Crisis Team Occupational Therapist

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
High Wycombe
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum | pro rata
Closing date
2 Apr 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We require an experienced or newly qualified Band 5 Occupational Therapist who can work independently, with the support of the team leaders and the wider crisis team clinicians and can bring their own professional expertise to a fast-paced team, and who are confident in managing risk in the least restrictive way.

By its nature, crisis work requires professionals who have a broad range of skills including being skilled mental health assessors with a proven ability to signpost service users towards the most effective treatment pathways. The Crisis Clinician role is an important development in nursing care provision and is pivotal in helping us deliver safe and effective care to our patients.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Main duties of the job

The main duties of this role are within our Acute Treatment Programme, which is a DBT based online group programme for those in the acute phase of their illness.

The successful applicants will predominantly work Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm. we can offer flexibility with this working pattern as we are committed to supporting staff to balance home and work life. We are a friendly and supportive team with strong leadership and direction. Our work is interesting and varied with plenty of opportunities to learn new skills both in the workplace and via our excellent Learning & Development team. The role is predominantly based in High Wycombe and may require some wider travel within the county.

We would welcome Band 5 occupational therapist who are keen to develop or further enhance their skills in a variety of areas and to help shape this exciting and developing service.

About us

The Crisis Response and Home Treatment Team in Buckinghamshire Mental Health Services is a key part of the Urgent Care Pathway meeting the demands of the Ten-Year Plan to provide Crisis Response and Home Treatment Services to the county of Buckinghamshire. Clinicians employed into the team are part of an exciting and developing service aimed at supporting our most vulnerable patients and their families in the least restrictive setting possible, by providing a variety of highly intensive interventions at home.

A Crisis can manifest with a range of needs and whether you have a background in mental health nursing, social care or occupational therapy we want you to use your skills as part of a team to develop individualised care packages for our service users and their families.

Service Users access a crisis response in a variety of ways, ranging from referrals from their GP and attendance at an emergency department, to when they need care in the community and are seen by the police and our street triage teams. The aim of the Urgent Care Pathway is to bring together all those access points under one team, including:
  • Psychiatric Liaison
  • Overnight Response Team
  • Assessment Teams
  • Street Triage and Health Based Places of Safety

Job description Job responsibilities

The Urgent Care Pathway is an initiative by Buckinghamshire Mental Health Services, as part of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, to meet the demands of the Ten-Year Plan to provide Crisis Response and Home Treatment Services by 2021.

Clinicians employed into the pathway will be a part of a developing service aimed at supporting our most vulnerable patients and their families in the least restrictive setting possible, by providing a variety of highly intensive psycho-social interventions both at the team base and in clients homes.

The post holder will work as an Occupational therapist and provide clinical advice on the assessment and intervention of clients occupational and functional needs. A major part of the role will include planning, delivering, and evaluating a group programme and 1:1 work to support clients needs alongside senior colleagues.

They will work as part of our team managing the care for a caseload of patients, liaising with other professionals, and reviewing the patients care under Care Programme Approach. Additionally, they will provide support to service users in crisis when required. This will become the core business of the team. The practitioner will also work with the team in delivering our responsibilities under the Care Act 2014 with regards the assessment and care planning of Social Care needs.

The team operates 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Currently the group work programme is provided 5 days per week (Monday to Friday) and this role may include working a pattern of days shifts over the 7-day period. This post will evolve to meet the requirements of the NHS 10-year plan with the post holders full involvement.

See Job Description for further information

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Appropriate qualifications
  • Additional qualifications
Experience Essential
  • Relevant community experience
  • Additional experience
miscellaneous Essential
  • Training
  • Personal qualities

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