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Senior Occupational Therapist

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Ty Lafant is a 7 bedded inpatient service that delivers an evidence based, multi-disciplinary admission pathway to individuals with a high complexity of needs.

We are looking for a band 6 Occupational Therapist to work at Ty Lafant learning disability assessment and treatment unit. Working as part of a closely knit multi-disciplinary team which includes nursing, health care support workers, speech and language therapy, psychology, psychiatry, behaviour specialists, arts therapies and occupational therapy the post holder will manage a varied and complex occupational therapy caseload.

Previous experience of working with adults with learning disabilities or in inpatient mental health settings is essential for all applicants. The successful candidate will be supported in their clinical and professional development, and we support both internal and external training opportunities.

The OT will be based at the ward and able to work flexibly according to patient need between the hours of 8am and 8pm. We will consider applications for part-time, full-time and flexible working to support employee well-being.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will provide Occupational Therapy assessment & intervention to adults with learning disabilities presenting with behaviours which may be challenging and/ or mental health needs.

The post holder will work collaboratively with the MDT using the positive behaviour support model, to achieve positive outcomes and social inclusion for service users.

Within the OT service, practice is underpinned by the Model of Human Occupation and the post holder will be expected and supported to develop skills in the use of MOHO-licenced assessment tools, and the underpinning theory. Training in positive behaviour support and learning disability specific skills will be provided.

This post is part of a wider network and professional structure of OT across the mental health and learning disabilities division. The post holder would be expected to engage with regular practice forums and workshop opportunities to drive occupational therapy development in inpatient, community, and specialist settings. You will have access to the ABUHB OT core training programme, including manual handling training, motivational interviewing, care aims and other opportunities. Regular supervision and annual appraisals are integral to our service.

The OT service is committed to practice development. The post holder is expected to facilitate practice placements for students.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is a multi-award winning NHS organisation with a passion for caring. The Health Board provides an exceptional workplace where you can feel trusted and valued. Whatever your specialty or stage in your career, we have opportunities for everyone to start, grow and build your career. The health board provides integrated acute, primary and community care serving a population of 650,000 and employing over 16,000 staff.

We offer a fantastic benefits package and extensive training and development opportunities with paid mandatory training, excellent in-house programmes, opportunities to complete recognised qualifications and professional career pathways including a range of management development programmes. We offer flexible working and promote a healthy work life balance, provide occupational health support and an ambitious plan for a Wellbeing Centre of Excellence to support you at work.

Our Clinical Futures strategy continues to enhance and promote care closer to home as well as high quality hospital care when needed. This includes the Grange University Hospital which provides specialist and critical care and is the newest addition to the clinical futures strategy opening in November 2020. Join us on our journey to pioneer new ways of working and deliver a world-class healthcare service fit for the future.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

Person Specification Qualifications and/or knowledge Essential
  • Degree or Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC Registration
  • Specialist knowledge of learning disabilities assessments and interventions
  • Knowledge of PBS and complimentary approaches
  • Detailed knowledge and application of health legislation and current practice
  • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues
  • Detailed and applied knowledge of health legislation and current practice
  • Up to date professional CPD portfolio
  • Practice placement educator
  • Membership of RCOT
  • Membership of relevant specialist section / special interest group
  • Qualifications in positive behaviour support
Experience Essential
  • Relevant post registration experience in learning disabilities OR inpatient mental health/learning disability settings
  • Supervision experience of junior staff and students
  • Extensive clinical experience including group and individual work
  • Experience of post qualification work in inpatient settings
  • Experience of carrying out research or audit
  • Experience of a range of settings
  • Leadership experience
Aptitude and abilities Essential
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to build effective working relationships with a range of people
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Word processing and internet skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities
  • Supervisory / appraisal skills
  • Ability to organise and respond effectively to complex information
  • Ability to work under pressure
Values Essential
  • Professional confidence.
  • Able to work flexibly and respond to unpredictable demands
  • Commitment to client centred and non-discriminatory practice
Other Essential
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Ability to cope with emotional or distressing circumstances

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