Due to our service expanding we have one full time vacancy for an Occupational therapist. This position is for our North Hub covering Peterborough / Huntingdon / Wisbech team (North base).
This is an exciting development opportunity for an Occupational therapist interested in perinatal mental health, wishing to develop specialist knowledge and practice in this rewarding field. Our service works to ensure that women with severe or complex mental health conditions who are planning pregnancy, pregnant or have a child under one, receive high quality, evidence-based specialist advice, assessment, and interventions.
We provide specialist advice, consultation, liaison, and education to professionals who work with women contemplating pregnancy and during the perinatal period. We significantly invest in our Occupational therapists to foster expertise in our team providing specialist perinatal training. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and interest in mental health in the perinatal period together with knowledge of child and adult safeguarding practice.
Some previous experience of working with this group would be an advantage but is not essential. Our team is developing and evolving, providing support to each other through regular team meetings and CPD opportunities.
Main duties of the job
The post holder will work as part of our Perinatal Mental Health Service to ensure that women with severe or complex mental health conditions who are planning pregnancy, pregnant or have a child under one, receive high quality, evidence based specialist advice, assessment and interventions.
To ensure the provision of specialist advice, consultation, liaison, and education to professionals who work with women contemplating pregnancy and during the perinatal period. Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot usepublic transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria. *DVLA have a number ofreciprocalarrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.
Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.
To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.
Job description Job responsibilities Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
- To be part of the development of the North Perinatal Mental Health Service.
- To work directly with women, their infants and families who are at risk of or experiencing severe and complex perinatal mental health conditions.
- To contribute to the development and delivery of Perinatal Mental Health Training and Education to other staffing groups.
- To work jointly with staff from other services.
- To provide specialist advice and consultation to other staff regarding the management of women experiencing severe or complex mental health conditions during the perinatal phase including guidance on management and signposting where conditions do not require input from a specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service.
- Attend professionals meetings and other meetings to offer advice where appropriate.
- Develop close working relationships and liaison work with our teams key stakeholders including maternity services and health visiting. Linking with the Named Professionals for Safeguarding Children, Psychiatric Liaison Team, and other relevant staff.
- To work autonomously and as part of a team as required.
- To provide care coordination to women experiencing severe or complex mental health conditions.
- To provide specialist perinatal initial assessments.
- To be responsible for providing occupational therapy advice and expertise within the team.
- To be responsible for the planning, development, and evaluation of OT interventions within the team.
Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
- Minimum BSc level equivalent training in OT
- HCPC Professional Registration as OT
- Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
- Experience with Sensory Approaches
- MoHO training
- Experience of working in a mental health setting
- Experience of multidisciplinary working.
- Experience in dealing with difficult situations.
- Experience of risk assessment and risk management.
- Experience of supporting families/carers to maintain their relationships with service users.
- Experience of supervising junior staff/students.
Skills & Abilities Essential
- Able to record information clearly and accurately.
- Clear written and verbal communication skills.
- Good team worker with effective interpersonal skills.
- Able to reflect and critically appraise own performance.
- Problem solving and reasoning skills.
- Personal time management
- Supervisory skills
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
- Knowledge of OT assessment, intervention and practise models relevant to the service user group (e.g. MoHO)
- Knowledge of the Mental Health Act
- Knowledge of COT and HCPC standards.
- Knowledge of the care programme approach, NSF and related legislation.
- Understanding of the recovery approach.
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