Occupational Therapist Assertive Outreach

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Assertive Outreach services are provided for people with a primary diagnosis of serious mental disorder often co-existing with substance misuse. It is for those patients who are difficult to engage, have frequently failed with routine treatment programmes, exhibit poor social functioning, are often excluded from many aspects of daily life and are deemed to be a risk to the local community, themselves, carers, families or significant others.

The Assertive Outreach Team aims to improve engagement of Service Users, increase stability in their lives and work with their Carers/Family members, reducing hospital admissions and their length of stay when hospitalisation is required. The team will also aim to improve the service users' quality of life, social functioning, maintain and manage mental health and wellbeing, access to services. :

Main duties of the job

The role is professionally supported by the Lead Occupational Therapist for Mental Health Rehabilitation.

This is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate your ability, whilst continually improving services, with excellent openings for personal and professional development whilst actively promoting the development and implementation of evidence based practice.

If you are flexible, recovery focused, self-motivated with good communication and organisational skills this is a chance for you to join our team.

The Assertive Outreach Team West covers Dorset county excluding Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch therefore the ability to drive your own vehicle is essential.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification Job specific Essential
  • car driver
  • car driver
  • . Positive attitude to team and multiagency working
  • . Evidence of how to motivate a team and develop staff or evidence of self -motivation
  • . Experience of demonstrating duties to junior staff and delegating effectively
  • Leadership or management experience
Knowledge, Skills and Training Essential
  • . Occupational Therapist diploma or degree
  • State Registration with HCPC
  • . Membership of the relevant Professional Body
  • Evidence of on-going professional development in an up to date portfolio
  • . Ability to achieve a pass mark (75%) in the ICT Basic Skills test
  • . Ability to work autonomously in the community making appropriate clinical decisions and managing risk without constant and direct supervision. Able to identify when issues require joint working and escalation into the wider multi-disciplinary team.
  • . Knowledge of lone working policy requirements and the risk assessment skills required to promote safe lone working
  • . Evidence of demonstrating the Trust's values and behaviours. Ability to be reflective and recognise the value of supervision to manage emotional demands of clinical role.
  • . Membership of specialist section of COT
  • . Post Graduate qualification appropriate to speciality
  • . Qualification in therapy intervention CBT, motivational training, sensory strategies
  • . AMPs accreditation
Job specific Essential
  • car driver
  • Significant post registration demonstrable experience within mental health services, working with people with severe and enduring mental illness and complex needs
  • . Knowledge of the legislative framework within which O.T's work
  • A clear understanding of the function of a rehabilitation service and a demonstrable knowledge of therapeutic interventions used within the rehabilitation service
  • . The ability to provide clinical / management supervision
  • . Understanding of therapy outcome measures
  • . Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team; recognising own limitations & when to ask for support and advice.
  • . Comprehensive knowledge and application of therapy assessments, including MOHO assessments and interventions relevant to the client group
  • . Experience of working in a leadership role
  • . Experience working within a Community Mental Health Team

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