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Senior Occupational Therapist - Malvern Neighbourhood Team

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pro rata
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Mental health occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking to recruit a band 6 Senior Occupational Therapist to work 22.5 hours per week [3 days] over a 7-day period on a rota basis, within our busy Neighbourhood Team.

You will be responsible for the initial assessment, planning, implementation of interventions and review of patients across a broad spectrum of clinical conditions whilst considering the holistic needs of the patients. You will work collaboratively with the integrated team members and you will have excellent communication skills as you will also work closely with other professionals, outside agencies and family members.

The post holder is required to hold a full driving licence and have use of a vehicle in order to work in a variety of settings. You may be asked at times to cover other areas within the community care service delivery unit.

If you would like to discuss informally if this is the right role for you, or require further information, please contact Debbie Abbots on 07753209501 or Jenni Rastall on 07738260648

Main duties of the job

Manage a caseload of patients referred to the Neighbourhood Team (Intensive Support pathway) who have immediate and complex health care needs

Plan and provide rapid and expert professional Occupational Therapy assessment, treatment and interventions to patients in their own homes, to avoid inappropriate hospital admission or to facilitate hospital discharge.

Develop and co-ordinate individualized care and rehabilitation plans in close liaison with the team, the patient and their carers, as well as all other relevant services.

Coordinate appropriate interdisciplinary, patient centred care whilst promoting independence.

Provide health care advice and education to team members, external agencies and family members.

Triage patients to ensure prioritization of clinical need.

Be responsible for health promotion, teaching and training of support workers, pre-registration students, patients, relatives and carers.

Provide education, consultation and advice within other care settings.

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community health services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you; help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme; and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

Job description Job responsibilities

Holistic assessment of patient needs encompassing a broad spectrum of clinical conditions including long term disease, acute medical as well as mental health and social conditions.

Work with clients to identify occupational therapy goals as part of the overall care plan, using specialist physical and mental health assessment tools.

Apply a high level of understanding the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the clients social and physical environment.

Assess the occupational needs, establish and evaluate appropriate treatment programmes.

Have knowledge of the Mental Health Act and implications on Occupational Therapy intervention.

Carry out complex risk assessments in order to ensure safe practice.

Work as an autonomous practitioner, whilst adhering to core standards of College of Occupational Therapists, being accountable and responsible for own clinical practice.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree / diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Current registration with HCPC
  • Evidence of relevant post graduate courses / Continual Professional Development maintained in portfolio
  • Clinical educators qualification
  • Relevant validated clinical courses
Knowledge Essential
  • A range of evidence based Occupational Therapy clinical skills and knowledge appropriate to specialism
  • Understanding of professional and ethical boundaries and code of conduct
  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the professional groups within an integrated team
  • An understanding of the approaches and models of practice relevant to practice.
  • A good level of knowledge in a wide range of physical and mental health conditions
  • Knowledge of rehabilitation concepts and services
  • Good level of knowledge relating to disability, equipment and adaptations
  • Knowledge of appropriate physical and mental health legislation / current practice and its impact on OT and service delivery
  • Able to analyse professional and ethical issues
  • Able to reflect on and critically appraise practise
  • Effective negotiation skills whilst
  • A working knowledge of Occupational Therapy Outcome Measures and Models of Practice
  • Working knowledge and experience of Occupational Therapy standardised assessments appropriate to the role
  • Working knowledge of local policies relating to eligibility criteria and the disabled facilities grant process (if applying for a physical specialist post)
Experience Essential
  • A range of post graduate experience including work in a variety of physical and/or mental health settings / specialities
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary / interdisciplinary team
  • Recent experience in a community setting
  • Experience of caseload management and prioritisation
  • Experience of working in an integrated team
  • Experience implementing change in clinical practice
  • Experience in rehabilitation settings
  • Experience of working in a neurological or orthopaedic setting (if applying for a physical specialist post)
Additional Criteria Essential
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the role
  • Embrace change and service development
  • Assertive, confident and enthusiastic
  • Willingness to work flexibly
  • Caring and empathetic nature
  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • Membership of the College of Occupational Therapists

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