Band 6 Senior Occupational Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year pa inc HCAS pro rata
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Part Time
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St Charles Mental Health Unitin Kensington & Chelseahas four adult inpatient wards plus two PICU wards that provide a safe and therapeutic environment for people with acute mental health problems. The unit is a short walk from Ladbroke Grove station with good transport links.

This is an exciting opportunity for an Occupational Therapist with experience in inpatient mental health to work part time on the female psychiatric intensive care ward St Charles Mental Health Centre, London W10.

The postholder will work on Shannon Ward as an integral member of the ward multi-disciplinary team, working alongside medical staff, nursing staff, an activities coordinator, fitness instructor, psychology assistant and arts psychotherapy colleagues. There will also be opportunities to work across other wards in the unit.

You must be HCPC registered as an Occupational Therapist, with substantial years minimum post qualification experience as an OT, particularly within an adult mental health setting.

You will need to be familiar with the MOHO and other evidence-based assessment tools in order to establish a baseline functional assessment from which recommendations can determine further on going care and treatment to enable optimum functioning.

You will receive regular professional supervision from the Lead OT and managerial supervision from the Ward Manager.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

The Occupational Therapy role is to provide assessment and intervention to individuals on the PICU, identifying barriers to moving on and supporting individuals to gain maximum independence throughout their admission and ensure the right level of support when they leave the ward. This may include the assessment of activities of daily living, the use of standardised assessment tools, prescribing equipment and making recommendations for future accommodation or care packages. The postholder should have excellent report writing skills and a good awareness of risk management.

The postholder will develop, facilitate and evaluate therapeutic groups and individual interventions as a part of the multi-disciplinary ward programme in line with risk management considerations of a PICU environment and will have an important role in de-escalating situations and providing a therapeutic environment.

As one of the senior Occupational Therapists in the unit, the postholder will provide professional supervision to at least one band 5 OT and the ward activities coordinator. Applicants should have previous experience in supervision of staff and supporting others.

About us

Come and join us and be one of the friendly and supportive 1500 Therapists / AHP's in CNWL. You could have a career for life with us and maintain your dual skills.

CNWL is very fortunate in having a long-established professional structure and this includes a Head of Therapies, an AHP associate director, Trust wide Professional Leads for all professional groups and borough and specialist professional leadership. This has the huge benefit of ensuring representation of our profession and therapies as a whole at all levels - both strategically and operationally.

Personal and professional development is a high priority for the profession this enables us to invest in the development of our staff by providing excellent internal training as well as commissioning specialised external training and providing quality supervision. This ensures all our therapists / AHP's reach their full potential at every stage of their career. Our commitment to research, audit and evidence-based practice is made possible by our strong links with local universities and our CNWL AHP Research Network.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are a priority for us in CNWL we expect staff to be culturally competent, reflective and open to culturally diverse CPD opportunities. We are working hard support the recruitment and development of staff from all protected characteristics and welcome applications from any interested applicants.

Job description Job responsibilities

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We recognise that Band 6s are often the backbone of our clinical teams and we will therefore support their development both clinically and managerially. You will have opportunities to supervise staff, be an educator and have access to both internal and external training. We are committed to supporting staff growth, therefore Band 6 staff are encouraged to develop skills in leadership in preparation for Band 7 roles within CNWL.

