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Occupational Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year per annum including HCAS
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Everybody says that they have an exciting opportunity for people, we really do.

We are opening a new 8 bedded intensive rehabilitation ward, small but hopefully with you on board, perfectly formed. This is a new service aimed at bridging the gap for those people who fall between acute and mental health rehabilitation services. The service will be aimed at ensuring that people's mental health is optimised and that the care in the community is available to support them following discharge.

You will have the opportunity of working with a new team to develop what is a new service that will be the first of this type in the Trust. It is aimed at easing the flow of patients between acute mental health and the community as well as the flow between acute mental health and rehab services. We envisage people staying for a maximum of 12 weeks. . As such it will be an outward looking service and you will have the opportunity to work with and gain a greater understanding of other part of the mental health system.

We are planning to open the ward in early January 2023. It doesn't matter if you have spent a few or many years working in mental health services we would be happy to consider your application. However, we would equally welcome applications from people who are new to mental health or have just completed a professional qualification relevant for the role for which you want to apply.

Main duties of the job

To contribute and participate, under the guidance of the Head OT, the day to day management and provision of occupational therapy for Rehabilitation Services (London Units)

To participate in and actively contribute to the management, planning and development of Rehabilitation Services ensuring that they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led.

To work effectively in partnership with a range of agencies and community providers that support service users in their recovery.

To manage a defined clinical caseload of service users with complex mental health needs, using evidence based and recovery principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment in individual and group settings

To integrate evidence based practice and skillful use of assessments & interventions with personal recovery principles in order to improve the service users' quality of life and to support them to do the things they want to do and live the life they want to lead.

To act as a designated lead for recovery focused initiatives including: employment -working closely with the Employment Specialist; physical health and health promotion; and recovery focused practice.

To provide clinical leadership and training to qualified and unqualified staff and students.

To contribute to the planning, development and evaluation of occupational therapy within adult mental health rehabilitation services.

Manage/supervise junior/unqualified staff through supervision and appraisal as required.

About us

Our Service
  • We are the largest provider of NHS in-patient mental health rehabilitation beds in the country;
  • We provide a service for people who have complex needs as a result of a severe and enduring mental illness which is psychotic in nature;
  • We provide a core service across Brent, Harrow, Hillington, Kensington & Chelsea as well as Westminster;
  • In addition, we provide cost per case beds across a number of other boroughs and counties;
  • A number of our services are AIMS accredited;
  • GIRFT have also recognized the care we provide;

We have a stepped care model, using the principle of least restrictive option, that includes the following:
  • High Dependency Units
  • Managed Access Units and
  • Community Rehabilitation Ward
  • We accept people detained under both parts ll & lll of the Mental Health Act

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description Job responsibilities

What do we Expect?

That you ensure you stay up to date with your stat man & essential to role training.

That you attend your supervision & record it on LDZ

That you actively participate in quality improvement initiatives.

That you take responsibility for your part in ensuring we meet our performance objectives as these are about care that directly impacts on patients. Our imperative is to provide the care and treatment in a timely and effective manner that meets the needs of our patients.

Healthcare is, particularly at the moment, in a state of flux, you will therefore need to be flexible and adaptable, ensuring that you read and implement changes as needed.

What can you Expect from us?

If you are a newly qualified nurse we will support you through your preceptorship.

We will ensure that you have access to regular supervision and appraisals.

We will provide regular opportunities for reflective practice.

We have a programme for staff well-being, this is available currently but any additional suggestions for its development are welcome.

In addition to the standard training and development packages across the Trust we are also supporting staff to undertake the following courses:

Clinical Leadership;

HCR 20


CBT for Psychosis

Family Interventions

Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

The above is not an exhaustive list and other opportunities are available if it enhances the service provision and the individual meets the standards required of their post.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree (or Diploma) in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration to practice in the UK - HCPC Certificate
  • Evidence of post registration training relevant to mental health practice and adults
  • Training in the theory and application of the Model of Human Occupation Practice Placement Educators Course/Development activities
  • Practice Placement Educators Course/Development activities
  • Leadership and/or management training
  • Training in the theory and application of Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) and Vdt Model Of Creative Ability
Knowledge and skills Essential
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed & maintained with service users who have multiple & complex needs
  • Ability to promote & maintain the profile of OT within an MDT & the wider organisation
  • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities
  • Ability to identify and assess potential risks involved in work activities for self and others. Ability to monitor work areas & practices to maintain a healthy, safe and secure working environment.
  • Skills in promoting recovery, social inclusion, health promotion & relapse prevention
  • Basic word processing and IT skills
  • Ability to deliver presentations
  • Ability to role model positive professional behaviour
  • Ability to identify and assess potential risks involved in work activities for self and others.
  • Ability to manage small budget
Experience Essential
  • Significant post graduate experience working in a range of mental health settings (significant at band 6/7 level)
  • Experience of working in inpatient rehabilitation wards and/or day service
  • Experience of working with adults with mental health problems as a qualified OT
  • Experience of leading, managing and running evidence based group activities for service users with complex and diverse needs in a mental health setting
  • Experience of leading and managing staff
  • Experience of undertaking specialist OT assessments and writing specialist occupational therapy reports
  • Experience of supervising junior staff
  • Experience of working in an inter-professional team
  • Experience of individual and groupwork
  • Experience of being a practice placement educator
  • Active involvement in service change/development
  • Experience of working in the community
  • Experience of using mental health services as a service user, or carer, relative, friend of a service user.

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