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
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic full time specialist occupational therapist to join our team working with people with mental health problems, a learning disability and/or autism, predominantly in inpatient setting. The occupational therapy service is based within Secure Inpatient Services at Ridgeway, Roseberry Park Hospital in Middlesbrough.

This is a great development opportunity for both experienced band 5 staff who want to experience added responsibility, and existing band 6 staff who wish to broaden their knowledge further in an alternate service area.

Occupational therapy will be provided as a deliverable intervention which aims to support users in personally meaningful recovery of ordinary lives and daily occupation/s. A commitment to assessment of occupational need and the therapeutic use of occupation based intervention as core to role is essential.

The occupational therapist will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team committed to collaborative working, and focusing on the provision of high quality evidence based services to individuals or groups.

The post will offer varied opportunities for training and development, with CPD needs being identified and monitored through appraisal. Well defined supervision systems are in place.

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 Secure Inpatient Services 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 within the service. We have a strong wider therapies network which supports multidisciplinary relationships and practice, as well as wider national connections for occupational therapists working in this field.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide evidence-based occupational therapy assessment and interventions as part of the TEWV OT Pathway and offer input to individuals, their families and carers, in a range of settings including; inpatient settings and the 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 Secure Inpatient Services. The post holder 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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