Occupational Therapist Clinical Lead -Crisis Resolution Home Treatment

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Littlemore- Oxford
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum / pro rata
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Crisis Response and Home Treatment Team(CRHTT) in Oxfordshire Mental Health Services are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and skilled Band 7 Occupational Therapist to join their team to drive forward the development of the Occupational Therapy pathway within CRHTT.

This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate Occupational Therapist who has a strong understanding of the contribution of Occupational Therapists in supporting individuals in mental health crisis.

Main duties of the job

The job is varied and challenging and offers the opportunity to be a part of the exciting journey that Oxfordshire Mental Health services are taking towards setting up a responsive crisis service. Key elements of the post include taking the lead on the development of recovery and occupation focused interventions, building and refining a CRHTT occupational therapy pathway, providing clinical leadership to junior staff (inc. Band 6 & 5 OT's, OT apprentices and support staff) and providing skills and training for the team.

About us

The trust has strong AHP leadership and supervision will be provided by the Professional Lead Occupational Therapist (Older adult and adult Mental Health Pathway). There are additional opportunities for on-going training and networking with other Occupational Therapists in the trust.

The Urgent Care Pathway is an initiative by Oxfordshire Health Services, as part of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, to meet the demands of the Ten-Year Plan to provide Crisis Response and Home Treatment Services by 2021. Clinicians employed into the pathway will be a part of a developing service aimed at supporting our most vulnerable patients and their families in the least restrictive setting possible, by providing a variety of highly intensive interventions at home

As we move toward this Crisis Response and Home Treatment service, we require clinicians who are used to working in a fast-paced team, confident in managing risk in the least restrictive way. Clinicians will be skilled mental health assessors with a proven ability to signpost service users towards the most effective treatment pathways.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

Some of the key responsibilities include:
  • To work effectively as a member of the CRHT team in providing an appropriate range of assessments & treatments for patients experiencing an acute mental health need. To participate in MDT discussions, contributing to client formulation & treatment plans.
  • To select and apply appropriate OT assessments & treatments with patients in the community, usually within their home environment.
  • To plan & implement short-term and/or group interventions in collaboration with patients.
  • To identify longer term need for patients and refer/signpost to & liaise with appropriate services.
  • To have a firm understanding of Best Practice Principles for CRHT services & apply this to clinical practice.
  • To work flexibly & competently in the community & any given location to meet patients needs.
  • To establish effective communication with patients, carers & other health workers & agencies both internally & externally.

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Health Professions Council registered Occupational Therapist with Dip RCOT qualification or degree
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) portfolio
Experience Essential
  • To have a good knowledge of community services both generic and mental health
  • Experience of supervising and managing staff
  • Experience with undertaking complaint and SI investigations
Persoanal Qualities Essential
  • To be able to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Able to challenge and be challenged
  • Enthusiasm
  • Adaptable, flexible and keen to learn
Knowledge Essential
  • Significant mental health experience as a senior registered Occupational Therapist
  • Caseload management/ complex conditions & cases
  • Evidence based, reflective practice & clinical reasoning skills in assessment & treatment

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