Occupational Therapist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year Per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The post will involve delivery of the OT provision to service users in the outpatient service, focusing on functional daily living skills and specific mental health and risk issues. This will include the assessment, treatment and evaluation of clinical interventions, planning and running a range of therapeutic individual and group work, carrying out functional assessments and contributing to multidisciplinary team care planning and risk assessment.

The patients are people with diverse and complex needs and presentations, often with secondary diagnosis of personality disorder, ASD, anxiety, depression who need significant and specialist support to achieve recovery goals. The post holder will work closely with the MDT and will be required to provide leadership for defined staff and students through the provision of regular and robust supervision and appraisal systems.

Main duties of the job

  • To carry a caseload of patients requiring OT assessment, intervention and evaluation in accordance with the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, HCPC Professional Standards and Trust Policies.
  • To work alongside the outpatient nurses, doctors and therapists to provide a specialist occupational therapy service and expertise for patients with an eating disorder, including the related physical and psychiatric co-morbidities.
  • To integrate evidence-based practice and skillful use of assessments and interventions with personal recovery principles, both with individuals and in groups, which are underpinned by relevant theoretical approaches and in line with the Trust policies
  • To facilitate recovery focused groups for the service users to support them to manage their illness alongside accessing helpful resources in the community, such as recovery colleges, voluntary agencies and mainstream agencies, to assist service users to build a bigger life outside of their illness/ mental health problems.
  • Facilitate effective links with community resources in order that a socially inclusive focus towards treatment and discharge-planning is maintained.
  • To apply a high level of understanding of the effects of mental illness and physical conditions; providing training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to service users' social and physical environments. This will include undertaking assessments and making recommendations.

About us

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust provides local, regional and national award-winning healthcare services. We have more than 3.300 staff working out of 20 main sites serving a population of 1.2 million people. We provide community health services and mental health services for young people, adults and older people. Our North London Forensic Service treats and cares for people in the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions. We also provide one of the largest eating disorders services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services.

We are an organisation that is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion; one that prides itself in developing the leadership capabilities of its employees, looking after their health and wellbeing, creating safe spaces for staff to speak up and providing opportunities to mentor and be mentored. Our employees are the reason for delivering Good CQC ratings, excellent outcomes and outstanding patient experiences, so it is our aim to create a happy and healthy working environment where you can thrive and succeed.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached Job description and Person Specification for main responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Dip. COT or BSc OT
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Evidence of CPD/reflective practice.
  • Masters or post graduate papers in relevant areas.
  • Further relevant training or study.
  • Post graduate experience of working with people with mental health conditions relevant to specialty of post.
  • An understanding of presentation of eating disorders symptoms.
  • Experience in promoting and/or contributing to formal education of OT students e.g. workshops, presenting at open days etc
  • Ability to instruct others on professional standards.
  • Ability to carry out comprehensive OT assessments and interventions.
  • Experience in managing a small caseload.
  • Experience of using electronic patient information systems e.g. Rio
  • Experience of working with carers/ family members.
  • Commitment to work as a proactive team member.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to manage fluctuating work demands.
  • Ability to promote positive image of OT.
  • Experience with service user involvement.
  • An understanding of service user empowerment.
  • A commitment to anti-discriminatory practices.
  • Ability to work some flexible hours.
  • Lived experience.

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