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Senior Occupational Therapist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year Per Annum Inc
Closing date
24 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an all-gender service for adult patients (age 18 and above) with an eating disorder.The ward is a 16 bedded unit where individuals are offered treatment for a period of 6 to 16 weeks. We use a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) approach to treatment. We are a national service and provide treatment for both local and national patients.

We have pioneered a number of innovative treatment pathways for people with eating disorders and autism spectrum disorders, and eating disorders and diabetes and would encourage the successful candidate to champion these and other novel treatment pathways.

The service is inspected by CQC, and is unique in that it is dual accredited with the QED network and the National Autism Service, in recognition of the innovations implemented for patients with anorexia and traits autistic traits.

Main duties of the job

To manage a caseload of clients with eating disorders and complex needs, using evidence based / client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions. To provide leadership for students and / or junior staff, through supervision and appraisal. To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of OT / MDT services, holding responsibility for defined projects. To regularly supervise OT students on practice placements.

About us

About the location:

You will be based at Bethlem Royal Hospital, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3BX. In March 2023 the ward will be relocating to the Maudsley Hospital , Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AZ

Our Trust headquarters is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2). We also provide services and operate across other locations, such as London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark; and substance misuse services for residents of Bexley, Lambeth, Greenwich and Wandsworth.

Job description Job responsibilities

To select and apply Occupational Therapy assessments for a designated caseload, addressing occupational performance and skill deficits, enabling the service user in areas of self-maintenance, productivity and leisure.

To manage a caseload as agreed with Ward Manager and Lead Occupational Therapist.

To plan and implement individual and/or group interventions, in collaboration with the service user, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.

To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment for service users with multiple needs in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.

To demonstrate and apply a broad level of understanding of the effect of disability and recommend adaptations to the service users physical and social environment as needed. To work with service users in a way which actively promotes their social inclusion and recovery.

To effectively work as a member of the multi-disciplinary.

To effectively work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team and contribute to/implement core decisions with regards to service users care programmes.

To undertake the professional supervision and appraisal of junior staff as delegated by a senior member of staff.

To demonstrate the ability to / undertake to initiate, plan and implement the induction, training and education of students and other staff.

To actively participate in and be responsible for relevant planning, evaluation and audit of practice, clinical pathways and protocols within service area and OT as required.

Co-ordinate day-to-day activities of junior staff, Technical Instructors and volunteer staff where applicable.

To engage in and develop or broaden research skills through involvement in local audit and research projects.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Membership of OT professional body and/or special interest group
Experience Essential
  • Extensive post registration clinical experience as an OT including individual and group work
  • Working with mental health service users (pre or post qualification)
  • Advising and supporting junior staff/Experience of supervising junior staff and students
  • Experience of meal support for those with an eating disorder
  • Experience of specialist Mental Health settings - eating disorders
  • Leadership and first line management experience
Knowledge/Skills Essential
  • Specialist knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions and outcome measures, relevant to client group
  • Skills required to understand the dynamics of a team and have the ability to work effectively within that
  • Ability to manage own workload/work autonomously and determine priorities
  • Willingness/ability to work flexibly
  • Effective/high level verbal and written communication skills
  • Training and facilitation skills
  • Awareness of sensory based approaches

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