Clinical1.1 To provide specialist, culturally appropriate, evidence based occupational therapy assessments for service users on the wards in order to establish and meet their occupational needs.1.2 To provide vocational needs assessment, advice and on-going intervention related to an individuals vocational needs.1.3 To select and use validated standardised assessment tools routinely and in practice, exhibiting clinical reasoning skills; to include the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) assessments.1.4 To apply specialist clinical knowledge and skills to carry out evidence based occupational therapy interventions, both individual and in groups, which are underpinned by relevant theoretical approaches and in line with the Trusts Research and Development Strategy; to lead and supervise junior staff in this practice as required.1.5 To plan, implement and review individually tailored programmes of intervention using individual and group work approaches.1.6 To support service users and colleagues to ensure that care plans are developed in partnership with the individual and that they reflect recovery goals. These should be strengths-based and oriented towards reinforcing a positive identity and developing valued social roles.1.7 To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions against clear aims, objectives and outcome measures in line with evidence-based practice and in conjunction with service users, carers and other professionals.1.8 To establish links with the CNWL Recovery College as appropriate and facilitate snapshot courses for those on the inpatient wards.1.9 To apply a high level of understanding of the effects of mental illness and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service users social and physical environment.1.10 To determine the impact of mental and physical conditions on service users functional ability and undertake assessment/make recommendations with regards to the provision of equipment/aids and adaptations.1.11 To be aware of medication issues in line with the CNWL OT Medication Management guidelines.1.12 To follow local protocol and obtain recommended equipment and/or liaise with local providers of equipment to ensure provision as appropriate.1.13 To proactively undertake and ensure rigorous risk assessment & risk management strategies are applied. To ensure maximum risk tolerance facilitates the individuals recovery, in line with risk policies and local guidelines.1.14 To work in partnership with other agencies and offer supervision and guidance to external agencies as required.1.15 For Practitioners to be aware of and sensitive to the safeguarding needs of children and adults in their work, and knowledgeable both about potential indicators of abuse or neglect and about what to do if they had concerns about a child's or adult's welfare.1.16 To identify carers needs in line with CPA policy and national requirements.1.17 To support service users in relation to their physical health, employment, and housing and welfare benefits issues; referring to specialist provider services as necessary.1.18 To provide OT consultation to other professionals within the team.1.19 To provide all service users on caseload with an OT assessment and offer regular monitoring of mental state.1.20 To complete the HONOS screening clustering tool and implement subsequent identified OT care package.1.21 To facilitate effective links with community resources in order that a socially inclusive focus towards treatment and discharge planning is maintained.1.22 To facilitate smooth transitions for service users between the PICU ward, treatment wards and community settings.

Person Specification Education and Qualification Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Health Professionals Council (HPC) registered Occupational Therapist
  • Practice Educators accreditation
  • Post qualification training in relevant mental health therapeutic skills
Previous Experience Essential
  • Significant post qualification experience working in adult mental health settings as an Occupational Therapist
  • Experience of working with service users presenting with a wide range of complex mental health conditions
  • Experience in using a range of standardised OT assessments
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Experience of drafting group protocols and setting up / facilitating groups / group programme
  • Supervision of OT students / non qualified staff
  • Experience of partnership working in promoting socially inclusive opportunities for patients
  • Experience in completing HONOS screening clustering tool / Risk Assessment Tools.
  • Supervision of qualified Occupational therapy staff
  • Experience in audit / research projects
  • Experience working in PICU and/or a gender specific service
  • Experience working in a forensic setting or in psychiatric intensive care wards
  • Experience of facilitating courses or workshops.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities Essential
  • Clear concept of Occupational Therapy and models of practice
  • Good communication skills written, verbal, listening and use of IT communications
  • Ability to work autonomously, as well as part of an MDT
  • Individual and group work skills
  • Ability to prioritise workload and use initiative.
  • Able to work creatively to engage patients
  • Timely reporting and record keeping
  • To actively supervise both OT students and unqualified staff.
  • Regularly identify and undertake appropriate learning opportunities as part of ongoing CPD.
  • Recovery focused approach to service delivery
  • Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach that considers the needs of the whole person
  • Able to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills.
  • To have completed practice placement educators course.
  • To determine the impact of mental and physical conditions on service user's functional ability and undertake assessment/make recommendations with regards to the provision of equipment/aids and adaptations
  • 5. Good understanding of the application of risk assessment and risk management strategies which facilitates a patient's recovery.
  • Good awareness of the principles of safeguarding and how to implement this in practice.
  • Research and development at graduate level.
  • Knowledge of the theory underpinning the Model of Human Occupation
  • . Completion of OT medication management training.
Other Essential
  • Clear demonstration of understanding the role being applied for

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