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Senior Occupational Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year per annum HCAS inclusive
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a full time Band 6 Occupational Therapist to work as part of the Tamarind Therapy Centre. Occupational Therapists hold a key role within the ward multidisciplinary team (MDT) providing expertise to support clients on their mental health recovery journey to discharge. This includes individual and group work, assessment, intervention and evaluation in accordance with the Royal College of Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics. The service is founded on recovery principles with a very strong evidence base, use of outcome measures and regular service involvement and partnership.

At Park Royal Centre for Mental Health, we have a 20 bedded male ward, an 18 bedded female ward, an 18 bedded mixed gender ward and a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) which is a 13 bedded ward. The post holder would primarily work on one of the acute wards however may be required to work across the wards as required. The Acute OT service in Brent is led by the Brent Head OT and consists of a Band 7 Lead OT, Band 6 OT, Band 5 OT, an activity coordinator for each ward, a sports technician, a fitness instructor and sessional staff as well as the MDT and therapy staff . We are currently developing roles for peer support workers.

This post has a great supported network working alongside several OTs, allowing opportunities for Journal club, reflective practice, case formulation using Trauma Informed Approaches, skill sharing and several other projects.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for someone who has some previous adult mental health experience, skills. The successful candidates will:
  • Be motivated, energetic and a flexible team player with excellent communication skills
  • Be able to use initiative and have some responsibilities towards the management of daily ward programmes.
  • Demonstrate an interest and participation in evidence -based practice and professional development and working with recovery principles.
  • Be familiar with the MOHO and other evidence- based assessment tools in order to establish a baseline functional assessment from which recommendations can determine further on-going care and treatment to enable optimum functioning.

We have a strong commitment to collaborative working and you will be part of a supportive, friendly multi-disciplinary team as well as the Tamarind therapy team. The successful applicant will be self-motivated, able to work to a high standard both autonomously and as part of a team.

If you are an OT who strives for excellent and wants to develop to your full potential then we would welcome your application. If you would like to find out more about our service and see examples of our work, then please see our twitter feed @OTTamarind.

About us

Come and join us and have a career for life and be one of the friendly and supportive 300 Occupational Therapists (OTs) in CNWL. We work in many varied teams in specialist areas and both physical and mental health promoting maintaining dual skills.

Occupational Therapy (OT) in CNWL is fortunate in having a long-established professional structure including an Allied Health Professional director, Trust wide Professional Head of OT, Borough and specialist Head OTs. This ensures representation of our profession at all levels, strategically and operationally.

Personal and professional development is a high priority for the profession and is underpinned by our OT Research & Development (R&D) strategy, R&D specialist groups and OT clinical networks. This enables us to invest in the development of staff by providing excellent internal training, commissioning specialised external training and providing quality supervision. This ensures all our OTs reach their full potential at every stage of their career. Our commitment to research, audit and Evidence Based Practice is made possible by our strong links with local universities.

We actively support the next generation of OTs through apprenticeships, student placements and the promotion of the profession as a career in schools. We are proud of the diversity in our workforce and have invested time in supporting and developing this further through our BAME Occupational Therapy group.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide the multidisciplinary team (MDT) on the Treatment ward with an Occupational Therapy (OT) service and expertise; this will include individual and group work, assessment, intervention and evaluation in accordance with the College of Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics.

Specific to assessment, the OT will utilise MOHO evidence-based assessment tools in order to establish a baseline functional assessment. Recommendations can determine further ongoing care and treatment to enable optimum functioning.

As part of the Tamarind resource to facilitate sessions and interventions to support the Brent Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team in preventing admission and supporting discharge. For example to provide access to the community based groups, 1:1 work, external agencies facilitated by the Tamarind Centre.

The successful applicant will be an NHS employee and may therefore have contact with vulnerable service users. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been necessary to take significant steps to protect the health and safety of our staff, service users and those attending our sites. In order to comply with our duty of care, we require our staff to have the COVID vaccine and we will ask for proof of vaccination during the recruitment process. Vaccination will be a condition of employment unless an exemption applies.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree (or Diploma) in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration to practice in the UK
  • Evidence of post registration training relevant to mental health practice and community OT
  • Training in the theory and application of the Model of Human Occupation
  • Practice Placement Educators Course/Development activities
  • Leadership and/or management training
  • Training in motivational interview techniques
  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy
  • Member of relevant specialist section
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of post graduate working in a range of mental health settings
  • Experience of working within community mental health teams
  • Has demonstrable experience of the assessment and management of risk in a community MH setting
  • Experience of leading, managing and running evidence based group activities for service users with complex and diverse needs in a mental health setting
  • Experience of undertaking specialist OT assessments and writing specialist occupational therapy reports
  • Has experience of working as a Care Co-ordinator and demonstrable knowledge of the CPA framework
  • Experience of working in an inter-professional team.
  • Experience of working within a multi-agency environment.
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural context
  • Experience of supervising junior staff
  • Experience of maintaining a written record of continual professional development
  • Experience of individual and groupwork
  • Experience of involvement in service change/development
  • Experience of being a practice placement educator
  • Experience of using mental health services as a service user, or carer, relative, friend of a service user.

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