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Occupational Therapist-Neighbourhood Community Mental Health Service

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
14 Feb 2023
The Worcestershire Neighbourhood Mental Health Team are a busy, friendly, and supportive community based mental health service who offer a variety of therapeutic interventions. The service ethos is recovery driven, and we strive to deliver excellent evidenced based care. We are looking to recruit an Occupational Therapist within the team who can apply specialist knowledge assessments and interventions. You will be shaping our services and ensuring that ultimately our service users get expert care focused on recovery and independence from an OT provision, whilst providing guidance and advice to colleagues who are working with these individuals. There will be an expectation that you will deliver groups and 1:1 interventions that incorporate both the transformation ethos and occupationally focused skills that promote recovery through activity.

This post will be offered as a permanent post,37.5 hours a week Monday to Friday. We would consider applications for 22.5 hours a week over 3 days. This role will be based at Redditch, Hillcrest however, the successful candidate will be required to work across the county.

Main duties of the job

You would be working as part of a well-established and supportive Occupational Therapy team. All our OTs complete specific and Specialist Occupational Therapy Roles as part of the MDT. The role involves

  • Working with patients in the community with complex mental health conditions through 1:1 and group interventions
  • Being part of an MDT that values and respects OT
  • Using your initiative and creative skills to support patients recovery goals
  • Applying your knowledge of the Model of Human Occupation and other specialist assessments
  • Working flexibly to provide the service delivery need across the county
  • Working autonomously to manage your own case load
  • Supervising junior members of staff
  • Attending weekly MDT meetings, participate in professionals meetings, signpost to adjunct services depending on patient need.

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community health services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you; help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme; and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Behave consistently with the values and beliefs of the organisation and promote these
  • Act as a role model to colleagues, maintaining the highest standards of professionalism
  • Use initiative and take responsibility for the quality of your work and the service you provide
  • Manage a caseload of clients with complex needs, using evidence based / client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions; these interventions will be underpinned by the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO). To commission services where required
  • Provide leadership for junior staff, through supervision and appraisal.
  • Participate in the planning, development and evaluation of OT Services, within a designated area / team, holding responsibility for defined projects
  • Provide outcomes for the service and service users by using agreed tools/assessments underpinned by MOHO
  • Contribute to the maintenance and development of the Trust OT Service
  • Regularly supervise OT students

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge and understanding of the application of occupational therapy process within community mental health
  • Understanding of occupational therapy outcome measures
  • Working knowledge and experience of the application models of practice
Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma / degree in OT
  • Practice Placement qualification within one year of appointment
  • Postgraduate training relevant to mental health
  • Evidence of post graduate psychological therapy training or equivalent i.e. DBT, SFT, CBT or working towards
Experience Essential
  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development
  • Significant post registration experience including experience within mental health
  • Minimum 1 year within / related specialty
  • Extensive clinical experience including individual and group work
  • Experience of a range of mental health settings
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • A positive attitude and able to act on feedback
  • Ability to communicate and support others
  • Ability to work alongside the MDT and manage own caseload
  • Ability to assess and manage risk
Additional Criteria Essential
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post

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