Occupational Therapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum or pro rata
Closing date
2 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a Band 5 looking for an opportunity to join an established, respected, dynamic team? We would love you to come and join us at one of two vacancies at either Kingfisher Court or Aston Ward, Lister Hospital, Stevenage. We are a team of Occupational Therapists, who work closely with Art and Dramatherapists, Psychologists and a Horticultural Therapist to provide a therapeutic stay for people using our inpatient services.

We cover the acute admission wards, as well as two treatment wards and a Psychiatric intensive care unit. You will become an integrated member of the team, providing evidence-based OT interventions and assessments. You will help take forward the Trust agendas on reducing restrictive practice, implementing sensory integration and Positive Behavioural Support plans and ensuring our practice is Trauma informed.

Training is available and personal development is actively encouraged. It is an exciting time to be coming into Acute Mental Health inpatient services, as the agenda is to increase the therapeutic interventions on the inpatient wards. There are many opportunities to become involved in leading parts of this development. There is also a focus on the physical health agenda and integrating this into our practice.

Main duties of the job

To provide assessments and intervention for people using our in-patient wards, as part of the Occupational Therapy team.
  • To work effectively as a member of a team in providing feedback to the MDT information regarding the service users wellbeing and occupational performance.
  • To provide a detailed occupational therapy reports when required, and to use evidence-based practice to engage service users in meaningful and appropriate activities, to promote independence, recovery and well-being.
  • To develop, facilitate and deliver planned group-work and individual activities.
  • To participate in the induction, training and education of students and other staff in this setting.
  • To actively seek opportunities to develop leadership skills and other training offered.
  • To provide supervision for non-registered staff, as agreed by the Specialist Occupational Therapist.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

In 2021, we won the prestigious Health Service Journal award for Mental Health Trust of the Year, with the judges saying they were blown away by our peoples achievements and that everything they saw sings and hums.

This year, our staff rated us the 4thbest mental health and learning disability trust to work for out of all 52 trusts in the country. Our staff tell us that they are proud to be part of the HPFT team, proud of the standard of care we provide and proud that service users are our top priority.

Our people tell us they feel supported though a great development, wellbeing and work-life balance offer and a highly compassionate, values-driven culture. We are equally proud of our staff, who live our values of being welcoming, kind, positive, respectful and professional so that together we provide great care and great outcomes for our service users and carers.
  • To plan and implement individual and/or group interventions in collaboration with the service user, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.
  • To undertake occupational therapy assessments for a designated caseload, addressing occupational performance and skill deficits, enabling the service user in areas of self-maintenance, productivity and leisure.
  • To build on existing knowledge of the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) through the use of standardised assessment and intervention tools.
  • Following assessment, to undertake case formulation in order to highlight occupational strengths and limitations and to inform the intervention plan moving forward.
  • To work collaboratively with service users to identify OT goals as part of the overall recovery plan.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BSc/MSc/PG Dip Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration (or applied for)
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office and associated packages.
  • Membership of ROCT
  • Experience of working with people with mental health problems and/or learning disability
  • Training in the use of the Model of Human Occupation in practice areas
Previous Experience Essential
  • Application of the OT process and use of functional assessment and activity analysis
  • Working knowledge of Recovery principles and how these relate to OT
  • Working knowledge of standardised assessment and outcome measures appropriate to area of practice
  • Experience of the application of an OT model in practice
  • Experience of working with people with mental health problems and/or learning disability
  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience of leading a range of groups and 1:1 interventions in a health or social care setting
Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of key policy, health legislation and guidelines which impact on OT practice.
  • Ability to provide and receive sensitive and difficult information regarding services users care and social situation
  • Applied knowledge and understanding and ability to use a range of communication skills to overcome barriers to engagement

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