Occupational Therapist (Rotational)

West London NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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If you are recently qualified and looking for a post to support your transition from student to clinician or have some qualified work experience, but would like to explore other service areas, then this rotational post is for you. You will have the opportunity to work with a diverse mix of clients across multiple settings in order to support the development of your core occupational therapy skills. The rotations are in a range of clinical areas in both physical and mental health, as well as inpatient and community services.

Rotations include
  • Clayponds Rehabilitation Hospital (Ealing)
  • Community Independence Service (Hammersmith and Fulham) - Short Term Rehab
  • Community Independence Service (Hammersmith and Fulham) - Case Management
  • Mental Health Integrated Network Team (Hounslow)
  • Older Peoples Mental Health Service - Meridian Ward (inpatient unit) (Hammersmith and Fulham)

Older People's Mental Health Service (OPMHS), based in the Hammersmith & Fulham Mental Health Unit. This occupational therapy service delivers specialist care to patients with cognitive impairment and dementia, and those aged 70 years and older with mental health problems that impact their ability to perform their activities of daily living.

Main duties of the job

Each rotation is a minimum of 6 months in duration and supervision is offered by a senior occupational therapist and/or therapy lead in each service area.

There may be other rotations in addition to the above list that become available. West London NHS Trust has strong allied health professional and occupational therapy leadership teams, which are supportive of staff and their development needs.

There is an established preceptorship programme for your first 18 months in a qualified position, which includes teaching sessions, peer support and one-to-one support sessions

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

The regulations mandating vaccination for in-scope roles in the NHS have now been removed. The Trust does however continue to encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. Vaccination data will be collected by our recruitment team during your on-boarding if you are happy to provide a copy of your COVID pass.

Job description Job responsibilities

As a qualified occupational therapist, you will be expected to work autonomously and carry a defined caseload of patients. You will utilise your clinical knowledge and skills in the assessment, rehabilitation and facilitation of safe and timely discharges. Duties include:
  • Assessment of patients with an array of conditions and needs.
  • Clinical reasoning, goal setting, provision of evidence-based rehabilitation in line with your case formulations and evaluation.
  • Person-centred occupational therapy service delivery to a defined caseload, working with multi-disciplinary team members and occupational therapy colleagues to support the service users with compassion to reach their potential and live a quality life

In the first rotation on the (semi-acute) Meridian Ward, you will also be working alongside an activity co-ordinator and psychology colleagues for the facilitation of groups and individual therapeutic and cognitively stimulating activities. You will provide expert advice about falls prevention, patient manual handling, equipment provision and environmental suitability to maintain or improve patients occupational profile and performance whilst on the ward.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BSc (Hons), PG Dip, MSc or equivalent occupational therapy qualification
  • HCPC registration
Experience Essential
  • Application of core OT skills and OT process
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Work experience in a health or social care or voluntary sector setting.
  • Involvement in research and clinical audit
Knowledge Essential
  • Mental health/physical diagnoses/presentations
  • Research methodology
  • Core skills of OT process
  • Models of practice
  • Clinical and environmental risk
  • Equality and diversity
  • Awareness of the need to work within appropriate boundaries
  • Principles of clinical governance
  • Relevant current legislation, including NICE guidelines, CPA, risk assessment and risk management
  • Group work theory and practice
Skills Essential
  • Organisational ability
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to build rapport with service users, carers and colleagues
  • Evidence of ability in OT assessment, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation
  • Ability to work independently and under supervision as part of a team
  • Group work skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to prepare and present papers at study days and conferences
  • Ability to apply (research) evidence-based practice
  • Use of standardised assessment tools and outcome measures
  • Contribution to service development and the training of others
  • Supervisory skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
Other Requirements Essential
  • Ability to reflect, identify and take responsibility for continuing professional development (CPD) needs
  • Understand the need for and actively participates in own supervision and constructive use of feedback
  • High levels of initiative, innovation and self-motivation
  • Commitment to client-centred, non-discriminatory practice
  • Ability to travel between sites
  • Able to demonstrate a strong professional identity

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