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Specialist Mental Health Practitioner (Occupational Therapy)

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Buckinghamshire County
£41,659 to £47,672 a year Per annum, pro rata
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Oxford Health's Buckinghamshire Mental Health Directorate is working in collaboration with Buckinghamshire's Primary Care Networks (PCN) to develop and implement improved access to specialist mental health care and treatment within primary care services. Focusing on bridging the gap between primary and secondary care Mental Health services for individuals with complex and severe mental illness.

The service is designed to empower patients 18years+ to access specialistmental health support locally, within their GP Surgeries in a timely manner.

We are looking forautonomous, driven, and confident Occupational Therapy practitioner(s) who pride themselves on delivering ahigh-quality holistic approach for patients needing mental health support. This is an opportunity for someone to develop their career and skill across a highly innovative and transformative service with scope to influence Occupational Therapy service innovation and delivery within Primary Care

Please see the link attached to a video with more information about the service.

Being a Specialist Mental Health Practitioner - YouTube

Main duties of the job

The successful Occupational Therapist will facilitate improved opportunities for joint working with our voluntary care sector, contributing to the leadership and development of national mental health agendas within their Primary Care Network (PCN). As part of the Primary Care Networks Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) your role will provide mental health triage, assessment and adviceto patients, carers, and colleagues. Facilitatingearly interventions toaid recoverywithin the community and utilising your profession specific skills to enable prompt access to specialist services for patients.

As the Occupational Therapist in this post, you will be expected to use your profession specific skills in this role and apply Occupational Therapy models and frameworks, such as the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) to support your clinical practice.

About us

  • You will have links to strong Allied Health and Occupational Therapy professional Leadership within the trust
  • Excellent opportunities for on-going profession specific training and networking with other Occupational Therapists.
  • Minimum four week bespoke induction developed across both Oxford Health and the PCN.
  • Based within the GP surgeries on a day-to-day basis, with an opportunity to discuss hybrid working.
  • Direct management, supervision and development through Oxford Health.
  • Consistent clinical supervision and support from lead GP within your PCN.
  • Strong focus and priority on training and qualifications through regular Professional Development Reviews (PDR) to ensure you are clinically skilled to carry out your role and focus on your career progression goals.
  • Protected time to attend the ICS Peer Support Network across B.O.B.
    • 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
    • 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.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide a lead role in supporting the PCN in triaging mental health concerns raised by on the day patient requests, highly providing specialist advice and support within GP surgeries
  • To review patients presenting with mental health issues, consider a range of options regarding treatment interventions providing them with highly specialised advice concerning care when appropriate and liaising with GPs and MH teams
  • To offer brief interventions as needed eg problem solving, decision making, building resilience, building on personal strengths, risk de-escalation.
  • Identifying care act eligibility and referring appropriately for assessments, carers assessments or safeguarding concerns.
  • Working as a member of the primary Care multi-professional team and taking responsibility for the development and implementation of specialist mental health training to the PCN.
  • To provide a navigation role to help GPs make appropriate referrals to the relevant community and secondary care services bridging the gap between primary care services such as IAPT and secondary care, working in partnership across the system.

  • Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Current professional registration: Registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist
    • Evidence of relevant post registration training and development in particular motivational interviewing, brief solution focused interventions, cognitive and behavioural approaches, and psychosocial interventions
    • Mentor and mentorship training
    • Recognised Post Graduate clinical or leadership qualification relevant to the role
    Knowledge Essential
    • Advanced understanding of the mental health needs of adults
    • Specialist knowledge of person-centred care and its application
    • Able to demonstrate advanced understanding of health inequalities amongst marginalised groups
    • Specialist knowledge of psycho-social interventions and their appropriate use
    • Working knowledge of appropriate assessment tools
    • Working knowledge of the policies and guidelines pertinent to the planning and delivery of community mental health care to adults with mental health needs
    • Recovery focused practitioner able to apply recovery principles to adults and older people, understanding of 'strengths- based' approaches
    • Knowledge of practical application and use psychological therapies
    • Awareness of the impact of the health economies on service planning and delivery
    • Specialist knowledge relating to MH needs of young adults age 18-25 and to the needs of those diagnosed with, or with presenting traits of, personality disorder
    Experience Essential
    • Significant community experience in mental health services for adults and older age adults with severe / significant mental illness
    • Experience of providing a range of evidence based interventions to people with a variety of mental health problems and serious mental illness
    • Considerable experience in the assessment and management of clinical risk
    • Experience in physical health assessment for people with mental health needs
    • Experience of effective collaborative working in partnership to deliver holistic health and social care outcomes
    • Evidence of Interdisciplinary / multi-agency working experience including primary care and community/ voluntary sector
    • Experience of leadership and development of junior colleagues
    • Significant and extensive practice experience post registration working with people with mental health needs
    • Proficient in clinical audits and research
    • Experience of working in primary and secondary mental health services
    • Experience in the planning and delivery of training and practice developments to staff
    • Experience in service evaluation and improvements
    • Experience working in a CAMHS and/or OPMH service

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