Community Occupational Therapist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for band 6 Occupational Therapists to work in our community mental health teams across Manchester . The post holders will lead a small group of recovery workers within the team and provide occupational therapy assessments and interventions directly to service users. This is a brilliant opportunity to work as a team to develop links with employers, student support, housing related ad other groups and to support service users develop socially valued roles in society.

The posts are supported by lead band 7's within the area of Manchester they are working.

Main duties of the job

The Occupational Therapist will act as recovery lead for the Community Mental Health Team in South Mersey. They will lead as a small team consisting of recovery inclusion staff, a housing resettlement worker and alongside an employment worker.

The post holder will carry out evidence based occupational and employment assessments and write up reports of a high standard, which highlight how biological sociological and psychological factors interact to create obstacles to the satisfactory participation of an individual service user in valued social roles.

From the case formulation the post holder will make recommendations to and access support from appropriate professionals and agencies, or deliver Occupational Therapy interventions with the aim of gaining or restoring a balance of social roles for the individual.

Where cases are complex the post holder will accept support from senior Occupational Therapy staff in the analysis and case formulation

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description Job responsibilities

Accept and screen referrals to the recovery pathway and allocate as appropriate.

Provide support supervision and guidance as necessary in relation to cases allocated to recovery team members

Be aware of and practice within the relevant legislative clinical guidelines issued by local and national statutory bodies and be legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of work.

Actively access and evaluate ongoing up to date Occupational therapy evidence based research to underpin, develop and inform clinical practice.

Select and undertake Occupational Therapy and other relevant assessments as appropriate to the understanding of the e the biological, psychological and social factors known to impact on occupational performance. .

Apply theoretical knowledge and understanding of psychology, sociology physical science and of the effects of disability on function to analyse the information gathered and develop a case formulation describing an individuals strengths and obstacles to occupational performance.

Contribute to the diagnosis and team formulation of clients.

Develop knowledge and skills in a variety of evidenced based interventions for this client group

Select appropriate interventions based on the case formulation order to support and develop the client valued roles

Deliver appropriate psychological or social intervention based on the formulation and aimed at support or develop the clients valued roles and social inclusion.

Refer to other professions or services and monitor as appropriate

Identify client goals collaboratively, and plan and implement evidence based interventions to use strengths and overcome obstacles to goal attainment aimed at restoring socially valued roles and social inclusion.

Advise relevant individuals and agencies in relation to the functional ability safety and risk issues regarding clients.

Monitor evaluate and modify where necessary treatment and interventions to measure progress and ensure the effectiveness of the intervention in restoring socially valued roles and recovery of the individual.

Contribute an occupational therapy perspective to ensure the safe and effective discharge of clients.

Implement trust protocols for OT within the team in relation to standardised ADL and employment assessments with recommendations for intervention to relevant individuals including the Trust Accommodation Panel.

Carry out and contribute to employment assessments and support to users of the service liaising with staff and external agencies at all times.

Attend and actively offer an Occupational Therapy perspective and advice to service users and carers and within service meetings and external agencies in agreement with your line and professional managers

Participate in carrying out initial assessments of individuals referred to the Community Mental Health Team.

Actively encourage and support service users in attaining and maintaining physical health and for monitoring and recording and responding to observed/reported effects and accessing medical and other care where necessary

Share information with other agencies as appropriate, and in accordance with Trust policies, in particular where there are risk indicators.

Ensure continuity of care irrespective of the setting in which the service user resides this will include liaising closely with inpatient facilities.

Undertake client-centred work, which addresses individual need and advocate for clients where necessary

Identify and carry out appropriate liaison and outreach work in partnership with other agencies to provide socially inclusive opportunities for Service Users.

Work collaboratively and flexibly in order to respond to the needs of Service Users.

Work in a wide range of environments most appropriate to client need including the clients home, local area and other community resources.

Attend and contribute to multi-disciplinary referral/allocation meeting participate in team rota as duty worker.

Liaise with other agencies, requesting relevant assessments and interventions for the service user as appropriate and ensuring common goals are agreed.

Develop effective working relationships with service users and their families/carers to enhance the effects of proposed intervention strategies

Please see attached job description and person specification

Staff benefits
  • Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
  • Excellent pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable experience of working as a qualified Occupational Therapist
  • Providing Occupational Therapy in a mental health setting
  • Using a variety of Occupational vocational assessments
  • Identifying barriers to goal achievement
  • Planning and carrying out evidence based interventions
  • Experience of working in a range of mental health settings
  • Personal experience of mental health issues
  • Experience of working in a community setting.
  • Experience of supervising support staff
Education Essential
  • Diploma/Degree In Occupational Therapy
  • Field work educators qualification within 1 year of appointment
  • Registration with HPC
  • AMPS Training
  • Model of Human Occupation training
  • Care Programme Approach Training
  • Equality Diversity Awareness Training
Knowledge Essential
  • Social inclusion and recovery models
  • Evidence based Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions relevant to mental health
  • Mental health legislation
  • Reflective practice
  • Knowledge of local cultures, social diversity and an ability to work as an OT within this context
  • Knowledge of the CPA process
  • Risk assessment and safeguarding
Skills Essential
  • To apply models of human occupation
  • To use a variety of Occupational assessments
  • To develop case formulation from assessment
  • To plan and implement evidence based interventions aimed at achieving user goals
  • To use effective evidence based communication skills

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