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Occupational Therapist Support Plus Team

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Clinical Specialist occupational Therapist

We are looking for an exciting and dynamic staff member to come and join our new service that is changing lives of long stay forensic patients. The Forensic Support Plus team is a new innovative service which is part of the new SLP commissioned services. The team works with forensic patients who have had a long hospital stay with a view to support these individuals back into the community. It is an integrated specialist multi-disciplinary team. The team is based in River House at the Bethlem Royal Hospital and covers patients within SLAM boroughs which include Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.

We are committed to get the very best out of our staff and support staff in their career aspirations. We have career pathways available, where you will be able to develop your skills and build on your experience to progress into other roles across different specialties. For this role, we offer career pathways through training and development.

Main duties of the job

The right candidate will be able to effectively liaise with multiple teams and external agencies including inpatient teams, CMHTs, social services, hostels, probation service, police and housing, Multidisciplinary team, Service users, carers and families, OT colleagues, Other statutory & voluntary services, Directors, Primary care, Crisis services, Rehabilitation services Royal College of Occupational Therapists. As a specialist OT, you will need to have leadership skills and help with the planning, co-ordination, service delivery and evaluation of high-quality evidence based and person centred Occupational Therapy provisions for forensic clients. You should be able to participate in the planning, development and evaluation of clinical services using advanced clinical skills and knowledge. Offer specialist advice on the assessment and intervention of occupational needs for children/young people with a neurodevelopmental profile

About us

This team is located in River House which is at the Bethlem Royal Hospital. You will be able to see patients from across the medium secure settings, low security and in the community giving you a well-rounded experience of forensic patients from different aspects in their recovery journey. We are a small specialist team and we work well together. We are dedicated to supporting our patients with an enhanced level of support and this is what sets us aside from others.

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 09:00 to 17:00, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

Bethlem Royal Hospital is based in a beautiful setting in over 200 acres of green space in the London Borough of Bromley, South East London. The hospital has easy access to nearby main roads and have offers free parking. The site is within walking distance from of Eden Park and West Wickham overland stations.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide a specialist Occupational Therapy service to the Slam Support Plus Forensic team which provides a service to a small but complex caseload of patients mental health needs and forensic background.
  • To use evidence based, client centred Occupational Therapy assessments, interventions and outcome measures underpinned by Model of Human Occupational and the Recovery Approach.
  • To be responsible for leading delegated occupational therapy and multi-disciplinary projects primarily within the Support Plus Forensic Outreach Service and within other services as delegated
  • To lead on the implementation of the clinical pathway of the service and audit, review and report on outcomes against set key performance indicators.
  • To provide support and supervision on clinical work in the pathway for all members of the team as required.
  • To provide leadership for junior Occupational Therapy and support staff across forensic community services, through supervision and appraisal.
  • To work collaboratively and effectively within a multi-disciplinary community team liaising with inpatient services and community-based services as required
  • To liaise with other Occupational Therapy and multi-disciplinary staff within the Trust and other services as required.
  • To regularly supervise OT students on practice placement.
  • To attend and contribute to relevant clinical meetings.
  • To develop and maintain professional practice within the field of forensic mental health and Occupational Therapy.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration to practice in the UK - HCPC Certificate
  • Evidence of post registration training relevant to mental health practice
  • Training in the theory and application of the model of human occupation within the first 4 months of appointment
  • Master's degree in subject relevant to clinical post
  • Practice placement educators course within one year of appointment
Experience Essential
  • Experience of carrying a caseload of service users with complex and diverse needs in a mental health setting
  • Post-graduate clinical experience highly related to clinical field
  • Experience of working in an inter-professional team.
  • Experience of working within a multi-agency environment.
  • Experience of working in a range of mental health settings
  • Active involvement in service change/development
  • Experience of using mental health services as a service user, or carer, relative, friend of a service user.
knowledge Skills Essential
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed & maintained with service users who have multiple & complex needs
  • Proficient standard of written communication skills
  • Ability to promote & maintain the profile of OT within an MDT & the wider organisation
  • Ability to enable staff to develop & apply their knowledge & skills in practice
  • Ability to deal with conflict and resolve difficulties with staff on and individual/team basis
  • Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions in the context of best available evidence
  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy

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