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Community Perinatal Occupational Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
13 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate Occupational Therapist, to apply for a full-time Band 6 Community Perinatal Occupational Therapist post, in the borough of Hillingdon. It is an exciting time to join CNWL's perinatal services have been transforming as part of NHS England's Long-Term Plan.

CNWL's Perinatal Mental Health Services provides support for pregnant & postnatal women experiencing mental health /emotional difficulties in the boroughs of Brent, Harrow, Kensington and Chelsea, Hillingdon and Westminster, providing community and inpatient care.

An integrated model of care is provided between maternity, primary and secondary care services. The clinicians are experienced specialists offering mental health assessment and treatment for women in the context of the community to support them to remain in their own home with their families encouraging the formation of lasting positive bonds.

As the Occupational Therapist working within the team you will offer a unique understanding of occupational performance, physical and mental health, mother/infant co-occupations and child development in the context of maternal mental health. A range of individual and group interventions to enable women with perinatal mental health problems to overcome the barriers that prevent them from participating in self-care, productive, leisure and mothering occupations will be offered. While working t this earliest opportunity, we aim to make a positive impact for generations to come.

Main duties of the job

This position is open to applicants who have experience in working in mental health with substantial experience in a community mental health setting.The applicant will have excellent clinical skills with a special interest to work in maternal mental health, providing assessment using tools drawn from the Model of Human Occupation and specialist perinatal interventions. We aim to improve occupational performance within the parenting role which supports and promotes improved mental and physical health for mothers, babies and their families.There will be expectation of supporting the team to meet targets while participating in service developments tasks, as well as contributing to delivering generic assessments and supporting the role of duty. Thorough assessment of risk, the formulation of safe and effective risk management plans and documentation with the ability to communicate these clearly and concisely is essential. Experience of participating in formal child protection procedures and of being involved in inter agency work with families is desired.

Appropriate training, support and regular supervision will be provided by MDT and the Occupational Therapy Lead.

About us

Each team comprises of a highly skilled and dedicated multi-disciplinary team, including professionals such as psychiatrists, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, parent-infant psychotherapists and nursery nurses.The successful applicant will work closely with the team's experienced Band 7 Occupational therapist as well as the supportive and skilled MDT. We have an excellent network of Occupational Therapists working across other perinatal sites within the Trust who meet on a regular basis to share working and learning experiences as well as plenty of opportunities to link in with OTs within the wider trust and take part in CPD trainings.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please view the attached job description for more details.

To manage a caseload of women in the perinatal period with complex, severe and enduring mental health needs, providing interventions which support and promote improved mental and physical health for mothers, babies and their families.

The services offered will be provided in line with the principles and ethos of recovery and social inclusion. The Occupational Therapist will contribute their specialist knowledge and expertise in supporting this approach and will ensure that all interventions amplify an individuals self- management skills.

To work in conjunction with the Band 7 OT in the team and wider perinatal OT team to support the development and evaluation of evidence-based OT within the perinatal service

To work in conjunction with senior staff in the MDT to support the development of services

Actively liaise with the MDT and external services such as primary care, maternity services, health visiting teams, adult and children social care, perinatal community teams and other mental health services.

To carry out generic assessments and contribute to the duty rota within the team, providing specialist knowledge, care and risk management.

To provide occupational therapy clinical expertise while engaging and contributing to professional meetings such as CPA, multi-agency case reviews, birth planning, child protection meetings and any other meetings related to the care and treatment of the women and their babies.

To act as an educator to students on practice placement.

To contribute to the development and facilitation of Recovery & Wellbeing College courses within the perinatal setting.

To contribute to Occupational Therapy research and development (R&D), audit activities and projects within the perinatal service, implementing the Trusts Occupational Therapy R&D Strategy.

Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy.
  • HCPC registered Occupational Therapist.
  • Practice Placement Educator's Course.
  • Mental health specific workshops and short courses
  • Training in safeguarding adults and children
  • 1.Post graduate training specific to perinatal and infant mental health
  • 2.Qualifications/training in specialist skills eg. therapeutic/psychological interventions
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE Paid/unpaid relevant to job. Essential
  • Extensive post qualification experience working in mental health services.
  • Experience in participating in audit / research projects.
  • erience in developing service activities
  • Experience in using a range of standardised OT assessments.
  • Experience in managing resources
  • Experience of effective partnership working, with external providers, in promoting socially inclusive opportunities for service users.
  • Experience in completing Risk Assessment Tools
  • Experience in partnership working with external agencies.
  • 1.Experience in community mental health
  • 2.Experience of working with families or young infants

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