Senior Occupational Therapist

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Eligible for RRP
Closing date
29 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Full Time
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Are you someone who enjoys using your core skills as an Occupational Therapist? Would you like to be part of a forward thinking progressive service? We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist with a passion to work in forensic mental health.

This post would suit an experienced clinician looking for a new challenge. You would work as a member of the Occupational Therapy team providing care to service users in the in-patient setting. As well as managing a caseload of patients offering OT assessments and interventions you would work closely with the MDT. You would also represent OT in a range of governance meetings and provide leadership to the team working closely with the team manager.


The post holder will need to:
  • Organise their own time in a professional and efficient manner in conjunction with the rest of the team.
  • Maintain a fresh approach to the treatment of people who are living in a secure environment.
  • Maintain high levels of awareness of safety issues in an unobtrusive way.
  • Create a motivating environment which enables people to maximise their opportunities.
  • Communicate effectively with the wider team.
  • Be honest, but sensitive to issues which may put the patients at risk, and be skilled in difficult conversations.

Main duties of the job

- Coordination of therapeutic activities programme for patients

- Manage a caseload of patients with complex metal heath problems and offending behaviour

- Supervision of staff and students

-Leadership for the OT team

-Representing OT at service and trust wide meetings

- Communication with a range of internal and external services

About us

The Forensic Mental Health services specialise in the assessment and treatment of offenders with mental health conditions, serving the community of Kent and Medway. The medium secure service provides 65 inpatient beds for both men and women.

Occupational Therapy staff are recognised as essential, core members of the multi-disciplinary team and as well as personal and clinical development opportunities, we offer regular supervision and support for CPD activities. Additional raining opportunities are available.

  • To remain patient focused at all times by providing high quality and responsive healthcare services in hospitals and the community.
  • To work closely with patients, their families, carer groups, local communities and other organisations ensuring care is co-ordinated.
  • To respect and develop every member of staff by encouraging and supporting them in their personal and professional development and by valuing their input through recognition and individual reviews.
  • To be innovative and proactive by encouraging staff to initiate new ideas in working practices and ensuring a process and continuous improvement in the way services are provided.
  • To provide best practice and value-for-money by reviewing and evaluating services and sharing information internally and externally.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To establish a therapeutic rapport with patients at an early stage in their admission.
  • To assess the Occupational Therapy specific needs of the allocated service user group.
  • To select and apply Occupational Therapy assessments for a designated caseload, addressing occupational performance and skill deficits.
  • To work collaboratively with the patient to identify and select an appropriate specialist intervention plan which aims to achieve therapeutic goals, maximising functional ability and well being and balancing the complex interaction of risk, safety, patient choice and independence.
  • To carry a complex clinical caseload and manage this effectively through clinical supervision.
  • To undertake and be skilled in assessment of risk and mental state of the service user group.
  • To co-ordinate, implement and evaluate interventions for service users on the allocated clinical area with other team members.
  • To ensure all interventions are based on best practice and clinical research where available.
  • To liaise with other professionals, agencies, carers and families involved with individual service users.
  • To participate in all relevant clinical and team meetings to contribute to the optimum level of care for all service users.
  • To ensure accurate and reliable documentation of service users records are maintained in accordance with local and Trust standards.
  • To apply a high level of understanding of the effects of offending behaviour and mental illness and provide psycho-education; information and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations of the patients social and physical environment in order to promote recovery.
  • To plan and develop opportunities for patients to engage in a group programme and/or individual interventions using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.

Service Development and Delivery:
  • To contribute to the evaluation of the local service through use of outcome measures, audit and in-service reviews/projects, taking the lead as delegated.
  • To be involved in the selection and recruitment of junior staff.
  • To promote a positive and proactive culture that encourages the process of recovery for patients.
  • To promote Occupational Therapy to other disciplines both within the Trust and outside agencies.

  • To liaise with and establish robust communication networks with all key stakeholders involved in the patients care, providing written reports when appropriate.
  • To communicate effectively, demonstrating high level skills in order to deliver a timely response to complex clinical issues and overcome barriers of multi disciplinary working.
  • To work as a member of a multi disciplinary team contributing to discussions and decisions regarding patient care and reporting progress/observations from interventions.
  • To promote awareness of the role of occupational therapy within service.

