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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Occupational therapy within Health and Justice is expanding! A rare opportunity has arisen for an occupational therapist to join the brand new Enhanced Reconnect Service. The aim of the Specialist Healthcare Navigation (Enhanced Reconnect) service is to reduce health related barriers that directly impact on the individual's engagement prior to, and upon leaving prison; to reduce health inequalities and address the health and wellbeing of serious and high-risk offending behaviours.

The occupational therapist will be an integral part of this service to support individuals to develop occupational performance and participation skills in preparation for release and upon return into the community using evidenced based assessment and treatment interventions. By preventing this decline in health, through robust reconnection with health services in the community we will reduce health inequalities for those leaving the criminal justice system and provide support to allow a seamless, and effective transition to independent community living.

Enhanced Reconnect is a regional service, so the post holder will be required to travel to different bases.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for receiving requests for occupational therapy, triaging and prioritising these, completing evidence-based assessments and interventions to address key occupational areas of self-care, productivity and leisure.

To use client-centred approaches to co-producing negotiated occupational goals and evaluate these with service users collaboratively.

To participate in clinical/professional and management supervision To contribute to multi-disciplinary team working

To contribute to and lead on service improvement and quality initiatives

To use the Trust electronic patient record systems

To abide by all Trust policies and procedures

To be able to respond flexibly and creatively to challenges

About us

Working for Tees, Esk & Wear Valley's NHS Foundation Trust comes with a variety of staff benefits including the opportunity for us to consider more flexible ways of working, a lease car scheme, continuous development and training opportunities. The Trust has invested in a fantastic employee support service that is designed to help staff with a range of physical and mental wellbeing services.

Within TEWV, the occupational therapy team within Health and Justice is expanding and is considered a core profession within the multidisciplinary team. You will have support from the network of occupational therapists within this area of practice and supported by the Lead Occupational Therapist for Health and Justice. We have a strong wider therapies network which supports multidisciplinary relationships and practice, as well as wider national connections for occupational therapists working in the field of health and justice.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide evidence-based occupational therapy assessment and interventions as part of the OT Pathway linked to the Enhanced Reconnect Service, and offer input to individuals, their families and carers, in a range of settings including; prisons and community across the region.

All team members must be committed to providing the best possible care for the people we work with and their families/carers.

The ability to engage and communicate with individuals within our service as well as the /family/carers and system around them is essential.

Clinical/Professional supervision is provided by the Lead OT for Health and Justice. The postholder will attend OT Learning and Governance Networks to ensure fidelity to core occupational therapy delivery, enhance CPD and contribute to the wider OT service developments.

You must be able to demonstrate experience of delivery of occupational therapy, keenness to continually develop themselves and others, and a particular interest in this field of OT. We will support use of transferrable skills from a range of clinical settings.

There are varied opportunities for training and development, with CPD needs being identified and monitored through appraisal.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Clinical Supervisory Skills course (or willingness to undertake within agreed timescale).
  • Trust training in Appraisal and Recruitment (or willingness to undertake within an agreed timescale)
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Successful completion of preceptorship year as a graduate occupational therapist (or equivalent in non-NHS sectors)
  • Accredited Practice Placement Educator
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area.
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience in Occupational Therapy including experience working with service users in mental health or learning disabilities with complex needs.
  • Experience of supervising students on placement
  • Experience of participation in quality improvement activities
  • Experience of participation in clinical governance activities
  • Experience of developing and delivering training
  • Day to day supervision of staff
Knowledge Essential
  • National guidance and key standards in own specialist area
  • Health and Safety legislation and its application in practice
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
  • Clinical Governance and its application in practice.
  • Safeguarding and its application in practice.
  • Significant knowledge to post-graduate level of the needs and difficulties of service users in designated specialist area.
  • Significant knowledge of evidence based practice in designated specialist area
  • Knowledge of the Trust's Quality Improvement System (or willingness to learn in agreed timescale)
Skills Essential
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information in a manner appropriate to the individual and situation.
  • Solve complex clinical problems
  • Record keeping and report writing
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Manage own caseload and prioritise effectively
  • Motivate and work positively and constructively with other members of the team.
  • Apply latest research evidence and evaluative thinking in practice
  • Use multimedia materials for presentations in professional settings.

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