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Occupational Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge and Peterborough
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
11 Feb 2023
This is an exciting opportunity to expand our forensic community teams, to recruit a highly skilled, motivated and passionate Band 6 Occupational Therapist, that is looking to be part of our enhanced service provision that is commissioned by the East of England Provider Collaborative.

CPFT are one of six providers of specialist mental health and learning disability care in the East of England, working collaboratively to ensure there is a seamless pathway of care , that is closer to home for the communities that we serve. The Provider Collaborative also works closely with independent sector partners to make improvements to our services and the ways we deliver them.

This enhanced specialist service consists of 2 multi-disciplinary teams, based in Cambridge and Peterborough, which cover the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough population. The service works with adults diagnosed with a mental health condition and/or learning disability who present with a risk of significant harm to others, to achieve optimal management of risk and minimize re-offending.

Within the Provider Collaborative we ensure the service user or parent/carer voice is at the forefront of informing improvements to healthcare, by working with them to identify solutions for change together. We value the experience and expertise of our service user or parent/carer and are committed to involving representatives on our interview panel, where possible to recruit staff of a high calibre who share our values.

Main duties of the job

Working closely with the individual, we produce a tailored care package together that is focused around their personal needs, adopting a compassionate and trauma informed approach to promote relapse prevention and recovery. Enabling individuals to realise their full potential whilst supporting them to continue to live and build meaningful lives in the community.

The services aims:
  • To ensure the shortest inpatient to community journey
  • For a robust discharge due to the collaborative wrap around service
  • To deliver a seamless pathway of care that is centred around the individuals needs

You will be joining an experienced multidisciplinary team of professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, support workers and administrators who all share a passion and drive for delivering high quality care and treatment to service users with forensic histories.

The service will offer you in-house training from our experienced team including:
  • DBT Skills Training
  • CBT for Offenders/Managing Anger
  • Introduction to Compassion Focus Therapy in Forensic Services
  • Positive Behaviour Support Planning
  • Learning Disability Awareness
  • Risk Assessment Training

The post will involve working closely with a low secure unit in-reach team to ensure a smooth pathway of care from inpatient to community.

The service runs 7 days a week (8:00am until 8:00pm), excluding bank holidays.

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About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical and Service Specific
  • The post holder will demonstrate specialist knowledge and skills and have undertaken appropriate post registration training.
  • To provide occupational therapy assessments and interventions underpinned by the Model of Human Occupation and the principles of recovery and enablement.
  • To use clinical skills and reasoning to provide interventions to service users with complex needs, working with autonomy and referring to advanced practitioner occupational therapist and senior staff when necessary.
  • To apply a high level of understanding of the effects of mental and physical health conditions on occupational performance; providing training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptions to the service user's social and physical environment.
  • To work collaboratively with service users to promote vocational rehabilitation and act as a team resource/specialist in vocational rehabilitation and employment.
  • To undertake the delivery of specialist occupational focused interventions including sensory and enabling approaches and reablement.
  • To facilitate the development of sensory modulation strategies to support service users with emotional and physiological regulation difficulties.
  • To ensure that all care planning will involve the service user and where appropriate the carer, collaboratively identifying, pursuing and reviewing goals in the context of care planning.
  • To plan and implement specialist individual and /or group interventions collaboratively, to enable service users to achieve valued goals and desired occupational performanceoutcomes.
  • To promote social inclusion and physical and mental well-being using evidence based practice.
  • To promote the added value of occupational therapy and act as an ambassador for the profession within the team.
  • To comply with the HCPC standards and the COT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. This includes providing evidence of continuing professional development (CPD) and participation in professional supervision.
  • To maintain your own continuing professional development (CPD) by maintaining an awareness of innovations and developments, and to incorporate them as appropriate into your practice.
  • To actively participate in and contribute to the MoHO practice development group and CPFT Sensory supervision within the service area.
  • To be responsible for risk assessment and management both within the CPA process but more specifically when considering an individuals level of functioning and ability to live independently.
  • To interpret assessments, evaluating the impact of illness, disability or environmental factors on the individual's ability to carry out his or her desired activities and occupations.
  • To compile occupational therapy reports for referring agents and other healthcare professionals involved in the service user care.
  • To record information required for statistical purposes in an accurate and timely manner.
  • To provide clinical supervision to band 5 occupational therapy colleagues and support workers (e.g.OTAs) where appropriate.
  • To act as preceptorship supervisor to newly qualified occupational therapists.
  • To supervise OT students on practice placement.
  • To demonstrate high level communication skills.
  • To utilise highly developed interpersonal skills including specific skills to facilitate effective communication when there are barriers to understanding e.g. sensory or cognitive impairment or in a hostile, antagonistic of highly emotive situation.
  • To assist with the recruitment and selection process within the service area.
  • To provide clinical interventions to the individual in their own home and community settings.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Current registration with HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council)
  • Undertaken placement educator training or have a willingness to undertake this
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
Experience Essential
  • Proven post-professional qualification experience.
  • Experience of working in a mental health/learning disability setting.
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working.
  • Experience in dealing with difficult situations.
  • Experience of risk assessment and risk management.
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Ability to establish therapeutic relationships with patients showing a range of challenging behaviours.
  • Good communication and assertiveness skills including report writing for CPA and ADL reports
  • Strong collaborative approach to MDT working.
  • An ability to maintain professional boundaries.
  • Able to confidently plan and implement a variety of individual and group Occupational Therapy interventions.
  • An interest in and understanding of the fundamental principles of sensory modulation.
  • Ability to manage own workloads and those of Occupational Therapy colleagues.
  • Able to carry out a variety of Occupational Therapy assessments and therapeutic programmes including both 1:1 and group interventions relevant to a forensic client group.
  • Ability to work in a flexible manner and adapt approach according to changing needs of the community caseload
  • Ability to research, evaluate, review interventions, and undertake audits
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Knowledge of OT assessment, intervention and practise models relevant to the service user group (e.g. MoHO)
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act legislation relevant to forensic setting.
  • Risk assessment in context of forensic psychiatry
  • Occupational Therapy group and 1:1 interventions including evidence based/best practice
  • Importance of confidentiality and information security in a forensic setting.
  • Knowledge of COT and HCPC standards.
  • Knowledge of the care programme approach, NSF and related legislation.
  • Knowledge of developments in occupational therapy practice relevant to setting.
  • Knowledge of role and purpose of clinical supervision.
  • Knowledge and understanding of safe guarding vulnerable adults and children
  • Understanding of the recovery approach.
Physical Requirements Essential
  • Ability to travel independently in accordance with Trust policies and service need
  • Routine and regular use of computer.
  • May involve activity such as sport, related to goals of the individual being worked with.
Other Essential
  • Recognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect.
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude.
  • Committed to promoting a positive image of the occupational therapy service.
  • Positively promotes occupational Awareness of the needs of other members of the team. Membership of specialist professional group. therapy.
  • Ability to travel with or without patients throughout Cambridgeshire on a daily basis.

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