Senior Occupational Therapist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Barrow in Furness
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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It's an exciting time to join us at Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust and this is unique opportunity to join the in-patient mental health team on Dova Unit as a Senior Occupational Therapist.

We are looking for a caring, empathetic, enthusiastic individual who has a passion to improve the lives of our patients.

At LSCFT we will support you in your personal and career development. You will have access to lifelong learning with a great range of training opportunities including a comprehensive preceptorship, leadership and coaching.

We are seeking a confident individual with substantial experience who is keen to contribute to the delivery of high quality care and service development. You should have a specialist interest and expertise of working with patients with mental health needs in a challenging environment. You should have a high level of resilience and patience and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to demonstrate a warm, patient centred approach to care.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate effective leadership skills and engage in multi-disciplinary team working. You will be a key contributor to meeting the team's objectives, promoting social inclusion, health promotion and quality of life. You will have direct line management and supervision responsibilities providing support and leadership to junior staff whilst taking on the role of mentor/assessor.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Main duties of the job

The post holder supports the delivery of the in-patient services through the provision of the assessment treatment, planning and delivery of evidence based occupational therapy interventions.

Having substantial experience, specialist interest, and expertise in mental health occupational therapy, the post holder will use their deep understanding of the relationship between occupation and mental health to provide occupational therapy in order to maintain, restore or create a match beneficial to the individual between the abilities of the person, the demands of her/his occupations in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure and the demands of the environment. (Adapted from Creek 2003).

The post holder will deliver a range of individual and/or group interventions drawn from relevant frames of reference, demonstrating sophisticated clinical reasoning skills. They will prioritise planning and delivering interventions for people whose mental health problems have a marked impact on their occupational functioning and who have complex occupational needs.

As an emergent leader and skillful communicator, the post holder will liaise and negotiate across service boundaries and in varied settings. They are research aware, and use evidence to support and develop practice. The post holder will provide regular fieldwork opportunities for occupational therapy undergraduates, and contribute to the learning of other team members or students from other disciplines.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma/BSC (Hons) in Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • State registered with Health and Care Professions Council
  • Post Graduate training relevant to mental health work in appropriate speciality
Knowledge Essential
  • Detailed knowledge of how mental health problems impact on occupational performance and how occupational therapy theory informs practice within mental health settings
  • Knowledge of current best practice in inpatient mental health and awareness of relevant government directives and legislation
  • Specialist knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions using expert level clinical reasoning.
Experience Essential
  • 2 years post registration experience with at least 1 years in mental health
  • Extensive clinical experiences including individual and group work in mental health specialties
  • Familiarity with audit processes

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