Occupational Therapist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,391 to £42,503 a year Including 5% HCA
Closing date
14 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an exciting Band 6 opportunity to work in the Community Older People's Mental Health Services in Mid Surrey.

The service is designed to support those over the age of 65 within the community by offering specialised evidence-based treatment and support tailored to their needs. The post will include delivering both individual and group OT interventions, alongside some team coordination.

We use the Model of Human Occupation to guide all our OT assessments and interventions.

We have a robust CPD offer which includes specialty specific courses, reflective practice as well as occupational therapy core skills, eLearning, care groups and bimonthly occupational therapy forums.

The post is based at Horizon House in Epsom.

Main duties of the job

Job Overview

1. To provide high quality and evidence based occupational therapy assessment and interventions, both group and individual, to people who access services and their carers/supporters/family members, in line with the occupational therapy pathways.

2. To communicate effectively with people who access services, carers, the multi-disciplinary team and when appropriate outside agencies.

3. To contribute to the generic functioning of the team.

4. To provide supervision and mentoring to more junior occupational therapists, occupational therapy apprenticeships, support workers and activities coordinators (as appropriate)

5. To provide occupational therapy student placements.

6. To contribute to service development and audits.

7. To take on the role of lead professional as appropriate.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To contribute to service development and audits.
  • To provide supervision (if relevant to post) and mentoring to junior occupational therapy staff, occupational therapy apprentices, activity coordinators and support workers.
  • To represent occupational therapy within the multi-disciplinary team and locality/sector/wider divisional meetings.
  • To advocate and promote occupational therapy within the Trust.
  • To support the delivery of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities within services and divisions.
  • To provide clinical placements for occupational therapy students.
  • To contribute to the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.
  • To lead on project work relevant to the team/service, with support from the Lead Occupational Therapist.
  • To assist in appropriate staff recruitment and induction and contribute to the wider strategic plans regarding occupational therapy recruitment.

  • To demonstrate expertise and specialist occupational therapy skills in areas such as occupational identity and competency, occupational engagement, environmental adaptation, volition, development and maintenance of occupational skills.
  • To provide high quality occupational therapy assessments for people who access the service, adapting the approach as and when needed.
  • To provide evidence based and outcome measured occupational therapy interventions (individual and group), as outlined in the occupational therapy pathway.
  • To use effective clinical reasoning and formulation skills to devise person-centred occupational therapy care plans, alongside people who access services and their carers/supporters/family members (where appropriate).
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions.
  • To complete comprehensive risk assessment and management plans, raising safeguarding concerns in line with Trust policy.
  • To keep up to date with current evidence-based practice, research and National guidelines within your clinical area.
  • To act as the lead professional or care coordinator for people who access services for the duration of their occupational therapy assessment and/or intervention.
  • To act as a care coordinator for people who have occupational needs.
  • To be the lead professional when delivering generic work, such as risk management, referring to specialist services, stabilisation, low intensity interventions, to people who access services with have complex needs.
  • To utilise therapeutic use of self-skills when providing occupational therapy interventions.
  • To understand group theory and system dynamics and how these impact on delivering services.
  • To communicate complex and challenging issues in an effective and compassionate way with people who access services, carers/family members/supporters, other clinicians and agencies/services.
  • To effectively manage a caseload with people who have complex needs.
  • To be compassionate, inclusive and understanding of the needs of people who access services, carers/supporter/family members.
  • To work in partnership with other community services and providers.
  • To have excellent time management skills and be able to independently manage occupational therapy referrals, triages and own caseload.
  • To contribute to the rapid response function within the service.
  • To complete New Patient Assessments for people referred to the service.
  • To practice within the Positive Risk-Taking Framework.
  • To prescribe equipment, in line with the equipment protocol.
  • To periodically cover the duty system within the CMHT and respond to any urgent mental health assessments and telephone calls as part of the duty system.

  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures.
  • To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005).
  • To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation.
  • To engage in your own CPD to ensure that you have the knowledge and skills to deliver high quality occupational therapy assessments and interventions.
  • To document assessments, interventions, evaluations and progress notes in a clear, timely and professional manner, in line with Trust policy.
  • To actively engage in your own supervision and appraisal.
  • To ensure confidentially in line with the Trusts policies and procedures
  • To contribute to a healthy and safe working environment by adhering to health and safety regulations and Trust policies.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Occupational Therapy professional qualification
  • HCPC registered
  • Relevant post qualification clinical experience
  • Experience of using multiple occupational frames of reference and approaches
  • Experience of using relevant occupational therapy assessment and implementing interventions
  • Experience in applying knowledge of the impact of health and disability on occupational performance participation and identity
  • Evidence of an interest and skills in specialist area
  • Evidence of clinical reasoning skills
  • Experience of contributing to service development or project work
  • Experience as a supervisor
  • Experience of group facilitation
  • Experience of supporting students on placement
  • Disclosure and Barring Service Check
  • This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.
  • UK Registration
Experience Essential
  • Two years post qualification experience.
  • Previous experience of working in an Older People's community mental health setting.

UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Horizon House

28 Upper High Street




Employer's website
https://www.sabp.nhs.uk/working-for-us (Opens in a new tab)

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