We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and innovative OT, with ideally, clinical skills and knowledge in assessing and providing interventions for, older people who present with complex mental and at times physical health needs. This post is in an acute Older Person's Mental Health Inpatient Service within Gosport War Memorial Hospital.
You will be expected to complete OT assessments and interventions to support our patients discharge planning. You will be primarily responsible, with the support of the band 7 OT, for working on the functional ward. But will be expected to work on both inpatient wards as and when clinical needs arise. There will be some community work, supporting our discharged patients in their homes.
You will be part of our therapy team, which consists of part time; 1 x physiotherapy, 2 x OT's and 2 x therapy technicians. As such we are looking for a hard working and conscientious OT to join our friendly and supportive team.
Ideally you will be looking for a full-time post, but if you have experience of working in mental health, are passionate and positive about this client group and feel you could complement our team and the work we do, please contact us.
You will receive regular supervision with opportunities to gain confidence in your own supervisory skills, developing to support recovery worker colleagues who work on our wards and students. A preceptorship course is available for newly qualified staff.
Main duties of the job
An exciting new full-time position has arisen within our inpatient Therapy Team. The team works across two newly refurbished older person's mental health wards in Gosport War Memorial Hospital. We provide therapy for patients on our functional and organic wards, plus some follow up in the community to our discharged patients.
The Therapy Team currently consists of a Band 7 Occupational Therapist (OT), Band 6 OT, Band 6 physiotherapist and two band 3 therapy technicians. This new position will work initially under the supervision of the Band 7 to provide assessments and interventions, primarily on Rose ward. However, the aim is to work, as needed, across both wards, supporting therapy colleagues and recovery workers based on each ward.
The successful candidate will be a qualified Occupational Therapist and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). They should have some experience of working in mental health and be positive and passionate about working with this client group.
Ideally, we are looking for a full-time member of staff who will complement our existing supportive and friendly Therapy Team. The working week consists of Monday -- Friday, we do not currently work on bank holidays.
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Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.
Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.
Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
- Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
- We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
- We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.
Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.
Job description Job responsibilities
*To undertake Occupational Therapy assessments, addressing occupational performance and skill deficits, enabling the service user in areas of self-maintenance, productivity, and leisure.
*To work with service users to identify goals as part of the overall care plan.
*To plan and implement individual and/ or group interventions, in collaboration with the service user, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.
*To monitor and evaluate treatment to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of the intervention.
*To carry out home visits where appropriate.
*To build knowledge of appropriate community resources and access these for service users where appropriate.
*To delegate work as appropriate to colleagues and the multidisciplinary team.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy.
- Registration with HCPC.
- Car driver and own a car for work use. Will require insurance that allows using your car for work purposes.
- Membership of College of Occupational Therapy.
- Practice educator training
- Experience of working with service users with mental health needs.
- Use of functional assessment and activity analysis.
- Good understanding of the application of OT processes within mental health.
- Experience facilitating group work and working in a multi disciplinary team.
- Experience of working within older people.
- Community and inpatient experience within healthcare.
- Documented evidence of continuous professional development (CPD).
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