OT Professional Lead - Adult Community Mental Health Services

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you looking to expand your leadership experience and skills? Do you enjoy supporting new service innovations and initiatives? Do you want to be part of an OT Leads professional group ensuring quality OT provision? Do you relish developing staff at all levels? Do you seek the opportunity to further develop your own clinical specialism and interests?

The professional lead role for Adult Community Mental Health Services offers all this. You will be fully supported by both line management and strong professional structures across OT and AHP groups.

You will be a member of the senior management team within one of our strategic business units and would be a key player in service transformation. You will be supported to embed continuous quality improvements within the Occupational Therapy Service. We have robust clinical leadership structures across our AHP professions with opportunities to work with others across the trust.

We have a proven record for providing CPD opportunities in the trust for all our AHPs. We are looking for someone keen to grow and develop into this role. We would meet the learning opportunities we identify for the successful candidate. You would also have access to a wide range of in house learning opportunities as well as mentoring and coaching alongside supervision.

Main duties of the job

You will provide professional leadership across the Community Adult Mental Health Teams being based in one of the community hubs. As well as professional groups and structures you will be a key member of the Strategic Business Unit which is responsible for these services, offering OT advice and perspective to new transformation work and projects.

You will be responsible for all ACMHS OT staff, which includes 2 Head OTs ( B7), Specialist OTs, Band 5 staff on rotation, OT Apprentices and Assistant OT Practitioners. The role also supports the Community Eating Disorder Service OTs and has strong links with the Enhanced Primary Mental Health Service. We also work closely with the whole MDT which alongside traditional roles also includes employment specialists utilising the Individual Placement Support Model.

The Trust OT services utilise the Model of Human Occupation and has the full range of Assessments. Intervention tools and training embedded. There is increasing demand to consider the sensory needs of our service users as an area of future development. External training opportunities are supported in line with service priorities.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

For further details of the job role and responsibilities please refer to the job description and person specification documents attached.

  • BSc/MSc/PG Dip Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration
  • Evidence of clinical post registration training
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office and associated packages
  • Practice Placement qualification/APPLE accreditation
  • Membership of RCOT, including specialist section
  • First line management training
  • Solution Focussed Brief Therapy training
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training
  • AMPS/ESI/SI training
  • Post registration experience in relevant clinical setting/s at a B7 level
  • Applied experience of working in relevant service area, providing both individual and group work interventions.
  • Highly Specialist knowledge and experience of using and applying the Model of Human Occupation assessment tools, or others appropriate to area.
  • Experience of other specialist Occupational Therapy assessment tools, e.g. AMPS, Pool Activity Levels
  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development
  • Previous experience of research and audit
  • Experience of clinical leadership
  • Experience of line management of staff
  • Experience leading change management
  • Experience of working with people with mental health problems and/or learning disability in a variety of health and social care settings
  • Previous experience of having worked at Band 8A level
  • Exceptional communication skills, written and verbal, and the ability to persuade and negotiate with peers and senior colleagues
  • Proven track record of working within a multidisciplinary team and applying an understanding of team dynamics to impact positively on team morale and performance.
  • Knowledge and application of key policy, health legislation and guidelines which impact on OT and mental health/LD practice
  • Ability to provide and receive sensitive and difficult information regarding service users care and social situation
  • Knowledge of and effective use of appropriate professional relationships and boundaries
  • High level of ability to grade and adapt practical skills
  • Evidence of delivery of training and professional development sessions
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Innovative thinker with the ability to cut through barriers to change
  • Highly developed negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Excellent analytical and reflection skills to problem solve and develop own performance and that of others

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