Lead Occupational Therapist - Band 7-Suffolk LD Intensive Support Team

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year gross per annum
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Exciting opportunities at Walker Close!
What to be part of a friendly, excited and energised team?

The Walker Close team are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic Band 7 Occupational Therapist to work across the LD and A Inpatient Assessment and Treatment Unit and the LD and A Intensive support team (IST)

You will be joining a friendly, motivated and enthusiastic team who are on their journey to outstanding having already been rated as good by the CQC across all domains. The wards and IST form the acute service for learning disability and autism and work with people admitted to hospital and with people in the community to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions or providing transitional support between services. The acute teams are part of a wider specialist service who all work closely together to create a seamless approach for the clients and their families. Staff can benefit from this close working relationship with the potential for rotational roles between teams.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will work closely with our fabulous Community occupational therapists in keeping with our 'team around the patient' model and as well as working directly with both the inpatient and IST teams,

Ideally the successful candidate will be passionate and experienced in maintaining, restoring or creating a match between the abilities of the person, the demands of their activities and occupations, and the demands of the environment in order to improve function, promote independence and enhance opportunities for meaningful participation in daily life, whilst working alongside and cooperatively with a skilled MDT.

Not sure?

Don't worry, you will be given extensive support from our fantastic Acute LD service manager as well as from the rest of the team who are already excited to meet you.

About us

The Learning Disability and Autism Specialist Service has a fresh approach to ideas and service delivery being supported by the Trust, we are confident our new model of care is the very best for the people we care for.

We invest heavily in training, provide first class support, promote collaborative teamwork and give everyone in our team the opportunities and resources to achieve their full potential. The teams are updating their Positive Behaviour Support skills with the British Institute for Learning Disability (BILD) and enjoy other training such as Makaton as part of a wide selection of subjects delivered at our monthly protected days. You will be joining the team which will involve taking part in the ward QI projects and working towards improving patient care.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The role will also include taking an AHP lead across the LD and A pathway and providing clinical supervision to AHP professional in both the acute LD and community LD teams as well as working clinically in the LD inpatient and IST teams.

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Interview dates are yet to be set; you will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

Person Specification
  • Diploma in Occupational Therapy or BSc Hons in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration with Health Professionals Council
  • Post Graduate training relevant to mental health

  • Other relevant clinical training and qualification

  • Awareness of current issues within Adult Acute Mental Health services.
  • Comprehensive clinical knowledge of conditions related to adult mental health

  • An area of clinical expertise
  • Familiarity with a range of theoretical approaches to occupational therapy in adult mental health.

  • Expertise in occupational therapy skills
  • Report writing and good communication skills
  • Proven organisational skills

  • Experience in research

  • Experience working as a senior occupational therapist
  • Experience of working in Adult Mental Health Services
  • Experience of managing or supervising staff
  • Experience of providing fieldwork education to student occupational therapists

  • Experience as a team supervisor
  • Operational management experience

  • Adaptable/flexible working attitude.
  • Health safety and risk awareness.

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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