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Community Occupational Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year p.a.
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Bournemouth Older Persons Community Mental Health Team is looking to recruit a motivated, dynamic and innovative occupational therapist to work across the three Bournemouth Older Persons Community Mental Health Teams to provide a comprehensive OT service.

The role of the OT will be to provide specialist OT specific assessments and interventions using evidence based, client-centred assessments and interventions. To promote maintenance of functional independence in self-care, meaningful occupational skills and leisure through the use of occupation.

The post holder will work as part of an established integrated multi-disciplinary team, comprising of Psychiatrists, trainee Doctors, Psychologists, Nurses, Social Workers, Support Time Recovery Workers and Care Managers. Working alongside these professionals the OT will undertake assessments of individuals, addressing occupational performance and skills deficits as part of the overall care plan.

This post has become available at a very exciting time. Significant investment has been made available to review and reconfigure community mental health services and this is taking place right now via the Mental Health Integrated Community Care Project (MHICC). Within this post you will have the opportunity to participate in the project, shaping our future services and developing the delivery and scope of occupational therapy in adult mental health.

Main duties of the job

To provide leadership to other staff as delegated by Team Leader.

To manage a defined caseload of clients with complex needs, using evidence based / client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions, in order to restore or improve their quality of life and to maintain independence, embedding Recovery Principles into practice.

To support both the mission statement for the Older Persons Community Mental Health Team and Dorset Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

The team is based at Kings Park Hospital in Bournemouth with a catchment across the Boutrnemouth conurbation. You will need to have a valid driving licence and use of a car as they will be required to assess and monitor patients in their own homes and within other community settings.

As an OT employed in Dorset Healthcare Trust you will be linked in with community OT service meetings which provide profession specific peer support, leadership and CPD opportunities. Additional professional leadership and support will also be available from the Advanced Practitioner OT lead for community mental health.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification Knowledge, skills and training Essential
  • BSc/BA Occupational Therapy
  • Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered Occupational Therapist with HPC
  • Post Graduate qualification
  • Membership of Special Interest Group
  • Knowledge of alternative sources of information and supply of equipment and adaptations
Job Specific Experience Essential
  • Previous experience in rehabilitation with adults and older people
  • Experience developing and implementing Occupational Therapy Programmes for Complex Conditions
  • Experience of supervision of staff
  • Previous experience of working in the community
  • Proven post-graduate OT experience in physical, neurological- disability and learning disabilities
Managerial / Supervisory Experience Essential
  • To attend and fully participate in supervision with the designated professional supervisor
  • Ability to manage a demanding workload to agreed deadlines and timescales
Additional requirements Essential
  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable the post holder to carry out the role effectively

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