Occupational Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Sturminster Newton
£27,055 to £32,934 a year p.a.
Closing date
12 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you an Occupational Therapist wanting to work with People with Learning Disabilities?

We are looking for a Full time Occupational Therapist to join the Sturminster Newton Community Learning Disabilities team, to work in partnership with people with learning disabilities, their families and carers to support them to live successfully in the community and provide high quality occupational therapy for individuals and groups.

You will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary with nurses and physiotherapists, and with good links with speech and language therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists. You will be part of a network of learning disability OTs based within the community learning disability teams across Dorset.

Working in a Learning Disability service will give an occupational therapist an opportunity to facilitate the development of the full range of function (physical, cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal) in the occupational areas of productivity, self care and leisure for person LD who have been referred to occupational therapy for assessment and treatment.

This is an exciting post which will give you experience in working within a multidisciplinary and multi-agency team. Every day is a new challenge with the unexpected a part of daily life.

We are looking for enthusiastic people who have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Main duties of the job

To work in people's own homes and a variety of community settings as a member of the integrated community learning disability team, in conjunction with other team members and the Clinical Lead providing occupational therapy assessment and treatment for adults with a learning disability (LD), in accordance with the Valuing People principles of providing opportunities for people with learning disabilities for greater independence, choice, well-being and control.

You will also be able to provide individual and group interventions and therapy that facilitate the development of the full range of function (physical, cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal) in the occupational areas of productivity, self care and leisure for people with LD who have been referred to occupational therapy.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Recommend a friend or family member and earn cash!

Do you have a friend or family member you would recommend to join us? Or do you know someone who wants to return to practice in the NHS? If the person you refer is appointed by the Trust and completes their probationary period you will receive £250 reward payment for the introduction! Please contact the recruitment team if you require further info!

Person Specification Educational Requirements Essential
  • Degree in OT
  • Registration with HCPC
Skills/ Experience/ Knowledge Essential
  • Application of the OT process
  • Use of functional assessment and activity analysis
  • Some knowledge of current best practice in OT
  • Previous experience of working/ student placement with people with Learning Disabilities.
  • Awareness of sensory integration.
  • Training and presentation skills
Skills/ Experience/ Knowledge Essential
  • Ability to work independently with individuals and groups
  • Groupwork skills
Skills/ Experience/ Knowledge Essential
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Basic knowledge of health legislation and current practice, including CPA and risk assessment and management

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