Lead Occupational Therapist Acute Mental Health Service

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
26 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The inpatient service in Brent is based at Park Royal Centre for Mental Health. The Clinical Lead band 7 OT oversees the OT input into four wards; a mixed ward, one male ward, one female ward and a locked ward. The service also offers group and individual sessions outside of the ward.

There is opportunity to think creatively using recovery based principles to offer a flexible and responsive program to meet the needs of the service users. The overall aim is to support service users from assessment through to discharge from the ward.

The post involves both interesting specialist clinical work , service improvement and development activities as well as providing training and supporting the development of others.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide highly specialist occupational therapy as an expert clinical practitioner
  • To work effectively in partnership with a range of agencies and community providers.
  • To manage a defined clinical caseload of service users with complex mental health needs, using evidence based and recovery principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment.
  • To integrate evidence based practice and skilful use of assessments & interventions with personal recovery principles in order to support the client to prepare for discharge form the ward.
  • To provide the operational management and clinical leadership to the occupational therapy service
  • To manage the financial resources for the service
  • To be an active participant of the unit's management team
  • To work in conjunction with senior staff in the MDT to support the development of services within the acute unit
  • To provide training and education to occupational therapists and other professionals with regard to how occupation may assist the recovery of service users.
  • Manage/supervise junior/unqualified staff through supervision and appraisal as required.
  • To act as a fieldwork educator to students on practice placement.
  • To co-facilitate Recovery & Wellbeing College courses within the inpatient setting.
  • To hold responsibility for defined projects research and audit.

About us

OT in CNWL is very fortunate in having a long established professional structure and this includes an AHP director, Trust wide Professional Head of OT, borough and specialist Head OTs. This has the huge benefit of ensuring representation of our profession at all levels - both strategically and operationally.

Personal and professional development is a high priority for the profession and is underpinned by our OT R&D strategy, R& D specialist groups and OT clinical networks. This enables us to invest in the development of our staff by providing excellent internal training as well as commissioning specialised external training and providing quality supervision.

Band 7 OTs enrich teams and the service with their managerial and clinical expertise. We recognise this and therefore view them as staff we are committed to fully supporting in their clinical and managerial development. There will be opportunities to lead on trust wide OT projects, shadow senior managers and specialist clinical development and training.

Job description Job responsibilities

We are looking for someone who has the experience, skills and desire to give the best possible care to people with complex needs and has the confidence to support other staff. The successful candidates will:
  • Be HCPC registered as an Occupational Therapist with experience as a qualified OT at band 6/7 level
  • Demonstrate highly developed interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed & maintained with service users who have multiple & complex needs
  • Demonstrate an interest and participation in evidence based practice and professional development.
  • Likes working in an environment of change and the opportunities that brings for improvement and has ideas and skills to contribute to our OT offer
  • Motivated and skilled to develop services and others.

Our offer to you:
  • Receive monthly supervision from the Head OT
  • Great development opportunity with supportive and friendly team.
  • A bespoke 1:1 induction by Head OT tailored to your specific needs.
  • Flexible working
  • Chance to lead on projects, link to networks, and research and development opportunities

Key Responsibilities

Central and North West London NHS Trust is committed to providing safe, effective services and providing patients and families with a positive experience.
  • Clinical

  • 1.1 To provide highly specialist, culturally appropriate, evidence based occupational therapy assessments for service users to establish and meet their occupational needs

    1.2 To apply highly specialist clinical knowledge and skills to undertake and evaluate evidence based occupational therapy interventions, both individual and in groups, which support service users in their recovery

    1.3 To provide occupational therapy for a caseload of service users with enduring and complex mental health needs who require specialist assessment and intervention in line with Trust policies

    1.4 Promote the empowerment and education of service users in relation to their health, incorporating health promotion, relapse prevention and social inclusion principles

    1.5 Promote and apply equal opportunities policies and legislation and anti-discriminatory interventions that respect the cultural and spiritual customs and values of service users and carers at all times
    • To apply a high level of understanding of the effects of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service users social and physical environment that supports them to maintain recovery
    • To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions against clear aims and objectives and outcome measures, in line with evidence based practice and in conjunction with service users, carers and other professionals.
    • To determine the impact of mental and physical health conditions on service users functional ability and undertake/make recommendations with regards to the provision of equipment /aids and adaptations.
    • To be aware of and compliant with medication issues in line with the CNWL OT Medication Management Guidelines( Feb 2015)
    • For practitioners to be aware of and sensitive to the safeguarding needs of children and adults in their work, and knowledgeable both about potential indicators of abuse or neglect and about what to do if they have concerns about an adults welfare.
  • Management And Leadership

  • 2.1 To operationally manage the Occupational Therapy provision within Park Royal Centre for Mental Health under Brent borough.

