We are seeking an enthusiastic individual to work as a Band 6 Occupational Therapist at Acorn Lodge Children's Unit. This is an exciting opportunity to gain CAMHs experience at a national specialist unit and the successful candidate will be able to acquire a whole range of skills and knowledge that are specific to the service but also transferable to other settings.
The unit is currently operating as a day patient service for children aged 12 and under on the Bethlem Royal Hospital site; caring for some of South London's most vulnerable population. The service has future plans to expand to offer an inpatient service to children.
Our Occupational Therapy (OT) staff are fully integrated members of the ward team and post holders are expected to work 9-5 Monday to Friday currently with the possibility of this changing as we transition to an inpatient service.
This position would be a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist with a vision to develop their career and clinical expertise within a specialist environment. Due to the unit continuing to develop as a service there will be lots of time and involvement in expanding this and applying your expertise.
Main duties of the job
We require someone who is resilient, has excellent interpersonal skills and possess a commitment to working with children within the field of mental health. Additionally, you will have the ability to work independently, using initiative and to be a committed team player. You will be joining a hard-working but friendly and approachable multi-disciplinary team dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for our children. You will be expected to have good activity grading skills as our young people are often functioning at different levels. You will be involved in various professional roles, supporting the day to day decisions, leadership of various individuals, projects and service developments. You will be expected to be flexible in your approach and welcome the opportunity to build on your existing experience and skills.
We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer
Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
- Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
- Work life balance,flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
- Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
- Car lease,our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
- Accommodation,our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
- NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.Other benefits include:
- Counselling services
- Wellbeing events
- Long service awards
- Cycle to work scheme
- Season ticket loan
- Childcare vouchers
- Staff restaurants
Job description Job responsibilities
Registered Occupational Therapist.
Post-graduate training relevant to Mental Health
Clinical post registration experience as an OT
Working in groups / Extensive clinical experience including individual and group work
Advising and supporting / supervising junior staff and students
Experience of working with people with challenging behaviours
Experience of specialist Mental Health settings
High level understanding of Mental Health disorders and treatment mode
Working knowledge of the principles of CPA (Care Programme Approach)
Applied knowledge of the principles of risk assessment and risk management
Specialist knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions and outcome measures, relevant to client group
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Registered Occupational Therapist
- Post-graduate training relevant to Mental Health
- Post-registration qualification
- Post-graduate training
- Membership of OT professional body and / or special interest group
- Clinical post registration experience as an OT
- Working in groups / Extensive clinical experience including individual and group work
- Experience of working with people with challenging behaviours
- Experience of specialist Mental Health settings
- Advising and supporting / supervising junior staff and students
- Experience of working in an inner-city, multi-cultural environment
- Working with young people with mental health needs (pre or post qualification)
- Practice Placement Educators course
- Experience working on a PICU
Knowledge / Skills Essential
- High level understanding of Mental Health disorders and treatment models
- Detailed knowledge of legislation relevant to Mental Health and Specialist practice where appropriate
- Working knowledge of the principles of CPA (Care Programme Approach)
- Understanding of the importance of service user involvement
- Specialist knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions and outcome measures, relevant to client group
- Applied knowledge of the principles of risk assessment and risk management
- Training and facilitation skills
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