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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
As a Specialist Occupational Therapist in TEWV you will manage a complex caseload independently, assessing occupational performance and delivering specialist occupational interventions, always demonstrating adherence to the Trust Values and operating as a leader in the team, service and organisation.

Main duties of the job

  • To be responsible for receiving requests for occupational therapy, triaging and prioritising these, completing evidence-based assessments and interventions to address key occupational areas of self-care, productivity and leisure.
  • to use client-centred approaches to co-producing negotiated occupational goals and evaluate these with service users collaboratively.
  • To participate in clinical/professional and management supervision
  • To contribute to multi-disciplinary team working
  • To contribute to and lead on service improvement and quality initiatives
  • To use the Trust electronic patient record system
  • To abide by all Trust policies and procedures
  • To be able to respond flexibly and creatively to challenges

About us

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a competent, confident, and enthusiastic full-time, band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our team. The Harrogate & Ripon integrated community team is based within the Adult Mental Health Service covering the North Yorkshire area and is located at Valley Gardens Resource Centre in Harrogate.

The multi-disciplinary team works with adults of working age and their families to deliver mental health services.

We are looking for an OT who can work flexibly to meet service need and has the vision, energy, and inspiration to develop creative, imaginative solutions to delivering occupational therapy with adults with mental health difficulties and their families.

You will access wider support from the occupational therapy network in TEWV, as well as the local network in North Yorkshire and York to develop a way of delivering a high quality, needs-led OT service. You will utilise core occupational therapy skills to ensure all the people we work with have a robust occupational therapy assessment and intervention plan in place.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide evidence-based occupational therapy assessment and interventions as part of the OT pathway linked to the adult mental health pathway and offer input to individuals, their families, and carers, Harrogate, and Ripon communities.

All team members must be committed to providing the best possible care for the people we work with and their families/carers.

The ability to engage and communicate with adults with mental health difficulties as well as the parents/family/carers and system around them is essential.

Clinical/Professional supervision is provided by the supervising Occupational Therapist as identified by the relevant Lead OT. The postholder will attend OT Learning and Governance Networks to ensure fidelity to core occupational therapy delivery, enhance CPD and contribute to the wider OT service developments.

Research is an important focus within our trust. You will have the opportunity to engage as a research participant in appropriate projects, have the chance to develop pragmatic research skills, link in with local universities in joint research initiatives and join the AHP research group.

You must be able to demonstrate experience of delivery of occupational therapy, keenness to continually develop themselves and others, and a particular interest in.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Mr Phil Donohoe, Team Manager Harrogate integrated community team 01423 852000.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Successful completion of preceptorship year as a graduate occupational therapist (or equivalent in non-NHS sectors)
  • Clinical Supervisory Skills course (or willingness to undertake within agreed timescale)
  • Trust training in Appraisal and Recruitment (or willingness to undertake within an agreed timescale)
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Accredited Practice Placement Educator
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of delivering Occupational Therapy including experience working with service users in mental health or learning disabilities with complex needs
  • Experience of supervising students on placement
  • Experience of participation in quality improvement activities
  • Experience of participation in clinical governance activities
  • Experience of developing and delivering training
  • Day to day supervision of staff
Knowledge Essential
  • National guidance and key standards in own specialist area
  • Health and Safety legislation and its application in practice
  • Legal aspects of Moving and Handling
  • Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act and its application in practice
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice
  • Clinical Governance and its application in practice
  • Safeguarding and its application in practice
  • Significant knowledge to post-graduate level of the needs and difficulties of service users in designated specialist area
  • Significant knowledge of evidence based practice in designated specialist area
  • Research and development methodology
Skills Essential
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information in a manner appropriate to the individual and situation
  • Solve complex clinical problems
  • Record keeping and report writing
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Manage own caseload and prioritise effectively
  • Motivate and work positively and constructively with other members of the team
  • Delegate tasks appropriately
  • Apply latest research evidence and evaluative thinking in practice
  • Provide effective teaching, training and clinical supervision
  • Use multimedia materials for presentations in professional settings
Personal attributes Essential
  • Able to engage with vulnerable people and work effectively in distressing and challenging circumstances
  • Able to work flexibly and co-operatively as part of a team
  • Committed to continual quality and service improvement
  • Able to use own initiative and make decisions independently as appropriate to the band

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