    2.2 To lead on the strategic development of the Occupational therapy service within Park Royal Centre for Mental Health, in partnership with the Borough Head Occupational Therapist.

    2.3 To lead in the management, supervision, training and recruitment of Occupational Therapy staff. This will include managing and addressing of performance within the probationary, capability and sickness absence management guidelines and policies

    2.4 To assume responsibility for ensuring that all OT staff are capable practitioners, are compliant with all statutory and mandatory training and participate in annual appraisals.

    2.5 To manage financial resources for the service; and respond to the request for, and delivery of, service efficiencies.

    2.6 To be responsive to clinical priorities and bed flow issues; taking decisions which will inform the priorities of the OT clinical team and the timeliness of appropriate assessments and interventions.

    2.7 To work in partnership with senior managers in the MDT including the Matron, ward managers, service manager, consultant psychiatrists to support the management and development of services within Park Royal centre for Mental Health..

    2.8 To work in conjunction with the Trust Head OT for CNWL and other Lead OTs in the trust to support the development of and promote OT within the acute service

    2.9 To work in conjunction with the Head OT for Brent in the development of OT within the borough and to deputise as required

    2.10 To work in conjunction with other teams and mental health services in Brent and Jameson.

    2.11 To ensure staff adhere to Health and Safety guidelines and maintain safe environments and working practices

    2.12 To lead on investigations e.g. complaints, SUIs, RCAs etc. as directed by the Senior Management Team.

    3 Communication

    3.1 To establish and maintain effective communication networks with service users, carers and other health workers and agencies in order to ensure a comprehensive and consistent approach to care.

    3.2 To promote the role of OT within the service; negotiating and agreeing priorities with the Head Occupational therapist and Service/Unit Manager.

    3.3 To develop and maintain effective professional communication structures

    3.4 To participate in OT, multi-disciplinary, clinical and operational management meetings e.g. Bed Management as required

    3.5 To advise / consult with OT/other professionals providing clinicalexpertise

    3.6 To develop effective working networks and partnerships with community agencies to support service users occupational and vocational participating in their environments of choice

    3.7 To ensure timely response to emails and requests for information.

    Person Specification Education Essential
    • Degree or diploma in OT
    • HCPC registered Occupational Therapist
    • Practice Placement Educator's Course
    • Mental health specific workshops and short courses
    • Post graduate training specific to clinical specialty
    • Management & Leadership Diploma.
    • RCA Training.
    PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE Paid/unpaid relevant to job. Essential
    • Significant post qualification experience working in mental health services.
    • Experience in participating in audit / research projects.
    • Experience in leading and/or developing a service/component of a service
    • Experience in using a range of standardised OT assessments
    • Experience of supervising and appraising staff / unqualified staff; recruitment and workforce planning.
    • Experience in managing resources e.g. financial, stock, equipment etc.
    • Experience of effective partnership working, with external providers, in promoting socially inclusive opportunities for service users
    • Experience in completing Risk Assessment Tools.
    • Experience in partnership working with external agencies
    • Experience in community mental health
    • Experience in Inpatient mental health
    • Experience in completing Root Cause Analysis investigations
    • Experience in managing complex HR issues with staff e.g. the management of performance / long term sickness.
    • Experience in budget management
    • Experience with MOHO assessment tools
    • Individual and group work assessment and intervention skills.
    • Ability to deal with sensitivities and complexities, using interpersonal skills
    • Effective leadership skills through the management of designated projects, audits and research
    • Skills in producing timely, accurate and informative reports and notes.
    • Presentation skills
    • Excellent communication skills i.e. written, verbal, listening and proficient use of up to date systems of communication i.e. IT systems, e -mail, fax, telephone etc
    • Knowledge of personal recovery principles and their application to service delivery
    • Clear concept of Occupational Therapy and models of practice
    • Ability to work

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