure to highly distressing situations
  • Ability to contain the emotional impact of working with people with mental health problems
  • Evidence of student focus in the development, organisation, delivery and evaluation of care
  • An understanding and positive regard for the needs and rights of people with mental health problems and their carers
  • Local knowledge of resources available to meet needs of people with mental health problems
  • Able to champion change
Additional Requirements Essential
  • Current UK driving licence
  • Ability to travel across sites and across Trust boundaries to attend meetings, etc

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