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Occupational Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you like the opportunity to join an innovative, dynamic Occupational Therapy Service? We are looking to recruit two experienced mental health Occupational Therapists (Band 6) to join our Older Adults Mental Health community service. The posts are based at the following sites:

  • Beech Close, Dunstable, Beds LU6 3SD and
  • The Lawns, Biggleswade, Beds SG18 0PT

Main duties of the job

We are looking to recruit OT's with experience of working with people with mental health difficulties and/or dementia to join our busy community multi-disciplinary teams, which also deliver a memory assessment service. To succeed in this role, you will have good work load management skills and a compassionate approach to older people and their carers. You will demonstrate sound clinical assessment skills and offer specialist OT interventions utilizing assessment and evaluation tools drawn from the Model of Human Occupation and/or AMPS.

You will work as an integral part of the Older Persons Community Team to develop functional and organic services. There will be the opportunity to offer and implement group based programs and work closely with the recovery service to ensure clients can access educational and self-help groups to support well-being and self-management of their mental health. You will work alongside a number of OT's working in the community mental health services for Older Adults.

You will be part of a large OT service, with a focus on investment in staff and staff wellbeing. A planned, supportive induction period will be developed to enable you to reach your full potential in your role. Regular managerial and professional supervision will be provided and you will have monthly opportunities to participate in the services OT CPD events and shape service development through quality improvement. Professional development and training are actively encouraged through the appraisal process.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

All enquiries welcome. For more information, please contact Danielle Maule, Head OT for Community Mental Health Services in Luton & Bedfordshire, on or 07827939209.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • oDegree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • oState Registration
  • oFieldwork Educator Training
  • oMember of College of Occupational Therapists
Experience Essential
  • oPost qualifying experience in Mental Health
  • oExperience of working with older people with mental health problems.
  • oKnowledge and experience of assessing clients to further inform a diagnosis of dementia.
  • oKnowledge and experience of supporting and enabling older people with complex needs (mental health problems, physical health problems and/or dementia) in their home and also in accessing community resources/groups to maintain well-being.
  • oExperience of assessing for physical health needs.
  • oAssertive in clinical and managerial situations
  • oExcellent demonstrable written verbal and presentation skills
  • oExperience of clinically supervising OT staff and students
  • oExperience of developing and facilitating groups
  • oEvidence of previous service development activities and role development.
  • oEvidence of working as part of a MDT.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oCarry out culturally sensitive Occupational Therapy Assessment with good treatment process skills
  • oGood clinical reasoning skills.
  • oAbility to undertake clinical risk - assess, manage and reduce potential risks,
  • oGood Interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed and maintained with clients.
  • oEvaluate clinical work using formal and informal methods
  • oAbility to work collaboratively as part of a multi- disciplinary team.
  • oAbility to present information in a clear, concise manner.
  • oAbility to initiate, plan and prioritise and coordinate a range of activities in relation to clinical work and the wider MDT team/service.
  • oAbility to maintain the profile of OT within the MDT/service/organisation
  • oEffective time management skills
  • oComputer /Word Processing skills
  • oModel of Human Occupation and its practical application in the clinical field
  • oOf health and safety issues at work
  • oPsychiatric conditions and treatment available including a range of treatment techniques.
  • oOf the impact of mental health problems impacts upon occupational functioning (self-care, productivity and leisure) and performance components (cognitive and physical).
  • oSkills in devising and implementing strategies to improve and monitor quality
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development
  • oAwareness of current legislation affecting Mental Health Services.
  • oUnderstanding of the Mental Health Act
Other Essential
  • oAbility to take responsibility and demonstrate reliability
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development
  • oDemonstrate appropriate use of initiative
  • oAble to demonstrate a strong professional identity
  • oAwareness of level of professional competence
  • oSelf Motivated
  • oMental and emotional effort required to undertake clinical consultations and interventions, both one to one and group basis.

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