Band 6 Occupational Therapist - Beechlydene Ward

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS 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
Band 6 Occupational Therapist (Full time or Part time considered) Beechlydene ward, Fountain Way, Salisbury

We are currently looking for an experienced, innovative Occupational Therapist in Wiltshire to join our friendly, supportive team. You will have the opportunity to develop and provide a therapeutic provision to Beechlydene ward, a 21 bed acute admissions ward for adults of working age in the acute phase of their mental illness.

This post will involve being an active member of the multidisciplinary team, with an emphasis on developing meaningful person centred care plans and delivering these in the ward environment and community. You will have the opportunity to supervise our Band 5 OT and Band 3 support worker in his OT apprenticeship and have regular clinical support from the Occupational Therapy Lead.

There are exciting opportunities for service development within AWP. The OT team are currently developing the sensory provision on inpatient wards. Beechlydene is one of 4 psychiatric specific wards in Fountain Way; located centrally in Salisbury, and there will be opportunity to work on other wards. There are supportive links with the OT team across the site offering opportunities for networking, working across wards, CPD, regular supervision and training.

If you are seeking to develop into a specialist OT role, because you have excellent clinical skills, are keen to develop a service and promote the benefits of OT, then apply for the role.

Main duties of the job

To provide high quality Occupational Therapy service and be professionally accountable for a designated caseload

To work as a key member of the multidisciplinary team attending ward rounds, Care Programme Approach meetings, discharge meetings and providing timely feedback

To provide standardised and non-standardised specialist assessments and interventions, delivered 1:1 and in groups, to inform care needs assessments, promote independence and recovery

To delegate and supervise the work of junior colleagues within the service.

To support the service with the prioritisation, planning, development and delivery of a high quality occupational therapy service in accordance to Trust and OT goals

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

The service regularly accepts students for practice placements and we have links with University of the West of England. Training and support is available for the provision of practice placements.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical PracticeTo carry out clinical practice within designated clinical areas ensuring that high quality evidence based occupational therapy assessment, treatment planning, interventions and evaluations for service users are provided. With the aim of enabling service users to achieve their maximum level of function and independence, this will include:-

Undertaking a comprehensive person centred occupational therapyassessment and prepare treatment plans in consultation with the serviceusers.

Implementation of treatment and rehabilitation programmes.

Evaluation of the effectiveness of therapy provided in partnership withservice users.

Ability to implement research based practice.

Provide leadership to junior, unqualified staff and students.

Ability to undertake risk assessment and develop risk management strategies for individual service users; CPA to people who present with mental health problems.

Ability to undertake risk assessment and develop risk managementstrategies for groups and a variety of activities.

Demonstrate a working knowledge of the key elements of relevant mental health legislation.

To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service users social and physical environment.

To assess the occupational needs of a defined service user group andestablish and evaluate appropriate treatment programmes.

Education and Health Promotion

To use own skills, knowledge and resources to provide learning opportunities for staff and promote positive attitudes towards mental health, this will include:-

To be responsible for the supervision and written assessment of OTstudents on practice placement within the Trust.

Support the provision of an appropriate learning environment for studentsnovice practitioners and new team members as directed.

Continuing Professional Development Objective

To maintain and develop professional knowledge skills and expertise to ensure that therapy reflects best practice remains evidence based, is current and responsive to meet changing service user and NHS needs to include:-

Abide by the Code of Ethics and professional conduct for OccupationalTherapists and HCPC standards.

To take responsibility for post registration education and for continuingprofessional development as outlined in HCPC standards.

To receive clinical/professional supervision in accordance with Trustsupervision policy.

To access management support from the posts line manager.

Service Overview and PlanningTo contribute to the development and planning of services specific to the posts designated areas. This will include:-

Contribute to the planning and development of clinical services, includingthe review of team establishments, grade mix and skill mix and to beactively involved in the recruitment, selection and interviewing process.

To have a say in clinical policy development and clinical governancefunctions, working collaboratively.

Finance and Workforce

To play a role in making best use of available workforce and material resources and contributing to provision of best therapy possible. Follow Trust and Service Policies relating to the security of the building/clients, to ensure safe practice and protection of clients, staff, visitors and members of the general public, this will include:-

Play a part in the service provision that is both safe and therapeutic withinspan of knowledge.

Coordinate the day-to-day activities of junior staff and students whereapplicable.

To be responsible for maintaining resources and delivering a service withinfinancial constraints.

To provide people management function to identify staff for the designatedareas, including the development and implementation of regular appraisaland performance management systems. Maintain accurate records.

Record Keeping and Administration

To maintain high standards of record keeping and associated administration in accordance with AWP Trust Policy and local joint arrangements and professional guidelines, this will include:-

The upkeep of contemporaneous, chronological and accurate mental healthrecords in accordance with relevant COT Guidelines and Trust Policy.

To ensure timely recording of all data required by the Trust

Practice Development and Clinical Audit

To contribute to practice development activity and evidenced based mental health occupational therapy this will include:-

To take part in Trust LDU audits as required.

To broaden research and development skills through participation inlocal/trust/national audit and research projects.

Communications and Working Relationships

To form professional relationships with clients and communicate with them in a way that respects their views, autonomy and culture.

To form working relationships with the following:-Multidisciplinary TeamVisitorsCarers and familyStaff from other areas and TrustsPartnership OrganisationsCPA Co-ordinatorsVoluntary third sector organisations

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Possession of appropriate registration from the Health and Care Professions Council
Experience Essential
  • Practical experience of providing high quality care within mental health
  • Experience of planning and leading 1:1 and group interventions
  • An understanding of the impact of mental health conditions.
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge and understanding of a variety of cognitive and functional assessments.
  • Understanding and experience of the Allen Cognitive Level Screen Assessment

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