Senior Occupational Therapist

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum/pro-rata
Closing date
12 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An opportunity has arisen for a competent, confident, and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist to join our Mental Health Inpatient team on a 14-bed functional and organic ward for older men.

You will work alongside another Occupational therapist and the Activity and Wellbeing Coordinator on the ward.

Main duties of the job

  • To manage a varied caseload which includes complex cases.
  • To provide occupational therapy that is evidence-based and follows client-centred principles. Occupational assessments and interventions will be completed as part of a multi-disciplinary team with a strong commitment to collaborative working, and focus on the provision of high quality services to individuals with cognitive impairments and other mental health problems. You will also support as part of the team to facilitate safe discharges to the community.
  • A commitment to core focus on mental health and specifically the assessment of occupational performance and the therapeutic use of occupation is essential.
  • To provide leadership for junior/non-registered staff as appropriate to the post, through supervision and appraisal, progressing to delegating responsibilities as appropriate.
  • To contribute to the maintenance and development of the trust-wide Occupational Therapy service and local multi-disciplinary team.
  • To actively participate in the education of occupational therapy students.

About us

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust supports the recovery of patients with a range of health needs. The Fulbrook Centre has 2 older Adult Mental Health Inpatient Wards which includes Cherwell Ward and Sandford Ward. Sandford ward is a 14 bedded ward providing care to male older adults, providing acute psychiatric assessment and treatment for Oxfordshire patients with either a functional and/or organic illness.

You will be working in a team who is passionate about the care they provide. We strive to meet our Trust Values of Safe, Caring and Excellent.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holiday, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS discount across a range of shops, restaurants, and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pensions pay
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

Older Adult Acute In-Patient services are committed to working with people who are in an acute phase of mental illness. The service aims to provide the most effective treatment, which will promote the service users recovery and ability to return to their usual place of residence.

You are expected to actively support high standards of care delivery. As a member of the Multi disciplinary team you are expected to demonstrate necessary competences through a professional, approachable and helpful manner towards clients, their families and carers, visitors and colleagues throughout the organization.

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational therapy
  • Evidence of professional development
  • Post graduate qualification
Experience Essential
  • Experience working in mental health
  • experience supervising junior staff
  • Mentoring students
  • Experience working on Inpatient ward
  • Experience working with Older adults
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of OT assessment and intervention relevant to client group
  • Knowledge of external agencies relevant to client group

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