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Occupational Therapist/Care co-ordinator

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to internal development, an opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join the Bedfordshire and Luton Early Intervention Service, based in Charter House, Alma Street, Luton LU1 2PJ.

The Early Intervention in Psychosis service aims to provide early and sustained engagement to people experiencing a first episode of psychosis. The service works with these people to achieve their social and personal recovery goals by delivering a range of evidence-based interventions within a collaborative framework. This helps to reduce the impact of a first episode of psychosis, foster hope that recovery is possible and maximises the quality of life of service users and their families. This is an area where you can really make a difference to the lives of others.

Main duties of the job

You will be required to complete specialist and comprehensive assessments of needs and develop and implement an evidence based plan of care in conjunction with service users and their care co-ordinator. You will be responsible for the care coordination of a defined caseload of service users experiencing a first episode of psychosis in the community and will work closely with them and their families. Your care co-ordination caseload will be of individuals with identified occupational therapy intervention needs. You will work as part of and be supported by a multi-disciplinary team focusing on recovery and social inclusion. The role will include the use of a range of psycho-social interventions and raising awareness initiatives.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will be part of a large OT service, with a focus on investment in staff and staff wellbeing. A planned, supportive induction period will be developed to enable you to reach your full potential in your role. Regular managerial and professional supervision will be provided and you will have monthly opportunities to participate in the services OT CPD events and shape service development through quality improvement. You will be supported to complete training in sensory integration and/or CBT-P approaches. Further professional development and training are actively encouraged through the appraisal process.

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy for further information.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • State Registration
  • UK Driving license with access to a car
  • Fieldwork Educator Training or willingness to complete
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable post-qualification experience highly related to the clinical field
  • Experience of working in a community setting
  • Experience of using evidence based assessment tools
  • Experience of CPD and role development activities
  • Experience of staff/student supervision
  • Evidence of working as part of a MDT.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Ability to independently manage a complex clinical caseload.
  • Applied social, health and medical sciences required for the practice of Occupational Therapy including psychology, anatomy physiology and sociology
  • Understanding of the impact of mental health difficulties upon occupational functioning (self-care, productivity and leisure) and performance components (i.e. inter and intra personal, cognitive, physical)
  • Clinical skills in order to carry out OT interventions (e.g. psychotherapeutic, interactive and activity based interventions, cognitive behavioural interventions, psychosocial and psycho-educational interventions )
  • Theoretical and working knowledge of holistic models of OT practice and skills in group work, teaching and counselling.
  • Current legislation and National Guidelines and their application and be able to impart this to others
  • Clinical skills in order to carry out OT interventions (e.g. psychotherapeutic, interactive and activity based interventions, cognitive behavioural interventions, psychosocial and psycho-educational interventions)
  • Working application of risk assessment and safeguarding issues and their application to practice
Other Essential
  • Capacity to undertake physical skills required, facilitating a wide range of activities both on a one-to-one and group basis, including using equipment as required.
  • Mental and emotional effort required to undertake intense concentration for holistic formulations; report writing etc. with frequent interruptions
  • Ability to take responsibility, work independently and demonstrate reliability
  • Able to demonstrate a strong professional identity

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