  • To maintain accurate and up to date written and electronic records and activity data in accordance with professional and Trust standards and provide copies of reports/correspondence to clients consistent with local guidelines.
  • To provide specialist occupational therapy reports and assessments as required.

Educational / professional development:
  • To provide good quality clinical placements for students placed within the therapeutic activities team.
  • To promote Occupational Therapy services to other disciplines both within the Trust and outside agencies.
  • Contribute actively to the in-service training programme to promote the benefits Occupational Therapy.
  • To contribute to the induction / orientation of new staff where appropriate.
  • To keep up to date with current trends in clinical work relevant to forensic mental health and Occupational Therapy.
  • To undertake training in consultation with the Lead OT, to keep abreast of current issues, methods of treatment, skills and techniques.
  • To be responsible for maintaining a personal professional development programme in line with HPC requirements.
  • To develop and maintain a Continuous Professional Development portfolio (CPD) in line with professional and Trust guidelines.
  • To regularly attend OT professional practice and professional governance forums.

Professional Ethics:
  • To adhere to and apply the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct of Occupational Therapists (College of Occupational Therapists 2010).
  • To demonstrate the ability to reflect on ethical issues and to provide clinical guidance to junior staff on the management of complex clients.
  • To take into account the individuality of views, wishes and beliefs of service users, carers and families, respecting their diversity.
  • To maintain service user and carer confidentiality at all times.

Clinical Governance Quality and Standards:
  • To ensure that services are provided in accordance with the Trusts Standards, Policies and Procedures and objectives for quality and governance, and that they are consistent with best professional practice.
  • To identify risks and highlight these to the appropriate manager.
  • To comply with professional standards for O.T practice and competency (College of Occupational Therapists and Health Care Professions Council).
  • To apply national guidelines/legislation relating to health and social care in eating disorders and mental health service provision.

Line management, staff, budgets and department:
  • To contribute to the development of future services in association with other members of the multi-professional team.
  • To work closely with the Lead OT looking at the strategic Occupational Therapy needs of the allocated area.
  • To communicate and liaise with all disciplines to ensure good working relationships.
  • To receive regular clinical and managerial supervision
  • To participate in the appraisal process with the Lead OT and provide appraisal for Occupational Therapy staff if appropriate.
  • To undertake clinical supervision of junior Therapeutic Activities staff.
  • To provide statistical information as required by the Trust and Occupational Therapy service.
  • To ensure that all health and safety guidelines are adhered to and that interventions happen in a safe environment.
  • To be responsible for monitoring and maintaining equipment and materials advising on resources required to carry out the job.
  • To exercise good personal time management and punctuality.

Research and Development:
  • To develop and broaden research skills through getting involved in audit, research projects and reading relevant to Occupational Therapy and eating disorders.
  • Work in partnership with other health professionals/agencies in order to develop services that best meet the needs of the client group.

  • To be responsible for co-ordinating interventions across the allocated clinical area.
  • To co-ordinate individual / group programmes according to the needs of the service user and in conjunction with the overall therapeutic programme.
  • To ensure that staffing levels are adequate in order for activities to take place in conjunction with local and Trust policies.
  • To monitor and recommend specific equipment which assists in the delivery therapeutic activities and to be responsible for ensuring that allocated activity areas are maintained to the highest standard.
  • To liaise directly with local facilities used, ensuring that positive relationships are maintained.
  • To ensure that the assessments and interventions are delivered as planned and in accordance with health and safety legislation and local policies and protocols.
    • To manage a defined caseload of complex cases as an autonomous practitioner.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification in occupational therapy
  • Current registration with HCPC
  • Evidence of post-graduate training and CPD
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience in mental health
  • Extensive case load experience with people with mental health problems
  • Team work
  • Supervision of staff
  • Supervision of students
  • Experience of working within secure mental health
  • Experience of audit / evaluation techniques
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of MOHO or other appropriate models of practice and assessment tools or appropriate model of practice
  • Knowledge of client centred practice
  • Knowledge of offending behaviour and mental illness
  • Knowledge of current practice in occupational therapy and the treatment of people within secure services
Skills Essential
  • Excellent communication
  • Able to work autonomously
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Demonstrate leadershi

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