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Hospital Division (PICU) Occupational Therapist

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Perinatal Care
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Band 6, Hospital Division

Full time - permanent

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our Hospital Division Occupational and Arts Therapy team, based at Highgate Mental Health Centre and St Pancras Hospital: the male PICU is based at Highgate.

The post holder will have proven clinical skills to manage a complex caseload on the male PICU. Along with the MDT they will work to recovery principles with a community focus to support robust move on plans. Additionally, there will be responsibility for supervision of junior staff, some practice development and deputising for the band 7 team leaders. The post holder will have excellent planning and organisational skills including the ability to prioritise effectively. There are strong supervision processes in place, plus informal support and opportunities for training and development.

The post holder will work with other Arts Therapists and technical staff to provide a comprehensive Therapy programme for service users. They will be expected to ensure that their practice meets the requirements of this clinical service and is in keeping with current evidence based practices.

Enquiries about the post and informal visits are welcome. Please contact Rhona Ablett on 07989225240 or Sheila White on 07812494857, Head OT Hospital Division job share.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will ensure that their practice meets the requirements of this clinical group, and assess the needs of service users with complex mental and physical health needs. This includes falls risk minimisation work and the issuing and provision of equipment, aids and minor adaptations.

The post-holder will ensure that their practice is in keeping with current evidence based practices, in accordance with the Royal College of Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics, and will work with OTs, Arts Therapists and activity workers to provide a comprehensive treatment programme for service users.

The post holder is expected to establish and maintain positive interpersonal relationships with other staff members characterised by trust, mutual respect, and open, honest communication.

The post-holder will have supervisory responsibility for junior staff, including a Band 5 OT and Band 3 ward Activity Worker, and student practitioners working in the unit. They will receive supervision and mentoring from a Band 7 Clinical Lead OT.

Although staff are allocated initially to work in one specific ward, all appointments are made to the Hospital Division, and there will be opportunity for further skill development within the Inpatient wards. The Hospital Division comprises of inpatient wards for working age adults who require acute treatment or rehabilitation and wards which specialise in the care of older adults.

About us

The Trust wide Occupational Therapy service supports training and regular CPD forums, providing the opportunity to network with colleagues and promote professional development.

At Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, our staff and service users have worked closely to create a set of values that make sure people who use our services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery.

We have 3 key priorities which are:
  • Early and Effective Intervention
  • Helping People to Live Well
  • Research and Innovation

The cultural pillars that help us achieve our key priorities are:
  • We value each other
  • We are empowered
  • We keep things simple
  • We are connected

By coming to work at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust you will be joining a Trust with a national reputation for research, where services recognise that research underpins its commitment to providing high quality and innovative clinical care.

As an applicant for this role, you are urged to demonstrate within your supporting statement a combination of evidence that reflects your competence to meet the job specification and provide examples of how C&I Cultural pillars are an integral part of the way you have and will continue to deliver service.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist occupational therapy assessments and interventions for a designated caseload, addressing occupational and skill deficits. This may include ADL, leisure, community skills and home visit assessments.
  • To actively involve patients in identifying their needs and goals as part of the multi-disciplinary team care plan.
  • To plan and carry out individual and group interventions in appropriate settings using graded and meaningful activities to meet patients needs and achieve their goals.
  • To carry out group and individual interventions jointly with other members of the multi-disciplinary team as appropriate.
  • Support the ward activity worker and relevant ward staff to provide activities to ensure a therapeutic environment.
  • To apply knowledge and evidence-based practice acquired through ongoing training and clinical development
  • To provide information for patients, their families, and the multi-disciplinary team about pertinent local community resources.
  • To contribute to clinical reviews, discharge planning and provide support with transition.
  • To provide a goal directed outpatient service as part of the care programme approach plan, where appropriate and according to policy.
  • To monitor and evaluate treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of the intervention.
  • To apply a broad level of understanding of disability and mental health problems and recommend lifestyle changes or adaptations to patients social or physical environments.
  • To adhere to RCOT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and local and national standards of practice.
  • To work flexible hours according to the needs of service delivery, as locally agreed.

Person Specification HCPC registered Essential
  • Registered with HCPC in date
Qualification Essential
  • DIP COT/ BSC/ MSC occ Therapy
Experience Essential
  • Acute In patient experience MH
  • Experience of working in PICU
Supervisory Essential
  • supervision of staff /students
management experience Essential
  • Evidence of leadership
  • Participation in service development

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